I have to say I haven't been this excited about a post in a long time! I just loved how it turned out! It honestly looks like something that you would spend a small fortune on in a local high end boutique around here.
So let's see how to make it!
Before we start though I have something I need to say:
OK... time for true confessions. I sometimes take people's trash. Hear me out before you judge. We have this thing around here once a month where you can put out bulk trash and then the city will come pick it up. I have had things taken out of my trash pile before and I am glad someone else can use it. So the people that threw this out are probably saying the same thing... right!?!
|It was missing the middle area, but still had a pretty good working frame. I did have to take off some of the hardware still attached. I did not fill in the holes. I thought it gave it character, plus they were all in the back.|
|The front had a big split in the wood. Again I wondered if it was too much effort, but you will see later that all these blemishes completed the piece at the end.|
|I took wood glue and some clamps to stick the split pieces back together.|
|Next I took out the existing hardware.|
|Then came sanding down the splintering wood and taking off the bit of finish that was still on it.|
|After, I wiped off all the sanding dust really well.|
|I painted to entire thing and let it dry.|
|Since I wasn't happy with the paint, I broke down and spray painted the entire thing. Much better...|
|Next I went to Home Depot and bought a board that they cut to size for me there. I then used my chalkboard paint on it. I did about 3-4 coats. (I lost count, sorry!)|
|Let it dry!|
|After the stain was dry, I attached the chalkboard to the back.|
|Next I attached the hinges to the legs.|
|Then I attached the legs to the board at the hinge.|
|My next worry was that the legs we just slip and the chalkboard would come crashing down. So I decided on this hook at the back. I put it on both legs to stabilize them in place.|
|Here is the finished product! I think I am in love!|
|You can see the antiquing and how it gave the piece so much character.|
|I love how the stain puddled in creases. It also did this in any holes or split areas, like the one that I glued together. It looks fantastic!|
|Here is the extra piece I attached... you can't even tell it wasn't the same wood piece to begin with.|
|Now to figure out what to write on it... What would you write? All I know is that I am extremely happy with the results. I am sure you will see this chalkboard pop up in future posts. (Kind of like Where's Waldo!!!) Be on the look out!|