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DIY Picture Frame Valentine Art

So what do you do when you take a bunch of DIY Chalkboards to your booth and every one of them sells but one? There was nothing wrong with it other than being the runt of the litter, apparently too small at only 8 x 10. After months collecting dust, it came home with me and got ReLoved by transforming the DIY Picture Frame into Valentine Art.

DIY Picture Frame Valentine Art Vignette

All three of these larger ones sold quickly along with several others. The larger the board, the quicker they sold.

DIY Picture Frame Chalkboards

Lesson learned with this lonely one is go big or go home.

DIY Picture Frame Chalkboard

It's so easy to turn thrift store frames into chalkboards and you can find my tutorials here How To Repurpose Picture Frames Into Chalkboards or here Chalkboard Menu With Oyster Shell Patina.

The chalkboard sat in my basement studio for months after I brought it home. While I loved the painted frame, I was unsure what to do with it until recently when I was inspired to turn it into Valentine's Day decor.


DIY Picture Frame Valentine Art 


Further down in the post I've included a Supply List for your convenience.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.



Picture Frame Backing Board

The first thing I did was remove the chalkboard from the frame and paint right over it in the color Barn Red. It took three coats to cover the black chalkboard.

DIY Photo Frame Back Painted Red

Layer 1 - Script Stencil

Once the paint dried, I stenciled the board in French script in the color graphite with a small round stencil brush. Instead of aligning the stencil from left to right on both the top and bottom, it is more pleasing to the eye to place it randomly so the same text isn't repeated. Because it's the base layer of my framed art, no one will notice.

The stencil was held in place with painter's tape and after blotting the excess paint onto a paper towel, I used swirling motions to apply the stencil. Are you a dabber or a swirler?

DIY Valentine Art Script Stencil

DIY Heart Shape Stencil

The next layer is a white stenciled heart. Unfortunately, I don't have a heart-shaped stencil nor do I have a die cut machine to make one. If you are lucky enough to have either, skip this next step.

In Microsoft Word, select the heart shape and align it both vertically and horizontally centered on the page. Enlarge the heart to fit the painted picture frame backing board, print onto bond paper, and cut out the shape.

DIY Valentine Art Heart Shape Stencil

Layer 2 - Doily Heart Stencil 

Now here's the thing, I was not aiming for perfection when creating my framed art - my goal was for it was to have an aged and distressed finish.

First, place the heart stencil over a doily or any stencil with a lot of pattern detail and line it up to your preference. Secure it in place with painter's tape.

DIY Valentine Art Doily Heart Stencil

Place the heart in the center of the backing board and tape in place. Using white craft or chalk paint, stencil the heart doily over the French script.

I wasn't 100% happy with the size of my stenciled heart and decided to make it larger (don't do what I did and determine the size beforehand). Like I said earlier, I wasn't aiming for perfection. I realigned the doily stencil as best I could over the much larger heart and repeated the previous step.

With a script liner art brush, I freehanded a scalloped edge around the heart with the same white paint. Once the paint was dry, I distressed the art with sandpaper and applied a thin layer of brown antique wax, wiping away the excess with a lint-free rag.

DIY Picture Frame Valentine Art Supplies

As promised, pictured above are some of the supplies used to transform the chalkboard into framed Valentine art.

Supply List Picture Frame

Thrift Store Picture Frame
Black or Graphite Chalk Paint
White Chalk Paint
220 Grit Sandpaper

Supply List Valentine Art

Picture Frame Backing Board (or hardboard cut to size)
Barn Red Dixie Belle Mineral Chalk Paint
Painter's Tape
French Script Stencil
Small Round Stencil Brush
Graphite Craftsmart Acrylic Craft Paint
DecoArt Americana Doily Stencil 
Chalk White FAT Paint
Heart Shaped Stencil (or DIY stencil using die cut machine or Microsoft Word)
Antique Brown Daddy Van's Wax

DIY Picture Frame Valentine Art

I had to include a close-up of some of the rocks from my heart-shaped rock collection, found during walks along the beautiful shores of Canadian rivers, lakes, and my beloved west coast.

DIY Picture Frame Valentine Art with Heart Shaped Rocks

So the moral of the story is...

If you have dated art collecting dust in storage
or
You find picture frames with lovely detail at your local thrift store
or
You have a chalkboard that doesn't sell...

