I love hanging art in our home, but sometimes, if I’m being totally honest with you guys, I am too lazy to go find a frame, put nails in the wall, find a spot, etc. First world problems, right? So I’m always interested in ways to have art that is easily changeable, and when I saw a cute little display of clipboards with chalkboard paint on them at our local West Elm, I knew that I wanted to make a set of my own.
No problem, I thought to myself- I’ll just grab some clipboards, some spray paint, spray them and hang them and look fabulous. Easier said than done of course. Shouldn’t I know this by now? The trouble started in locating my supplies. After going to three dollar stores and two Targets, I was finally able to find clipboards. Apparently they are not a popular item if it’s not back to school season. I bought the entire stock of clipboards our Target had…all five of them.
I then had to go to two craft stores to find chalkboard spray paint. What is happening? I guess chalkboard spray paint is popular with the masses now. I need to stock up just in case next time. But I bought the one lonely bottle they had, thinking to myself for some unknown reason- that bottle looks suspect to me.
Because it was.
After finally having a day where it wasn’t raining, I was able to spend ONE HOUR taking the plastic off the clipboards and taping the silver clip part off to spray. I was thinking the whole time, this was supposed to be EASY.
But whatever, I was FINALLY ready to spray paint. So I started to spray…and chalkboard paint was dripping and shooting out in streams and puddles…I’ve spray painted dozens (if not hundreds!) of things and this has never happened.
I considered calling it quits and waiting til I could by new spray paint, but I just wanted to be done. I wanted my end result and I wanted it now, you know? So I kept spraying, even as clumps of chalkboard paint were shooting back into my hands (this was a week ago and my fingernails are STILL black on the edges, gross). I am just hardcore like that. Whatevs.
Finally, after drying for 24 hours, I assessed the damage. I was hoping that somehow the paint was self-leveling and the clumps and drips would be gone. Guess what?! They weren’t. BOOOO. So I got some sandpaper and sanded it all down to where it was a flat even surface. It left some scratches, but I kind of like them….rustic-chic or something right?
So that was the worst of it. After sanding I wiped them clean, and used a piece of chalk on its side to activate the surface. Then I cleaned it and start doodling on the bottom.
I collected some random images/things I had been collecting to display and started picking my favorites. Meanwhile Scott was hanging my boards for me. Yay teamwork!
So here they are! We hung them on a lonely looking wall in our living room. Isn’t it cute?
This is one of my favorite pieces of art…it’s called The Storm by Pierre Auguste Cot. When I lived in NYC for a summer I used to spend a lot of time at the Met looking at this one. Hopefully I’ll see it again soon!
Tickets from our first Opera- we went a few weeks ago! <3 Loved it!
Some current paint chip samples that I’m really digging.
And some brilliant original watercolor painted by…yours truly. So profesh right?
I love how they look on the wall…especially with my new favorite chair!
I’m so excited to continue to trade them out. Maybe add more? If I can ever track down any more clipboards…hehe.
Hope you all have an amazing Easter weekend…I have enjoyed being even more mindful than usual of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Take a moment to practice some gratitude this weekend…it’s good for the soul! We all have a lot to be thankful for.