This is what it looked like before. Well sort of, I had taped off the blackboard and cork board before realizing I hadn't taken a before picture yet.
I had also removed an assortment of mismatched hooks on the bottom before taking this picture.
Here are the products I used for this makeover...
Moon Dew is the perfect chalk paint color to compliment the blue accents in their living room and kitchen. I applied two coats to get complete coverage.
Using Frog Tape's Shape Tape (I love this stuff) I added some fun Chevron stripes to the cork board.
Next I did a reverse transfer by using self-adhesive letters that I pick up at the dollar store onto the front of each pocket. The lighter blue color of the letters actually looked good and I could have kept them as is but I planned on giving this message board a rustic look.
I dry brushed Simplicity White chalk paint over the entire message board to soften the blue and give it that rustic look. Over the fronts of the two pockets I applied full coverage so the letters would transfer. Once dry I removed each self-adhesive letter and sanded the front of the pockets to reveal some of the blue.
I also gave the chalkboard a quick refresh with a coat of black chalkboard paint. After it was dry I seasoned the board by rubbing chalk all over it and wiping it with a damp paper towel.
Such an easy peasy update and what a difference!
That's my adorable grandson on the laptop screen. That smile melts my heart every time I see it. When I arrived he was screaming like a wild man. Made it hard for my daughter to leave but I managed to get him settled and fast asleep within five minutes cuz that's just what us Grandma's do!