Turn it into lovely DIY Picture Frame Valentine Art. But remember, let go of the need for perfection and just have fun creating!

If you found this project inspiring, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

DIY Picture Frame Valentine Art

You will find this project linked to these fabulous PARTIES and The Shabby Creek Cottage.

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Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors

Last year in an attempt to declutter the workshop, we dismantled a corner media cabinet that I was going to "do something with one day". One day turned into months and then into years and it was decided the likelihood of me doing anything with it was slim. As Mr. Frugalista dismantled the cabinet, I grabbed anything thought worthy of salvaging despite the eye rolls of the dismantler.

Fast-forward a year to this month's Thrifty Chicks Chalkboard challenge, a perfect example of why I don't throw anything out. The two doors from that salvaged cabinet were repurposed into a Chalkboard Message Center fit for a princess.
Chalkboard Message Center Fit For A Princess
Before I get into the details of how I made my Chalkboard Message Center, I should tell you a little about the Thrifty Chicks. On the second Wednesday of every month, my creative junk loving friends and I come together to transform, upcycle or repurpose a junk find based on a theme.
Thrifty Chicks Monthly Themed Blog Hop
In case you missed it, last month's challenge was to repurpose a License Plate. I turned mine into Children's License Plate Art for my grandson's room at our house.

Chalkboard Message Center Video Tutorial


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.

Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors


Full Tutorial

These are the cabinet doors and thankfully, I kept the knobs too.
Salvaged Cabinet Doors for Message Center
Remember the Student Desk That Went All Glam? I decided to go girly girl glam with my chalkboard message center too and pair it with the desk. The desk and chair are at my booth at the Blue Jar Antique Mall and this will be heading there soon too.
Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors
The doors are painted using the leftover custom pink chalk paint from the desk. Pictured below is after the first coat and it only took two coats for complete coverage. The paint is protected with Best Dang Wax by Dixie Belle Paint Company.
Chalkboard Message Center Custom Pink Chalk Paint
The recessed part of one door is painted with two coats of craft chalkboard paint.

Tip 1: Did you know another option for making chalkboards is using flat latex paint or chalk paint?Chalkboard Paint on Salvaged Cabinet Door

Tip 2: DIY Chalkboards do have to be seasoned before being used. Simply rub the side of a stick of chalk along the board both vertically and horizontally and wipe with a clean rag.


A sheet of cork board is cut to fit into the recess of the other door.
Corkboard for recessed salvaged cabinet door
And then embellished in pink with a Polka Dot Stencil.
Stenciled Corkboard for Chalkboard Message Center
It is attached to the door with E6000 glue.
Message Center Cork Board on Salvaged Cabinet Door
The doors are joined together with metal bracket wood connectors - can't get any easier than that.
Chalkboard Center Cabinet Doors joined with metal brackets
Now to add some gold bling to the message center. The original wood knobs and two silver bulldog paper clips are painted with Rustoleum Metallic Pure Gold Spray Paint. Once dry the paint is protected with two coats of Rustoleum Matte Clear Coat.
Gold Spray Painted Accessories for Chalkboard Message Center
To add a little more bling mini round mirrors are attached to the circles on the top of each bulldog clip with E6000 glue.
Chalkboard Message Center Gold Bulldog Clips
The clips are attached to the middle of the chalkboard message center with wood screws. One to hold a stick of chalk and the other to hold a sticky note pad.
Message Center Chalkboard On Salvaged Cabinet Door
Two D-ring picture hangers are attached to the back of the frame and it is ready to hang.
Chalkboard Message Center D-Ring Hangers
I am so happy to finally put some of those salvaged cabinet pieces to good use. Cabinet doors make the perfect Chalkboard Message Center don't you think? If you enjoyed this repurpose please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors
Do you save scraps of wood, furniture parts, and bits & pieces from things that may come in handy one day? I'd love to hear your stories in the comment section below.

