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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Paris Chalkboard

This is a crazy busy time of year at work and I can't believe I didn't photograph this whole door but somehow I did not so I will just share snippets with you.

I would love to tell you this was an old door I salvaged from a fabulous flea market or salvage yard but this door is circa 1994.  The best I can do is call it "vintage Ikea."
After the Northridge earthquake when we repaired our house and did a little updating, my girls wanted Ikea furniture.  That was many moons ago and our youngest finally purchased her own place this year.  Did she take Ikea with her?  Heck no.  Coming up soon you will see another post about other things we did with her "vintage Ikea" furniture.
We demolished the TV cabinet which was ready to fall down on its own and my husband was able to save this door for me.  There were actually two, but he insisted the other one was too badly damaged to use for anything.  I wish he would have let me be the judge of that.
The pine door got painted a generic creamy white.  I added my raised plaster stencil technique which you can see here.  I also added some joint compound here and there on the door to give it a roughed up look and also to get my washy paint to give the door an aged look.
The door got a heavy sanding and a healthy wash of dark brown paint, probably raw umber or burnt umber.  Whichever one is darkest brown.  Just a wash was all it took to get in the crevices.
Next I added a little stenciling and a chalkboard finish to the top panel.  I love the way it came out.  I did manage to find another tall pantry door at the salvage yard this week and I plan to do the same treatment on it.
Here is the door with just the white paint and the raised plaster stencil before I did all the aging of it.

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The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Your a miracle worker Maggie! Just love the stenciling you do, especially this one of the birds, his little crown is so cute! Hoping to try your technique out after the new year.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love it...So many steps but. the outcome is worth it! The raised stencil is such a great detail I often forget to use...Thanks for the reminder!


DD's Cottage said...

I love the raised plaster stencil and the color! Great job

Susie said...

Maggie, That is a beautiful work of art. I love it. I think my daughter would love one of those. When you have kids...you need a board to communicate. Blessings to you for a happy Christmas. xoxo,Susie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Maggie! It looks so pretty.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Maggie, you are such an inspiration with your designs and pretties. This turned out stunning. Thanks for sharing and wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday!

Donna said...

What a gorgeous chalkboard, Maggie! You truly have vision, love your stenciling and the raised details. Who knew it all began with "vintage Ikea"?! Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

I am totally in love with this Paris Chalkboard. In fact I love all your pieces and ideas!! I was hoping you could tell me where you purchased the raised plaster stencil with the cute little birds?? Thank you so much!! I am so happy I found you!! Anna