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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Chalkboard Cheater...

OK, I'm the first to admit that there have been several other gals who have beat me to posting about finding a way to do a "faux" chalkboard. It's not that I don't love real chalkboards and respect the huge amount of talent and patience that goes into creating those amazing works of art. It's just that this year, decorating for Christmas has been a rush job in every sense of the word.



So I just had to resort to cheating...




Above my sideboard in the hallway is a perfect spot for a chalkboard. I wanted that look without all the work. sounds bad...but Hey, I just love all the ones you all are doing out there. And then there's the fact that I hate to think about all the hours put into coming up with a fabulous creation, only to have to wipe it down the week after Christmas!


So I just bought some black foam board at Michael's and then proceeded to enlist the help of my sis and her trusty Silhouette Machine.


I think it's pretty good.
Maybe not the real thing, but I love the look.


I bought the chalk markers, so hopefully at some point I can try to create a more "realistic" one that actually resembles a chalkboard design. But until then, I can pop this one out and then beg my sister to make me another one...maybe one that says "Happy New Year". Have I told you what a great sister I have?

Yep, she's the Best!
(she reads my blog, too)



For some great Chalkboard Inspiration
Click Here for my Pinterest Page


I'll be joining in these fun parties this week:


Don't forget to check out all the fun shopping over here
at The Marketplace.
It's live all week.
Just scroll down to the next post.


xoxo,

50 comments:

  1. Debra LOVE your faux chalk board.Hey we could all use a little extra help during the holidays :-) !
    xx
    Anne

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  2. Adore your faux chalk board. I'm with you. I keep thinking if I did one of those with all of that work and someone came by and accidently smeared it, I wouldn't be a happy camper at all.

    I like your idea!!

    Judy

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  3. I adore it, I love the frame and I'm the same mine never look like the neat ones I see. Loved to get one of those machines because that's how I'd do it all the time:) What a great sister you have!

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  4. Great way for a faux look. I use my silhouette for projects like that too. Wonderful idea:)

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  5. That's soo pretty Debra!... I ended up buying two cute already made chalkboards... one of mine still has a pumpkin I drew on it in chalk because it turned out kinda cute the first part of Autumn and I didn't want to erase it!... so it says Merry Christmas with a pumpkin on it!... I checked into making them and you are right... ALOT of work!... sisters are the best!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  6. It looks great, I would have never known it was faux. I hear ya on things feeling 'rushed'.

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  7. Debra, it looks like a real chalk board and no one would know if you didn't tell us. Did not know there was black foam board. Good to know.

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  8. Well I must be living under a rock! I didn't know there was a trend in making faux chalkboards! I have never seen them before till now. I love it! I have a chalkboard area in my kitchen that I just recently "chalked" up a creation on. Nice to know there are other options out there if I ever want to persue them. I should try some chalk pens. Hmmmm....

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  9. Debra, It looks fantastic, without all the work! I think your sister did a great job! I always love seeing what creative ideas you have. Love the inspiration!!


    Jody

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  10. Debra you are too funny. What a clever idea, and I would've done the same thing if I even knew what a silhouette machine was. Hey, whatever works, right? We're getting our tree tonight and I just finished one of my mantels with lots more to do so I love a great short cut!
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

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  11. Great idea, Debra. This looks wonderful.

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  12. It's beautiful, Debra. And besides, theirs isn't the real thing either. Mine are the real thing...real BEASTLY HEAVY thing. LOL But that's okay, cuz I can't bear to see real slate boards discarded from schools. They find a home at my place. It's kinda like an animal shelter for chalk boards. :-)

    YOURS looks gorgeous and now I'm thinking that mine needs a pretty balsam wreath and berries! ♥

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  13. I love your faux chalkboard Debra. I'm for anything that saves time, money and yet looks beautiful...and this looks beautiful!!! LOVE IT!
    sending hugs...

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  14. I'm with you. This is exactly what I would do. It turned out great and of course, I love the sentiment...

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  15. The frame is so gorgeous. The cheating paid off. The faux chalkboard is perfect.

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  16. Would have never known it was not a real chalkboard. Looks wonderful!

