I have been wanting to make my own chalkboard for quite a while, but was waiting to find the right frame. In my search, I found this old cupboard door. I liked the size and decided to use it instead of a normal frame. The chalkboard surface was painted using Annie Sloan "Graphite". I painted three coats and then waxed it with Annie Sloan dark wax. The outer frame is painted in Annie Sloan "Old White". I then sanded it a bit and waxed it with the dark wax. Since the chalkboard isn't really large, I knew I needed a phrase without many words. My first thought was "Count Your Blessings".
I measured the size of the chalkboard surface and then on a separate piece of paper sketched my basic design. I then just used regular chalk and put the design onto the chalkboard. It really wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be.
I decided to hang it in a small area next to my dining room. Under the chalkboard is my father's old high chair. I made the #5 pillow from muslin and used acrylic paint with fabric medium to paint the five (there are five people in our family). The vintage hat boxes are from my grandparents.
I'll close out today's post with the words of the song that were my inspiration for the chalkboard.
Count Your Blessings
When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings,
name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done!