Friday, June 26, 2009

From Shabby To Chic!

UPDATE :

There are few points I forgot to mention in my first draft. I had a couple people ask me if I had a board cut to fit inside this frame. The answer is...no...I just flipped the painting upside down and painted straight onto the backerboard. You CAN paint right on top of the actual painting (I have done that before), but if your painting has alot of raised texture to it, I wouldn't. Before you start, always wipe down the surface to be painted and make sure it is clean and dust free. If you're not using chalkboard paint in a spray can, I recommend using a foam brush to apply it, because they don't leave brush marks. If I've left anything out or you have any questions, I would love to hear from you. Drop me a line anytime at imperfectlybeautifulms (at) gmail (dot) com.


When I saw this at a friend's yard sale recently, I knew immediately what I wanted to make it into. And at only $3 I couldn't pass it up...what a deal. I also scored 4 toile tablecloths for 25 cents a piece, but that's totally random and off the subject. Let me get myself back on track here.
So this ugly duckling went from this,
to...

This!




I really love how it turned out. I so desperately need more light accessories against my dark chocolate walls. I am trying to repurpose things I already own or get them for cheap at yard sales and thrift stores. Slowly, but surely the new look of this room is coming together.





Here's a little close up of the detail. I thought the scrolly stuff was nice and needed to stand out more, so I lightly sanded and distressed the whole frame.



I am going to use it to display my business name when I do craft shows. I have no clue where I'll put it, but I will make it work!




Here's an oldy, but a goody that I've shared before. You can see it's transformation from ugly painting to cute chalkboard HERE.



I am linking up with Kimm @ REinvented, Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage for her "Crazy About Chalkboards Party".
And Julia @ Hooked on Houses for her "Hooked On ... Fridays".
Be sure and visit these ladies for some fun inspiration and ideas.



61 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Completely lovely, Amanda!

Alea said...

What a wonderful idea1 I am inspired to give it a try.

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Really, Really Cute!

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

This is one of my favorites ever!! Love it! ;)

Kathi said...

This is PERFECTLY BEAUTIFUL!

Dawn said...

That's great! What a great idea to use it for your craft fairs, too!!!

Jodee Leader said...

I love it!!!

The Brannon Family said...

You rock! I love it! I am going to start looking for one now....

Mandi said...

Oh I love it! She's stunning and so much better as a chalkboard.

Lisa said...

It looks great!

I have to try this :)

CHER said...

Beautiful!!! Who would have thought? An elegant chalkboard. Simply Beautiful!!! Have a blessed day!!!Cher

Tiffany said...

That is absolutely amazing! I love it! It actually took me a minute to realize it was the same piece. Great job!

Annette said...

That's it...I'm buying chalkboard paint! Love it!

Tammy said...

Amanda, I just found your blog this morning, LOVE what I am seeing your plate post was great, gotta love plates on the wall. I have been wanting to do a brown and white room and your photos are inspiring!

Best wishes,
Tammy

Deb said...

Fabulous!

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Great chalkboards. I love the detail on the white one.
*tricia

Simply Stacey said...

Great job! I love how you can see visions for things and then show us how to do it. You also have very purty hand writing!!!!

mommynoodles said...

Well,that is just too cute and easy,but the things we don't think of until someone does it! lol And I think we all have an u.g.l.y pic. lurking around the house somewhere! lol If you don't friends and family do!! lol I'm just going to start taking theirs off their walls and bring them back after their transformation!! lol Have a "BLESSED" weekend! Natalie,

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

No way! I can't believe how beautiful that looks. I never would've had the vision for that! Love it.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Gorgeous! Such an eye for detail makes that frame work so well. Thanks so much for joining!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Just like MY todays post says..."its all in the presentation." you do it well.

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

Lee Laurie said...

I love it! I might have to try this. I think it will be perfect to advertise your name at the craft shows!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Pure D sweetness!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

So pretty

Porch Days said...

Who would have thought there were so many ways to use chalkboards!

Jane said...

That is a lovely frame! Great makeover!

Rebecca said...

