We are a young couple remodeling our first house...one outdated / ugly thing at a time. This blog documents our remodel projects and ideas.
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2.06.2011

Ready For Spring

Don't get me wrong, I love snow...but I am ready for spring. In my anticipation and dreaming for spring, I started working on ideas and projects for a spring mantel-scape. The mantel has been bare since the Christmas decorations were removed - I don't decorate for V-day. And this bare mantel has been bare for too long now.

First up on project-decorate-mantel-for-spring is chalkboard books. However, black chalkboard does not say spring to me, it is more halloween. I want bright and fun, not dark and scary. So I made bright blue chalkboard paint which screams spring. (DIY chalkboard paint is for sale in my Etsy shop!)

After making the chalkboard paint, I painted the backs of a stack of books. And I only painted the back of the books so I could still use them around the house without showing the chalkboard paint on the back.


A few coats of chalkboard paint later and the books were ready to be chalked, or drawn on with a piece of chalk. 

Yay! It works and they look super cute. But laying the books flat on the mantel are not the way to go. We need to show off these DIY chalkboard books by hanging them. I put two gorilla hooks into the wall and then strung a colorful ribbon between the two hooks. Then hang the books on the ribbon.

First project on decorating mantel for spring was a success, and super easy to do. And I can write whatever message suits my fancy on the books. I can also change the paint color to burnt orange for fall, or pink for V-day, if I ever decide to decorate for V-day.

13 comments:

Debra@Dejarenew.blogspot.com said...

I must say that is darn clever! Love that idea. Thanks for sharing.

Deb
http://dejarenew.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Super cute! What a great idea.

Laila said...

What a great take on chalkboard! And verstile too.

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

love that color chalkboard paint!! would love for you to come link up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings! www.ladybug-blessings.com

Marcilla said...

Such a great idea. I love that chalkboards are limited to just classroom walls any longer. I think my kids need some sort of fun colored chalkboard soon. Off to your Etsy shop!

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Red Door Home said...

I have seen a lot of chalkboard paint projects but none as original as this. How clever. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Jill said...

Blue chalkboard paint! I love it!

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Jayna Rae said...

Cute! I love how you put your blog name on there.

abeachcottage said...

It's great that chalkboard paint is not limited to black anymore. Nice choice of color, cool blue!

Anne said...

So fun! I didn't realize you could have different colors for chalkboard paint... this changes everything!

Denise said...

Love this idea! Off to find books....

Denise
Extreme Personal Measures

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