Count Your Blessings

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


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!



16 comments:

  1. What a great idea, Doreen. It's just beautiful. I'm here from the newbie party and your newest follower. Megan

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    1. Megan,

      Thanks. I'll be sure to pop over to your blog!

      Doreen

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  2. Doreen that is a fantastic project. LOVE it. Thanks so much for sharing with the newbie party. Enjoy!~

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    1. Debbie,

      Thanks for taking your time to stop by my blog and thanks for hosting the weekly newbie party!

      Doreen

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  3. That chalk board turned out super cute! and I love that hymn....nothing picks you up like taking time to be thankful.

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  4. Hi, Doreen! Your chalkboard is adorable and the hymn is a wonderful reminder of the goodness of our Savior! Praise the Lord! I'm your newest follower. Please stop by bellanest.blogspot.com any time!

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    1. Holly,

      Thanks so much! I'll be sure to stop by your blog!

      Doreen

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  5. Cute chalkboard and I love that pillow!

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  6. Beautiful chalkboard, and beautiful song.

    thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic!

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  7. Totally Perfect!!! I'd love to have you share at my party...it JUST opened!!!

    http://www.itsoverflowing.com/2012/04/overflowing-with-creativity-19.html

    XO, Aimee

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    1. Aimee,

      Thanks for the invite!

      Doreen

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  8. I love the chalk board, (I'll have to keep an eye out for old doors now) and I really love that no:5 pillow!

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    1. Rhissanna,

      Thanks for your kind words!

      Doreen

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  9. I saw your sweet chalkboard featured over at Klassic Sundays- You had me singing the song in my head as soon as I saw the picture!

    Love it!

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    1. Mary Ellen,

      So glad it had you singing! Whenever I make something like this based on a hymn or song, I find I sing in my head too!

      Doreen

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