Monthly Archive: March 2012

My vintage book cabinet

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. I have had a lot on the go here around the house this past couple of weeks, and with working a full time job, it doesn’t leave me as much time as I would like to work on my projects. Nevertheless, I hope to try to post more often in the future. Yeah to more posts!

While I finish working on the tiered bathroom cabinet I had mentioned a few days ago, I thought I would share with you an vintage book cabinet that I had painted last summer. It was originally built to be used as a small china cabinet, but I am known to change it up a little and use things for other than their intended use. I imagined this cabinet as a storage piece for my vintage books and treasures. It is perfect for keeping everything dust-free and away from busy little hands.

 

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I actually found this cabinet for free on Kijiji last summer. As soon as the lady posted it I responded to her ad hoping that someone else hadn’t snatched it up already. Luckily, this cabinet was still available, so off I went to pick up my new book cabinet to be.

After the addition of some wooden appliques, new hardware, new chunky trim along the bottom and a couple of coats of cream paint, I think it is a great improvement. Don’t you think so too?

 

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The room that this cabinet is in faces north so it is really challenging to take a good photo of it without it looking fuzzy or a reflection showing up in the glass. Well, hello there!  Hopefully, you are able to see things just the same.

 

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I added some crown shaped pulls to the drawer and drop pulls on the glass doors at the top and on the wooden doors at the bottom. The hardware finish is Old Brass from Lee Valley. I didn’t really care for the hardware that originally came with the cabinet but I really love these and they go well with other finishes that I have already in the room.

 

 

 To give the cabinet even more style, I added a matching escutcheon (key hole). Since it didn’t have a key hole already cut, I just faked it by adding a small piece of brown felt behind the escutcheon. From close-up you can tell that there isn’t a hole, but from far away it is not noticeable at all. Hey, it works for me!

I just noticed after taking this picture that one of the nails on my escutcheon is a different colour. Ha ha! Nothing a black Sharpie pen won’t fix.

 

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After giving this cabinet a couple of coats of my favorite cream paint, I lightly distressed the edges so that a little bit of its gray primer coat and its original stained wood would show through.

 

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The inside of the drawer was originally covered in red velvet fabric and let me tell you it was really dirty and disgusting. Not to mention, some little person had scribbled all over the drawer sides. My solution was to decoupage scrap book paper in a french postcard print inside of the entire drawer. To hide some of the raw edges, I glued in thin pieces of cove molding painted white. Finally, I coated the paper with watered down white paint to give it an aged look and sealed it with two coats of Modge Podge to protect it.

I think the addition of the scrapbook paper is a nice surprise when opening the drawer! It is a perfect size to store all of my stationary and mementos from my past travels.

 

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My favorite part of this cabinet are these wooden appliques that I added to the bottom doors to dress them up a bit. I love me some wooden scrollies!

 

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So, what do you think of my book cabinet? Please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

I thought I would leave you with some pictures from my garden last Spring. It is still too early for plants to start appearing here in the north, but hopefully we will start to see some green in the next few weeks.

Gardening is another one of my great passions so I also plan to share some photos from my garden from time-to-time. I don’t know about you, but flowers always lift my spirits!

 

Till next time…

 

 

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Framed storage box {How to}

 

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend.

It was a busy week last week for me, between appointments with the accountant getting ready for tax season and parent-teacher interviews. I had so little time to work on my projects so I could share them with you all.

I did manage to work on a couple of things though. One of them was this wooden storage box that I had picked up at Goodwill for $3.99 a while ago. I wasn’t crazy about its orange stained finish, and besides I thought it was a little bit boring. Nothing some molding and paint couldn’t fix.

I made up the tutorial below so you can take a stab at making your own framed storage box, if you like. If you have never cut molding before, it can feel a little intimidating at first. It is actually easier than it seems and it just takes a little practice. I took the plunge a few years ago and decided to try my hand at it. I am so glad that I did as it is a great skill to have.

 

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If you are not a fan of using power tools, molding can easily be cut with a handheld miter saw and plastic miter box. You can cut the molding in your living room or kitchen and after you are finished, with a quick swipe of the vacuum, the little saw dust that was made can be easily cleaned up and you are ready to work on your project.

