Thursday, March 19, 2009

My "New" Kitchen Wall

I have been really picky about what goes back up on our freshly painted kitchen walls. It has taken me weeks to finally finish decorating this small wall. I made the chalkboard by giving this frame a very light coat of cream paint and a coat of Johnson's Paste Wax. Previously it was gold and held a Louis the Somethingth print. I used the Lowe's house brand, Valspar, chalkboard paint. Two coats went on a thin particle board sheet of wood I had out in the garage.

I was inspired to hang the beat up cream plates backwards by an article I remembered poring over in a Mary Engelbriet's Home Companion magazine years ago. The more crackles, stains and chips the better.

Then two days ago, I figured out how to hold some chalk and the eraser close by. I found this tin strainer thingy at a flea market in Paris last spring.

It held both things perfectly! It is hanging from a vintage piece of a locking mechanism. Hubba hubba - I grin every time I see this wall. -- Beth


Cheryl said...

What a neat idea! Love the chalk holder and love your wall. It turned out great!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

Love the chalk holder!


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Becky said...

I loved that Mary Englebright's article and it's in my scrap book. Nice to see your take on it!
Oh, I found you through apron thrift girl.

Ki said...

An awesome wall! Love the backward dishes...lovely photo, as well!

Denise said...

The wall looks great! I love the chalk "holder"!

Have a great day, Denise

grunge-queen said...

Hanging plates backwards - so loving it!

CouponAlbum said...

It's very different and amazing kitchen wall decoration!! I like all those interesting vintage style stuff!!