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A *Little* CHALKBOARD LOVE


It's no secret that I love chalkboards in the dining room
or the kitchen...

or the hallway... lol.

Old shabby frames with gilding and chipping
turned into a chalkboard
and set on the sideboard with
a menu or party message
*love*
This was last years Christmas chalkboard and here it is on a
bench with a favorite quote
Yep.
I love me some chalkboard.
Soo...
I was thinking about a bigger one.
One that was large and in charge.
Though I have looked and looked
I didn't find a frame that was the right size to make the
size chalkboard I was thinking of.

I wanted something as a backdrop for my dining table.
To write the wine list on for wine tasting parties...
or a verse from a favorite song
or maybe a message or quote.
This chalkboard was my inspiration...

(google images)

So...
since I didn't find a vintage frame the right size~
I decided to make my own.

I have grooved knotty pine walls in my old 1940 house
I love them but they do not make for a smooth surface for marking off
and painting a chalkboard on.
But using a 4x8 sheet of 1/4" smooth plywood, some thick trim
and a little chalkboard paint...

Voila!

This huge chalkboard creates such a beautiful backdrop for the dining table
Loving the versatility of writing on it~
Twas the night before Christmas was a fun verse to write-
though it took nearly a whole piece of chalk to finish it.

I love it simple and plain with not much writing on it too
and I can't wait to do the wine list.
My ruffled burlap tablecloth brings a bit of the rustic
I am loving it paired with my frenchy dining chairs
( the numbers are from my Lowes Harvest table post)

I love the mix of rustic and elegant.

I am starting to add a little Christmas to the dining area
with a few pine boughs and berry garland
and wee cypress tree seedlings on the table.
I'll share it's holiday look when it's decked out in full

This post is from last year~ 
there is more about the dining room on my sidebar



96 comments

  1. Oh Me.. Oh My!!! that is gorgeous... Can I sit in Chair #3 PLEASE!!!!! So SO LOVELY!!!

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  2. Great idea to make your own :)

    Greetings from Australia♥

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  3. I think your chalkboard creates quite a statement in your dining area Courtney... beautifully done.

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  4. Gorgeous!! I love this so much!

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  5. S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G chalkboard love!!!

    Goodness sakes!
    Visiting from my Dashboard,
    (blown away)
    Suzanne in NW IL

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  6. Just love this , and love how you said "little" chalkboard love with such a huge piece... lol, Suzanne

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  7. I love me some chalkboard too! ;)

    Jeanine

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  8. Love, love, love!!! I want one, but don't have a blank wall right by my dining table:( I'm sure i can find a spot somewhere!

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  9. Oh Courtney, that chalkboard is amazing! I have a bit of an obsession with chalkboards too.... I recently spent an hour in the paint shop getting them to make me up a custom grey chalk paint! I don't think you can beat classic black though, especially for a grand size, like you have done in your dining area. I think the backdrop that makes for the dinng table is just so classic. You have styled the table so beautifully too, those ruffles on the tablecloth have stolen my heart!!!! Now I am on holidays I hope to join with your linky party! X

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  10. Inspirational and gorgeous!!! I love it. Can't wait for Feathered Next Friday...getting my vignettes ready!

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  11. OK, I'm in love with ever element! The temporary numbers on the chairs is a fantastic idea and your chalkboard is a great focal point.

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  12. Awe I love it! Love your style, just gorgeous!

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  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!!

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous! I love me some chalkboard too! In fact I my refrigerator is chalkboard. I love the idea of it in the dining room. So wonderful!

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  15. my heart is racing right now! It looks gorgeous with the burlap ruffles, and the JOY sign and the story written with a whole piece of chalk and the greens...seriously all of it is amazingly gorgeous! t.xoxo

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  16. That is just beyond fabulous!

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  17. Fantastic Courtney. I love the grand scale of it.

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  18. OMG, Courtney. What a dining room setting! WOW on the chalkboard and I'm lovin' the numbers on the chair backs.

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  19. This simply fabulous! I love the huge scale of it. The contrast is perfect. Oh, please come and share this with us at "What's It Wednesday", it's just divine!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  20. L O V E IT!
    The dining room is fabulous. Great job!

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  21. That looks beautiful, Courtney! It really makes for a great backdrop to your table!

