Swiss Flag Inspired Framed Chalkboard

The day is starting to wind down now and after I hit publish on this post, I get to go paint.  It’s funny…I’ve noticed I really enjoy painting.  Like REALLY enjoy it.  Even though the selling part of it can get a bit stressful at times, I love sitting down to paint.  It takes my stress away and gives me time to be creative!

 

 

I love painting and I love DIY projects.  And when I get to put the two together, it makes me even happier!  Especially when it ends up being a fun and cheery project like this one!

 

When I was thinking of what I wanted to do with this piece, I finally decided that I wanted it to be red and white because our kitchen is mostly gray with red accents.  And I thought a chalkboard would be a fun addition to our boring walls!  Then I remembered the “Swiss Miss” dresser that Miss Mustard Seed painted a while back and knew I had found my inspiration.

 

There was just nothing spectacular about this artwork anymore.  I’m sure it had its place back when it was a popular style, but it definitely ended up at Goodwill for a reason!

 

 

I took the glass and print out and painted the whole frame with two coats of ASCP in Emperor’s Silk.  Once that was dry, I taped off the stripes and painted them with two coats of ASCP in Old White.  Then I distressed and waxed the whole frame with clear and dark wax.

 

 

The chalkboard is a piece of masonite with a few coats of chalkboard paint.

 

 

This wasn’t intentionally supposed to be Valentine’s themed, but I really liked the “you & me” graphic and since the frame was already red and white, I just went along with it.

 

I cut out the graphic using my Silhouette Cameo, used the outline as a stencil just like in this project, and then “chalked” inside the stencil.  It was pretty simple…once I found all my supplies and my computer was working properly!  ;)

 

 

 

You may just end up seeing this lovely framed chalkboard in my Valentine’s mantel (if I decide to do one), so stay tuned for that!  (But I promise I won’t reuse my hydrangeas and paper covered books again for a while.  I’m putting them away for now!)

 

 

For now this piece is staying in our home.  I’m excited to put it in our kitchen and get some use out of it.  Hmmm…what quote should I use on it next?



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  1. So adorable, just perfect Allison!

  2. Super duper cute :) Love!

  3. That is so pretty! I love that red!!!

  4. Oh wow… I love this frame!!!

  5. I love this! Pinned it!

  6. LOVE this Allison! The red and white – so pretty together! And your hand lettering – gorgeous!

  7. pretty! the chalkboard graphic is perfect for the red and white frame!

  8. What a sweet pop of color! Your chaulkboard writing looks great too!

  9. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on my chair. I really love your blog and the work you do. Funny thing is, I posted a chalk board project today too.

  10. This is darling!! So glad I stopped by from Savvy Southern Style! Thanks for the stenciling tip for chalkboards too :)

  11. That is totally adorable! I love how that turned out and your chalk graphic is perfect for Valentine’s

  12. Ohhh so cute and fun. Love it!!

  13. Love the red and white! Also love the whole layout of the photo. Nicely done.

    Melissa

  14. I love this chalkboard- so bright and fun!

  15. SO cute!!! I love the bold statement the frame makes! Thank you so much for sharing with us!
    Jaime

  16. Just found your blog from your high chair feature! That was darling! I had the sister to that original art I think. I made a key rack from the frame! Love your chalkboard. Here is my thrifted art: http://lindsayandandrew.blogspot.com/2012/07/key-rack-diy.html?m=1

  17. I found your post through the LLR linky party this week. I love the colors that you chose (I’m using a lot of red in my house right now). I’d love for you to stop by my blog if you have time! http://justdoityall.com Thanks! :-)

  18. What a great use of a frame! I love it!! I have a new Pinterest Power party and would love to have you share them if you have a chance!

    http://www.thetaylor-house.com/2013/01/17/pinterest-power-party-2.html

    Chrissy

  19. Love the frame!
    I love anything chalkboard!

  20. How beautiful!!!! Love the red and white, it looks fantastic with the chalkboard! Awesome job!!!

  21. love! i adore that stencil and have been meaning to make one forever! you inspire me to get up and just do it!

  22. Love this project and the quote/font!
    Amanda

  23. where can I find that you & me used here?

  24. This is so stinkin’ cute I can hardly stand it! IMPRESSIVE! XO, Aimee

  25. oooh allison, i love it! so cool!

  26. Oh pretty! Love the red and white!

  27. Cute! I’m going to be following you! You have some great ideas!
    Thanks for sharing!
    –Katie

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