I am back home safely after a long drive with the kiddos yesterday. We all survived, so that is a plus! And I was happy to be reunited with my pups. And Chris, too, I guess. ;) I will be here for a couple of days, and then have a friend visiting for the remainder of the week, so again my apologies if I disappear. And again, hope to share Haven pics with you soon.
Speaking of which, I did not attend the "I like big blogs" class at Haven, but I heard that one of the tips offered was to title your post exactly what it was, rather than doing a silly or fun title for your SEO (search engine optimization). Therefore, you have the "Chalkboard Bookcase" title, and in parentheses, what I would title it. :) I am going to stick with my fun titles, but thought I would pass on that nugget of information.
I got this hard rock maple bookcase off of craigslist recently and loved its simple shape and sweet details. It's hard to find cute inexpensive bookcases these days!
I painted it with a playroom in mind and wanted to go with a fun gender neutral color. I chose "Emerald Isle" by Benjamin Moore in Aura satin finish (I had it on hand). I did not have much left so I thought a tinted primer would be great. Well, I am cheap with my paint these days, so I made some DIY chalk paint in a spring green that would work well as a tinted primer. I sanded the entire piece lightly and then gave two coats of the DIY chalk paint and 2 coats of the Emerald Isle to all but the backing. I knew I wanted to use chalkboard paint on the backing. I used an angled brush and applied two coats of Rustoleum's brush on chalkboard paint. I allowed it to dry for an entire day, and then wrote all over the backing, wiped it off, and then wrote on it again to take these pictures.
What? You have't met a chicken that reads? Well this one can.
I didn't distress this one. Most likely it will end up in a child's room and be naturally distressed over time! ;)
Also, I am over at Denise's fabulous blog, The Painted Home, sharing what's in my beach bag this summer! Check it out (it will be posted at 7:22 am). And while you are there, check out Denise's gorgeous home!