DSC_0813 The joy of finding items that you can Up-Do into another useful form!  I found a 1980’s red wooden calendar holder and shelf at a garage sale. It had three wooden pegs coming out of bottom for hooks. My mind immediately saw a chalkboard (the in-thing) with better hooks and of course freshly painted and with some more details-hmmm…   I like how my mind buzzes with activity when I get a new project.

I should have taken a photo of original calendar board so you could see the transformation. The design of the calendar board was practical and good so I just made some changes to take it to now.  DSC_0812First, I took the wood pegs off and drilled holes through the wood where the pegs had been glued as I was going to put cabinet hardware knobs on.  I went to a local hobby craft store and found just the knobs I wanted.  I searched through my odd-n-end box and found the beautiful decorative ornate metal piece. DSC_0815 This would go on to add charm and uniqueness to this chalkboard shelf organizer.  I cleaned the wood down and painted with Annie Sloan French Linen Chalk Paint.  I did not use a primer as I didn’t mind if some of the red peeked through.  While paint was drying I went to a local hardware store where the guys cut chalkboard for me to fit my projects.  The next day I lightly distressed the board and washed down and clear waxed to make the paint stick and piece durable.  I glued the chalkboard in and secured my scroll metal design with tiny nails and placed my new cabinet knobs on. I love that the organizer had a pen holder to write on the calendar now it can hold chalk to write on the chalk board. I am thrilled with the outcome of this project. It turned out functional and with the casual elegance style I strive for!

You can purchase this hand painted distressed chalkboard on Etsy.com at my store (Abundant Trove) or contact me.  This chalkboard organizer would be great in your mudroom to keep reminders handy and timely. You can loop your keys on the knobs.  We all use lanyards here so that would work nicely. It would also be good in a kitchen or office.DSC_0821

I do custom paint frames and will quote you on painting your furniture if you live in my area. Check out my shop for vintage and hand beaded jewelry designs.  Thanks!