Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Guest Blog - One Life Many Journeys

Hello all!
Melinda, from One Life Many Journeys, agreed to post a fun tutorial for me today! Melinda has some awesome ideas and wonderful inspiration, so please, go check out her blog ASAP! Don't forget to click HERE to enter my giveaway, ending this Friday! Take it away, Melinda!

A month or so ago I bought a bedroom suit on Craigslist. It was advertised as having a night stand, dresser, mirror and chest of drawers. When I got there I notice a headboard on the front porch. I asked if it was for sale and they said it went with the suit I was getting but it was broke. I checked it out and it was a mess. Not just a mess, but ugly to boot. It was 4 panels hung on 2 runners. Just not right! I had been looking at too many blogs to let ugly stand in my way. They said I could have it. We tried to get it in the truck but it was full. So what do I do???? I asked for tools and started to dismantle it. I didn't want it for a headboard. I just knew I could do something with the panels that were on it.

Let me show you what it started out as.....This will help you to see why I couldn't leave them behind!

Had to cut off a little on the bottom and sand it.

All primed up and starting to show her potential.

Taped with Frog Tape and 3 coats of chalk board paint.

Chalk board dried, then covered and sprayed with several coats of white satin Krylon.

Sand her up real good. It's OK to be rough.

mixed a little black paint with some brown glaze, looks kinda like grey mud. Slather it on and rub off with a damp cloth. I prefer micro-fiber towels.

From white and bright to just right! Just about there!!!

At this point in the journey I finished slathering the glaze on and rubbing it off. When that was done I sprayed a coat of Clear Sealant on it, then pulled of the paper to expose the chalk board! TaDa!

I can't stop here...a few more parting shots.....

Aged to perfection.

I have 3 more of these beauties to do something with!

Thank you, Melinda! What a great chalkboard! Please check out my sidebars for the linky parties I love to participate in! Have a wonderful day!


  1. Love it, love it, love it! What a elegant looking chalkboard! ooh I really love this! Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed day. Cindy

  2. Thanks Meg for letting me share with your people! It is such an honor to be asked!! This was a fun project and I enjoyed sharing it with you!!

  3. This turned out fabulous! I'm seeing a menu board... hmmmmm... thinking, thinking... Great idea!

  4. This is beautiful! So creative!

  5. What a beautiful transformation. I never would have thought to add black paint to glaze...I just love the aged look that is gave. Absolutely awesome :)

  6. Love this project! I am so in trouble this garage sale season...so many great ideas for transforming the "not-so-pretty" into fabulous. :)

  7. i love it! I never get tires of looking at chalk boards!

  8. That is awesome! Was that paint hard to work with? I once bought the spray paint, and it was pretty good.

  9. That is AMAZING!!!! so many people would have just thought that was junk, one of my favs, love it!!!

  10. OK, I am coming to snag one of the three that are left...that is just beautiful. This is why I love reading on line; I would have pointed my nose up in the air at that piece before the painting. I am learning to see the potential in more and more pieces (and I have a full to the top garage to prove it!)


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