I love when a good thing comes together, don’t you?
I’ve had this old entertainment center door in our basement storage area for a while:
It was on an old entertainment center we had donated but the door was left behind for some reason. I had my husband hold on to it because I liked it.
No sentimental value or anything. I just really liked this door and thought I might be able to use it someday.
Fast forward six years later.
I was perusing some blogs during one blissful nap time where I had nothing important to do and I stumbled upon this adorable idea at Bec’s blog here.
Update- Bec’s blog is no longer around, sadly.
Here is the picture of my inspiration:
I loved this immediately and even emailed her to ask her where I could find an old window. (I know where to get one but where to get one CHEAP) and she emailed back that her husband is in construction and gets them from demos. No such luck here with my husband in the automotive industry, unless they are windshields but
1) that wouldn’t work plus
2) it might be a little illegal.
Wait! I have an old entertainment center “window” just sitting in my basement, remember?
Then I thought, wouldn’t it be kinda cool to make a really neat anniversary gift for my husband out of it and not have to spend a lot of money!
So, I went out and bought these guys:
They were $12.00 at Michael’s but I had a coupon and birthday money burning a hole in my pocket.
I then needed to paint the frame of the entertainment center.
I had my husband tape his anniversary present for me (sneaky, huh? ) and began spray painting.
I actually painted the frame with basic white spray paint first (on purpose) and then had him tape the white painted part when it was dry so I could spray paint chalkboard paint over the glass.
I ended up using three coats of chalkboard paint to cover the glass completely.
Then after that dried, I brought it inside and took the tape off to find the above.
Most people would be upset to see the paint coming off but I squealed with delight.
It looks vintage, which was also the theme for our wedding and since this is an anniversary present, I was a very happy girl.
Here it is after I removed the tape:
I could barely contain myself when my husband asked what I was doing with this piece of wood.
Only there was one small problem: to quote a movie line (Steel Magnolias), I have the handwriting of a serial killer.
How was I going to pull this off so beautifully like Bec did with her chalkboard artwork?
Enter one of my best friends and matron of honor at the wedding five years ago, Rebecca.
She measured it out to make sure she spaced everything evenly.
Then she did a rough draft in actual chalk.
(See Ellie’s play-doh in the background? She was creating her own artwork alongside us.)
She then traced over the chalk with the aforementioned chalk pens.
And here is the finished product:
Isn’t her handwriting beautiful?
I just can’t stop looking at it.
It looks like something you would find in a Pottery Barn catalog, doesn’t it?
Here it is in our bedroom:
Here is the cost roundup:
I had everything except the paint pens so my cost was only $12.00!
But if you were to spend money on this without having any supplies:
Window– Personally, I wouldn’t pay more than 20 bucks for an old window. I have seen them at flea markets for 40 bucks and that seems really high to me.
You can find something to re-purpose or look on Craigslist for someone throwing out old windows. On Chicago’s Craigslist, it happens weekly.
Update- Facebook marketplace is a great place to find this kind of thing as well.
Chalkboard spray paint– five dollars or less at a home improvement store
White spray – 99 cents at Home Depot (that is where I got mine)
Chalk pens– $12.00 at Michaels (where I got mine)
Thank you so much to my dear friend Rebecca for helping me create an amazing art piece made from words of love.
PS- my husband loved it.