Please join me in visiting my friend's blogs to see how they repurposed the items pictured below and turned them into a chalkboard.
PRESS LINKS BELOW
Chalkboard Wall In The Pantry by Lora B. Create & Ponder
Chalkboard Message Center From Salvaged Cabinet Doors by The Interior Frugalista
Chalkboards In Any Color by The Vintage Cottage
Quick & Easy Cookie Sheet Chalkboard by Thrifty Rebel Vintage


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Eastlake Style Swivel Mirror Makeover - Farmhouse In Under 30 Minutes

Ever pass on a great piece of furniture or in this case, large mirror because of its dated 90's oak finish? When Mr. Frugalista told me about this Vintage Eastlake style swivel mirror that was up for auction, I gave him the thumbs up to start bidding. Assuming others couldn't see past the golden oak finish, he won for a whopping $20. This mirror is huge, heavy and vintage - perfect for above a fireplace mantel or foyer.

With very little paint, I transformed this Eastlake Style Swivel Mirror into the ever popular Farmhouse style in less than 30 minutes.

Farmhouse Eastlake Style Swivel Mirror

How To Transform 90's Oak Eastlake Style Mirror Into Farmhouse In Under 30 Minutes


I was so excited to get started I didn't realize until after I started that I hadn't taken a before picture. So this is what the mirror looked like before...or after I started the makeover.

Eastlake Style Swivel Mirror Before
I didn't keep track of the time but when I say I completed this makeover in under 30 minutes, it was probably closer to 15, it was that easy.

First I gave it a scrub with vinegar and water using an old toothbrush to get into the carving details and between the spindle rails and let it dry completely.

The wood had a glossy finish so I used 150-grit sandpaper to rough up the wood to give the chalk paint some bite.
Dry Brush Technique on Eastlake Style Tilt Mirror
Next, I used the same dry brush technique as I did on my Antique Wash Stand using Annie Sloan Chalk paint in the color Old White.

Simply dip only the tips of an inexpensive chip brush into the paint and with light pressure apply long random brush strokes. You're pretty much just hitting the high points and allowing the low points of the original finish to show throw. If you get too much paint in some areas, just sand it back with 150 grit sandpaper after the paint dries.

To add a little more distressing, I sanded along the edges of the mirror, trim and wood carvings. The paint was sealed with clear wax, applied with a lint-free rag and buffed to a matte finish.
White washed trim on Eastlake Style Swivel Mirror

Tip For Painting Mirrors

I used to spend time taping around mirrors and window panes before painting and I've learned that it really isn't necessary. Removing chalk paint is so easy with just warm water and a clean rag. Save yourself the time and money spent on tape.
Spindle Rail Base on Eastlake Style Tilt Mirror
Look how pretty those spindle rails look now painted white and distressed.
Distressed Medallion on Farmhouse Swivel Mirror
The wood medallions pop now too.
90's Oak Eastlake Style Mirror Transformation
I really wanted to keep this lovely pivot mirror but I don't have the wall space for it in my house. Also, as much as I love the Farmhouse look, I have very little of it in my house and so off to my booth at the Blue Jar Antique Mall this went. I do hope it finds the perfect Farmhouse home soon.

If you found my Eastlake Style Swivel Mirror makeover helpful, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.
Eastlake Style Swivel Mirror Before and After
Would you have passed on this mirror if you saw it? Have I inspired you not to shy away from 90's oak pieces? Perhaps you have some pieces in storage that you inherited and this inspired you to update them with paint so they can be reloved again into your living space? I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.

But before I go, I want to let you know about a new Facebook Group for furniture lovers. If you love to build, repurpose, and/or upcycle furniture then this group is for you! Every Tuesday and Thursday members are invited to share their furniture projects and a favorite is chosen to be featured. If you just want to browse and be inspired, that's okay too. To join visit HERE.

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License Plate Art For A Child's Room

Up until a few days ago, the panic button was on about participating in this month's Thrifty Chicks Challenge. Why? Because the theme is License Plates and for weeks leading up to the challenge I hemmed and hawed about what I could make with an old license plate and every time I drew a blank.

The other set back was finding a license plate that didn't cost an arm and a leg. It took a few weeks but we found one for $3.00 at the antique mall where I have a booth. It dates back to the early 80's here in the Province of Alberta.

Inspiration finally struck while in the shower. Does that happen to you? I get the best ideas or solutions to life's problems while in the shower.

An image of the back end of an old truck came to mind (no I wasn't looking in the mirror at the time) and instantly I knew I had a great idea for License Plate Wall Art For A Child's Room, particularly our grandson's room at Grandma & Papa's house.

License Plate Wall Art For A Child's Room

I ran across the hall to my office and grabbed the first piece of paper I could find to draw a rough sketch. At my age, had I waited until after I got ready, the idea would have long since been forgotten. Does that happen to you too?

