When debating what I wanted to do for monthly/weekly photos of Emily I came up with the idea of doing a vintage chalkboard to write down each age. I had thought about the little stickers everyone seems to be using or whatever those are, but wanted something more original. I had pinned a few ideas, but some of it was just too much work for me. I managed to not get the frame made in time so her first photos were just with her elephant. I loved the idea of the elephant because it will be neat to see how she gets bigger and bigger next to that giant elephant. So her monthly or weekly photos look like this:
Not to mention it serves the purpose of being use as a message board too. I posted this picture on my sisters facebook wall on my niece's birthday. I plan to use this for many more birthday and messages for her to leave for people she loves.
So how did I make it??
I wanted a vintage/victorian looking frame. I looked in places like TJ Maxx, Ross, & Marshall's where I had purchased some of that style frame for her room, but to no avail nothing. I was ready to go thrift store hopping when my mom found this frame in her closet. I grabbed a can of yellow krylon spraypaint & gave it a quick spray. It could probably use a second coat, but I like that it has a slight hint of grey in the background as it matches her room. The paint ran a little, but for this project I didn't care that much.
I then grabbed a can of krylon chalkboard paint to spray the glass. Can I just say pay attention to the color you purchase?! I bought green on accident and wondered why it didn't dry black. Doofus.
Then when I sprayed black over the top it crackled like crazy! I turned the glass over and sprayed it black & it worked out just fine until I ruined it another way. Yep...don't spray paint on a windy day! Grass & leaves blew into the garage landing on the glass. I pulled them off but they left little scratches & dents in the paint. You can't tell in the pictures so it's not a big deal, but I can see it which drives me crazy.
Regardless...I love how it turned out even with all of its flaws. And it's perfect for what I needed it for. I love my little chalkboard message board!!
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