I have very little time to go around the shops these days but on my way home from work a couple of nights ago decided to stop at Home Sense. I drive past it pretty much every day but it's huge and I know if I stop I'll be in there at least an hour.
I don't know if other people are the same but when I go to Home Sense or TKMaxx I'm not always looking for something I can just use straight away but I'm always on the lookout for something I can alter, play with, mess around with or paint...
I almost walked past a pile of absolutely hideous trays. They are MDF but have been painted to resemble some cheap looking orangey wood. Hideous as trays but the shape was great and I knew they could make great chalkboards. There were two rectangles and three smaller oval ones - I bought the two rectangular ones - one is smaller than the other.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Louis Blue around the edge of the frame and rubbed it back a little. That revealed a 'lovely' shade of bright yellow which had been hiding under the fake wood finish so I touched up the yellow bits with another coat.
I then gave the sides a good rub with clear wax and painted a couple of coats of Rustin's chalkboard paint in the middle and hung it in my kids little TV room (or the Xbox room as it should be called). I don't think I've shared my kids new TV unit that I bought a few months ago. I chose to have it made unpainted as it saved about £45 (I'm really tight like that!). I then painted it white to go with the panelled wall behind it. Back to the chalkboard....I added a little note to my kids (but mainly my teenage son who may need a gentle reminding from time to time!)
If I'm honest I'm not that keen on the shade of blue - it's a bit too purple. I would have preferred a lighter, sky blue so may change it when I get the right shade.
Story of my life - nothing is ever done!!
The bigger one will be painted white and will replace the existing chalkboard in my craft room which my sister has already claimed! I may go back and get the oval ones as they would probably make great Halloween decorations - I'm thinking of writing BOO on them or maybe drawing so spooky images on them like a skull on one etc....
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