Sunday, November 7, 2010

~distressed frames & a lil’ chalkboard paint too~


foyer before 2

We’ve been doing a lot of sprucing up lately;

remodeling, painting the walls and changing decor around.

After doing some major changes to our kitchen,

we painted several rooms including the dining room,

foyer, and great room. 

After painting the foyer walls in Sherwin Williams Latte,

I wanted something different above our bench.

I loved this painting above the bench, but not the frame. 

We’ll fix that later in the post.

But first…

chalkboard pre


I had this mirror stored in the attic. 

(Sorry, I didn’t take an original photo.)

I taped down the frame and sprayed the mirror portion with chalkboard paint. 

(I know!  I’m probably the last one in blogland to explore this project.) 





chalkboard 2 The green paint on the frame didn’t work for me anymore

so I painted over it with one of the samples from painting the walls.

(Sample paints work great for projects like this one.)

chalkboard 3 Next, I rubbed a dark stain on the painted portion and wipe it off with a soft cloth.

view chalkboard view 2 Now I can greet guests to our home with a personal welcome message or dinner menu…

or for everyday just a quote that makes me happy.


Now, let’s talk about that painting in the first photo of this post.

Remember that ugly gold striped frame?

Go ahead – scroll up and check it out.

Take a look now.

paintingI sanded it lightly and then painted with a dark brown color.

Next, I dry brushed it lightly here and there with different tones of gold, rust, and beige paints,

wiping the paint off with a soft cloth to get the effect I wanted.

I love this kind of distressing because you can’t make a mistake.

I just played with it till I got the look I loved.

frame close up

home plaque

While I was having so much fun, I also painted an old plaque to tie in with my wall theme.

(Sorry again; didn’t take a before photo of this.)

I used the same process as the frame on this plaque,

but also sanded the edges to distress a little more and stenciled it with the letters “HOME”.

frame and home plaque home collection copy

I began to notice a while back that I have collected quite a few houses through the years.

So I decided to group several of them together.  

All of these represent a personal memory to our family which makes this collage extra special.

Sharing with other changes and redos at

Met MondayBefore and After, DIY Showoff Project

Transformation Thursday , Make it 4 Monday

& Show Off Your Cottage Monday


Anonymous said...

Your "new" chalkboard looks wonderful! I love the quote too.

Marsha said...

What fun transformations these were. I really enjoyed seeing how you made the mirror into a chalkboard and painted up the frames. Now I need to look around and see what I can transform :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and I especially love that chalkboard.

gina3 said...

These look great! The grouping is beautiful. I have a large chalkboard in my entry to greet guests with messages too and I love it. It's a special touch.

Anonymous said...

The framed chalkboard is a fun entry piece. Nice way to greet friends and family! Don't you just love chalkboard paint?! There's just something about the texture of it. Love your distressing technique, as well.


podso said...

I like the transformations, but I think the frame to the chalkboard is especially well done! How nice to have that welcoming your guests!

Shelia said...

Oh, what wonderful transformations! Don't tell anyone but I haven't used the chalkboard paint! Your mirror turned out so pretty! Love your new hangings!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Both look fabulous. Love them. I love to transform frames, some of the really ugly ones are quite inexpensive and they can be made beautiful. Yours turned out absolutely stunning. Hugs, Marty

Kristen White said...

Wonderful that chalkboard!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Really like your chalk board and NO - you are not the last one to do a chalk board project! :-D I still have not done one.
Have a great week.

Kelsey said...

Your not the last one! I just tried chalkboard paint last week and I am addicted. I am including your frame in my chalkboard post on Wednesday :)

Anonymous said...

Marsha this is wonderful. I really need to do a chalkboard, too!

shannon i olson said...

fabulous, love chalkboards and that frame is excellent!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love the framed chalkboard. Great paint jobs on that frame and the other art piece. Love the aging you did to it. Most of all I love your bench.

Robin said...

Everything looks fantastic! I especially love that your chalkboard is where everyone can see it when they come in! LOVE IT!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Marsha, Marsha, are so creative :-) Of course I can say M,M,M to you because I know what it's like to hear it :-)
Have a wonderful week!

Nanniepannie said...

You've been a busy girl. It all looks great. I esp. love the chalkboard.

Midwest Cottage said...

Your entryway is beautiful. I just love the staggered picture frames.

Kathy said...

Love how you kept parts of the original finish to the mirror! I have a chalkboard project I've yet to share - it's fun to find new and creative ways to make things shine in our homes!
Lovely job!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Marsha,
I love your entry way! your bench seat in so charming and your chalkboard turned out perfect and looks great in the entry! I enjoyed my visit with you.
Have a sweet day, Hugs~ Elizabeth

~Country Lady~ said...

I love your chalkboard, and the quote is fantastic.

Cristie said...

I love the frame and the chalkboard is a bonus. Great job.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I love the chalkboard frame and it looks perfect over your bench. The transformation of the smaller frame is wonderful too. Very pretty grouping.
Hugs, Sherry

Amanda Dale said...

Love the chalk board and the fact that you can change the message to fit your mood or season! Great job and lovely house! Visiting from BNOTP!

Olive Cooper said...

Your chalkboard mirror is beautiful and the frame stands out better now. The frame you distress is much less shiny and I like it a lot. Have a lovely week! ♥O

Don said...

You have such a inviting home!

Jen said...

Love this! I must be the only person left now that hasn't tried chalkboard paint! I've got something in mind I'm definitely gonna have to try it!

Barbara said...

So inspired by your chalkboard. I love that quote and used it with some autumn photos a few days ago. What a lovely home!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Marsha, WOW---I love what you have done.. That old mirror change is amazing --and what a nice greeting for people who visit.

I like what you did also to the smaller picture frame... VERY nice. You are just so creative....

Thanks for sharing such beauty.

All That Glitters said...

I love your chalkboard!!!! It's beautiful!!!!