A Dining Room Chalkboard

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When I posted my Fall Centerpiece  I had a couple of inquiries about the chalkboard in the background.  This is a project I have wanted to do for a very long time but finding the perfect piece was a little difficult. I searched the goodwill shops for months to no avail. Originally I was looking for something oval with a fancy frame but had no luck. One day I went into Goodwill I spotted this mulit-functional board made up of a white board, bulletin board and note/envelope holder. It was $5.99!

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I couldn’t pass it up, it was the perfect size and I was okay with the clean straight lines.

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I took the backing off and removed the white board, bulletin board and fabric center. I spray painted the frame with white Rustoleum spray paint in a matte finish and I painted the backboard with chalkboard paint.

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Since the backboard was already black, a couple coats of chalkboard paint did the trick.

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I rubbed over the now dry freshly painted chalkboard with white chalk and then wiped it off with a paper towel but  I didn’t wipe it off entirely, I like that school chalkboard look.

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I wish I was more of an artist, but this is the best I could write!

Well, all I had to work with was sidewalk chalk too!!

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I really like the two strips of wood creating dividers on the chalkboard, gives it character and lends it to be used for different things.

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Our dining area is a part of our kitchen so you can see this very easily in the kitchen. If I could only come up with meals for every day of the week I’d be all set, this menu has been up for 3 weeks now -ha, ha!

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Comments

  1. Very cute!! I love chalkboards. I just bought some chalkboard spray paint…I may have to get silly with it!

  2. The chalkboard looks great! I am in love with chalkboards as well, just covered a huge part of my living room wall in chalkboard wall sticker sheets. (I most remember to take some pics and post that later).
    You’ve got a great blog, thanks for posting!

  3. What a cute blog name you have. I saw your post at Brambleberry Cottage party. I just made a chalkboard message board out of window too – just have to get the post ready – yours is darling.

  4. Sarah I noticed that chalkboard in your previous post too. It looks great and what a great find! Thanks for sharing it.

  5. What a great chalkboard – love that it has 3 parts!
    Great job!

  6. Don’t you just love finding a bargain and then transforming it into something so darn cute and functional.

  7. What a beautiful blog you have! I found you through the Creating Community link-up!

    red-dirt-mama.com

  8. I’m having a hard time deciding what night I’ll be over for dinner. Leaning toward Tacos right now.

    ~Bliss~

  9. Great, Great, Great, project!

  10. I love how that turned out! A friend of mine did one with a very large frame and hung it in her dining room- I loved the look so much I painted our pantry door (you can see it here -http://motheringwithgrace.com/2012/06/25/you-before-me/)
    It’s not quite as pretty as hers or yours- but at least it’s functionable. :)

  11. This turned out so cute! I adore anything involving chalkboard paint! Looks great in your dining room!

  12. This is adorable!! I love it!

  13. Super cute chalkboard! Ahhh I am falling in love with your seashells above the window and your paint color!

  14. Sarah, Your chalk board looks just fabulous in your home! Perfect use for a message board!! I just love your style!!! Thanks for bringing your great chalkboard to TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  15. This is so cute. I love what you did with this. Thanks so much for linking with Adorned From Above’s link Party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  16. Great Idea, we have chalkboard in your dinning area too!

  17. Very cute! The aisles of Goodwill are great for finding just the right thing to re-vamp :) Your weekly menu looks alot like ours…tacos, pasta…

  18. Cute and great find at Value Village!

  19. My first thought was that it was an old window, looks totally like one. So now I’m on the hunt for a old window to turn into a chalkboard. Looks awesome, great job!
    Stacia

  20. Visiting from Days of Chalk and Chocolate… Love your chalkboard! It’s really original in it’s shape. Almost looks like an old window. Very cool!

  21. I think it looks great, the clean lines are nice!

  22. Love the chalkboard menu idea; very cool! Yours came out great! Love the white frame!

  23. I love this upcycle. You’ve turned something boring into something fabulous. What a great idea. Oh how I love chalkboard paint :)

  24. I absolutely LOVE this! I should try making something similar myself. That way I don’t get the dreaded question of “What’s for dinner?” four times during the day lol.

    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!
    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com
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  25. I was one of thos elast week that inquired about that chalkboard! I adore it and now I am on the quest to find on for me! Love what you did – great repurpose!
    Thanks for sharing your excitement and ideas at the Creative Inspirations Linky! Please stop back next week for the Autumn Inspiration Linky Party to link up your fall ideas!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
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  26. Love it! Great job! Thanks for linking up to the Pomp Party this week! Hope to see you back next week! Pinning!