LOVE it!

Marie said...

Fabulous chalkboard, Amanda! I love how you hung it sideways. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Kara said...

Ooooh, I love it! The intricate design is gorgeous, especially after you sanded it to make it stand out. Beautiful!

pk @ room remix said...

What a great makeover! Love the chalkboard and really like the vignette you created. beautiful.

Ashley said...

I'm actually in the process of finding the perfect framed picture to make chalkboard for my wedding. Guess I need to go garage saling.

Molly said...

It turned out wonderfully!

And you've got some chalk writing skills! I just got a piece with a chalkboard surface and I wrote my little message, stepped back, and wondered if I'd written that or if some gradeschooler had taken over my handwriting for the day!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

It looks pretty perfect to me!!!! ;) Love the idea of using it for your business too. :) What did you use as the chalkboard itself?? Did you have a piece of wood cut to fit the frame? Please do tell. ;)

TattingChic said...

Very cool! I LOVE what you did with that yardsale find!

Pam said...

What a gorgeous frame! And for $3....you can't beat that. :)

Jenny Kerr said...

Oh my gosh! I love that I wouldn't have thought of that, now I'll have to try it! That would be good for the breakfast nook-to-be.

Enchantresses Three said...

Beautiful!!!! I absolutly love it! And my favorite primary song as well! I will be copying you!:) Hugs,
Sariah

{ L } said...

Lovely work! You do a very beautiful job! I am really wanting to make a chalkboard now, lol.

Sara said...

I bet she's kicking herself for letting you have that now! Looks great!

mary said...

It amazes me how you see something wonderful and beautiful when I would have just kept walking! I love it!

The Childrens Nest said...

Thanks for your comment today!! I am so glad you are using the fun
4th ideas!! I am the same as you.... I can try to create something I like rather than spend a ton of money to buy it!! I am loving your blog and I LOVE what you did with the chalkboard!! SOOOOOOO ADORABLE!!!

Nancy said...

Amanda! I luuuuuv it! I wouldn't have given that thing a second look, but by you painting it, you totally transformed it into something really neat. Thanks for the idea!

Nancy

jenjen said...

BEAUTIFUL! It is so pretty. Clever you!

XOXO
Jen

Kirby3131 said...

Fabulous!! I love the little vignette that you have created with all of that white and the lamps with the ribbons - Just gorgeous.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

I adore all of your chalkboards! What creativity! Fabulous!

Jen B said...

Love the shape of your rectangular chalkboard and such great detail on the frame, wonderful!

Richella said...

Just wait--you're in for a lot of mail from people telling you that you inspired them to turn an old vertical frame horizontal. This is good. This is really good!!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

High five chicka! I love it! What a great frame.

Jenglamgirl said...

Way to go! I need to make me one! Love it!

Shannon said...

Oh, I love it! Love the white on the frame too!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love a beautiful chalkboard!

The Phillips Place said...

This is fabulous!! I think this is the best chalkboard paint project I have seen yet! Nice going, Amanda! I love the "Love Spoken Here" especially-- something squabbling little sisters need a constant reminder of :).

Christina said...

Fabulous transformation! Just wonderful against your chocolate walls. Great vision!!

Vivienne said...

OK. Yes, it's cute. Yes, you did a great job. Yes, you're clever.

But OMGosh you have beautiful
handwriting!
xoxo
from the
Chicken Scratch Scribble Lady

Amy said...

Just discovered your blog via Centsational Girl. I love how your chalkboard looks with the chocolate walls! Fantastic!

Amy

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Anna Lindsey Sailer O'Reilly said...

I'm in love with your white accessories against the brown walls. You've inspired me with ideas for my own home!

stillfindingcash said...

A friend just sent me a link to you & I'm so glad she did. I happen to be a shabby chic-er myself and happen to have a bird conservatory. It just got placed on my mantle. Thanks. Love your blog.

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CUTE CUTE! Nicely done!

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CUTE CUTE! Nicely done!

tiascomfyplace.com said...

CUTE CUTE! Nicely done!

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