Today’s the day! Its time for the fall edition of the Pinterest challenge. You can read more about the summer edition here. The rules remain the same – stop just pinning ideas and create! This time, in addition to Sherry from YoungHouseLove and Katie from BowerPower, there’s a new guest host who should be familiar to you. It’s Erin from House of Earnest! Erin so kindly guest posted for me just a few weeks ago and now she’s a Pinterest Challenge host!
The day after they announced the fall challenge I went out of town so I didn’t have time to do what I really wanted to do – tackle a new project in my bedroom. Instead, I chose something I could complete in the the few days I’d be home.
First off, here’s the inspiration from Pinterest (a chalkboard and a silver leafed bombe chest): I found the most perfect piece for the project for $10 at Goodwill. This solid wood, twin sized headboard was already primed and had hardware for hanging on the back.
First, I spray painted the main surface with chalkboard paint. I chose not to paint the sides/frame with another color but you certainly could.
Next, I used a silver leaf kit purchased from Michaels (don’t forget to use a coupon – they are available on their website).
I followed the instructions on the back of the package. Basically, you apply the adhesive to the surface you want to silver leaf and allow it to dry for about 45 minutes. Then apply the silver paper to the sticky surface and press.
Here’s how it turned out! [Note: follow the directions on the can and season the chalkboard before using it]
By the way, I hung the chalkboard with one of these heavy duty wall hangers. I like how easy they are to use. And they are strong, they hold up to 150lbs.
Have you guys used chalkboard paint or silver leafed anything? I’d love to see more inspiration. I now have some gold leaf paper to put to good use.
P.S. Our dining room has been entered in Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color 2011 contest. Check out the entry and vote here!
Paint Colors We’ve Used