Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween and a Vintage Gold Framed Chalkboard

Happy Halloween! I was going to come home from work today (where we had a fun Halloween party with lots of food and games) and snap a few photos of our Halloween decor indoors and outside. Unfortunately it has been pouring rain and extremely windy most of the day and into this evening. The creepy cobwebs are sodden messes blown high in the trees and my guys have just about given up on picking up and rehanging the outside decorations. We usually get 80-110 kids to the door but tonight the Trick or Treat traffic is really slow. We will be lucky to see half of that. So, no Halloween photos but a project instead...

I have painted and sold a few chalkboards but I'm keeping this one!



For some time now I have been searching for a chunky gold frame that I could make over into a chalkboard. 


Earlier this summer I found this framed piece at a garage sale for $5. While the subject matter was nice, the scene was just printed on the backing and very faded. I tried living with it for awhile but it clearly was an inexpensive piece with fake brush strokes.


I loved the linen type inner border though. Two coats of Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint that I had on hand transformed the backing into a chalkboard. After the paint cured for a few days I put it back in the frame. I still need to condition the chalkboard with chalk but I couldn't wait to take photos, overcast afternoon and all.


Now I have to decide on a Christmas message to write and practice, practice. Our Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone and I will be packing away Halloween. Bring on Christmas! I know it is too early for many but I can't help dreaming and planning. My Pinterest board is filling up with lots of inspiration. 

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15 comments:

  1. Love that gold frame. Hope you had a wonderful day. We are all Halloweened out here- xoDiana

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  2. Rainy and windy here too! It is a "frightful" weather night. I love the chalkboard and frame...It is definitely a keeper. Blessings!

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  3. happy Halloween to u!The frame is really nice! While our home renovation http://www.silveradocustomhomes.com/SilveradoServices/ we bought silver frame similar to this!

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  4. That was a great deal on that picture and it looks wonderful after you changed it.

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  5. Love the vintage chalk board.
    November has arrived with strong winds to bring down the last of the leaves. I actually did a bit of Christmas shopping a few days ago, so the season has unofficially started :)

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  6. Love that! It's great that you were able to recycle that picture. The frame is gorgeous.

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  7. What a great idea! I have a few of the ornate gold frames I used to use for display. I could easily transform them into chalkboards. Thank you for sharing! Visiting from Treasure Hunt Thursday.

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  8. Brilliant idea for the chalkboard. It's lovely with that frame.

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  9. Great idea for that wonderful frame!
    Can't wait to see your holiday message.
    Enjoy your weekend, Elizabeth.
    xo

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  10. Your chalkboard is lovely! I love the frame, very nice. You sound like me, I love Christmas and I'm so glad our Thanksgiving is in October,it really is the best time for it, isn't it.
    I'm listening to Frank Sinatra croon about Christmas as I write this!

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  11. Hi Elizabeth! That frame sure does make a striking chalkboard. It will be beautiful dressed up for Christmas. So nice that you stopped by my place .

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  12. Love the fancy gold frame and a chalkboard combo. And it's never too early for Christmas in my opinion!
    ~Chris

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  13. That's just perfect! You are going to love having it I'm sure.

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  14. Your beautiful frame makes the perfect chalkboard!
    Mary Alice

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