    Blessings to you.

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  17. :) What a great cheat! Nobody can tell the difference! It looks awesome in that pretty gold frame!

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  18. It's a darn good cheat! I love it and the wreath around it looks so pretty.
    Kim@reposhture.blogspot.com

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  19. This is the first I've seen of this...love it!

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  20. doesnt matter, I love that look, and you did a spectacular job! :D

    Hugs,

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  21. I love all the chalkboard art out there, too, Debra. I don't think I could ever manage it myself though. Yours looks fantastic! I did vinyl on a large chalkboard I have. I do have an extra frame and some black foam board that I was thinking of doing one specific for Christmas though. I just found {on Pinterest} free downloads!

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  22. I think you did great!! Love the frame!! Love the time saving idea.

    Pam
    xox

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  23. Debra, this was a great idea! Your 'faux chalkboard' looks amazing! Great option!

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  24. Debra,
    This is a great faux chalkboard...I would have never known.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  25. This looks fantastic, I love it!

    Cynthia

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  26. Sometimes it's okay to be a cheater! I seriously didn't realize it wasn't the real thing!

    Jeanine

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  27. I say: What's the difference? Looks beautiful!
    Brenda

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  28. Debra,
    L O V E the look of your faux Chalkboard!

    Fondly,
    Pat

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  29. I love this Debra! I could do it with my Cricut, too, I think. Although when I made my Menu Tray, it didn't really take all that long, and the white paint pen technique I used was really easy. but mine is permanent, and this can be changed! Great idea, I had not seen it before, so it doesn't seem like cheating to me:)
    xo, Andrea

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  30. what a great idea, debra! i wouldn't have thought to use black foam board. love my silhouette--you can do so much with it!

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  31. Love it Deborah! Thanx for sharing your little cheat with us at THT. Hope your week is going well!:)

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  32. LOVE it! And I think you should stop feeling like you cheated and give yourself a pat on the back for being so freaking smart.
    Sarah

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  33. That is seriously clever and I think you've made a "chalkboard cheater" out of me too Debra! It looks gorgeous and we are so glad you linked it up to Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  34. cheater or not, your project wins!!!

    hope you will have a chance to stop by, and today i am hosting a giveaway. hope you win! http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/12/personalized-lovely-giveaway.html

    peace to you.

    michele

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  35. I've been away from blogging for a month so this is new to me and you pulled it off beautifully!

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  36. Looks great Debra...don't tell anyone else and take the credit!!

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  37. Love your idea of cheating-I want to sit next to you during the next test-lol It's part of my Saturday favorites so stop by to check it out-Have a great weekend-Claire

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  38. Okay Debra,I laughed about your true confession. I really thought it was a chalk board, but yours looks awesome and very real. I love your wording; it looks better than chalk to me! But the thing I'm focused on is that your sister actually reads your blog! Wait a minute, that didn't sound right. Your blog is beautiful, well-written and full of fab ideas, it's just that my family doesn't actually read mine. :0

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  39. Hi Debra...I'm new to your blog...and love your "chalkboard"! I can't believe you didn't want to go through the 17 steps required to making your own! I recently found that you could buy sheets of chalkboard, from cabinet suppliers...but that's for another day/year.
    Merry Christmas!,
    Barbara

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  40. Debra, Thanks so much for sharing this creative post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love your faux chalkboard, It's perfect!

    Jody

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  41. That looks great Debra! I can't find any skinny chalk, all I can find is sidewalk chalk. Try writing with that! Haha! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home and have a Merry Christmas!
    Sherry

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  42. Shared your chalkboard cheats on my fb page tonight! Thank you for linking and sharing your creativity with us Cowgirls!
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crafty-Texas-Girls/140299076008437?ref=hl

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  43. Oh my goodness, Debra, you are a genius! I saw this at Primp and I was wondering what you did to "cheat" with! How clever are you! Thank you for sharing, I am featuring tomorrow. -K

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  44. Faux or not, it's very pretty and a Great idea! Love it! and I like the idea of using the Silhouette to make it changeable for the seasons. coming over from Coastal Charm's party :)

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