Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Savvy Slate and Simeon!

Roofing Slate Turned Black Board 
& Our Newest Little Shopper, Simeon!

Minnie Pearl, watch out! 
 Little Simeon and his parents made a visit to Rustique...
He took a liking to vintage fashion sporting this hat, what a cutie!

Now for the Black Board!
I have had this black board paint for a few years and haven't put 
it to use until I received a little inspiration from Miss Mustard Seed.

My brother, (a contractor), asked if I would be interested in in some 
roofing slate (he's got a whole palette) of course I said YES!  
I would come up with something to use it for.  
This is one of my creations... start to finish... Enjoy!

This is how the slate looks before I do anything to it. 
As you can see, the slate already has two holes 
on either side, perfect for hanging!  
But I don't want to use the traditional rawhide to hang it, blah...
This is the chalk board paint I used, I think I bought it at Walmart.

Apply two coats : )

So instead of rawhide, I thought some vintage hardware would be really cool, 
they don't have to be the same, but maybe similar (both silver or gold or wood)

You will need to use washers and fairly short screws. 
I used picture wire to hang, just wrap under washer and around twice.

Make sure you season the surface (cover with chalk and wipe off)
(this was a great tip I received from Miss Mustard Seed also), 
other wise the first thing written in chalk will burn an image.

I also added these antique keys, you could add all kinds of things, 
I am going to try some vintage kitchen utensils next!

The finished product! 
I am going a little crazy with the black board paint 
so you'll see more projects using this technique!

Simeon's Mom, Annie, told me of a really cool project she is working on, 
so keep an eye out for that in an upcoming post!


  1. I love this cute blackboard with the keys! Super cool idea Bridget!

  2. Holy cow, Bridget. I didn't know you did stuff like this. The last I knew you were doing graphic design. But that was ages ago. Are you still doing that too? Great idea with the slate.

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