Talk Of The Town Party 124

I've come to the conclusion that having a wood deck is a real pain in the...well you know. This weekend was a long weekend for us in Canada and we Mr. Frugalista spent ours stripping peeling stain and replacing rotten boards on our cedar deck. If we planned on staying in this house for another five years I'd definitely splurge for composite decking because we're getting too old for this SHooT.

In my defense, I wasn't sitting around watching Mr. Frugalista do all the work - I was busy working on numerous upcoming furniture makeovers and DIY projects that I'll be sharing soon.

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!

Talk of the Town link party

We've got some amazing features to show you this week!
First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!


This Week At The Interior Frugalista ToTT 124
Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

 Farm Kitchen Reveal - The Country Chic Cottage
Farm Kitchen Reveal - The Country Chic Cottage Flag Fruit Sugar Cookie Pizza - Walking on Sunshine
Flag Fruit Sugar Cookie Pizza - Walking on Sunshine How to Hide Outdoor House Electrical Boxes - Not Just a Housewife
The Best Skillet Brownies Recipe - Starships and Laser Beams
The Best Skillet Brownies Recipe - Starships and Laser Beams

Double Shutter DIY Wardrobe - Scavenger Chic
Double Shutter DIY Wardrobe - Scavenger Chic
Sand Pudding Cups - Food Fun Family
Sand Pudding Cups - Food Fun Family
Now, it's your turn!
PLEASE NOTE – There are *2* separate link-ups;
the first is for DIY/Vintage/Repurposed links and the second for Recipe Links. 
Thank you!
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Large DIY Chalkboard - No Power Tools Required

Today I'm sharing how to make a large chalkboard without using power tools. Yup, I went all old school on this one with a hammer and nails and I'm not going to lie, it hurt a little.

Only because I'm out of practice. If I can take the quick and easy route with power tools, I'm on it. But our small compressor is on the fritz and to pull out the one that requires herculean strength for a handful of brad nails was way too much work for this old gal.

I realize not everyone has access to or likes using power tools so this is a way to make a custom chalkboard without. It doesn't matter whether you have a garage or workshop, this project can be made on your living room floor or dining table if you have bad knees like me.

Large DIY Chalkboard

Large DIY Chalkboard - No Power Tools Required


I love chalkboards so much so that I created a dedicated Pinterest board for them here Chalkboard Everything.

I've made many over the years by repurposing picture framessilver platters & charger plates, dated artworkold signs, and cabinet doors.

Heck, I've even painted a chalkboard on our kitchen wall. But I wanted a larger chalkboard for a prop to use with my furniture makeover photos.

Large DIY Chalkboard With Banner

This Large DIY Chalkboard is so easy to make and finish in a few short hours. It'd be even quicker if you didn't have to wait for paint to dry.

Large DIY Chalkboard With Rustic Frame

I've included a Materials List towards the bottom of this post. It contains affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you, which supports the costs of running this site. See my full disclosure policy.

Large DIY Chalkboard - No Power Tools Required

So here's how I did it...


Lumber for the chalkboard frame

Large DIY Chalkboard Lumber

I used 1" x 2" Furring Strips to build this simple and rustic chalkboard frame.

Confession: I used a miter saw to cut the wood - why wouldn't I when the thing was sitting a foot away from me. But you could use a good old fashion saw if you don't have access to a miter saw OR better yet, have the home improvement store cut the boards to size for you.

Before assembly, I stained the wood with Minwax Wood Finish in the color Provincial, applied with a clean rag.

Chalkboard Frame Assembly

I built the frame with simple butt joints. First I dabbed some wood glue on the ends of the uprights and joined them with corner clamps. With a good old fashion hammer, I tacked two brown 1-inch nails into each joint.

Large DIY Chalkboard Frame Assembly

Chalkboard cut to size

Making the chalkboard is easy. All you need is a sheet of hardboard - they come in 4' x 8' sheets. Ask the home improvement store to cut the board to size for you. Bonus, the offcuts can be used for future chalkboards - they make great gifts!

