If anyone is interested, my cute chalkboard was this ugly picture in another life. It was hanging in my kitchen (was I smoking crack?), and I really wanted to just hurl it out the front door. Yet still, I left it there. Until....one night I saw a can of chalkboard paint on the "oops" table at Lowes for $3 (reg. $10). I snagged that puppy and headed for the checkout. I could hardly wait to get home. I was so pleased with the outcome! The painting has a texture, but it doesn't make a bit of difference. I think it gives it character...that's what I like to say when something doesn't turn out quite like I expected. After the paint was dry, I sanded the whole thing lightly, and hand rubbed on some antique white craft paint on the little dot detail. LOVE IT! Have I ever mentioned how utterly addicted I am to "trash to treasure"?
And, last but not least...my ill fated ornaments. I guess from a distance you can't tell how pitiful they are. I had such high hopes for these little babies. I was so excited to try this project when I saw Valarie do it on her blog. She made it look so easy and foolproof. It is not. At first I thought they had turned out great, until the next day (24 hours later) I painted on the dots and turned them upside down. Nope, the paint on the inside was not dry. It bubbled out the top, oozed down the sides...it was heartbreaking. So, I cleaned them as best I could and decided to wait another day to clear coat them. If you are wondering why I insisted on turning them upside down, I thought it would keep the wet dots from smearing on the bottom. Guess what happened? 48 hours later, the paint on the inside still wasn't dry...it happened again. Maybe I was having a blonde moment, maybe I didn't read the directions thoroughly...blah, blah, blah. Anyway, this is what I got stuck with. I'm rollin with it. They didn't all turn out bad...I'll just put these "special" ones on the back of the tree.