Thursday, August 28, 2008

Willoughby Decoupage Chalk Board

I'm still working from room to room, adding a little "freestyle" redesign as I go. The idea is to update using things around the house and adding paint, or in this case some beautiful paper to make something new.

Today I'm working on my laundry room, which is the room we most often enter and exit the house. It's a perfect place to leave little reminders that we will see before heading out the door.

I found this chalk board at Target and I switched out the shamrocks for some Willoughby paper from The Angel Company. I also added some Post Its and a marker, attached with a paper-covered binder clip. It's for notes that needs to be brought along, like a phone number or directions. The wooden letter was on clearance in the baby section of Wal-Mart and I spray painted it espresso. The tags come in the paper pack and coordinating ribbons and hardware are available as well.


Willoughby Soar With It Collection
Willoughby Ribbon
Antique Copper Hardware
decoupage glue
binder clip
stamps and ink

I am not a naturally organized person, but I'm trying new things to add a little more sanity to my family life. The hooks in the photos below are part of what is referred to in one of my organizing books as a "launching and landing zone." So my library bag will hang here to remind me to grab it and go! The letters which are above hooks on the opposite wall are for my kids' names to hang things that would otherwise "land" on the floor. You'll also see my framed Wordle and kids' portraits that also got the espresso treatment. The You picture is one of my favorite pages of Katelyn that was in the Spring/Summer 2008
TAC Inspiration Book. I hope this inspires you to do some freestylin' around your house. Leave me a comment and a link to your favorite decoupage or freestyle project!


Stace said...

OMG I saw those at Target. I will have to get one now! Thanks for being so inspiring.

Heather said...

Can I move in with you? :-) I hate my house - and am still dreaming of moving into the renovated victorian at the top of the hill... It is SO hard to organize when you have no room!

Your things are looking so snazzy and fabulous! Great job!

StampinCarol said...

You are just so clever! Such a great idea. I may have to try to get to Target tomorrow before the ball game.

Courtney said...

wow that is a great idea, i am going to look for that at target. so cool

Pennies In My Pocket said...

I've been having a conversations with my decorator aunt about how I need a chalk board in my kitchen, but it's going to take forever to find just the 'right' one....I'm totally getting my butt over to Target to get this! Can't wait to give it a makeover!!

Awesome! Thanks!


Avlor said...

Wow! What a splendid makeover of that little chalkboard. Very cute! (Trying to resist the urge to add another project to my list...)

Sarah said...

What a cool project!! I need to go to Target now... :)

Sarah G.

Tonniece said...

What a cool project. You are so inventive.


Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

Girl, your art is too much for me!!! AMAZING!!!


Katie @ 3 Blondes and a Redhead said...

I LOVE that little chalkboard! That is totally something I could do. Can I steal, er I mean...BORROW your idea? :)

Angela K said...

Great project!!(of course!!):)

Barb said...

Great chalk board project, Julie! I'm loving all of your home decor projects!!


Great projects and lots of inspiration!

Seleise said...

beautiful!!!! this is just an awesome project!!!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

That is so cool! I doubt our Target has these now, but I can tell you I'm gonna be looking at everything now with different eyes!