Friday, August 13, 2010

Another Fabulous & Free Friday!!

The fabulous Ms. P gave me this when my dining room was still red. She was going to put it in a garage sale, so I snapped it up.  Since then the dining room has been finished (mostly) and I am making plans to re-vamp the office space. 

Hubs and I both need office space at home, and we have a ridiculous amount of crap equipment. There are seriously more computers in this house than there are people.

So the wheels creaked to life & I envisioned a plan for this picture, and started pulling it apart.

I cut a piece of wood to fit in the middle where the picture of the flowers was and broke out the chalkboard paint!!!

I may be obsessed with chalkboard & spray paint... Is there a twelve step program for that? 

I just used the matt in the frame, but was totally unsure if it would work or not.....
I sprayed it with magnetic spray paint.  Now let me say, I was totally unaware that this stuff existed until recently. Crazy!! I know. I sprinted to Hobby Lobby to get myself some the minute I heard about it. Where have I been!!!!

I will have to say that it did not totally work as well as I had envisioned. But again, this was my fault.  I was so excited about it that I jumped right in.  It wasn't until SEVERAL a million coats later that I read the directions. I know, tsk, tsk. 

It didn't seem to be getting all "magnet-y" like I expected it would.  Read the directions people (insert Brandy) they are there for a reason.  So what's it say in the directions..... "do not use in extreme humidity."  Hmmm.... Brandy scratched her head and looked around.  This is August in the south, humidity has moved in for the duration. Like a relative who over stays his welcome.  The humidity won't break here until sometime in October, or maybe never. 

So did I stop? Psshaw!! Of course not.  I used the ENTIRE can on this baby.  Is it magnetic? Yes. Is it as magnetic as it should be after an entire can? No. Can I live with that? For now. 

While waiting for the chalkboard and magnetic paint to dry, I spray painted both of the frames white.
Spray paint has always been around the house for one reason or another. But I swear in the last few months I feel like have discovered the Holy Grail.  I. Love. This. Stuff.  
Everything old is new again.  

Once every thing was dry I reassembled my FREE frame!! I added some little canisters with magnets from Walmart ($2.88 for a package of 2). Once the office comes together I will have a chalkboard and a handy dandy paperclip, etc. storage space.  

I painted over the magnetic spray paint. Which the directions said was okay to do...... I used the same paint as the wall color in the office. 

I was so excited when I finished it that I took a picture with my phone and texted it to Hubs.  He's gone a business trip and I just didn't want to wait a whole week to dazzle him with my craftiness. So the message on the board was for him. 
I was just too lazy to take another picture.

Happy Friday!!!!

linking up to:

        Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

     Wallet-Friendly Wednesday



Lisa said...

Stopping by from! No one would ever even guess that it started out as a framed flower print! Great transformation!

Jessica @ This Blessed Life said...

Great upgrade! Visiting from NFF - have a great weekend! :)

The Nest on the Hill said...

Gah - so cute! Definitely have to make this.

Terrell said...

Love this look!! Great job, girly!!
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

AliLilly said...

Brandy, that look AWESOME!! I want one! :)

Country Dreaming said...

Looks great!
Can't wait to see the office.

Have a fun weekend.


june@craftyniche said...

What a cute idea!

Debbie said...

Very cute and clever idea...I love it!!~

Jenglamgirl said...

That LOOKS GREAT BRANDY! well done! JEN, have a super day!!!

Life in Rehab said...

Hey Brandy, that looks awesome! Very clever, useful, and totally tailored.

Erin said...

It turned out awesome!! :)

Victoria said...

Visiting from Debbiedoos, your chalkboard looks great! I had no idea there was such a thing as magnetic, that opens up a whole bunch of possibilities!

- Brittany said...

Wow, nice job. Magnetic and chalkboard paint. I think you are in as deep as I am ;-).


Carol said...

Love the total transformation! Resourcefulness is a great virtue...

Thanks so much for linking up!

Debbie said...

And as my nine year old would say "SNAP"!!~ Love it, thanks:)

foxxy said...

Very creative I must say. Excellent!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I am the last person in the world to try chalk board spray paint and now I have a new one magnetic! Thank you! I am visiting from Debbiedoos.


Robin said...

Thank you so much for linking up. I too have an addiction to chalkboard and spray paint. I hope that there isn't a twelve step program because I refuse to admit I need one.