Home on purpose

December 16, 2014

IMG_6569When you enter my house, you will find a lot of different chalkboards scattered throughout. When people come over, they be like…”wow, you really like chalkboards huh?” That’s pretty much an understatement because I LOVE chalkboards and I love the fact that you can turn almost anything into a chalkboard! Take this one for example. It used to be my old wooden chopping board until it cracked on one side. I was about to trash it until I realized I could paint it and have a new chalkboard! Plus, it’s a good size to place right above my range and against the backsplash. Please admire the chalkboard and not my dirty stove. #reallife  Since I use chalk markers, (you can find at hobby lobby) I have to repaint the board when I want to change it up. It’s not a big deal because it takes little paint and time to do this. I love looking at this every day when I cook.

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Here’s another chalkboard I repurposed from an old art frame that was given to us. I painted the frame blue and stuck on some vinyl chalkboard and called it a day. Chalkboard vinyl is easy to work because the chalk makers erase easily with a wet paper towel. This one is in my kitchen and I thought the verse was quite fitting. People may think I have too many chalkboards but I say, “nonsense!” See, that’s the thing with decorating your home. It’s YOUR home. You get to decorate it the way you want and however you want. It’s for you and your family, not anyone else’s. There is no wrong way. I purposely fill my home with chalkboards because I love seeing scripture everywhere. I believe there is so much power in words and especially God’s truth for our lives. My prayer is that people would see these words and that they would be life-giving truths. Whatever we fill our minds with, these are the things that will be hidden in our hearts.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8

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This one above the mantle was also a repurposed chalkboard. I think I bought this wooden sign for $1 at a garage sale. It either had some french saying or a picture of wine but I bought it with the intention of turning it into a chalkboard.  Since the kids are learning and memorizing different names for God right now, this is quite fitting. I will most likely leave this one the way it is for a while. I have given a bunch of different chalkboards to friends as gifts and they love it.

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This chalkboard is one of my favorites. It used to be a really fancy silver platter that was gifted to us at our wedding almost 12 years ago! It basically sat in the box for the entire duration and I was finally about to donate it until I thought about repurposing it. I painted it with chalkboard paint and distressed the edges with some gold rub-n-buff. Now, it’s one of my favorites! One of my girlfriends saw this and found a similar looking frame so that I could make her one.

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I made this chalkboard for my sister’s baby shower and still have it up. This type of wood one can be found at a craft store. Again, I painted it and distressed the edges.

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Here’s a little gallery wall in my family room. This chalkboard was written by my sister and it states our home’s mission statement. I love her writing. Our family picture was drawn by my super talented friend, Cat. She creates the most amazing and creative art!  Again, admire the art and not my pajama pants in the mirror. #reallife Oh yeah, there’s another handmade wreath! haha #wreathaddictions

Well, that’s not all of our chalkboards but I think you get the point. Fill your home with the things you love because that’s what makes a home. Create your home on purpose.

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