License Plate Wall Art Rough Design Sketch

Before I get into the details of how I made my children's license plate art, I should tell you a little about the Thrifty Chicks. On the second Wednesday of every month, a few of my creative junk loving friends and I come together to transform, upcycle or repurpose a junk find based on a theme.

Thrifty Chicks Monthly Themed Blog Hop

In case you missed them, in June the challenge was Chair and I gave a makeover to two Danish wooden chairs here in my post, Scandinavian Half Painted Chairs. In July the challenge was Kitchen and I turned thrift store cutlery and a sugar bowl into DIY Silverware Wind Chimes.

License Plate Art For A Child's Room


DIY Repurposed License Plate Wall Art Supplies
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.

Materials List

Craft Paper (newspaper would also work)
Pencil
Scissors
Hardboard
Vintage License Plate
Craftsmart Chalkboard Paint
Country Chic Paint Moon Dew 
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Shimmering Silver
DecoArt Americana Raw Umber
Dixie Belle Paint Company Barn Red
Top of salvaged Newel Post (round disk from anything)
E6000 Glue
Gorilla Wood Glue

Tools

Jigsaw
Miter Saw
Mouse Sander

Create a template

The first task was to create a template of an enlarged version of the tiny sketch I drew after getting out of the shower. With brown craft paper and a pencil, I drew a freehand drawing of the back of an old truck, using the license plate as my guide. The sketch is not to scale but rather a whimsical childlike illustration of an old truck.

For each side of the truck to be symmetrical, I folded the paper in half and cut along the illustration on one side. After it was cut I drew the details on the opposite side.

License Plate Wall Art Template

Ignore the paper rectangles marked with an X. I had originally planned on making stained wood plaques to hang from the license plate - much like tin cans hanging from the bumper of a wedding car. I was going to connect them all with wire and decoupage photos of my grandson onto each one. I changed my mind when I realized it would make the art far too big for the wall I planned on hanging it.

Trace template onto wood

I traced the template with a pencil onto thin hardboard, this would keep the weight of the art light for hanging on a wall.

License Plate Wall Art Tracing Template Onto Wood

Cut out wood template

Using our relic jigsaw (Mama needs a new jigsaw), I cut out the wooden template and sanded the rough edges with a mouse sander (another relic in the workshop).

License Plate Wall Art Cutting Wood Template

Paint the wood template

Using the paper template as my guide I drew in the details of the truck like the bumper, tailgate, back window and rear view mirrors.

Nothing for this project was purchased except the license plate. With paint I already had on hand, the body of the truck was painted in the color Moon Dew by Country Chic Paint. The bumper and rear view mirrors were painted with Shimmering Silver DecoArt Dazzling Metallics. With a script liner art brush and black paint, I outlined the frame of the back tailgate.

DIY License Plate Wall Art For Child's Room

The back window was painted with Craftsmart Chalkboard Paint.

License Plate Wall Art With Chalkboard Rear Window

The truck was looking a little too new and needed some rust, so I dabbed DecoArt Americana Raw Umber by simply dabbing the color on with a round stencil brush and a lint free rag.

License Plate Wall Art Rusty Vintage Truck

Add tail lights

To make tail lights, I had a salvaged top of an old newel post and sliced it into two disks on the miter saw.

License Plate Children's Wall Art Cutting Tail Lights

I painted them Barn Red by Dixie Belle Paint Company and attached them with Gorilla Wood Glue. The license plate was attached with E6000 glue.

Children's License Plate Wall Art 3D Tail Lights

Now the License plate Art was ready to hang in Westin's room but first I attached a sawtooth hanger on the back with a hot glue gun.

The moral of the story...

When you find yourself in a creative slump or stumped on one of life's problems, jump in the shower. You never know what answers will come.

If you like this idea for wall art for a child's room by repurposing a vintage license plate, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

License Plate Art For A Child's Room

Please join me in visiting my friend's blogs to see what they did with the items pictured below by pressing the links below the picture.

License Plate Thrifty Chicks Challenge Before Photos
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License Plate Trug How-To by Lora B. Create & Ponder
License Plate Art For A Child's Room by The Interior Frugalista
License Plate Yard Art by The Vintage Cottage
How To Make A License Plate Wind Chime by Thrifty Rebel Vintage


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