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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Shabby Chic Chalkboard

In perusing my local Dollar Store the other day, I came across a truly hideous pink wooden princess mirror. The painted design on the frame was some stripey orange and yellow hair with a crown on top so when you looked in the mirror YOU could be the princess with the worst 'do in the kingdom! Well, no matter! The mirror had a great body with scalloped edges that appealed to me and since I really love the trend I've been seeing of children in photographs holding up chalkboards with messages on them (such a cute way to always remember what was going on the picture!) I decided a refashion was in order.

This is what I started out with:




It was a well-made little piece for a dollar, with metal tabs that could be rotated to release the mirror itself.




After two coats of chalkboard spray paint for the mirror, some decoupaged pink toile scrapbook paper for the frame, and a handmade flower to boot, we had a much prettier specimen!






The flower was made just like the one for my Damask Mod Podge Frame- I cut circles from a polyester blend fabric (a clearanced remnant from Joann's! 75% off!) and held their edges over a candle flame until they melted and curled upwards. Then I attached the circles with a jeweled brad and hot-glued the whole thing to the frame.




I chose the pink scrapbook paper because the edges of the frame were already pink, so that meant I didn't even need to paint them!

The best part is that it's been put right to use!














35 comments:

  1. OMG this is awesome! My SIL is about to have a baby girl and got the cutest pink toile fabric for her room. I'm totally going to make her one of these for pictures like you did!

    Thanks so much for the FAB idea!

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  2. Cute, love the pictures of Annalise with it. Just have to keep in mind the chalkboard was a mirror and is breakable, if she was ever inclined to throw it down.

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  3. Your lil girl is ADORABLE!!!

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  4. This is such a cute chalk frame! :) I love the idea of using it in photos!! I am a new follower to your blog, and I am already in love with it! :) I gave you an award.. you can pick it up here:
    http://agapelovedesigns.blogspot.com/2010/09/two-awards-in-one-day.html

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  5. What a gorgeous craft and incredibly beautiful child!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and viewing my Vintage Inspired Pumpkin. Be sure to visit SLS Pumpkin Decorating Contest and voting for Tesoro Fino @ http://www.shabbylaneshops.com/pages/pumpkin.htm Thanks!

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  6. It's lovely and your photography is great !

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  7. Well, the beyond precious and gorgeous baby would make anything look good....but this really is wonderful. Neat idea on making the flower, too! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  8. Hi'
    just wanted to say that I'm am a new follower and that I love this project.
    And your daughter is just adorable.
    I am

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  9. I love this! It turned out so cute and the pictures are adorable! New follower!

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  10. That is super cute! And your little girl is precious!!

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  11. What an absolutely beautiful and adorable child!!!!! Oh that happy, happy face- just makes me smile!

    And I saw a frame on clearance even and passed it by- wish I'd have seen your makeover of this one- I'd've snatched it up and done a beautiful transformation like this- it is RAELLY pretty and so clever!

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  12. This turned out super cute and I love it!

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  13. Absolutely adorable!! I love the scallop edge on it as well, and the toile is just the perfect touch.

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  14. Just found your blog and I'm a brand new follower!

    Such a great idea, and your daughter is precious! :)

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  15. Cute-especially with the baby holding it!

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  16. Adorable -What a cute way to take monthly pictures Your dtg is to cute -you can tell she is truly loved

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  17. I absolutely love this!!! And your daughter is adorable!!!

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  18. that is sooo darling! I LOVE the satin flower at the top:)
    I'd love for you to stop by and check out my fun giveaway this week!
    http://justsewsassy.com/2010/10/04/tuesday-tutorial-halloween-ribbon-ornaments-giveaway/
    Thanks!!

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  19. Very, very, very cute!
    ~Kimberlee
    www.TheSpunkyDiva.blogspot.com

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  20. Yes, you are right. . .it WAS hideous! Now it is adorable! AND the pics of your little girl? PRECIOUS! TFS on Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

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  21. This is adorable! I love all your stuff. You have amazing creativity and not to mention a cute kid :)

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  22. So creative and it turned out great!

    Melissa
    http://www.burstsofcreativity.blogspot.com/

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  23. eeeek! Gorgeous! Very cute and I love the chalkboard idea! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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  24. Oh my goodness, she is just TOO cute! I love the chalkboard too :)
    Blessings,
    Ginnie

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  25. I love these photos! Yes, your version is much, much better!
    If you get a chance, please swing by tonight or tomorrow to link up to Not "Baaad" Sundays with LambAround. I'd love to feature this :)

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  26. Hi

    Love your blog! Can you do a tutorial on taking pictures of products. You always have such fantastic product photography in all the DIYs.

    Thanks!

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  27. fantastic transformation, the cute girl doesn't hurt :)

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  28. That is so beautiful, and I really like the shape of the frame. I love the delicate pink paper and the pretty flower you made. It's a great prop for such a lovely little girl and her monthly photos. Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree! Hope you'll join us at the newest one, it begins tomorrow!

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  29. This is such a great idea, and SUPER cute! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  30. LOVE the frame! And your daughter is simply adorable!!!

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  31. this turned out so cute! of course the cutest part is the baby !!

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  32. So cute and pretty:))
    Hugs, Biljana

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  33. Darling! And the transformation is unbelievable!

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