Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Project: A-Frame Chalkboard

I haven’t completed a project in a long while, so it was time for a little DIY. After noticing these two matching green wooden frames taking up space in the garage, I decided to repurpose them and reduce my stash of stuff.

You know how I love to make chalkboards so it was a no-brainer to create a chalkboard to fill one or both of the frames. But this time I wanted to do something a little different and the angle on the back of the frames gave me an idea. I’ll explain more about that angle later.

Check out the angle on the back of the frame
First of all, I painted the two frames with FolkArt Home D├ęcor chalkpaint, then distressed and waxed them.

I went to Lowe’s and bought a 24” square of birch plywood. I had them cut two pieces of 9” x 12” to fit the two frames; the remaining plywood will come in handy for a future project. I painted one of the boards with 3 coats of Valspar chalkboard paint and primed it with a piece of chalk.

Instead of a second chalkboard, I decided to do something different for the other frame. Plan A was to make a corkboard insert for it, but the combination of the plywood and the cork was just too thick for the frame; so I settled on Plan B and created a bulletin board from some batting, black vintage fabric (which coordinated perfectly with the chalkboard) and some twine.

Here are the two frames; one completed with a chalkboard, the other with the fabric bulletin board.

So what about that angle that I mentioned before? Well…. By gluing the back of the frames together along that top angle, I got an A-Frame that stands alone.

My hubby thought I needed to screw the two frames together for a little extra support. I agreed, but I didn’t want the screw to show. I found a small piece of flower-shaped jewelry that already had a hole in the center. We attached the flower to the frames, making sure to screw through both frames.

Of course, I couldn’t let that screw head show either, so what better way to cover it than with a rhinestone earring.

A little bling never hurts!!!

Finally, here’s my completed A-Frame chalkboard/bulletin board that can be used as a menu board/recipe card holder or perhaps as a message center for notes and photos. It easily stands on its own and the top edge where the two frames meet can even hold a piece of chalk.

Project A-Frame: Complete!

Linking to these fun parties:
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Talk of the Town at My Salvaged Treasures

Thursday, April 7, 2016

First 2016 City-Wide Yard Sale

Three times a year, our town holds a City-Wide Yard Sale in our large multi-purpose center. This past Saturday was the date for the first city-wide sale for 2016. I usually arrive early, get a good parking place and stand in line for a half-hour so I can get in on some of the best finds. The early bird gets the worm, you know; but this year I elected to arrive a little later.

I had a good reason for being late to the gate….. My sweet Mom (she has not been in good health lately) decided she wanted to go too. So with her willing attendant navigating her in a wheelchair and me with my trusty rolling cart, we arrived a couple of hours late which put us there after the opening rush. I knew that my finds would not be as plentiful as usual, but that was OK…. Mom was getting to treasure-hunt for the first time in a long time.

Here’s what we found….

A vintage chicken feeder…..

An old refrigerator water bottle…..

A set of 6 forest green Anchor Hocking juice glasses…..

And finally, a Nikko Christmas tree dinner plate and cheese/cutting board along with a small bottlebrush tree…. Christmas Open House is only 7 months away!

It was quality, not quantity, this trip; 
but taking Mom along made it very special!!!

I’ve discovered Instagram and I would love for you to join me. You’ll see pictures of the latest additions to my booth, Back2Vintage, located in Southern Antiques in Laurel, MS. Just click the Instagram icon on the right sidebar and “follow” me. You can also view my Instagram page online at www.instagram.com/back2vintage/ if you prefer to follow along on your computer.