Which I often do, with the sweetest voice and smile. Honey, I want a chalkboard painted frame in the kitchen, I mentioned one day. Like so many other Pinterest-addicted people, I've seen all those fab chalkboard frames.
But I wanted to go one further. I wanted a giant framed chalkboard. On the door. Big. I imagined our menus scrawled on the wall. My daughter's drawings. Love notes.
Inspired by a carved turquoise framed magnet board I already own, I hatched a plan. I knew my husband Michael could do it because he's done it before. Also, because he is disgustingly talented (go and "Like" him on Facebook, would you please!) He took a plain door in our kitchen that leads to the garage and created a faux wood grain. Every time someone came over, they really thought it was a wood door. But alas, it was definitely time for a change.
Was I intimidated that we would have to start a project in the middle of our kitchen? Are you kidding me? We've been doing this since the chil'rens were in diapers. Just slide the paint brushes and the paint water to the side so you can have your snack, baby. We've learned to continue living in the midst of our art projects.
Then again, I knew it wouldn't take very long to do so the interruption would be minimal. My husband is an incredibly fast painter. All those years of hanging from buildings and freeway signs trained him to work fast.
But wouldn't you know...this took a little longer than usual. Turns out, I'm a picky client. I'm difficult to work with. I'm one of those customers that wants it just so.
You'd think he'd be used to it by now. Heh.
|This was my faux-wood grain door being buffed with primer.|
|He has to work with headphones on. Apparently, we are a really loud family.|
|I said I wanted an ornate style design for the frame. He did this freehand. Isn't he disgustingly talented?|
|He was going to freehand the lines but my anal retentiveness won. TAPE IT!! I yelled.|
|We used Nova Color paint for the "faux" frame and this chalkboard paint by Rust-oleum for the functional chalkboard.|
|I knew the frame would have to be the color turquoise. It went perfectly with my salmon colored walls. Sorry, but every time I photograph my kitchen it ends up looking yellow.|
|Xixi has had a blast drawing on it everyday.|
|Wouldn't you know, the chil'rens held me to every.single.part of this menu. "You said we're gonna get guacamole and chips!!" Sigh.|
I'm sooo in love with it. It looks amazing and the color goes so well with the rest of my kitchen. Thank you, honey! Oh, and one last thing...
Wow, can you believe it? I've been blogging for over six years now! I couldn't have done it without all of you amazing humans that pop in to read what's going on in my part of the world. So again, thank you.
Here is to the next 1000 posts!!