Thursday, July 19, 2012

Chalkboard Art on a Table

Okay, my title is a little erroneous because this isn't a chalkboard and it's not even a table.  So let's just pretend.  All right?  I don't have before pics because I have had this piece for over a year and I painted it at least a year ago with American Accents Canyon Black.  It sat in my "creative space" until I took pictures to share this week and saw it in the photos.  After awhile, junk everything melds together.

 I did paint it in the chalkboard art style that is so popular right now and I love chalkboard art just as much as everyone else does so it was a pleasure working on this project.  Let me say I could not have done it as precisely as I did without the use of a paint pen.  This is my first time using a paint pen and I am in LOVE!  Probably cut my work time to a third and let's just say this was pretty time consuming.
 This is actually my third French Laundry project.  The first two I did in red and charcoal and they were just the tops of the ironing board.  I put big door handles on them so things could be hung.
Oh, did I forget to mention this is an ironing board?  I think I did.  Well, it's the coolest ironing board around because it has an adjustable height so it could be used as a sofa table, a portable server or a craft table.  I actually use our ironing board when I work on horizontal signs.  I can adjust the height to accommodate my needs.
As well as using the paint pen for the first time, I learned to doodle in French.  Do you doodle in French?  I am going to be sharing a new book I just bought with you called "Doodling in French," and let's say it is beyond inspiring.  So I can't draw worth beans, and I don't speak a word of French (one of my biggest regrets), but darn it, I can now doodle in French and I will tell you all about it in a couple of days.
 I am really pleased with the way this turned out.  My husband doesn't get the concept of using an ironing board for a table, but that's what re-purposing is all about.
I had to take this outside and lay it on it's side to get a complete picture and then I could not crop the photo.  This puppy is very very long!

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34 comments:

art is beauty said...

THIS....IS....AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in love!!!!!!!!
over from MMS....LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Hugs,
Karin
www.artisbeauty.net

SweetMelissa said...

Such an awesome option to jazz up those otherwise plain jane ironing boards!!! By the way...your doodling is fantabulous!

Bungalow 47 said...

This is simply amazing! I want to doodle in french too!! Nice job, I'm inspired. Chantelle

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

I can hardly stand how cute that it. I love everything about it! Love that it's an ironing board!!! Who needs them?! This is much better :)

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Love it!! I can see what a time consuming project this was! I have never thought of using an adjustable ironing board as a painting table. Well, that's just brilliant! If my husband was confused years ago when I baked dough ornaments in the oven, I wonder what he'd think if I were painting at the ironing board? :@

Doodling in French? Now you've got me intrigued.

NanaDiana said...

Oh- How darling- I can tell there is a LOT of work in there. Is it an old wood one or a metal one? I often use my ironing board to work on smaller projects, too....but it looks NOTHING like yours- xo Diana

mishebe said...

How adorable. Love the writing! Great idea!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is goregeous, Maggie! I love the design and how perfect for an ironing board. You make me want to paint something on my black coffee table now! I haven't heard of a french doodling book, but I'm curious to see it now. Who knows, maybe some French doodling with a white paint pen is in my table's future! : )

Diane said...

Gorgeous! Where did you get the laundry clipart? I ♥ that.

Terry Moore said...

So lovely that I want to do this soon. Please share how you transferred the words onto the black board.

Amber Hamilton Henson said...

Oh, my!!! I'm in LOVE with this ironing board!!! So inspiring....

Pat C. said...

What a *gorgeous* design!!!!!! You never cease to amaze me!<3 xoxo

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Maggie these are SO awesome!! I have two of those wooden ironing boards in my shed!! I wanted to hang them in my laundry room for decoration but now I have to copy this idea first!!Someday that is......

Bliss said...

I want this. This is Awesome with a capital A. Pinned it of course. Beautiful!

~Bliss~

Dee said...

Maggie, that turned out beautiful! What kind of paint pen are you using? I always use the Permapaque pens, but the white doesn't work so well. Nice job, Dee from My Painted Stuff.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh Maggie! This is soooo cool! You did a fabulous job with that art! I need to go check out paint pens pronto!!!

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Donna

Cindi @RustiqueArt said...

Adorable! you did a fabulous job, love the French theme.

Pam said...

Such a cute idea. I didn't even now they made paint pens (where have I been), but now I want some. Love that the table/ironing board is adjustable.

Donna Wilkes said...

Came over from Rustic Restorations. I only use my ironing board for craft work for the same reason - adjustable heights! This one is beyond ordinary with that beautiful typography.

Distressed Donna Down Home

Vicki@MorePowerfulBeyondMeasure said...

OOOOOH MY! That is a fine table!! I have an old ironing board that can also be used as a stepladder or a chair...why is that thing sitting out in my shed?!!! I used to use it as a plant stand, well, now it's gonna be a table! One day:-) How'd we ever live without paint pens? Your table is beautiful! Best, Vicki

Tammy said...

Very Creative! What an great use. You are so talented! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

Erika said...

Wonderful job, it's really beautiful, I love this board, really awesome, congratulations.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Great project! Quite charming! Patsy from
HeARTworks and
papemelroti

Tammigirl said...

Oh my goodness, you do great work! I have an antique wooden ironing board, which I love. I was going to use it as a table but I put it in my laundry room. Thanks for reminding me about my original intent.

Isabelle Thornton said...

It is so pretty. Quite large but you managed to turn it into something great. Doodling in French? Cool. I love the black and red. Thanks for linking up!!!!
Isabelle

Miss Kitty said...

This is just so darn cute! Thanks for sharing it with us...it is a great idea to mimick the look of chalkboard drawings but make it permanent (after all that work). I saw your post over at "Metamorphsis Monday" party.

Kathryn said...

This is so stunning! I found you at Le Chateau Des Fleurs and am so glad I did. I always admire the chalkboard art that I see around but have never tried it... it looks so daunting to me, but I cant' wait to hear more about the french doodle book and hope you will do a tutorial on chalkboard art sometime! Happily following now. :)

Kathryn@uglyducklingtransformations.wordpress.com

Kathryn said...

This is so stunning! I found you at Le Chateau Des Fleurs and am so glad I did. I always admire the chalkboard art that I see around but have never tried it... it looks so daunting to me, but I cant' wait to hear more about the french doodle book and hope you will do a tutorial on chalkboard art sometime! Happily following now. :)

Kathryn@uglyducklingtransformations.wordpress.com

Jen said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful ... love all the typography and the fact it is an ironing board! Such a unique piece!!!

Toodie said...

FABULOUS! I love that it is so original, not only in the art, but the piece itself. Absolutely breathtaking!

Lorrie said...

Fantastic! You are good with that paint pen! I have an old ironing board in the "trash" pile, it's coming back now, what an awsome sign this would make for the Laundry room!

kathryn cain said...

saw on bliss's pin board....darn I have painted so many chalk boards this is just flat brilliant...I have one but I can't make myself paint it...but their are several at the shop...I have seen these ironing board used by campers for a serving buffett....So thinking

Christine Burton said...

Hello Maggie! This project speaks volumes to me especially because you say you don't draw. It is so beautiful and looks amazingly professional. I would love to know where you got those French images. Are they from a book, clipart?? Great job on everything you create.
Christine in Los Angeles

Talent Softball said...

where can you buy that? Or will you make one for me? I will pay you! :-)