Last year I shared our kitchen reno in our Georgia home…
… and now I’m ready for another makeover. Nothing extreme like the first time but I’m pretty excited about it anyway. In the last few months, I’ve determined that my style is “Rustic MCM”. It’s pretty amazing how putting a label on it makes it easier to decorate, especially in a larger space like our living room. If it can’t be described as rustic or mid-century, it’s not a fit, which makes it super easy for an indecisive gal like myself.
I wanted to bring this vibe from the living room (which is still in progress, ha!) into the kitchen and ultimately through the whole house. I’m completely in love with diner style kitchens and that was my intention for the first makeover, but it didn’t really happen. Here’s a look at how the breakfast area looked after the first makeover:
I worked really hard on all of this; I made the curtains, saved those chairs from going in the trash, I redid the retro style table, made some farm animal prints with my silhouette, made over the vintage light fixture and created the herringbone art in the center. I also made all of those pillow covers, because, duh, you need pillows in a kitchen…?
It’s pretty, but I’m over it. I plan on putting the table, chairs and curtains in the craft room, which is also slated for a quick change in the next few weeks. Honestly, NONE of this was the plan until I came across a retro dinette set on the side of the road on a visit to Nashville. For fifty bucks. What?!?!
It’s clearly in need of new upholstery and some spit shining, which has all been done but not yet shared. I’m so bad at the blogging part of DIY blogging. While I was searching all over for the perfect fabric for the dinette set, I thought I would go ahead and start on the art.
I kinda wanted this chalkboard to look like it was a “Specials” board in an old diner. I found this tutorial which helped a great deal, but honestly, this project was kind of a disaster from the beginning. Including the part where we couldn’t find the hammer and had to use a meat tenderizer instead. While I’m not a huge fan of the chalkboard trend, Hubs and I need this. We’re those people who would lose their heads if they weren’t screwed on right so we surely aren’t responsible enough to pay our bills on time without a gigantic reminder. Adulting is super hard and I’m about ready to quit.
I knew I wanted the end result to be fairly large so I measured out the space on the wall and came up with my dimensions and then figured what section of it I wanted to be for the vintage sign. Then I made the sign at actual size in Photoshop.
Then I sent that to my Silhouette and laid it out on a large piece of Masonite, taped it off and painted the other side with Rustoleum’s black chalkboard paint.
Here comes disaster number one. While masonite is near-prefect for chalkboard projects because of its super smoothness, it’s pretty terrible for creating a distressed sign. Blugh. So, on the next attempt, I used a piece of scrap wood, taped off the size I needed and then stained it with General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut. Once that was dry, I went over it with white paint and then lightly sanded. Aaaaand then started all over with the Silhouette vinyl.
We nailed the chalkboard masonite directly to the wall and then nailed the sign to the wall as well. used door and window casing to create the frame and a small, thin piece of wood for the divider between the sign and chalkboard.
Look closely and you can see a jacked up nail from beating it with a meat tenderizer. I’m telling you, expletives were flying all over during this project. I wish I could include some valuable advice on creating the actual frame and how to miter corners, but we fudged that one up, too. Fun stuff.
Long story short: I love this thing. We use it every day and it is such a huge help.
I know it looks like we don’t use it much but thanks to my sweet friend Photoshop, you have no idea what all kinds of personal crap goes on this calendar.
I added a hook to the side so we have a spot for our keys.
I stained the frame and the little divider in, what else, General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut.
I can’t wait to share the rest of the kitchen!!! I need to finish it first, though. I’ve got my eye on some crazy fabric for the future curtains.