I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person that does this. You’re walking through Target, Home Goods, or in this case Garden Ridge, and something cute catches your eye. And … it’s on clearance! After closer inspection, however, you realize it’s not 100 percent your style. It’s just not perfect … but it could be. That beautiful wheel in your DIY brain starts turning. Maybe add a little something or take something (ugly) off, or maybe a coat of paint will do the trick.
In this case, with a little chalkboard paint and some clothespins I was able to remake a not-quite-perfect piece of “wall art” into a cute instagram photo display.
Full disclosure, this piece of “wall art” has been sitting in my closet for at least two years. I changed my mind about how I wanted to remake it about 10 times. I could have…
- Turned it vertical, painted on our wedding anniversary and hung it in the bedroom or…
- Added hooks and used it near the front door or…
- Used chalkboard paint and made a menu display board (I usually don’t plan meals on the weekends, so five squares works for me).
In the end I decided that the squares were just the right size for displaying instagram photos.
I used Martha Stewart’s chalkboard paint purchased at Michaels. After a few hiccups when removing the painters tape, I quickly realized I should have used a primer first since I wasn’t painting on bare wood, but rather a shiny, smooth surface. Never the less I soldiered on, determined to finish the damn thing and get it on the wall. After painting, I seasoned the chalkboards and arranged the photos/clothespins.
I decided that the center square was just a bit too narrow to fit a 4×4″ instagram photo, so I used some wooden craft letters and applied a cute, inspiring phrase – one that I wouldn’t mind seeing multiple times a day. I used contact cement to attached the letters and clothespins. After adding some quick doodles with a chalk pen it was ready to hang.
I originally planned to put this in our guest/kids bathroom, but since I am currently repainting in there (reveal soon I hope), It’s going to live in the dining room for now. (Thank God for Command Picture-Hanging strips!) Our house does not have a fireplace, so these two shelves are my “mantle” and I’m constantly rearranging the items displayed on them.
So there you go! That’s how I made this not-quite-perfect piece work for my space.
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