Decorating is endless.
Cooking never ends.
Gardens are always changing.
And best of all shopping goes on and on!

Hence the name,
Open Ended!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Another Project Down ~ A Million More to GO!

Before I show you what I am up to now!
I just want to ask you if you can smell it!

Not the apples so much but the smell of Fall!

This is my most favorite season of the year!
Our leaves are starting to fall and the nights are getting cooler.
Who doesn't love to put on a pair of sneakers and a hoodie!

Are you as excited as I am about this change of season?

here's what I am up to!

Remember waaaaay back when I showed you this 
awesome slate chalkboard from Viva Terra?  
For $175 big ones!

to see my old post!

Well.... I finally got around to making my own!

Here's how it went down!  
1. I bought a 4ft.x4ft. piece of board. 
It was smooth on one side and rough on the other.

2. Then my step-dad cut the board to match
the measurements of the model.
He was able to cut 4 regular size.
And he cut one a little bigger because 
he thought the model was to narrow.
It drove him nuts that they were so narrow.
But... that's the thing I liked about this chalkboard. 
Although.... I must admit  the larger one looks really cool too! 
Thanks John!

3. We decided that it needed a little stabilization.
So I cut smaller pieces to go across
the back at the top and bottom.
I then glued them to the back and 
used clamps to hold them in place.

4. My step-dad also cut two pieces of trim 
that I then glued together.
I off set them so that they would make a lip.
A lip so the chalk wouldn't roll off!
Then I stained them the color I liked!

 5. was time for the paint.
I used some chalk board paint and rolled on 3 coats of paint!

6. Time to attach the trim to the front.
I drilled a couple holes and 
attached the trim for the chalk.

7. Lastly I needed a way to hang them.
So I attached these circle type hangers to the back.
The wood we used to stabilize them with
came in handy to attach the hangers to!

So... for about $20 I have 5 wonderful chalk boards.
 They may not be slate, but they do the trick.

I know...I know...
you are wondering what does a girl do with 5 chalkboards?

I have the perfect spot for one of them. 
My daughter would love one for her future apartment.
And the rest will make a great gift for someone. 
Graduation, shower, birthday, housewarming......
and the list goes on!

It only took me 7 months to finish this project!!
So many ideas ~ So little time!

 Have a great middle of the week day!