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  22. OMGOODNESS!! Courtney this is gorgeous. I have the same chalkboard picture saved but yours is even prettier. Thanks for joining my party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  23. Courtney, I love it!! Thanks for sharing it at wow.

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  24. How incredibly cool this is, Courtney! Great job on creating this! Love that inspiration pic,see ya tomorrow, xoxo

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  25. Wow, what a fabulous chalkboard and a beautiful dining room.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  26. Love, love, love - the chalkboard and the room! laurie

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  27. I'm loving the rustic with the elegant also Courtney. It's just gorgeous! Thanks you for sharing with us.

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  28. looks amazing Love it
    Great job and your dining room looks so festive too
    xxoo
    Pam

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  29. AWESOME Courtney!! Your whole dining room is beautiful! LOVE those chairs. Martina

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  30. LOVE this Courtney!! Thanx for sharing for THT!

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  31. Wow! Wow, Wow... Love at first sight. I had a giant antique chalkboard a few years back that I sold and I don't know how many times I've regretted that, now even more.

    You have the best style. I love your blog.

    Kristen

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  32. I love chalkboards too! Your dining room is lovely! Thanks for stopping by with your sweet comment.

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  33. TOTALLY love it Courtney! superb.

    Happy Holidays!!!

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  34. Awesome! I love your chalkboards. Joy is my favorite word for this season. Joy is a great gift.

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  35. Beautiful! I love it! Everything looks so gorgeous, the chalk board you made, your burlap tablecloth, the frechy chairs and the wee trees wrapped in burlap. So simple and beautiful!

    ~Shanon

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  36. Courtney, this is just gorgeous!! You never disappoint! Love your creativity! This chalkboard is perfect!! There's so much inspiration here! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  37. Fantastic! It's amazing! I always love your decor. I didn't think you could make it better, but this is fabulous!

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  38. I LOVE your chalkboard! Just one more place for you to write out all your inspirational quotes. I too, must now have me a chalkboard (or two) (or more)! And if you've ever seen how wordy I am, it's gonna have to be a really big one just like yours! Inspired fasho!

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  39. How much fun is that? A huge chalkboard that you can do whatever you wish with! I love it and that JOY is stunning, along with the entire diningroom! Very elegant yet comfy. Just beautiful! I am now a follower - founod you through From My Front Porch To Yours. Feel free to visit me too if you'd like! Hugs, Leena

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  40. ok i have no words.
    Well, maybe 3
    You are amazing!

    XOXO
    Kristin

    Seriously, it is just gorgoues, so beautiful, it really does take my breath away :)

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  41. YOu have been hitting it out of the park lately!! This is just super fabulous!!! I love this.

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  42. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  43. Beautiful! My Grandparents had a chalkboard in their home. Thanks for taking me back to those memories!

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  44. I am in LOVE!!!! its gorgeous and perfect and I want one!!! dang...I don't have a wall like that!!!!

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  45. Oh my goodness Courtney this is just so incredibly gorgeous! The giant chalkboard is fantastic and your entire dining room looks like a winter wonderland! :-)
    Vanessa

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  46. How cool is that! I love me some chalkboards, too. Yours is beautiful.

    Sharon @ mrshinesclass

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  47. I have always loved the way you incorporate your chalk boards into your rooms. Your dining room is gorgeous!!!


    Nancy

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  48. I love chalkboards too! Definitely one of my kitchen my must haves! It reminds me of French cafes and restaurant with written signs "Plat du Jour"

    xoxo
    Myric

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  49. So beautiful, I would love to spend the day just walking though your home and looking at all the lovely things you do... STUNNING !!!!! Merry Christmas

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  50. Oh my goodness Courtney this is SO AMAZING!!!! I am in love with the huge chalkboard and paired with the burlap ruffles and the topiary...I just don't have words! It looks over the top GORGEOUS!!

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  51. ~ LOVE ~

    om my goodness Courtney, this setting is just too fabulous!!!
    the chalkboard you made, the chairs with the numbers, the burlap tablecloth, the candlelight...

    love! Love!! LOVE!!!

    xo, Rosemary

    p.s. did i mention how much i love this??!! LOL!!!

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  52. Courtney, you did it again! I wish I had a solid blank wall available! It's stunning! andrea@townandprairie

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  53. Beautiful! Love the size of this board and adore the cypress seedlings on the table!

