Friday, August 9, 2013

Painting Chalkboards, Totes and a Goose

The weather is just right, no rain, comfortable temperature. Time and energy to paint.

There are many projects that have been waiting for me; a cabinet door that I want to make into a chalkboard/notice board, a wooden tray that is begging to be an oval chalkboard, a goose that needs to be refreshed with white and two totes that need to be made useful again.

Painted outside on the deck railing. Two coats for everything and three when needed. The chalk board paint was three coats. Had to do some careful touch ups with the white when the black went 'too far' from its edge.

First up is an old cabinet door from my kitchen. I have been holding on to it since our 2007 kitchen reno.

So many creative bloggers have made chalkboards from old kitchen cabinet doors and this has been on my 'to do' list since March. Its now August and that project is accomplished.

The totes weren't in my original idea for a post so I only have one 'before' tote picture.

I can see this tote as a handy napkin/cutlery carrier. DH sees it as a tool caddy.

Finished the four compartment tote and the two chalkboards (white frames) with CeCeCaldwell clear wax.

Next up (well I worked on everything sequentially, paint, go to the next project, and by the time the last was finished the first was ready for a second coat) is the oval wooden tray.
I waxed the oval tray with CCC clear way and then added CCC Aging Wax over the leaves. Polished.

For these projects I used CeCeCaldwell chalk-clay Simply White and Kilz White, plus Rust-o-leum Chalk Board Black paint. As always, remember that black chalkboard paint dries quickly and is very difficult to remove so clean hands, brush, and any drips right away.

The goose plant holder and the two partition tote got two coats of CeCe Caldwell Simply White and then there was bleed through so they got two additional coats of Kilz and still had that yellow showing through the white in a few areas. Darn.

The goose, with some embellishment, made to hold a plant or garden tools, today has dahlias from my garden.
The second tote, a two compartment, is made of rough cedar and the cedar bled through even with 4 coats of paint (2 CeCe, 2 Kilz) as did the goose.

Decided to put scrapbook paper in the tote for a liner.

I loved getting caught up on projects that have been 'waiting'.

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  1. Joy - So nice to see you're feeling well enough to do some projects! Great! Love that oval tray you did. But then, all of your projects look great!


  2. Joy, I'm liking the sweet little divided tray where you put the paper and shells. And, that cutlery holder - just what I need here - it would have to be red, though, wouldn't it?
    So glad you're back at it! Stay well, sister!


  3. Joy, I am amazed at the level of creativity you put into your work.
    I built a tray out of distressed wood that is similar to the one in this post.
    We use it to put our great nephew's blocks in. He loves it. I should get a
    picture of him wagging it through the kitchen to the great room were
    we play blocks with him.

  4. You - and your projects - are AMAZING!!! All are just beautiful! Happy Weekend, Friend!

  5. Love your projects! That tray is gorgeous. I have a tote that needs painting also!

  6. So Happy that you are starting to feel better. There are some great projects I would love to do some chalk boards. The Goose with the Dahlias is my favorite. ttys Rob

  7. So neat that you found a good day to finish your projects. They all turned out great and I especially love the oval tray. I am also very envious of your beautiful dahlias.
    I am over from Pinterest Blitz and I am pinning.

  8. Love the projects - it such a great feeling when you get those nagging little projects done - wish I could say I have mine done... but, some day.... I love your caddies...

  9. It was fun to see your projects. I like the chalkboard and the totes very much. The tote would look sweet with tiny glass vases of field flowers in each slot.

  10. It feels good to have so many projects done. They all look wonderful too. I love the cute totes and the goose with the flowers. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week ahead!

  11. I love the seashells in the tray! I have been sewing all week and so excited about my projects and ideas! It gets in your blood! Hugs!

  12. I wait for cooler weather for such projects and I hope it comes soon. You've done some nice work here. Chalkboard paint is such fun to use in usual and unusual places. Yours look great!

  13. I really love the seashells. Such a fun project.

  14. That paint is so versatile, isn't it? I was just at the original Annie Sloan store here in Oxford, (where she lives), and now want to paint everything with her chalk paint and polish it with her wax. Must control my I love your projects, especially the tray.

  15. Love your blog. I just followed you and hoping you'll follow back :)

  16. Lovely ideas!! I especially love the last tote with the shells and the tray!! I found you from Nifty Thrifty Sunday, and I am so glad I did!! New follower via Bloglovin and GFC!!

    Kate @ Uniquely Undone

  17. Love the oval tray! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!


  18. fabulous totes...and everything else. But I have a soft spot for totes! Love it!

  19. You've been busy! But now is the time for painting, before the rains begin. We had rain on the south Island over the weekend and I still have more outdoor painting to do. That oval tray is really lovely. Great work!

  20. Ah, so jealous. I need to get painting and making!

  21. Wow, you've been busy! I've never tried that kind of paint. Judging from your finished pieces, I need to give it a try. I love chalkboard paint!

  22. You have been a busy lady for sure! Tool caddy, my foot ha ha that is clearly for napkins and cutlery :)

  23. I loved the cabinet door that made a chalk board. I would like to make ashes out of my cabinet doors but then I have issues with them. I love a fresh coat of white. Makes everything nice and clean. Valerie

  24. Hi,

    I'm visiting for Mosaic Monday. I like all three of your projects but the serving tray is my favorite. ♥

    I'd love to have you pop in for a visit when you have a moment.

    Have a lovely day,
    Steph ♥

  25. Such great projects, I love the chalkboard, how fun. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  26. Love all your projects, Joy, especially the chalkboard and the tray!


  27. Great job "Gettin it done"! I know how great that feels! I love that tray with the chalk board paint!


  28. I love the idea of reusing an old cabinet door to make a chalkboard! I migh have to try that someday! I also have a ton of projects I'm hoping to get to "someday"... Looks like we have some things in common!
    Thanks so much for linking up to Frugal Crafty Home! I hope we see you back next week!

  29. All your projects are just super! I have several I need to get to work on too, but I have not done that yet! I really like the chalkboard from the cabinet door! Happy VTT

  30. Glad you have such great weather conditions there for y our projects. We, Texas, did get a little rain yesterday and it is below a 100 today.

  31. Hi Joy, all is wonderful but the tray is my favorite! It is so fun using old cabinet doors. I have one that handles were added to each end and it's a tray. It has a beadboard look in the middle. One of my favorite pieces for staging vignettes. Glad the weather is good and you are feeling up to working on projects. I've been busy painting an old armoire. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  32. Really great projects. You are both creative and inspiring!! The gang over at My Personal Accent, would like to invite you to link-up this clever and creative post at our new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party. Share as many of your creative ideas, recipes, and any other family friendly content as you like. We will be pinning every submission we receive. If you have a giveaway or contest you’d like to promote, feel free to post it on our giveaway page. Come on over and show us what you’ve got!

  33. So pretty! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  34. I don't know what happened to my comment? Was writing that I love your painted pieces and your tray is so very pretty! I've had trouble with paint covering in the past, especially on pine pieces. I always do one coat with zinsser shellac and once it dries paint the like a charm!
    So happy to have you share at Amaze Me Monday, hope you'll hop back over...

  35. Joy - these are marvelous! Love the transformation - the chalk paint - the colors - that oval wooden tray is gorgeous and the goose adorable! I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,

  36. Love all of your projects!! They are all SO PRETTY!!!!


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