I love when a good thing comes together, don’t you?
I’ve had this old entertainment center door in my basement storage area for a while:
I had my husband hold on to it because I liked it. No reason, in particular, no sentimental value or anything, just that I 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 but time and stumbled upon this adorable idea at Bec’s blog here.
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 I should elaborate…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.
But 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?
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 with the usual suspects: spray paint.
I had my husband tape this for me (sneaky, huh? he had no idea!!) so I painted the frame with basic 99 cents white spray paint first (on purpose) then had him tape the white painted part when it was dry so I could spray paint with chalkboard paint over the glass.
I used three coats of chalkboard paint. 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/shabby chic, which was 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.
There was one small problem.
To quote a fave movie, I have the handwriting of a serial killer.
How was I gonna pull this off so beautifully like Bec did with her chalkboard artwork???
Enter one of my BFF’s and matron of honor at the said wedding five years ago, Rebecca!
I mean it’s only fitting, right?
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)
Then she traced over the chalk with my 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:
We need to raise the television.
So ignore the television.
I had everything except the paint pens so my cost was $12.00!
But if you were to spend money on this without having any supplies:
window– do not pay more than 20 bucks for an old window. I have seen them at flea markets for 40 bucks and up. Don’t do it. You can find something to re-purpose or look on Craigslist for someone throwing out old windows. On Chicago’s Craigslist, it happens weekly.
chalkboard spray paint– five bucks at Home Depot.
white spray paint– 99 cents at Home Depot
chalk ink– $12.00 at Michaels.
Thank you to my dear friend Rebecca for helping me out.