Without further ado…

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For this project you will need:

                • wooden box, wooden board, tray etc.
                • wooden molding strips (I used 2 4-foot molding pieces)
                • handheld miter saw and miter box or electric miter saw
                • ruler or tape measure
                • pencil
                • tiny finishing nails and hammer
                • small nail-set
                • wood glue
                • wood filler
                • primer, paint in the colour(s) of your choice and gesso (optional)
                • decorative Chinese wrapping paper (optional)
                • image or postcard for center picture frame
                • 400 grit sandpaper
                • Mod Podge
                • paint brushes
                • scissors
                • painter’s tape
                • tack cloth

 

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I found this decorative molding a Michaels the other day for only 0.99 cents per 4 foot piece of molding. What a great deal! This thin wooden molding has a tendency to warp so it is important to check each piece you buy to try to get the straightest piece possible. It is better to get the straightest piece you can find then you won’t have to fight with it when you attach it to your wooden box.

 

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Cutting the molding to fit the box:

  1. tape off the areas on your wooden box that you don’t wish to paint and then give the box a light sanding, removing the sanding dust with a tack cloth.
  2. starting at one end of your piece of molding, move in about an inch and then cut it at a 45 degree angle using your miter saw and miter box. Use sand paper to lightly sand the rough edges.
  3. carefully measure the longest side of  your wooden box. You are now going to transfer this measurement to your cut piece of molding.
  4. measuring from the pointed end of the molding you just cut, mark down the measurement of your box on the uncut end of your molding with a pencil. Hold this piece up to the side of box you measured to make sure you have the correct measurement.
  5. place your piece of molding back into the miter box and place your saw at the opposite 45 degree angle. See the photo below for an example. Remember: you want to line up your saw directly over the pencil mark so that the outer edge of your saw will hit your pencil mark.
  6. cut an identical piece of molding for the other side of the box.
  7. follow the same procedure above for the shorter sides of the box.

 

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Attaching the molding:

  1. dry-fit your pieces of molding by assembling them on the box before gluing them to make sure everything fits correctly.
  2. using a very small drill bit, pre-drill a few holes in the molding (one at each end and one or two in the middle) to help hold it down while the glue dries. Make sure you don’t drill too close to the edge of the molding because it could split when you hammer in the nails in the next step.
  3. attach the pieces of molding to your box using wood glue. Use your finger to spread the glue evenly across the back of the molding. An thin even layer is best. Square up your molding as best as you can.
  4. before the glue has a chance to dry, gently pound small finishing nails into your molding and use a nail set to countersink the nails. Wipe away any glue that has oozed out with a damp rag.
  5. fill your holes and miter joints with wood filler. When the wood filler is dry, lightly sand the holes to smooth out the filler and then remove any dust with your tack cloth.

 

As you can see below my miter joints are not always perfectly square. Wood filler is your best friend here. Once you have filled in the joints and any other imperfections with wood filler, it is really difficult to tell where these bad spots once were.

 

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Decorating your wooden box:

  1. prime and paint the box and set it aside to dry. Lightly sand in between coats of paint and primer.  Between coats, use your tack cloth to remove any sanding dust.
  2. to decorate the top of your box you can use a stencil or here I have used a piece of handmade Chinese wrapping paper that I bought from an artist supply store here in town. It was only $3.00 for a large sheet and one small piece of it can be used as a stencil for many projects.
  3. when applying paint to the stencil use a slightly dry brush and tamp in a up and down motion.  When you are done, just peel up the paper or stencil and move on to the next section. No need to wait for the paper to dry.

 

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For my project, I applied the paper stencil all over in multiple layers to give it more of an aged look. If you like, you could use a small paint roller and apply the stencil in a single layer to give it more of a uniform look.

 

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After I stenciled the entire top of the box I came across this little art postcard of a lady from the Renaissance Period and I thought  that she would look perfect on top of the box. I Modge Podged the postcard to the top of the box and then I cut some more molding and made a smaller frame to frame the postcard. To give the molding more dimension, I aged the entire box with multiple layers of white gesso, creamy gray paint and medium gray paint.

 

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To finish it off, I sanded the entire box with 400 grit sandpaper, cleaned off the dust with a tack cloth and then coated  everything with 2 coats of matte Mod Podge for protection.