If they won't cut it for you, measure and mark with a pencil line onto the hardboard sheet. Using a straight edge and a utility knife with a sharp blade, scribe the hardboard until it snaps. It'll take a few scribes to get through the board.

Hardboard Sheet For Large DIY Chalkboard

Create the chalkboard with paint

Did you know you can use flat paint to make a chalkboard? What I like about using it over readymade chalkboard paint is the quick drying time between coats. For mine, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Graphite, because I had it on hand.

I rolled the chalk paint on with a small 4-inch foam roller and let it dry about 45 minutes to an hour between coats. It took three coats for full coverage.

Painting Large DIY Chalkboard

Season the chalkboard

Before using a brand new chalkboard it is important that you season it first. To do this you simply rub the side of a stick of chalk all over the board both vertically and horizontally. With a paper towel or clean rag rub the chalk into the pores of the paint in a circular motion. Clean the board with either a chalkboard brush or clean rag.

Chalkboard Assembly 

Lay the chalkboard frame with the good side facing towards the floor/surface you're working on. Lay the painted side of the hardboard facing down on top of the frame. With 3/4-inch finishing nails, secure the chalkboard to the frame.

TIP: Save your finger's and use needle nose pliers to hold the short nails while you hammer them in place.

Attaching Hardboard To Large DIY Chalkboard

That's it!

I'm so glad to FINALLY have that oversized chalkboard I've been wanting for photo staging.

Large DIY Chalkboard With Books


Materials List

1" x 2" furring strips lumber
Hand Saw (if home improvement store can't cut the lumber to size)
Gorilla Wood Glue
Corner Clamps
Provincial Minwax Wood Finish
Hammer
1-inch Brown Nails
3/4-inch Finishing Nails
Hardboard
Utility Knife and Straight Edge  (if home improvement store can't cut the hardboard to size)
Graphite Chalk Paint or Chalkboard Paint
4-inch Foam Roller

Items on the list without a link can be found at The Interior Frugalista SHOP on Amazon.


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Large DIY Chalkboard - No Power Tools Required

So what camp do you fall under? I'd rather build this chalkboard with power tools OR I prefer going old school without power tools?

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Black Painted Waterfall Hutch (Second Time Around)

You might remember in my post, The Sad Truth Behind My Oval Coffee Table that I'm on a mission to give re-makeovers to any furniture that has not sold in over six months. Tired of these rejected pieces taking up valuable space in our basement, I'm happy to report that this Black Painted Waterfall Hutch is the last to receive a second makeover.
My new rule - no more furniture allowed in this house until I've given makeovers to the ones in the queue and RE-makeovers to the ones that haven't sold.

Like the Summer Blueberries Pedestal Coffee Table, my Antique Waterfall Hutch went from market to market but at the end of the day, would end up back on the truck. I also tried selling it in my booth at the antique mall as well as listing it online and while it received loads of interest, not a soul wanted to buy it.

Black Painted Waterfall Hutch REmakeover

So in late December I reached out on my Facebook Page and asked for help. I wanted to know what readers felt was the defining element that prevented potential buyers from pulling out their wallets.

Many said the turn off was probably the combination of black and stained wood. The third most popular suggestion was to paint the cabinet blue. But the most popular suggestion was to paint it white and I get it - white sells. I seriously considered going this option, so much so that I bought the paint.

Painting the cabinet ALL black was the second most popular suggestion. After spending months considering my options I just couldn't open that can of white paint because I truly loved the black. I figured there was nothing to lose considering I still had some leftover paint and if worse comes to worst, I can always go over it with white and have a nice base for distressing.

I loved it...I loved it a lot.


Black Painted Waterfall Hutch


Black Painted Waterfall Hutch Right Side

I've included a Materials List towards the bottom of this post. It contains affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend for this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you, which supports the costs of running this site. See my full disclosure policy.

