DIY Chalkboard

Are you ready for the school season yet? I am not. I don’t want to let summer go. Not yet. The start of the school season means the end of summer, and I was just starting to enjoy it. However, you can’t bury your head in the sand forever, as much as I would like to. I have books to order, classes to schedule, ACT’s to register for, the list goes on and on. Today, I decided to have a bit of fun and make a little chalkboard for my school lists. This board started out as a cabinet door that I found at Habitat Restore. I think it was $1.00.             I had purchased a bunch of yard sticks to have on hand and decided this was the project to try them on. I love the old fashioned vintage charm the yard sticks bring. The chalk paint, I had on hand from another project, so I didn’t have to buy any of that either. The door was pretty smooth and didn’t require any additional preparation.   I gave it two coats of chalk paint, covering the whole surface and edges. I left the hinges on the door, they make great picture hangers.     After the paint had dried I cut the yard sticks up into pieces that fit along the edge of the wooden door. I didn’t miter the corners but went with an unfinished over lap on the edges. The yard sticks were stained with a color wash of craft paint and…
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What I Wore to the Midwestern Blogger Meet-up

          I had so much fun today at the Midwestern Blogger Meet-up! The big event took place in Lisle, Illinois and was put together by Jennifer Rizzo.  If you haven’t read Jennifer’s blog, you should hop on over and check it out. She’s very talented and as sweet as sunshine.   I was equally charmed by her selection of location for the event: inside an old train depot at a local historical museum. I was able to have some time to explore this quaint museum before the festivities began, I love old buildings. The train depot was amazing, it was built in 1881. I am into train depots lately. And trains. The depot had beautiful architectural features. The inside of the depot was every bit as charming as the outside. Did you know they used to have separate waiting rooms for the men and women? Neither did I. I love the big graphic on the wall. I wanted to take it home with me. My great grandfather had a brass hanging lamp just like this one. So charming. Great grandpa also had a clock just like this.  I loved the train bulletin chalkboard on the wall. The corners of the depot were full of other old treasures like wooden barrels and these lovely trunks and boxes.  The walls in this room were beautiful unfinished wide boards. I loved how rustic they look. It was the perfect place for a bunch of bloggers to meet up. We all took tons of pictures. You can see why. Jennifer…
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