 

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The inside of this box is cedar and I haven’t decided if I should paint it or not because I actually don’t mind the smell of cedar. I did cut a piece of scrapbook paper to line the bottom though.

 

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What do you think of my transformed storage box? I think it is a huge improvement, don’t you?

I haven’t decided what I will store in here yet. I think it could be used to store many things such as votive candles, keepsakes or extra stationary.

 

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If you haven’t worked with molding before, I hope you decide to give it a try. I would love to hear about it!

Also, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this project, I am happy to help. This is a very easy project to do.

In other news, I am also working on a milk painted tiered bathroom cabinet that I hope to post shortly! I am just finishing off the final touches.

 

Talk to you again soon!

 

 

 

 

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My Favorite Products:

Stanley 20-600 Clamping Mitre Box with Saw

Stanley 58-930 Cushion Grip Nail Set, 3-Piece

 

Sargent Art 22-8803 32-Ounce Extra Thick Gesso

Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish

3M Wetordry 9085NA Sandpaper, 9-Inch x 11-Inch, 5-Sheet,Super Fine 400-Grit

3M 10132NA Tack Cloth

 

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Great finds at Elizabeth’s Antique & Collectible Sale

On Friday, my Mom and I made our way to the Elizabeth’s Antique & Collectible Sale here in Edmonton, Alberta and boy was it a lot of fun!

 

 

This is my second year attending this sale, which takes place annually in March and November. It is held inside the Alberta Aviation Museum right next to the Edmonton Municipal Airport and it is one of only a handful of antique sales that take place in our city each year.

 

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My Mom and I were some of the first attendees to enter the show and after about 15 minutes the place was packed full.

It was really challenging to snap any pictures with my camera without getting trampled on by the frenzy of people. Besides, some people were looking at me strangely because I was snapping pictures like I was the paparazzi, so I had to at least try to be a little discreet. Quite a few of these older folks know nothing about the Internet, let alone what a blog is!

 

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In the end, I did manage to snap a few pictures of the various items being sold at the sale.

 

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There were a lot of antique bottles, vintage china pieces, lead crystal, vintage linens, small pieces of furniture and other paraphernalia to be found.

 

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There were also a couple of vendors selling Shabby Chic and cottage style wares like these handpainted signs made from old fence boards. I managed to meet the really nice lady who made these signs. She owns the Beach House Cafe in Mullhurst Bay, Alberta which is about 1.5 hours from here. I vowed to pay her a visit later in the spring to see what other great items she has to offer.

 

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I thought this old antique candy machine was really interesting. I wish I would have had time to find the dealer to ask him or her how it would have worked and what types of candies would have been produced with it long ago.

 

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The light green Red Rose coffee box (below) also caught my eye. Wouldn’t it be great to use as a tin to store sewing supplies in a craft room or for its intended purpose; to store tea and coffee in the kitchen?

 

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I did promise my husband that I wouldn’t buy any more large pieces of furniture until I get a chance to finish painting some of the many items that I have stored in the basement, but I did end up buying quite a few nice things anyway. It was hard to pass them up because they were such a great deal.

 

Here is a sample of some of my favorites that I picked up at the sale.

 

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This heavy old 5 gallon ceramic crock pot made by Med Alta Potteries Ltd. was a steal. I think I may end up using it as a plant pot cover for one of my larger houseplants or as a holder for wrapping paper.

I love to pick up vintage items that can be used in many different ways! It keeps things interesting around here.

 

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I found this great old vintage kitchen scale for only $3.00 (Yes, $3.00!) and it is in great working condition. It just needs a little clean up and then it is ready to use.

 

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My most favorite find of the day was this oval Lichfield china platter. I plan to use this one mainly for display on my vintage plate rack. I am in love with the graphic design along the edges and patina from the all-over crazing on the surface.

 

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I also only paid $3.00 for this little white vintage bottle. I think the raised design on the face of the bottle and and its shape really have a nautical feel.This bottle will look great on my bookshelf with my vintage books.

 

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This caned plant stand with bamboo style legs will be getting a makeover in the near future. It was only $8.00.

 

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I was really happy when I came across this silver tray. It was given to someone as a parting gift for 30 years of service at GWG Jean Company Inc. I am not sure if it is plated silver or the real deal. All I know is that it is really heavy. This tray will just need a good cleanup and polishing and it will look as good as new.

