I love when a good thing comes together, don't you?
So I've had this old entertainment center door in my basement storage area for awhile:
I had the hubs 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 my bloggy world friends dittie during one blissful nap time where I had nothing but time (rare, I know but treasured) and stumbled upon this adorable idea at Bec's cutie patootie blog here.....dont'cha just love her????
So here is the picture of my inspiration in case you have link-a-phobia :) :
Isn't this too cute???? 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 hubs is in construction and gets them from demo's. No such luck here with my hubs 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, hmmmm, wouldn't it be kinda cool to make a really neat anniversary gift for the hubs out of it and not have to spend mucho moola???
I went out and bought these puppies:
They were $12.00 at Michael's but I had a coupon and birthday money burning a hole in my pocket. Not cheap BUT these pens used to be a lot more moola and only available online. Plus when you see this project, I guarantee you will want to run out and buy these immediately. I did after seeing Bec's project......
I then needed to paint the frame of the entertainment center with the usual suspects: spray paint.
I had the hubs tape this for me (sneaky, huh? he had no idea!!) so I painted the frame with basic 99 cent 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!! Weeee!!!! It looks vintage/shabby chic, which was the theme for our wedding and since this is an anniversary present, I was a very happy girlie!
Here it is after I removed the tape.....
And here is a copy of our vows the minster gave us after our ceremony...do you see where I am goin' with this??? Do ya????
How was I gonna pull this off so beautifully like Bec did with her chalkboard art work???
Enter one of my BFF's and my matron of honor at said wedding five years ago, Rebecca! I mean its 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 along side us. :))
Here she is almost done......then she traced over the chalk with my chalk pens.......
And here is the finished product!!!!
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 livingdiningroom:
This project got me so inspired that I moved the room around (yes, again.....) and now I love it even more.
I had everything except the paint pens so my cost- $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- 5 bucks at Home Depot.
white spray paint- 99 cents at Wal Mart.
chalk ink- 12.00 at Michaels.
Thanks to my dear bestie Rebecca for helping me out.
Love you, friend.