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  54. I love it, it's beautiful! I love the "Joy" hanging too....Christine

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  55. Hi Courtney! It's amazing and I'm speechless on how beautiful it all looks together!
    Thanks so much for the feature last week!
    I hope you have a wonderful evening!
    xo Cheryl

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  56. I really do love this look. You have so much talent. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful creative ideas.

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  57. That looks amazing! I love the hugeness of it! What a gorgeous dining room.

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  58. You have the right size chalk board for your table and dining room! Love it. I am a big plant and greenery fan. Love that, too! And Wow that is your dining table featured on this magazine? I have to check it out! Thank you for letting us party!

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  59. I love your chalkboards. I had a huge one which I finally found a home for over my bed. Yours are awesome! The one must be huge. I also love the ruffled table cloth/skirt.

    Benita

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  60. Ohhh, I love it! I want one now :)

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  61. Courtney, the chalkboard is awesome!!!
    We've put a few vintage framed chalkboards in our booth, we love them!
    By the way I'm having a giveaway, you can win a Burlap table runner, or wine bag with a chalkboard label, or a pretty flora doora! Hope you'll enter, hugs, tami

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  62. Very cool! I'm in the process of creating a large, one-of-a-kind chalkboard for my new office...Yours is stunning!!!

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  63. Super fabulous! Love that chalky backdrop to your burlap table cover... stunning! I so want a chalkboard.. so so bad. I need to build a wall first. :)

    Shared on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 111. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150497157671141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  64. Okay, you twisted my arm...I gotta make a chalkboard with one of my fancy garage sale frame finds. Thanks for the inspiration!
    I'm your newest follower! Stop on by sometime!

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  65. Oh my gosh I LOVE your giant chalkboard!!! I am totally going to do that for my dining room!

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  66. I know I've already stopped by and gushed over your gorgeous chalkboard Coutney, but having just spotted it again on a link party I wondered if you'd consider linking it to my Simply Christmas Inspiration party at
    http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/12/inspiration-friday_09.html

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  67. This looks amazing! Such a statement piece. Nice job!

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  68. This huge chalkboard behind your table is so awesome!!!!! You know I love chalkboards, too:-) I have a really large vintage one I use in my craft room above my table, but love the look in the dining room.

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  69. So i was wondering how big exactly you bought you plywood and then what were your measurements on the molding? THANKS!!!

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  70. Your table & decor are so lovely. Where did you find the joy sign & did you make your table cloth? Thanks

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  71. this is just stunning - the chalkboard and that ruffled table skirt are just wonderful! Glad to be perusing and exploring your site!

    www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

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  72. Hi Courtney! Hope your week is going well! Just wanted to let ya know I featured ya on THT!

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  73. AMAZING! I LOVE it! Your room looks like a magazine picture :) Great Job :)

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  74. Omg love it!! Where did you get that ruffle table cover? Love love the chalk board! Just beautiful! Happy holidays :)

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  75. Wow...this is just fabulous. I love all of your chalkboards, but this one really is super special. It is perfect where you placed it. I would love it if you could share this fabulous post at our What's it Wednesday linky party. I hope you can join us.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  76. Courtney...this might just work in my new little home...I can use the frame I found for over my mantle Christmas decor...a garage sale $8 find that is 4' X 3' ....you and your amazingness always inspire me!!! XOXOX

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  77. Love the chalkboard and the ruffled burlap table cover!
    Shannon

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  78. I adore your style! I like the chalkboards that you've created. You're definitely a very creative gal!

    Blessings,
    Jennifer

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  79. Love the chalkboards! I have a wonderful frame I've been wanting to add the right twist to and this is perfect! Thanks for the great idea. So glad I found your site.

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  80. You inspired me so much I did a chalkboard in my kitchen with my recipes on it. Thank you for all your creative ideas.


    Love, Jody

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  81. very nice! I'm crazy about chalkboards too- in fact, I have the very same photo from a magazine showing the chairs with numbers!

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  82. Absolutely gorgeous! I just featured it in my chalkboard project roundup :) Have a great weekend!

    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
    http://upcycledtreasures.com/2013/07/25-creative-diy-chalkboard-projects/

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