 

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Here are a couple of different pictures that I found as well. They will be nice additions to my growing collection of unique art.

 

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Finally, this vintage bed side tray was another one of my great finds. I was told by the vendor that it was produced sometime in the 40-50′s. It still has the original tag on the back that reads, General Wood Products Company, Rockford, IL, The Golden Rule Line, A True Measure of Value.

It needs a bit of repair and maybe a coat of paint and then I think I will put it to use in my bedroom.

 

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My Mom also came home with quite a few nice items such as a vintage turquoise wicker sewing box, a chenille bedspread, and a really cute set of porcelain owl salt and pepper shakers.

All in all, I think it was a really great day full of many awesome finds. If you live here in Edmonton I hope you will join me for the sale in November. It is sure to be a lot of fun!

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

 
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Large picture frame to chalkboard – the reveal & tutorial

It has been a very busy and exciting week for my blog. I was so surprised to learn that my project, How-to-Guide for Transferring Photos to Canvas was chosen as the DIY project of the week at The Graphics Fairy and as the Feature of the Week over at Restore Interiors. As well, My little French Toile Milk Painted Bench was featured at both Home Stories from A to Z and at Embracing Change.

Thank you so much for featuring me ladies! It means a lot to me to know that you really enjoy my projects and tutorials.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out their amazing blogs, take a moment to pay them a visit by clicking on their names above. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Now for my newest project…

 

 

Recently, I had posted about this gold framed painting that I had picked up at an auction last year. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I would be making this frame into a chalkboard. You can read about it in my previous post here.

I decided to give this frame an old world finish in a french blue colour.

 

 

I am not sure if you have ever had a chance to turn a frame into a chalkboard before. If you haven’t it is super easy to do.

You can use any picture frame that you already have laying around the house. Frames with some detailing on them work best for this paint technique, but it is not necessary.

Below are the instructions for painting an old world finish on your frame and then assembling it into a chalkboard afterwards.These instructions can be easily modified for your particular situation.

 

Supplies You’ll Need

              • picture frame
              • 1/4″ hardboard cut to fit the inside of your frame
              • latex primer (I used Glidden’s Gripper Primer)
              • latex paints in the colours of your choice for the frame (I used Martha Stewart’s paints for this project along with craft paint)
              • acrylic Gesso (optional but gives a chalky finish and helps your paint to adhere better to the frame)
              • chalkboard paint for the hardboard (I used Martha Stewart’s brand)
              • antiquing medium (optional)
              • polyacrylic or finishing wax
              • pliers, hammer and finishing nails
              • paint roller, paint tray and paint brushes
              • paper towels and a damp rag
              • white chalkboard chalk (not the dustless variety)

 

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To begin, carefully remove the picture or mirror from your frame using a screwdriver, pliers or a staple remover. Clean your frame well with a degreaser to remove any built-up grime that could interfere with your paint sticking. I just washed my frame with some slightly  soapy water and then I wiped it down well afterwards with a damp cloth and set it out to dry.

 

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For the chalkboard, I used 1/4″ hardboard that I had purchased at Home Depot. I just had them cut it to size for me. This way I didn’t need to bring out my saw just for the one cut that I needed.

Prime your board with one coat of bonding primer. Then coat your board with 2 coats of chalkboard paint letting it dry in between coats. The photo I have included above is after 1 coat of primer and 1 coat of chalkboard paint. It looks blotchy after the first coat of paint but the second coat looks much better. You can also use a spray primer and chalkboard spray paint if you prefer.

A tip when painting is to line your paint trays with tin foil. That way you don’t have to worry about cleaning your paint trays and the foil can be removed and just thrown in the garbage when you are done. Another tip is to make sure that you cover your roller and paint tray with a plastic bag while it is not use. Chalk paint dries really quickly and you don’t want your roller to dry out between coats of paint.

After you are done painting your board, set it aside to dry. In the meantime, you can start to paint your frame.

 

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For the turquoise layer above, I used Martha Stewart’s Araucana Teal paint that I had purchased from Home Depot a few days ago for only $1.00 for a tester sized container. I had mentioned in my Successful Shopping Trip post here that all of the MS testers are on clearance right now. What a great deal!