Black Distressed Painted Waterfall Hutch

What I changed on the exterior

I sanded the raised stencil on the lower door and painted all the stained sections of the exterior black. Then I used my mouse sander and went crazy with the distressing.

Black Painted Waterfall Hutch Distressed Base

What I changed on the interior

The next decision was whether to keep the top portion of the hutch a creamy white or paint it black. Black won again.

Black Painted Waterfall Hutch Interior

I love how my white vintage hobnail and milk glass collection pops against the black. Vintage Ironstone would look amazing on display too but so would any color that offers a contrast and pop of color.

Added some bling

I changed out the clear glass knobs for some pretty mercury glass bling and I love the contrast.

Black Painted Waterfall Hutch Mercury Glass Knob

Changed the drawer liner

Even the drawer got a new makeover by changing out the contact paper with birch bark wrapping paper. I always use wallpaper paste to line drawers because it provides more adjustment time and creates fewer air bubbles and wrinkles.

Black Waterfall Hutch Paper Lined Drawer

Deepened the color

To deepen the black I applied Daddy Van's Shadow Black wax and just love how rich it made the color.

Black Painted Waterfall Hutch Black Waxed

I think the Art Deco Waterfall Hutch has such a classic look now with a Farmhouse twist and I'm thrilled with the results.

Black Painted Waterfall Hutch Makeover

Before and After Comparison

Let's compare the first makeover with the second, shall we? I'm so anxious to hear what you think.

BEFORE - Makeover Number One

Black Painted Waterfall Hutch Makeover Number One

AFTER - Makeover Number Two

Black Painted Waterfall Hutch AFTER

And for the fun of it, this is what the waterfall hutch looked like before the first makeover.

Black Painted Waterfall Hutch Before

This is why I love what I do; breathing new life into sad vintage furniture and REloving it into our living space!

Materials List

Black Chalk Paint
Daddy Van's Shadow Black Wax
Faux Birch Bark Wrapping Paper (alternates)
Wallpaper Paste
Mercury Glass Furniture Knobs

Products without a link can be found in my Interior Frugalista Shop on Amazon.


So what do you think? Did I make the right choice? Don't be shy, I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.

If you like my Black Painted Waterfall Hutch Re-makeover, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.
Black Waterfall Hutch Makeover No. 2

Black Painted Waterfall Hutch
If there is anything to be learned from these two waterfall hutch makeovers is that you can't ruin a piece of furniture with paint. If you're not happy with the first attempt, go back and tweak until it speaks.

This isn't my first black painted furniture rodeo, here are some other furniture makeovers that I painted black. Like this handcrafted scalloped table but guess what? I didn't use black paint. This black painted Old World Map Coffee Table was decoupaged with wrapping paper. Recently I used plastic inlays to stencil this Black Bird Coffee Table

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Talk Of The Town Party 123

Hello friends, I hope all our Moms had a wonderful Mother's Day! My day started with hubby making a delicious breakfast. I enjoyed spending the afternoon with my daughter painting pottery at a local studio. The evening was spent with my son and daughter-in-law who had us over for the best-smoked BBQ ribs I've ever tasted. I went to bed feeling very blessed. Now it's time to party and I can't wait to see what you share with us this week.

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!

Talk of the Town link party

First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!

Last Week At Knick of Time

Last Week At My Repurposed Life

Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

My Secret To Control Where Your Milk Paint Chips - Orphans With Make Up
Mini Fresh Strawberry Pies - All Because She Saved


Mini Frozen Lemon Pies - Joy In The Everyday
Stunning RV Renovation - Must Have Mom
Now, it's your turn!
PLEASE NOTE – There are now *2* separate link ups; the first is for DIY/Vintage/Repurposed links and the second for recipes. Thank you!
By linking up at Talk of the Town, you agree that your photos may be used to promote the party, or in other round-ups.
***Please keep in mind that linking up with stock photography or using photos without express permission by the photo owner is not allowed. Links of stock photography or photos that are not owned by you will be removed without notification.***
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