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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