3.07.2010

So You Think You Can Decorate: Week 2 Challenge~

Welcome to this week's project for So You Think You Can Decorate! It has been so much fun participating in this exciting competition with such a talented group of ladies. (I mean seriously!! If you didn't get a chance to check it out last week, you really need to get over there this week...simply amazing!)


This week's challenge was Catalog Inspiration. I knew as soon as I heard what the challenge is, that I wanted to share my Pottery Barn-inspired chalkboard with you all.


I have been wanting one of those huge chalkboards in the Pottery Barn Catalog for ages! Trouble is, I didn't want to spend the $149 it was going to cost to buy one. So what's a frugal OCD (Obsessively Consumed with Decorating) girl to do? Why, make one of course!

So with a little help from the Hubby, I made my own chalkboard. All it took was a 4x4 piece of underlayment (readily available at your local big box hardware store), some 1x3's, nails, wood glue and some chalkboard paint. Pretty soon we had ourselves one of these. You can read more about how we created it here.




Of course, a Pottery Barn-inspired chalkboard deserves a Pottery Barn-inspired setting in which to dwell. So I set about creating one. And here is what I came up with.



I decided to use a rustic wood console table as the basis for my vignette. It's similar to one I've seen in the PB catalog, and it was approximately the same width as the chalkboard so I knew it would work perfectly. After I had the table and chalkboard in place, it was time for the accessories.


I chose to use a pineapple garden finial and a tall topiary as the basis for my tabletop accessories. I then added in a galvanized letter H (from Anthropologie), a small cement nest (holding another bit of green to echo the green in the topiary) and an old house number nestled in the prongs of a vintage floral frog.




Of course, as any PB aficionado knows, it's also important to accessorize under a table. So I grabbed an antique box with a fabulous patina and added a wire basket full of books on top. Now, to make the basket look especially Pottery Barn-ish, I turned all the books backwards, so all that is visible are the white pages. (This is one of my favorite PB decorating tricks...it looks amazing in a bookshelf.)






I also added these cute terracotta pots filled with an old wire brush and sandpaper belt strips (sounds strange I know, but it looks perfect!) The pots were new when I purchased them. Too new. So I gave them a patina by brushing a wash of cream and burnt umber acrylic paint mixed with water over each of them. I then painted the "No. 3" on the front of one of the pots for a little interest - and because I just can't resist the urge to number things as evidenced here.




Finally, here is a great trick if you lack wall space OR if, like me, you just simply have too many wonderful pieces of art, and want to rotate them a bit. Borrowing another decorating trick I have seen in PB catalogs, I simply placed a couple of framed pieces of art in a big basket. The photos (at least the top one) are still visible in the basket, and the black frames echo the black in the chalkboard to create a sense of balance. I just love how it all turned out.




If you haven't been there yet, please head over to So You Think You Can Decorate and vote for your favorite two projects! (And if mine happens to be one of them, I won't mind a bit.) ;-)


Have a great day!

31 comments:

Laura PARING DOWN said...

This is the BEST submission (and of course I already voted.) LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

Shady Lady! said...

WOW!!!! Mission accomplished!!!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Love the chalkboard and the chalk-drawn clock.. cute!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

That chalkboard is stunning! The arrangement is very PB. Great job!

Laurie at The Turner Farm said...

Love the Chalkboard. Great job!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

You know how I love chalkboards...this one is great!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

It's all super fabulous! Love all the touches...from the 5 in the floral frog to the sandpaper in the terra cottag pot. Where did you get the super tall topiary?

Amy

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

slap-your-mama delicious! great job!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Just wanted you to know that I voted for you!! You were my very favorite! I just found your blog and I love it. I really like your decorating style. Come by and see me sometime. :)
Blessings,
Traci

SweetMelissa said...

I'm totally a chalkboard junkie...they're all over my house! Love yours, and the fabulous way you display it.

Good luck!

Missy-JunkFest
http://www.junk-fest.blogspot.com

The Little Red Shop said...

Beautiful job!

: )

Julie M.

Anna See said...

Simply lovely! You did a great job.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Amazing entry, Wendy! Love all the touches around the chalkboard as well. Lovely!

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Carmen said...

Wow! Fantastic! I am headed over to vote right now.

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Fun fun fun event!! I'm watching...and voting. Good luck! Janell

Noelle @ Mesa AZ Photography said...

I love how you drew that clock and then made it the background for your scripture. That is awesome. I also love the color tie-ins with the 2 greens and how you added a little bit of black under the table to related to the chalk board. Awesome.

Ferrill said...

Amazing job! You got my vote!

Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com said...

I love this! You are so talented, and I'm loving your style.

Laura said...

amazing job! you are so talented! i love the clock on the chalkboard! i'm heading over to vote...

Elissa said...

Wow! This is amazing! I had to do a double take, I thought it was an actual photo from PB!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I love it Wendy! It looks fantastic!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

You bet I'll vote. You are brilliant!
The chalk-clock is an idea I'm snitching.

Mark and Kory Hawk said...

Love the chalkboard! But I also love the console table and I am looking for one where did you find it?

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Hi Kory!

My hubby actually brought the console table home one day. One of his clients was getting rid of it! (Nothin' like free furniture,eh?)

Wendy

Kasey said...

so fabulous!
xo

Tyree said...

Looks great bt how in the world do you keep your kids from distroying it or the house with it (ie wire brush)???? My two year old would ruin the floors walls maybe even the fridge with that baby.

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Tyree...

just lucky so far, I guess. If my two-year-old figures it out about the wire brush...it will have to go elsewhere. ;-)

Amy said...

Fabulous! Love it!

LuLu said...

Oh Wendy I have a living room that needs your help... i've got the spring bug to give it a good switcheroo!!! Your whole vingette looks amazing!!!
xo,
LuLu

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

I really love the way you styled this. And that clock you drew on your chalkboard is the best!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What a beautiful vignette! Just amazing!! Hard to say what my favorite part is, but the chalkboard clock/verse just may be it! :)
Blessings,
Stacey