Fancy Chalk Talk

I have a thing for all things chalkboard. Call me quirky/crazy/weird, but I want to display one in our dining area. We're not formal folks at all, so the idea of this whimiscal, ever-changing, interactive art is so appealing. An ornate frame takes it from school room to grown-up room; at least I hope it does (all you teachers out there must be laughing at me right now).

I'm on the hunt for a cheap ornate mirror or picture frame to create something similar to these.
Bring on the magnetic chalkboard paint & the Craigs List searches.
(If any of you spy something similar in the Denver/Boulder area, I would be ever so grateful if you could give me a holler!)

All right, back to watching Sunday Football........

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40 comments:

  1. I love that second one. It would look great in a dining space. (its not weird at all by the way - chalkboards in the dining room have been in pottery barn catalogs for at least the past 10 years so I think that makes it pretty mainstream)

    Im almost positive that the second one is done with molding rather than a frame.

    Also just a note - magnetic paint kind of sucks. If you can, use a piece of sheet metal so you can just cover it in chalkboard paint. The magnetic paint will work if you put A LOT of coats on and use those super strong magnets but Im told having those in a house with children is a big no-no.

    Wow, this comment was really long ;)

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  2. You know what's funny, MrsL? I keep forgetting that my non-design loving friends & Mr. FC are the ones who make me think I'm weird for loving this kind of thing. Where as I can ALWAYS count on my fellow design-savvy bloggers for support. SUH-WEET. Thanks.

    Moulding, eh? That didn't even cross my mind. Where can I get me some gorgeous moulding like that?

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  3. look in the clearance bins in the back of Micahels for big ol' gilded frames.

    I was poking around papersource's website last night and remembered seeing these on the front page:

    http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/Chalkboard-Sticker-Frame-Small-Rectangle/3305.050/439490.html

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  4. Ahh I'm obsessed too!! I actually just posted about ornate picture frames, but none of them besides the Ikea one from Little Green Notebook (I also posted about that frame) would be big enough for what you are looking for. I like the molding idea if you could find some you liked! Thanks for sharing; I hope you find one you can use because they are the coolest!

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  5. I love the idea of a chalkboard, but have been looking for ways to do it a bit more glamorous, less shabby chic. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. I have been looking for a mirror in an ornate frame for our master bedroom, but now I may do a chalkboard instead. Thanks for the inspiration! ~K

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  7. You know I love me some chalkboard! I think it's a great idea!!!

    Ugh, and I'm so over football season already! LOL

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  8. Great inspiration post. I love the idea of a chalkboard in the dining room with a big chunky frame. I was actually thinking the same thing for my dining room. Imagine the notes you could leave and the notes people could leave for YOU!

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  9. I love this post. I actually just painted an entire wall in our house with chalkboard paint. You should just take the plunge, it is so worth it! Check out our wall here:
    http://thesouthernnest.blogspot.com/2009/08/has-she-finally-lost-it.html

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  10. What a wonderful and beautifully inspiring blog!

    The chalkboards are all gorgeous!

    ~Blessings, Melissa :)

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  11. Love the idea...do it! Then post pics for us all to be jealous of!

    I want to do the little cupboard outside our front door in blackboard paint, and everyone thinks I am crazy. I am hoping for some support from the blog world!

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  12. Thanks for the great inspiration photos...I have all the ingredients to make a beautiful chalkboard but got cold feet when it came time to paint black on the wall. You have just made up my mind to just do it. Thanks x

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  13. have you seen 500 Days of Summer? The man guy in the film has chalkboard paint on the whole wall behind his bed and draws his headboard on the wall. Looooove it!And I saw hit up some flea markets to find an old, fancy frame and then just refinish it!

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  14. Love it - definitely go for it girl...I am sure you won't regret it :)

    XO - Katie

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  15. This picture frame from Ikea is pretty much awesome!

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00091967

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  16. Great choices ... fun because they are blackboard ... but slightly formal because of the frames. Nice tension.

