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Monday, February 14, 2011

A Romantic Vignette

The stencil wall wasn't the only change I made in the dining room.  I also created a romantic vignette on the buffet (which is actually a dresser that the hubs inherited from his grandmother).

I wanted to balance out the black from the stencil wall by bringing in a little black and white art.  I found the calla lily print at Hob Lob, otherwise known as Hobby Lobby, for $6.  It caught my eye immediately because my wedding bouquet was a bundle of calla lilies.  I liked the sweet sentiment.  I also found the clock at Hob Lob for $15.  It was love at first sight.  For those that are just now tuning in, I'm a little obsessed with clocks (especially wall clocks).  I then headed to one of my favorite fabric stores in Lexington, The Rag Peddler.  I found this beautiful black and cream fabric.


I loved the print!  Since I didn't need much of it for my intended project, I didn't mind paying $20/yd.  A yard was more than enough, and I have lots of fabric left over for other projects.  My last stop was at Michaels to pick up a roll of chalkboard vinyl.  It's in the kids craft section, and it's awesome!  I just recently discovered this stuff while shopping with my daughter for supplies for a school project.  I can't remember the price, but I think it's around $5 a roll.  I feel the need to mention that all of this shopping didn't happen in one day; it happened over a couple days.  Who has time to hit that many different stores in one day?  Certainly not me!

Then I gathered my supplies to create the fabric covered chalkboard that I had envisioned in my head. I used my handy dandy staple gun to cover the canvas that I used for my stencil paint test.


Then I grabbed a black and gold frame that I already had (from Michaels) in the craft closet.  I took the easel off the back of the frame and removed the glass front.


I lined the frame back where a picture would go with a piece of the chalkboard vinyl.  Then I realized that I should have put down something over the back because these little bumps were showing through.


I grabbed a piece of thick cardstock, cut it to size, taped it down, and then added another piece of chalkboard vinyl on top.


Problem solved!  I wasted a little vinyl, but I learned a lesson (that I'm happy to pass on to you)!  You have to start with a smooth surface when applying chalkboard vinyl.  Most of you are probably thinking - duh!  I, obviously, could have used that bit of advice :)  Then I used my favorite glue in the world - Gorilla Glue - to adhere the frame to my fabric covered canvas.


If you've never used Gorilla Glue before it totally rocks because it is really super strong; but just so you know a little goes a long way, as it expands when it dries.  I let it dry overnight with a pile of heavy books on top and it was perfect in the morning!


It came out just as I imagined!  When does that happen?  For me - almost never!  I love the pattern and texture it adds to the room.  I'm so enamored with any and all projects involving chalkboards lately.  It just adds a little fun to the room!

To frame my black and white calla lily print, I grabbed an old black frame that I've had for years.  It was pretty beat up.  I gave it a really good sanding.  Then I painted it with - wait for it - chalkboard paint!  How'd you guess?!


Since I'm the self-professed queen of "changing things up" these kinds of projects are perfect for me!  I can easily erase and write something else.  A dinner menu, a special quote, a sweet message, a bible verse - and you get the idea!

I was going for a layered look.  I used another old black frame that was already glassless because of a "moving accident".  I took the back off the frame and hung it on the wall with a couple of command strips (love them!).  Then I hung the clock right in the middle.  I also used a couple of command strips to display 3 tiny bowls.  I bought a package of black vinyl alphabet letters a long time ago, and I added our monogram to them.


I already had the lamps and the other accessories.  The plate stand is a Willow House item that I just adore!

Here's how it looked before.



And after.


I love simple updates that don't cost much and make use of things you already have!  I also love displays that are personal and meaningful with just the right amount of romance.  It's just sweet enough, but not too syrupy (that's a word -right?!).

So, do you have any romantic vignettes in your home?  Does art that reminds you of a sweet memory jump into your cart while you're shopping?  Or maybe that just happens to me.  Was I the last person on Earth to find out about chalkboard vinyl?  I was, wasn't I?!  

Happy Valentine's Day!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo



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16 comments:

  1. Your vignette is absolutely stunning. I love it. Now, I didn't know about chalkboard vinyl until now, so I have to check it out. Looks fabulous. Where did you find the vinyl letters? I need some. Hugs, Marty

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  2. really love the after! think i mentioned that i noticed that b/w chalkboard when i viewed the stenciled wall! :)

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  3. Carmel, that vignette is perfect. I did not know there was chalkboard vinyl. I will have to check that out.

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  4. Your yummy metamorphosis is absolutely fabulous. I so hope that you enjoy every bit of it.

    Have a very Happy Valentine's Day!

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  5. Completely adorable! I need to copy some things here. I love the look of the fabric with the frame on top. You have a great eye. Happy heart day.

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  6. Beautiful! Loving that fabric!

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  7. oh man...how have I never seen your blog? I have to list all the things I love...

    #1 Your name...carmel...how absolutely lovely...
    #2 Chalkboard vinyl? seriously? where have I been?? (Does it erase well?)
    #3 Your choice of fabric...delicious
    #4 You say Hob Lob...that's hilarious
    #5 That dresser is absolutely fabulous...it looks like someone in your home actually shines wood furniture :) (unlike in my house where we paint it all so I don't have to shine it...)
    #6 said dresser is even MORE fabulous with your additions...kudos girl...your artful eye is fantabulous!

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  8. Carmel - I love this. I saw it on the other site and thought it looked new and know I know it is - I just love every aspect of it! GREAT job!

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  9. This is a lovely vignette. You have a real knack for this kind of thing! I love your use of levels and the way the eye goes straight to your beautiful framed Wedding picture.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  10. Lovely vignette! Most definitely prefer the second look.

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  11. Thanks everyone! The chalkboard vinyl is like the paint. You have to rub it with the side of a piece of chalk to prep the surface in order to make it easy to erase. I made the mistake of skipping this step, but a wet paper towel seems to do the trick. Hope that helps!

    Carmel

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  12. Beautiful....I love every detail.

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  13. I think my comment went to cyberspace :)
    Love the fabric you used, everything is so pretty!
    Your stencil in your dinning room is also so gorgeous!
    XO
    Kristin

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  14. This is the perfect mix of old and new that I love. Traditional with a twist. Very nice!

    -Rene

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  15. I love this vignette -- and the fabric choice is perfect!

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Be nice or I'll tell your mom! xoxo -C

 
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