April 02, 2010
Say It On A Blackboard
MIRROR MIRROR on the wall, why did you end up on a THRIFT STORE wall. This was a great unique vintage mirror find at a local thrift store and my thoughts were I had to have it. The mirror was framed in dark solid wood and all I could see is a cafe style blackboard and oh so practical. I removed the mirror down to it's bare frame stripping and sanding it then using my aging paint techniques with a distressed look. I needed the paint on this piece to appear as if it had been untouched for years, mounted on a weathered cafe wall announcing it's specials for the day. I painted it using white, French gray and cashmere tones, this way it would assure a look that it was distressed with age. It was distressed in areas that this piece would have taken on naturally as if it were found at a European flea market. I then replaced the mirror with a piece of paneling that I primed then painted with a slate chalkboard paint, it was then buffed out and screwed into the frame menu board style.
I love that a framed blackboard European cafe style acts as a piece of art to a room, as well as function. It can charm a room with a planned menu, inspirational sayings, as well as encouraging daily quotes.
A blackboard can conjure up in most of us, those old scary feelings of being called to the front of the classroom to solve a problem.... A blackboard like this fashioned in vintage menu board style, will only beckon you to leave a sweet message.