  27. Great score! Fabulous price and you turned into something amazing. I absolutely love it in your dining room!If you have a sec this weekend, I would love if you linked up at my party, Get Schooled Saturday over at Too Much Time On My Hands.
    xxx Kim
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  28. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Cute! And perfect for the dining room :)

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina
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  29. Great idea, I would LOVE this for my dining room. How cool would it be to put the menu up for our next dinner party. I think friends would love to see what is coming next. Thanks for sharing on Super Sweet Sunday
    -steph
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  30. I love this Sarah!! Beautiful job! I also love the blue plates!
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  31. I can’t believe how you completely turned around your GW find! Thanks for sharing this at Sunday Blog Love, you are so creative and I will continue to enjoy reading your blog. I’ll be featuring this as one of my favorites. Have a wonderful week!

  32. I love this chalkboard, especially the dividers that it has. You did a great job!

  33. Love this idea! I like the window-pane effect too. Really cute!
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  34. Maybe it could become a magic chalkboard. you could write the menu out and the little elves would come and make your dinners for you. If only…

    Love this idea – I had been wondering if you would post about it.
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  35. LOVE this! Chalkboards are just so practical (and cute) in the kitchen!

    Thank you for linking up at Keep Calm & Link Up again last week…we hope you’ll join us again this Friday! :o)
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  36. Hey there!
    Stopping by from the “Monday MeetUp” – I´m a new follower!
    Love your blog!
    Have a nice day,
    xoxo
    Anni
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  37. What a cute idea! My little girl would love something like this!

    I’m stopping by from the Naptime Review. I’d love for you to visit my blog at http://www.fashionablysaving.wordpress.com

    Have a great day!
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  38. This is such a fantastic idea! I love the idea of planning a menu and being prepared ahead of time. Thank you so very much for linking up, it warms my heart.
    Laura Ingalls Gunn recently posted..How Do You Like My Fantel? ~ A Faux Fall MantelMy Profile

  39. I absolutely love coming to your blog because there’s always something fresh here. I like this idea!
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  40. You have a GREAT eye! That is such a creative thing to transform into a chalkboard. Cute!

  41. This is such a great post! We should definitely follow each other. Feel free to check out my blog
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  42. Thanks for sharing this great idea on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love chalkboards and this is fantastic!

    Jody

  43. Hi Sarah, love your chalkboard. The divisions really give it great character. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    Hugs,
    Jann
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  44. That looks great! It fits perfectly in your space. Megan
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  45. Great looking board!! Thanks so much for sharing your talents at the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    http://www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com
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  46. very nice board you’ve created. plus i love the idea of meal planning… but the reality of it…. ?! Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas at our linky party at http://www.finecraftguild.com/ & we love seeing you back there this week with another project!!
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  47. Great chalkboard, Sarah! Love the transformation from what it was to this!
    Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions recently posted..Thrifty Finds With A PurposeMy Profile

  48. LOL! I was going to compliment you on how well organized you are what with planning out your meals in advance! I’m a last minute run to the grocery store day of meal planner!

    Love the chalkboard … I can’t get enough of chalkboard paint and chalkboard spray paint …

    :)

    Linda
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  49. Nice! I will never grow tired of seeing chalkboard menu boards!

  50. This is so cute! I love this idea for posting the weekly menu. Thanks for sharing!

  51. Great idea! Thanks for linking up to our Pretty Things Party. Hope to see you back next week!

  52. Really cute, do you really know what you’ve making for a whole week? Also love how it looks in your room. Chalk board should be in every room! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  53. This looks great- I’d love to have one just like it for my diningroom!

  54. Sarah,
    This turned out great. I have yet to try the chalkboard paint but I really want to now. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week. Have a great week.
    Michelle

  55. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/how-to-make-natural-tinted-lip-balm-and.html
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
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  56. Great find – I just love how it turned out! I’ve been wanting something like this for our dining area – so cute :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!
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  57. I need one of those but I am so bad with sticking with menu plans. I’d have things listed but I”m sure I wouldn’t actually make half of them.

  58. Sarah it is fabulous!! I need to make a backing for the huge frame i have so I can turn it into a chalk board for in our dining room. Thanx for coming to the party!

  59. Hi Sarah: I love your new chalkboard! I just got a frame at a thrift store yesterday and I want to turn it into a chalkboard that I’m going to use to cover our tv screen when it’s not in use–we’ll see how it turns out!

  60. So nice! Great job in transforming it! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!
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  61. I want to make one!! I’m pinning this :)
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  62. Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/09/clever-chicks-blog-hop-2-featured-post.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy
    The Chicken Chick

  63. What a great find! I love how it is divided too and it is perfect for your dining room! Thanks for sharing at Gettin’ Krafty With It!
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  64. I need something like that for my kitchen :)
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  65. I love this idea!
    I’m wanting to incorporate a chalkboard into my kitchen and was just going to do the old repurposed-picture-frame-thing, but when I saw your post it gave me great inspiration… I actually thought this was a casement window frame – something that is readily available where I live. Now I’ll have to go pick one up and transform it :)
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  66. Super cute! I am a huge chalkboard fan! Great job, Sarah!

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