Friday, August 22, 2008

Chalkboard Project and New Dining Table

Well, some of you might remember back in July, I found these at our local Habitat for Humanity store for .50 cents each. There were two this size and one another size. These had been on cabinets that had speakers inside them....notice how it is kind of a mesh.

Let me tell you, that black mesh was hard to pull out.....hubby finally took pity on me and ripped it all out for me.
My vision for these were to become chalkboards for the house. I had been seeing every one's chalkboards and I had to have some. This is at our front door. I was constantly putting a little note up with tape if I had to do anything out of the normal.....example if the dogs had to get groomed or Lexi needed to bring something to school. Otherwise, I just zip out the door and never think about it till ut oh, too late.
Everyone has been instructed to look at the board in the mornings and in the afternoons for any instructions or just a simple "How was your day" message. The other two are being used in our kitchen/eating area. I put a little shelf next to the chalkboards and I have put a ceramic pumpkin with all my chalk in it (you can see it in the next picture).

The next two pictures are of my eating area and my new dining room table. We have had our table for a long, long time and had been wanting one with black or all black.....well, since Lexi was getting new furniture, mom wanted something too...hee hee. I showed this to my hubby and he loved it and said let's get we did (please ignore the camera lens cap on the table...duh)!

Here is another picture of it. We got it Wednesday and love also will extend out for larger gatherings. At some point I want to replace the china cabinet but that will have to wait for now.

I think we will be through with Lexi's room this weekend and I will show you pictures on either Monday or Tuesday (as long as the bedding gets here).


Kitty Scraps said...

Hey Darlene,
Love your chalkboards! I really need one in my home too but where? lol And your new black table is beautiful. Had you thought about just painting your china cabinet to match? Forgive me for suggesting it if it's a family heirloom or priceless antique, I was just thinking that if it matched your table and you got rid of that then maybe painting the cabinet would be a possibility? Wow that's a run on sentence if I ever typed one *smiles* Love your pumpkins in your metal basket thingy too.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Darlene,
Your chalkboards look great. I didn't know habitat had a store...I may have to check on that locally!

Songbirdtiff said...

Very cute new table! It looks similar to my own pottery-barn-knock-off paint job on my kitchen table. :)

The chalkboards look great.

Dawn said...

The chalkboards are a really great idea. I like how you used them. You are a smart woman!

Your dining room table is beautiful. I really like the color. It's nice that you got something new too!

take care,

Shelia said...

Morning, Darlene! Oh, thank you for the sweet welcome home! I love your chalk boards and especially the two in the kitchen hanging horizontal - they just look fantastic! And how pretty is your new dining set! Love it and I know you're so proud to have a new one. I love the black and how the pretty woods kinda pops on top! Have a wonderful day!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Gretchen said...

Darlene, I love all your chalkboards. I kept trying to figure out what to do with the chalk but now I know (a little shelf).

Your new table is beautiful and I love the black with the stained top. The cushions are really nice too. I need to get some for my table but I can't find any that aren't really expensive and I just don't have time (OK the willpower) to do them.


a day in the life of bella said...

I love your dining room table and I love your centerpiece on it, too:)

Your blackboard project is cool! I need some blackboard love in this house, lol.

I actually have bought blackboard paint and used it for the first time yesterday on a box that I am using to put gifts in...I can write Happy Housewarming or something like that on it ;)

But I really want to paint some of my soffits in my kitchen with it..should be interesting!


duchess said...

Love the chalkboards - great project.
I love the new table too. As for replacing the china cabinet - why don't you just paint it black?
It's cheaper & would look great.

Screaming Meme said...

I love the chalkboards and your table! Very pretty! :)

linda said...

I've always been a sucker for chalkboards...maybe because I always wanted to be a teacher!?

I love your new table...congratulations!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Oh those turned out super cute. I love your new table! That is exactly the style of table I want...some day!

~ Sarah

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Hi Darlene,
Hey way to take something totally off the wall (speakers) and make them into something totally different (chalkboards) unreal girl.

I love the finished product - And love where you put them-Your kitchen area is beautiful...It makes me want to sit down and have a cup of coffee and gab with you about the weather or something! :)
Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing!

Joy said...

Chalkboards, table and thrift finds...OH MY! They ALL look wonderful!

Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

this turned out wonderful!!!

Marie said...

GREAT table! Did the cushions come with it? Because I LOVE them! I love your chalkboards too! I wish I had some wall space in my kitchen... I'd love one in there.

Jeanne said...

Darlene, you have a great imagination. I would never have thought of the chalk boards from those speakers you bought. Good job girl.

Now for that beautiful table and chairs. Gorgeous! A beautiful choice for your dining room.

Hugs, Jeanne

Twice as Nice said...

Love the new table. Did you get the cushions from WalMart? I had saw some like that there and thought they were nice but didn't have a need for any. It's hard to find black and white check. Great chalkboards too. Blogging gives us all such great ideas.

The Berry's Patch said...


Thank you, thank you for leaving me a message today for my birthday! It's so nice to hear your voice.

It's funny that you posted about chalkboards today. I'm looking for a really cute chalk board. Great idea to add the frame!

Your new table is beautiful! It's almost exactly like mine. I love the cherry wood and black together.

Thanks again for the birthday wishes!

Brandee :-)

Jill Scott said...

Darlene, I haven't stopped by to see you in awhile. You've been busy, girl!

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Darlene; this is my first visit to your blog. And I love your table and chairs. The chalk boards are really great ideas. I might have to get me some, I am always forgetting things, my old age is showing now. lol :} Have a great weekend.


tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Love that!!!

M ^..^

Nancy said...

Good Evening Darlene, Great Job on those chalk boards! Your table is beautiful, I just love that style. Hope you have a great weekend...Nancy

Anonymous said...

I love your chalkboard idea! How fun and creative! You dining table is gorgeous by the way!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Adorable chalkboards!! I am really impressed. :)

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I really like the chalkboard project. I am looking for a frame so I can put one in my kitchen. The new dining room table is beautiful. I'd love a huge long farmhouse table, just no place to put it. Have a great weekend. Jackie

Kim's Treasures said...

Love the new table and your chalkboards! Everything looks great!

Our Complete Family said...

Aww, thanks for your sweet comment! And your entry~ what an awesome idea! I love chalkboards and yours are so darn cute! Here's to hoping you have a FAB weekend ahead! ~ Les

Miss Rhea said...

Great Chalkboards, what a lovely idea. :) They look nice in your kitchen too. :)

Katie said...

Very sophisticated look! Love the chalkboards!

Caren said...

Looking really good! The chalkboards are adorable and your new table is too! Nice work!