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shabby magnet message board

I enjoyed painting yesterday so much, I painted again this morning.  I picked out some white paint from my collection and decided to add a bit of non-sanded ground, to give it that chalk look.  I used a tray from the dollar store, and decided to drill two holes to add a ribbon hanger, thank you Zest it Up for the idea !

The project came out ok, not one of my favorites, the paint didn’t mix well with the grout, I guess using latex house paint wasn’t a good idea, lol, showing brush strokes and becoming very thick.  I made some magnets out of buttons and beads, just for fun.

Even though it isn’t one of my favorites, I had fun making it and learned a few valuable lessons.  Even a bad project is better than not having a project at all…..

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a shabby blue day

I love decorating shabby country, it is a relaxed feminine romantic way of decorating that looks comfortable and inviting.  Yesterday I found an oops can of light blue paint at Lowe’s for 50 cents, how could I pass that up !  I don’t decorate in blue, it wouldn’t fit into my color schemes, but I have many friends and family that do.

I was in the mood to paint last night, and I have been dying to make my own chalk paint.  What makes chalk paint unique is the appearance, it has a flat look and when you apply certain techniques , it adds charm to furniture and home decor items that look old and weathered.

I read many how-to blogs and decided to try the one that used the ratio of 1 cup of paint to 1 tablespoon of non-sanded grout.  There were many that said to use plaster of paris, but I didn’t have any, maybe on my next batch.  I used sand paper on dried paint, and tried to imitate the aged and weathered look.

If you don’t want to wait for time to pass to enjoy this rustic, shabby chic look, this is the technique for you.

I am happy with the way they came out, what do you think?

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diy chalkboard paint

I love using chalkboard for holidays and special occasions.  When I read a tutorial last year by Martha Stewart, I had to give it a try.  I started our with a very traditional one, using black.  I really like the way they came out and I gave quite a few away for the holidays.  I decided to change things a bit and do a different color.

Here is how you create your own chalkboard paint..

Supplies needed:

  • 1/2 cup acrylic paint (I used acrylic latex oops .50 cents paint)
  • 1 tablespoon non-sanded grout (about $1.50 @ homedepot for 1 lb.)
  • measuring cup and spoon
  • mixing container
  • whisk (I find it mixes better than a spoon)
  • paint brush
  • platter (dollar store) or whatever you would like to make a chalkboard
  • painters tape

Measure and mix your paint and grout being careful to wear a mask, the grout is a fine powder.  Make sure that there aren’t any lumps, that is why I use a whisk.

Tape your tray, making sure that it is taped well.  Apply paint, I prefer using a sponge brush, I think it adds a smoother finish.  I almost always apply at least 2 coats, since this is metal, I applied 3 coats.  Once your chalkboard has fully dried be sure to slate the surface before using it for the first time. To slate a chalkboard lightly rub chalk along the surface and then lightly rub it off.

I painted the lid of my mixing container (a repurposed sour cream container) with the paint I used and wrote on the lid, it just makes it easier to find next time.

I decided to be creative and add a bit of country shabby to the edges, and the finished product looks like this…

Have fun with your chalkboard and look for future posts to see what else I have made with this paint today, I just have to finish them 🙂