Saturday, December 22, 2012

Making a Chalkboard Serving Tray

Our daughter, Jill and husband, Brad recently moved into a new home.
Well, their home was built in 1917 making it a 95 year-old new home.
She wants a serving tray for an ottoman she is using as a coffee table.
 I made a list of the materials I would need to make one as well as items for a framed chalkboard to display above a buffet Jamie painted for her as a housewarming gift.  John and I headed off to Lowe's.
Next to Lowe's is an AC Moore and we ran in first.  I noticed unfinished framed mirrors in various sizes and thought they would be just right for these projects. 
With a 40%-off coupon and not needing to cut and build the frames, we happily bought a large one for the chalkboard and a smaller one for the serving tray.


FOR THE FRAME
  1. After removing the mirrors from the frames, I sanded the wood and painted each frame with two similar shades of silver acrylic craft paint, applying them at the same time to achieve the metal look I wanted.
  2. When the paint dried, I painted on a water-based satin varnish to seal. (I had Liquitex on hand) Then allowed it to dry
  3. I then brushed on black acrylic paint and rubbed off with a rag until I had a brushed metal look.
  4. I finished with a couple more coats of the satin varnish
FOR THE CHALKBOARD AND SERVING TRAY BOTTOM
  1.  I applied a coat of primer to the back of the mirrors and waited for it to dry
  2. Using a sponge roller, I gave the mirror back three coats of chalkboard paint waiting for each coat to dry before re-applying.
  3. John attached handles to the sides of the smaller frame for the serving tray.
  4. The painted mirror/chalkboard was then attached to the frame and reinforced with additional tacks to ensure it will hold the weight of whatever Jill might set on it.
  5. I finished by covering the back with brown paper using double-sided tape. The larger chalkboard was finished in the same manner but without the handles. A saw-tooth hanger was nailed to the back.

I am liking this chalkboard right here in my foyer and think I just might make one for me.
Linking to Christmas in July @Knick of Time

Friday, December 21, 2012

Frosted Sugar Cookies

my grandson's favorite

  Jared would't care if I just spread the frosting on with a knife but the cookies are extra special when the frosting is piped on.  He likes the taste of the cookie and the frosting. Almond extract flavors both.
Deluxe Sugar Cookies

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gingerbread Cookies and Hat

for our littlest grandbaby...
Gingerbread Girl hat pattern found on a delightful blog called Repeat Crafter Me by Sarah,  who is most creative, talented and generous to share her adorable patterns.  Thank you so much, Sarah!

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