When bad people happen to good crafts

On occasion, crafts and I just don’t mix well.  I will have an idea for a project and I will wait for a period of time before actually following through.  My creation process for almost anything can vary between 2 days to 2 years.  I still have a kitchen table in my garage waiting to be pieced back together and painted.

The craft I was working on for my home was a chalkboard for the office/playroom.  (That proves I am a mom, I call this room an office and my kids call it the playroom)

I had a piece of scrap wood hanging around from one of my husband’s projects and I knew that I wanted to make it some type of chalkboard.  Recently I have been very into using newspaper as a medium for many of my projects so I decided to make a chalkboard with a border of newspaper.

The beginning of the project:
Homemade chalkboard craft with newspapers

The concept was simple.  I picked specific articles (I didn’t want anything about death and destruction) to mod podge on the board.  The entire board. I then would simply apply my chalkboard paint on top of the newspaper.

Homemade chalkboard craft with newspapers

That was my mistake.  I should have left the area for the chalkboard free of all newspaper. I applied the chalkboard paint and realized that my newspaper was not completely smooth and as a result the chalkboard has bumps.

Homemade chalkboard craft with newspapers
Homemade chalkboard craft with newspapers

I still like my idea and I do believe it does have potential.   I can still use the chalkboard and if no one gets too close they can’t really see the lumps.  So I guess this is a semi-success.  Doesn’t look fabulous but it still can be used.
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  1. Aw, I love it. I was trying to figure out how to make a chalkboard for my office/playroom (yes, we have one too!) but had a creative brain-freeze. Will give this a try, tho. Thanks for sharing! :-)www.mommie101.blogspot.com

  2. I love your title! And your chalkboard looks good. What are a few lumps anyway?

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  4. I think it's great Morgan!!! A project like this has been in my to do list for a while :)

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