Friday, August 10, 2012

Chalk One Up

I can't believe I've lived here almost three years and have just now figured out I can draw on my slate hearth with chalk! I have to say I've never been a huge fan of the chalkboard paint trend - it seems like so much form over function - I mean really, are you going to take your pantry door to the grocery store with you so you have your shopping list?


I do like the look for erasable labels though - cute and practical.

But back to my little quickie fireplace makeover. You may remember where we left off with painting the firebox and the doors and other metal parts. The plan for the hearth was to faux marble it and maybe mark off a herringbone or chevron pattern, but well, I'm pretty slow about getting things done (darn working). In the meantime, in the meantime I saw an awesome blog project that involved a dark wood top and a chevron pattern drawn freehand with a paint pen ...

I can't find the original inspiration project, but the effect was similar to THIS

... and thought, hmmmm, I could do that on my hearth, with chalk. And it will be fast and easy and reversible and I will actually get it done. So I dug out my chalk and went to town. I probably should have used a ruler or yardstick and I may search out thinner chalk at some point, but for now it is done and I like it and I can always redo it down the road, either with a different pattern or the original planned on faux painting.

For some reason the cat was fascinated with the process so it got a little smeary in places where she walked on it, and a day later it looked like someone had rolled around on it a bit too. Oh well, at least it wasn't wet paint.

I'm linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party. Stop over and see all the great transformations.

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