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): pinspiration 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).

Side note:  I got the Gold Leaf kit on the right solely for the adhesive, glaze, and sealer. I didn’t use the gold leaf paper for this project.

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.

You’ll notice when you peel the wax paper backing off that the silver leaf is slightly bubbled.   I just used a foam brush to smooth it out.

As you can see, mine is imperfect with little bits of the paint underneath showing through, which I really like.  It is a little time consuming. It took about two hours to do the entire frame.

Here’s how it turned out!  [Note: follow the directions on the can and season the chalkboard before using it]

And here’s a closeup of the finish:

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!

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15 Responses to Chalkboard Bling!

  1. NatiRoche says:

    I really like it! I guess I’m going to have to start doing some goodwill hunting.

  2. Ing says:

    Wow! Love it! Mom and I have to try this

  3. I really like it in your dining room – it’s perfect for a dinner party, like you said! You’re silver leaf looks great too… wasn’t it painful?

  4. Mary Kathryn says:

    ooo…..LOVE that blingy chalkboard! Fabulous! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  5. You did a spectacular job on this! Not to mention I love the red on white dining room with accent colors! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Ade

  6. Elle says:

    oh wow that’s an excellent idea! i’d love to be at one of those dinner parties!

  7. I like a good chalkboard but love a blingy one! Cute idea!

  8. BethanyB says:

    I LOVE this! I think I just became a big fan of silver leaf ! Thanks for the great idea :)

  9. Dee says:

    Your chalkboard looks fantastic! I love the silver leaf.

  10. Andrea B says:

    Oooooh … shiny! I like!

  11. Amy says:

    Thanks for visiting FWD from the Pinterest Challenge! I love your chalkboard! I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect frame to do the exact same thing in my dining room.

    To answer your question about my cork pin board- I think I used 78 corks!!

  12. Maggie says:

    oh wow i luv it.
    Would luv for my readers to see this awesome idea, will you please join our weekly party at
    have a great crafting weekend!

  13. ange says:

    Great idea! I’ve never used the silver or gold leaf before but I really want to give it a try. Maybe in our master bedroom. Love that you hung it in the dining room for the menu, perfect!

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