Craftiness aplenty November 14, 2011
I have been a crafting maniac this weekend! I am trying to finish up the end table that I bought (I showed you the before pic in an earlier post *shudder*). I wanted to do some kind of medallion stencil on the top. I ended up choosing something at AC Moore that was the best I could get but after doing it yesterday….I don’t like it. But I may just live with it for now because I really don’t want to have to repaint the top! I’ll show you the result when I’m completely done.
I also made one of my bridesmaid gifts. They turned out really cute and I wish I had made me some too.
Then I also had an idea to make a framed chalkboard to display an announcement at our reception. The actual announcement is a surprise so stay tuned, but all I needed was a frame from Goodwill and I was good to go. Well I stopped by there after work on Friday and found something perfect! It was a bit longer instead of square (which I wanted) and had some visual interest to the frame itself. Here is what I found:
Hideous, am I right? And excuse the ugly chair it sits in, it’s my mothers. Sorry mom, but it’s true. Back to the frame. I love grandmothers as much as the next person, but that is better expressed in a card or poem or even interpretive dance. Not with this framed monstrosity. The tag on it said $6.50, which in my estimation was a serious rip off for this thing. Especially since they were selling a nice, solid, wooden child’s bench right beside it for $15. But apparently Goodwill does not negotiate on prices. They won’t even let you finish your sentence where you implore them to accept your $5 bill instead of charging on your debit card. So don’t even try. Also can you believe I had two people tell me this thing was pretty? I had to think “no, it’s ugly but it will be pretty soon!”
So I brought it home and spray painted the frame with some pink paint I had leftover from another craft.
*side note* have you ever painted outside when the wind is blowing? That is a real treat.
While the frame was drying, I spray painted the glass with some chalkboard paint. And of course I look down and notice that the gusts of wind have apparently blown one of my hairs directly into the paint. Lovely. So now there is a slight hair-like streak from when I tried to gingerly pull it out. Mistakes give character, right? A couple coats later it was done! Easy craft and now my eyes don’t hurt when I look at it! Here’s the after:
Now all I need is some chalk and she’s ready for the wedding reception. I love crafts!