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Framed Chalkboard

It has been FOREVER since my last post! The reason being my little guy is seriously running around everywhere! He’s also so tall that he can reach on top of everything. We also added a black lab puppy to the house along with our cartoon character of a Golden doodle. Needless to say our house is a circus. I thoroughly enjoy the crazy though! So when all is calm at night, and the toddler (omg I can’t believe he’s already a toddler) is asleep… most of the time I just want to take a breather before I go to bed. I’ll surf Pinterest, instagram, catch up on shows with my husband, and maybe clean the house.

I recently found motivation to get my next project done that I have been dying to do for a long time.  First, I found an amazing vintage frame in July when I went antiquing with my aunt around Indianapolis.

I then painted it with chalk paint.. sheepskin-Folklore. I painted one coat and then wiped away certain areas of the frame with a baby wipe that I wanted to show through. I then went back over and put a second coat of chalk paint on with a smaller brush to cover areas that I wanted to be more covered.
I then headed to Lowe’s for wood and paint. I found a thin piece of wood. I didn’t want too thick of a piece because I thought I might have troubles putting it into the frame. Once I found the perfect piece, I used a saw to cut the piece to match the size of the frame- 18×22- it was already smooth so I didn’t need to sand down before painting. I then used chalkboard spray paint. It was super easy to apply, and very fast drying.

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After the first coat, I let it dry for about 30 minutes then put on a second coat. I let that dry for about an hour. I went back out and put a third coat on, and let that dry for another hour. I put the board in the frame and decided to hammer small nails in the side of the frame to secure the wood. There are other ways to do that, but that’s just what I came up with in the moment. It worked, and was super easy!

Here is the finished product… please refrain from making fun of my middle school, boyish handwriting- I know it’s horrid…

I absolutely love the finished product. It fits nicely in our home!

Project Note

* I recently discovered that I should have primed the board before spraying. The way I did it obviously works too, but the primer should make the board more smooth.

There are so many chalkboard ideas I have after making this, including different ways of making a framed chalkboard, different colors, different materials, etc.

A Letter to Stay at Home Moms 

I recently attended a wedding where I had to go without my husband. Which is normal! We like to give each other breaks, and we have so many weddings that it’s hard to go together because there might be two in one day. While sitting at the table we got to know the people sitting with me and my friends. Then the question, “what do you do?” Came around. Without hesitation, “I stay at home with my son right now.” The man across the way-“that’s awesome! Don’t ever be ashamed of that!”
I thought to myself – “I’m not.”

Dear Stay at Home Mom,

I know the decision to stay at home with your little one(s) is a big one. It’s difficult to leave a career you worked hard to get, and worked hard to maintain. You’ll miss your co workers (maybe), and the daily routine of work life.

You’ll think of all the people in your life that will judge the decision to stay at home in this women rule the work force society. Are you letting those women down?… At one point you wanted to rule the world, or at least mold it. Many women would never leave the workforce to stay at home. They are proud of their accomplishments (rightfully!), they enjoy working, and some may (probably) judge you for wanting to be at home. They can’t fathom the thought of “just being at home”, and believe that’s “all we do”. They don’t know that it’s more than that, and they don’t know why you stay home. Bluntly- who gives a shit what they think.

From one stay at home mom to another, I know what you do. I know that you are a machine. I know that you can hold a not so still youngster while making their bottle, I know you can *attempt* to clean the house while your kiddos run around your feet wanting you to play with them, I know you just want to pee alone, I know that some of you will try to find another way to help bring in money while being home, I know you teach your child, and I know that you can multi-task like a pro.

You’re at home watching your babies grow. You’re at home molding them into great humans. You may be at home because they need extra care. You may be at home because it takes a special person to take care of your sweet one. Whatever it is, be proud. You are one lucky lady!

Love,

A Stay at Home Mom