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  17. I think you should do it. And, then another for me. I'm far too lazy to do it myself.

    PS - You should never feel bad about getting excited for something like a chalkboard?
    PPS - Did you see those Hawks last weekend? (I totally didn't, but I heard they did well. Thought you may like to know.)

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  18. Ahhh, love! Adore the first one!

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  19. I heard a few years back that one of the biggie celebs (can't remember who - Madonna?) had their guest bathroom completely painted in chalkboard paint, and had chalks in different colors set out for guests to leave messages. I love the idea!

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  20. great post. i am actually working on transforming a bathroom mirror into a chalk board. finishing it up tonight!

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  21. That second photo is one of my favorites ever. It's so different. I have a thing for chalkboards too. I made mine a magnetic chalkboard. Here's the link to my post where I show the "how to". http://thevintageglitterhouse.blogspot.com/2009/04/vintage-framed-magnetic-chalkboard.html
    Good luck finding your frame!
    Stephanie

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  22. Love this idea! And if anyone can make it work it's you girl!

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  23. I'm a teacher, and I'm not laughing. I'm smiling! That counts for something, right?

    In all seriousness, if I have some time free (now that's funny!) I should consider adding frames to my chalkboards in my classroom! That would be so cute...

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  24. I love the collection you have here...I made mine from items i got at Home depot....and I also purchased the one you see above from Blue Belle Bazaar on Etsy.
    Jen Ramos

    'Cards & Prints You'll Love...'
    www.madebygirl.com
    madebygirl.blogspot.com

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  25. I didn't price compare so Im sure you can do better but here is one site that sells fancy panel moldings. Hope this helps.
    http://www.invitinghome.com/Panel_Moldings_Corners/Panel_moldings_1.htm

    Now you're making me want to do the same thing in my office. hmmm.

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  26. I definitely agree with Mrs. Limestone about the magnetic paint. A couple of years ago I used it on a whole door, and then painted over it with chalkboard paint. Bumpy, bumpy, bumpy, and not very magnetic. I think her recommendation about sheet metal is a really good one.

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  27. Oh, and I loved all the pictures of the chalkboards in the fancy frames. I see one in my dining room's immediate future...(especially since my chalkboard door was a victim of our kitchen remodel...)

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  28. LOVE this idea! Good luck finding the frame of your dreams :)

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  29. Love chalkboards, but these take the chalkboard loving cake. So elegant for something so dusty!

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  30. I just started following your blog and I've been enjoying reading your previous posts. It's nice to find a blog where someone has a sens of humor!

    PS- I'm loving chalkboards right now too!

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  31. PSS- Your dog is awesome by the way! Too Cute!

    http://itsjustahouse.blogspot.com/

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  32. I totally want to do this! My husband stole and old chalkboard from a hallway at CU and brought it home for me! Now to find a good frame...

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  33. Check out goodwill! Cute blog.

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  34. I LOVE these chalk boards & their ornateness (is that a word?), however, i hate chalk (i can't stand the thought of touching it). so i hope to find some alternative ways to use fancy frames. I think I'll make a pinboard of sorts like the one that's on clearance at PB right now. And I agree with another comment-er...Michael's or Hobby Lobby should have some inexpensive yet beautiful frames or molding to work with. I can't wait to start that project for my office!
    thanks for all the lovely pics!

    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/eclectic-shaped-wooden-pinboard/?pkey=x%7C4%7C1%7C%7C10%7Cpinboard%7C%7C0&cm_src=SCH

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  35. Have you thought about getting a vintage twin bed headboard and lopping the legs off (that's kinda of what the first one looks like to me)?

    It certainly would be a large chalkboard.

    Just a thought.

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  36. I'm going to try making a chalkboard. They are awesome, very cool items to have.

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  37. Don't Mason Jars just work for everything? Love yours!

    :)

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  38. I'm weird for loving this kind of thing. Where as I can ALWAYS count on my fellow design-savvy bloggers for support. SUH-WEET. Thanks.
    buy wagyu

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