The Chalk Series.

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Materials:

  • Cabinet doors
  • Chalk paint
  • Hooks
  • Rope
  • Paint tape

I bought 2 cabinet doors at the Brimfield Antique Show and wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them but I knew that no matter what I did, it had to be cool.

The cracked paint and rusted hinges are literally to die for. I didn’t want to do anything to take away from that and just wanted to make sure that type of character was highlighted.

I decided to make these guys into chalk signs where I knew the chalk paint would still accentuate those cool cracks.

I measured (twice) and created small rectangles where I would apply the chalk paint. This is the first time I’ve worked with this kind of paint and I am OBSESSED! Without meaning to, I let the chalk paint bleed through the tape a bit so it’s not perfect. But if you haven’t figured it out by now, I love those little imperfections.

The chalk paint really made these pieces, so I really didn’t have to do much more. But to make things a bit more functional, I added some hooks. These hooks could be for anything from keys to hang in your foyer to mugs to hang in your kitchen. And then on one of the cabinets, I also added some rope for easy hanging.

With some pieces, it takes some elbow grease to really bring out the beauty. But these gems really already had that beauty in them, just needed a new eye.

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The Jackie.

“A knick-knack is a thing that sits on top of a what-not.” – Oliver Hardy

This ‘knick-knack holder’ was found at a flea market and wasn’t as shiny as it is now. In fact, it was a bit run down with a chippy paint and a faded white finish.

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Materials:

  • Paint
  • Spray paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Sand paper
  • Painting tape

My friend, Jackie, and I decided to give our idle hands some purpose one Sunday evening. And what better way to do so than with a paint project!?

First we sanded the piece down just to make the wood a bit smoother and get rid of the littles bumps and bruises. Next comes paint!

My friend took many many art classes in college .. so I tasked her with blending the base color. She came up with this beautiful blue-ish turquoise by mixing blue and green and white acrylic paints. Once she was finished with this mastery, we both were psyched about discovering a new color! I call it ‘The Jackie.”

Once “The Jackie” dried, we wanted to give it some pattern. So I tried my best to lay out some blue paint tape to the background of the wood. To be honest, it’s very very hard to make straight lines free hand. But to be more honest, I like the character and imperfect-ness of all my pieces, so I’ll allow it.

We wanted to make this pattern bold. So we chose gold. The problem was that I didn’t have gold paint BUT I did have spray paint. So we risked two small paint brushes, sprayed the brushes with the paint, and tried our best to paint in the lines. Once that was done.. we threw out the brushes 🙂

And finally our paint project was finished! This gem holds a special place in my heart because not only did I get the chance to give a new life to an old piece, but I got to do it with a close friend.

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EAT.

Who wouldn’t want a sign that tells you to do what you love? (EAT).

Materials used:

  • Rope
  • Screws
  • Hooks
  • Tin letters
  • An old piece of wood (in this case, a shingle and an old piece of wood)

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During a flea market splurge, I scored these awesome tin letters! The man who makes these letters irons them on a washboard in order to get that cool curved look. I love all of the different colors mixed into the letters, so much character!

Another cool find that I stumbled upon at the market were some old cedar shingles. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned these shingles before but holy cow, am I in love. I bought 10 shingles that were carefully removed from 1900’s house. Each of them faded with blue paint on top of beautifully weathered wood.

So here I am, trying to dream up how to combine these two gold mines. The shingles are too thin to stand on their own as a sign, so I knew that they needed some support. As a true believer in making old new again, I didn’t want to go and buy any fresh piece of wood. Silly, right? So as I’m on a jog (so athletic, I know).. I pass this old dresser that’s sitting on the curb. Then the next day I drive by that same curb and the dresser is still there! I take that as a sign and I pull over and take the dresser.

I get that thing home and I saw it into a bunch of weird shapes that kind of replicate rectangles. I then mounted the shingle onto one of those weird dresser pieces of wood with my electric drill and some screws. I tied the rope to some hooks on the sides. I then screwed in those 3 special letters: E A T.

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