Monday, July 20, 2009

From BAD to Good, the Story of a Poor Painting

I purchased this personal painting at Goodwill for $3.99. Sorry to whoever painted this picture. Looks like you put a lot of work into it but it’s time for it to move on and find a new home and purpose. Let’s have a moment of silence for this guy……

And here he is all pretty and shiny! I didn’t use painstaking brush storks or fancy paints to create this like the artist did before. I did use my favs…..chalkboard paint and of course spay paint!

I used a butter knife to loosen the nails in the back so I could pull art work out. Since the front of the canvas is a little bumpy (which would not work well with the chalk board paint) I flipped the canvas over and applied 2 thin coats of chalk board paint with my sponge paint brush.

This is the back of the frame once the chalk board is back in place. I cut 2 pieces of twine that ran the length of the canvas and tighten them in place as I used my butter knife to bend the nails back in their original place. If you look at the right top and bottom of the frame you can see the twine. You could also use a staple gun to fasten the twine in place.

I originally wanted it to be a magnetic/chalk board but when I went to Home Depot and saw the magnetic primer was $20.00 so I canceled out that bright idea and came up with this (twine and clothes pins). I’m sure I would have used the magnetic primer for other projects but being the cheap gal that I am talked myself out of buying it.

I finished it off with a few clothes pens that I spray painted red. We used to have a magnetic board here that I used store restaurant coupons and invitations. Now we can keep track of coupons, party invites and have a place to write a “To Do” list. Kent doesn’t know it yet but this is going to be his very own little chalk board for all his Honey Do’s! Right now it kind of blends into our butter cream walls (which for some reason always looks white in photos) but it will soon pop when I give this room (our laundry room) a coat of light green paint.

I hope this inspires you to head out to your local Goodwill/Thrift Store and give something that others may see as dead a new life! Like always I love to see what my projects inspire you to do so shoot me an e-mail at (one word): domestic princess in training (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  1. ohhh yay! I just made a white chalkboard out of a picture too!!! I LOOOVE them. I like what you did with the clips. Creative.
    Thanks for your comment. =) And Happy Almost Birthday.

  2. Great post, thanks for sharing, off to try something creative x

  3. This is a great idea! I too love the clippies on the side.

  4. Great project! I love the twine and clips... can I borrow the idea? :) I just love your blog and am a new follower!

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love chalkboards! Yours is so cute - what a great re do :). I really like how you used the twine and clothes pins, it really gives it that something special!!

  6. Yay! A chalkboard for a Honey Do list, what a genius idea! I love the twine and clothespins too, very creative solution!

  7. Very cute. I must be the only one in blogland that has not made a chaulk board yet. :)

  8. It looks great! So cute and I love how you used the twine!

  9. Love the idea of the clothespins on the side...clever!

  10. Great idea!!! Love the addition of the twine and clothes pins!!!

  11. Great idea! You took an idea and expanded it to make it even better. That's what I call creativity.
    Have a great Saturday.


  12. I already have a frame picked out for this project...thanks for sharing! I'm so going to copy this... :0)


  13. I love the idea of the twine on the side. So smart and so cheap!! I have also looked at getting that magnetic paint and can't bring myself to buy it either. Great project!!


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