Magnetic Chalkboards and the Hope Christmas Market

The Hope Christmas Craft Market in Hope, New Jersey is just around the corner on Saturday and Sunday, December 6th and 7th.  This is our 6th year doing this show and we are excited about all the furniture pieces we have this year, along with new pillow designs, new wreath designs, new tote bag designs and lots of vintage home decor items.

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One of the new items I’ve been working on are these framed magnetic chalkboards.

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Each of these started out as an old metal or wood frame that got a face lift with paint.  For the metal frames, I used Krylon spray paint in ivory satin finish and then coated them with poly-acrylic to prevent chipping.

I like how the ivory paint makes the metal edge look like lace.

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For the distressed wood frame, I used several coats of SW creamy, followed by light sanding and then brushed on some dark walnut stain for an aged finish.

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The chalkboard is simply a piece of galvanized roofing flashing, purchased from Home Depot.  We used a utility knife to cut it to size and then coated it with 3 coats of chalkboard paint.

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Whether used for displaying photos, artwork  or a simple wreath, I love the flexibility of these frames with the use of magnets.  Here, I used scrabble letters and hot glued them to small round magnets but really there is no limit to what could be used.

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The inspiration for these framed chalkboards came from a project we completed earlier this month – a tall, wall mounted magnetic chalkboard for my kitchen “command center”.

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The roof flashing was the perfect width as it comes in a 20 inch wide roll by 10 feet in length.  I used the same process as with the smaller frames of painting it with 3 coats of chalkboard paint.  My husband framed it for me and then screwed it to the wall. (we still need to plug the screw holes).

It has really helped me stay organized with my calendar and notes at the top of the chalkboard in plain view.  My son Jack gets the bottom half.

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Scrabble letters were used for the magnets here as well, along with a scrabble game tray for holding chalk, which I hot glued to the frame.  Easy peasy and perfect as a chalk tray!

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And while I am on the subject of chalkboard walls, I did a little more tweaking of our piano alcove:

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In the coming days, we will be sharing more of the items that we will have available for sale at the Hope Show.  Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!  Debra

 

 

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