Spring Chalkboard Reveal

In between working on two pieces of furniture for clients this weekend…
I worked on this gorgeous carved piece I snagged at an antique shop…

You can see closeups here….

I KNEW I wanted to make a chalkboard and thought the perfect spot for it would be in the foyer over this pretty sideboard.

Even though I love the even application I get from spray paint, the amount of carving meant I had to brush a chalkboard paint on…
I gave it a light sanding first because all the old varnish was really flaking off.
I used a small round brush along all the carved edges…

And then a large surface brush overall.
If you don’t like the brush strokes you get with brushing chalkboard paint, I would recommend not using a general paintbrush but an artist brush instead. The bristles are finer and the application will come out smoother.

I applied three coats. Finally, I sanded it lightly with 600 grit paper dipped in water so the finish was smooth.

I think the longest part of the whole process was finding some good chalkboard pics so I could copy the style….

And then drawing the board…..

But I’m so happy with how it turned out!

Some things are just worth waiting for…..

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  1. OMGoodness that has to be the most gorgeous chalkboard I have ever seen!! Thanks for sharing all your amazing transformations…you are such an inspiration. Enjoy your day, Gail

  2. WOW! That’s the most beautiful chalkboard that I’ve ever seen! Well done! Happy Monday! xo

  3. So beautiful! As I read this, the sun is shining and the birds are singing. It really does feel like spring! x

  4. Gorgeous pieces and I love the chalk board transformation!

  5. It’s very beautiful, Lorraine! You must have the patience of a saint to manage the chalkboard paint in and around all that detail. : ) It was so worth it though!

  6. Green with envy darling! It is stunning!

  7. I am totally in LUV with this, and, I have to confess~I’m totally envious and wish it was mine!

  8. I knew it would look wonderful !!

  9. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, Lorraine!!! I love it! xo Diana

  10. Hands down one of my favorite chalkboards. Pinning this beauty for sure!


  11. Hi Lorraine,
    I LOVE it. What a great transformation. It turned out perfect and I love the writing you did on it too.
    What a statement piece.

    Also congrats to you for the feature on The Graphics Fairy brag Monday.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  12. i love this…so gorge!!! i want it ;0)~

  13. Wow…. Gorgeous chalkboard. …

  14. Love it! Well done!
    Val in Kansas

  15. you’re a lucky dog to find this. It’s soooo cool! Great job!

  16. This was already great and you took it to the next level. Beautiful!

  17. That’s amazing!

  18. I have the same piece. Did you get it from Thomasville?

  19. This is SIMPLY AMAZING!!!!!! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT!!!! thanks for sharing and dazzling me with your talents!!! : ) hugs…

  20. This is absolutely gorgeous … I think I have already been seeing it on Pinterest and had admired it. Great Job!!!

  21. Gorgeous! I was so excited to see how it would turn out and it is beyond my expectations!!

  22. Lorraine….it turned out magnificent!…so love it…and yes, worth the wait…your chalkboard art is amazing!!

  23. You could not have found a more perfect piece for a chalkboard. Love your saying too!

  24. Gorgeous piece and I love that you took a creative risk and make it into a chalkboard…it turned out so beautiful and a VERY, very unique piece! I just LOVE it!

  25. What an exquisite piece! You lucky lady!!

  26. Absolutely breathtaking! I am just in awe of all of it. And the art was so worth it, it fits the chalkboard beautifully.

  27. THAT is gorgeous!!!! What a beautiful job you did!!
    Can you come to my house now???

  28. Oh my goodness! Fabulous! I love it!! And the sideboard too. What wonderful pieces!

  29. Love the transformation of that piece into a chalkboard. I just posted my sprink chalk art
    I love having a chalkboard canvas to change with the seasons and holidays!

  30. C’est magnifique~

  31. OMG, this is gorgeous! Just saw it on Pinterest. I’m a huge chalkboard fan, and the carvings on this are outstanding. You had a great vision for this and your lettering is fabulous!!! xoxo
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  2. […] You can see the Spring foyer here…. […]

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