I finally got around to messing with my new chalkboard. We put it together last spring and used it for a family wedding, and then again for a garden party at Granny camp. But I really want to put it to use in my dining room or kitchen.
I'm inspired to do something more with it now that it reminds me of school days. I spent some time trying my hand at a nice seasonal quote. It took me some time to get my technique down. Thankfully, it's pretty easy to wash clean and start over!
I probably won't be spending as much time on it in the future. But it was a good dry run!
I have a neat old chalk crate that I came across some time ago to hold my chalk and eraser nearby, and to lend more of a suggestion of a classroom. At some point this little box was turned into a small drawer for bits of hardware. This is the back view.
When I say we "put together" the chalkboard, I mean that I chose a vintage frame that I liked, Mr. Cottage painted it for me, and my son later cut the board and painted on the black paint. So only the frame is vintage. There are a lot of tutorials of the process online.
I'm really liking the contrast of dark wood with lots of white this season. And I'd also love some ruffled seat covers. But for now I have wrapped a round sheer vintage table topper over the cushion.
A dried rose topiary from a couple of years ago stands in for fresh ones. The roses are getting darker over time. (And dustier! haha!) I usually leave them to dry in their vase of water as is. I got a few questions about drying lemons (from a previous post) in a wetter climate than ours. A warm oven or food dehydrator might work, but I have never tried doing whole lemons that way. Good luck!
Well class is over for today!
I hope you'll be enjoying the year's last loveliest smile for awhile!
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