Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Chalk It Up!

I told you hubby gave me a decorating closet make-over for Christmas.
I'm going to show you all about it when I think it is at its cutest.
Step-by-step I'm getting there.
Here is one of those steps.

I am trying to utilize every possible inch of storage in this fairly decent sized closet.
If you are like me, you get ideas in the middle of the night, while stalking your favorite blogs and looking through magazines. Some of those ideas will actually see the light of day but, alas, many get forgotten about.
I also have lists and lists of things to do. Sometimes they get done, sometimes they get shoved into oblivion.

Here is the back of above mentioned closet door.
Perfect spot for something inspirational.
I thought about hanging cork, but I decided that would look really messy (have-to-make-it-cute-itis) and I had a better spot to put the cork for all my magazine inspiration pictures.
Then I remembered my chalkboard paint.

Door taped off.

Those are my front door decorations for spring hanging above. Remember every. possible. inch. Really no rocket science here.

I used a level and drew out a rectangle with just eyeballing for size.

I still have lots of chalkboard paint from this project and this project.

Here's a tip when painting on a vertical surface with this paint.

Use light coats.

I am impatient and thought one thick coat would be better than a bunch of thin ones, but after repainting over runs and drips, I learned my lesson-for now.

Just because this is the back of a door in my decorating closet doesn't mean it has to be utilitarian.

Of course a simple chalkboard rectangle wouldn't be enough for me.

When I was looking for the chalkboard paint in the garage I ran across a quart of Crabby Apple! (from my front door and Scarlett) It was begging for me to take it off the shelf and of course my Cricut was feeling loney and wanted to play so...

I found a branch I liked, used the fancy corner option and put one on each corner of the chalkboard.

Next I broke out the Crabby Apple and brushed it on using an artist's brush.

I waited an excrutiatingly long 5 minutes and removed the stencil.

Then I waited another excruciatingly long 10 minutes and then I added my To Do's and Ideas! Now maybe some of those ideas will actually make it to fruition!

Gotta go get cracking on that list!


  1. Putting a chalkboard on a door is a terrific idea.

    I found your blog from Amanda at Serenity Now. I'm a teacher, too, and it's a snow day for us today. Yippee!

  2. What a cute project. It looks great..and I always have a hard time waiting for things to dry too...and I tend to go a bit heavy on the paint sometimes...gotta love those drips! Hugs- Diana

  3. I love the idea of putting a useful chalkboard in a place like that where it will be seen all the time! Pretty stenciling. (And nice spot for the Spring decor too) I hear you on using every available space in your home. We have to do that too! Thanks so much for joining my "Bliss-at-Home" project. :) Hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon!



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