For this layer I mixed together 3 parts of Araucana Teal to 1 part gesso on a plastic plate. NOTE: You can use any colour that you would like for this layer. After your paint is mixed, dip your paintbrush into the paint and then dab off the excess on a paper towel. You want a fairly dry brush for this technique.

As you’re applying the paint to your frame, try to leave a little bit of the gold (or the undercoat) showing through in spots. You don’t need to try to cover every little bit of the original finish because the new layers of paint you will be applying will cover any flaws that are there. This finish is very forgiving.

 

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I used Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray ( a light taupey gray) mixed with gesso for this layer using the same paint and gesso proportions as in Step 1. Cover the majority of your frame with your gray paint but still leave some of the turquoise and gold showing though.

 

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For the third layer, I mixed a medium gray craft paint with a small amount of black craft paint and some antiquing medium to make a glaze. The darker glaze helps to bring out the details on the frame. If you don’t have antiquing medium you can also use paint mixed thinly with water.

Use your paintbrush to apply the dark paint into the crevices. Work on one small area at a time as you don’t want the glaze to dry before you have a chance to remove it. Then use a damp rag to wipe off the excess glaze from the raised areas of your frame, leaving some of it in the crevices.

 

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If you are happy with the aging you have done so far, you are ready to lighten and highlight. Take some of your light gray paint from step 2 and working on one section of the frame at a time, lightly brush it over the entire frame. Pay particular attention to the raised areas of the frame. Then use a barely damp rag to lightly blend the paint in with the base colour as you go.

 

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Once your frame is dry, you can then apply either a finishing wax or a Polyacrylic to protect the finish.

To attach the chalkboard to the back of the frame, use your hammer to pound small finishing nails into the inside edge of your frame to hold down your board. You want your board to be sturdy enough to write on. Make sure to lay your frame on a soft blanket while you are doing this to not ruin all of your hard work. Don’t ask me how I know!

 

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 Well, there you have it. It’s that easy to make a chalkboard from an old frame. It only took me about 1.5 hours to paint and assemble this frame, not including the drying time.

This is a very easy and inexpensive project to do!

 

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I almost forgot to mention this.

Before using your chalkboard for the first time you will want to “season” it otherwise your lettering will be burned into your board when you write on it.

To “season” your chalkboard just run a piece of regular chalk flat across the entire board. You can then remove the chalk dust with either a damp cloth or a chalkboard eraser and you are good to go.

 

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I hope you like my new chalkboard and you decide to give my tutorial a try some time.

As for me, I still need to figure out where I am going to put this chalkboard!

 

Until next time…

 
 
 

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Large ornate picture frame to chalkboard – the before

I hope you had a great weekend . I managed to get a couple of projects done around the house so I can now tick some more items off of my really long to-do list. It feels so great to get things done, doesn’t it?

 

 

I won this ornate gold framed picture at an auction last summer.  It really caught my eye because the frame is solid wood and it was in great condition.  Also, this frame is really a substantial size, measuring a whopping 31″ wide X 37″ inches tall.

 

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My beautiful frame has sat in my basement collecting dust since last year, so I decided it was time to bring it upstairs and get started on painting it.

 

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I just had a chance to look up the painter, Julius Friedrich. There is not much that I can find on him except this.

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Source: http://www.icollector.com/Julius-Friedrich-European-Lake-Landscape-Painting_i9939003

 

I am not sure if the artist of my painting is the same Julius Friedrich above. I hope that it isn’t, as I have probably already ruined the canvas by removing it from the frame so that I could make the frame into a chalkboard.  :(

The oil painting just didn’t really fit in with my decor and I already had it stuck in my mind what I would do with this frame. l think we will get a lot more use out of it  as a chalkboard. I know for a fact that my kids will love it!

Hopefully the original painting is just a reproduction!

 

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I placed this frame on top of my gray dresser just to show all of you. It really is too big for this dresser and it will most likely go on the wall so we can actually write on the chalkboard. I just need to decide where I am going to put it.

Too bad there is not much wall space in this old 70′s ranch house that we currently live in. If I can’t find a spot for it here, I will save it for our new house when we move in the next year or two.

Please stop back in a little while to see the reveal of my new chalkboard.

 

I hope you have a great day.

 

 

 

 

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