Sunday, July 5, 2009

CHALKBOARD OVERFLOW!

I heart chalkboards, but I feel like you can only have so many chalkboards in your house before it becomes...well....just to chalkboardy. Know what I mean?? My solution? The front porch!

Yes, they are overflowing to the front porch here at the Candlelit Cottage!!

I picked up this old picture at Goodwill.


And you know the drill. I fetched my handy dandy can of chalk board spray paint.



Taped and covered up the frame and gave it a quick spray. Voila....A welcome greeting for my guests!




Of course I couldn't stop there.


Instead of tossing those old Christmas/Birthday cards I like to recycle them.

Give them a quick coat of chalkboard paint.


Trim to size.

Add some cute ribbon.


and you have an adorable way to label and organize what ever your heart desires!! I added this one to our "catch all basket." It sits just inside the back door and accumulates exactly what the tag reads!! Not exactly organized...but cute!!!

26 comments:

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

How creative! I love chalkboards and you sure have some wonderful ideas here.

Have a great week,
becky

KathyB. said...

I do have a chalk board on my front porch where I post verses, welcomes, whatever on, and I also have a flower bench under neath it where I have pots of seasonal flowers . Chalkboards are actually very practical, aren't they?

Tracey said...

Well, how clever are you! I'm gonna get myself some paint & copy those ideas........Thanx for the inspiration!

Did you go camping?

Tracey

xxx

Dawn said...

What a cute an easy way to recycle those old cards. Great idea.
Dawn

blushing rose said...

What a darling idea ... you are so creative. TTFN ~Marydon

Susie said...

Jen you are so creative. Love the idea of spray painting your old cards and making chalk boards out of em'. How cute!

Karen said...

GIRL! My "Met Monday" was a chalkboard too! I just love them. I only have three, but I have several things "brewing" (hehehe) They are just so versatile and fun. And I have used old pieces of cardboard to do the same labeling you have!
Birds of a feather!
Have a wonderful week! Loved this post!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Great ideas! I love both. I wish I was able to be that creative.

Dirt Princess said...

I love it! Very nice! I have some old frames lying around, I need to get some chalk board paint and do this!

With Loving Stitches said...

The more I see these chalkboards on the blogs, the more I realize how I could live without just one. I'm going to have to make one. They would be great for leaving quick messages when you have to run for an errand or such.

Nancy said...

Jen,
Love your projects! I wish I had seen the spray cans of chalkboard paint. I ended up getting a big old can of it, but will still try to use it up. Great pics!

Nancy

Kim and Victoria said...

Great idea!

Angie said...

I love that expression "too chalkboardy" - it's funny. I haven't had a chalkboard in my house since I was a child and I would play One Room schoolhouse with my sister (inspired by the one room schoolhouse on Little House on the Prairie.)

Susan S. said...

I love all your chalkboard creativity! I have an old framed picture that is jus SCREAMING paint me with chalkboard paint. So...I went to Lowe's this weekend and headed straight for the spray paint. I ONLY found chalkboard paint in a can (to stroke on with a paintbrush!)...I THOUGHT..."am I going crazy"!?!?? Didn't I see SPRAY chalk board paint in some blogs? Thanks for confirming that there IS SPRAY chalk board paint and I'm heading out track some down! I guess after all the cool posts about SPRAY chalk board paint...it sold out at my Lowe's...LOL!

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Great idea for labeling a basket! I'll have to do this. -Jackie

Michelle said...

Very cute!! I have never used chalkboard paint I think I'll try some soon.

Angie said...

SOOOOOO CUTE!!! I need to put one at my backdoor and I can change the greeting on it.

Christina said...

Chalkboard love! I have some chalkboard paint and still haven't opened it. Gotta get to it.

Love the little organazation signs too. Great idea and the gingham ribbon is really fun.

Christina said...

Oh and I know how to spell organization. oops.

texasdaisey said...

Cute, cute, cute projects. I wouldn't have even thought of those. Great ideas. I need to look through some of my stuff and see what will make a nice chalkboard.
Debbie

Mrs.Rabe said...

What a great idea of how to make those tags...clever!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I love your chalkboard! That is a beautiful white frame and I think a porch is a great place for a chalkboard! :) I also love how you made the little tag for the basket, too~ what a great idea!

I hope you are having a good week and that your camping trip was fun! :)

Terry said...

Howdy
Wow now that is a cool way to recycle old cards :)
Thanks for the tip !
Happy Trails

Joyce said...

I really like the basket label idea. Thanks for sharing.
Joyce

Bellamere Cottage said...

Now, the tag idea? Soooo SWELL! I WILL be stealing that idea, for sure.

Dang, why don't I think of those things??

Hugs,
Spencer

Ginette said...

Thank you so much for those idea! How creative and I think I can actually do it! ;o)