Friday, January 18, 2013

Chalkboard Love and Tromp L'oeil

I made a chalkboard for our entry way
from a vintage table-top
picked up at a yard sale a couple of years ago.
I had previously painted it in Paris Grey Chalk Paint
to make a tray.  This is more fun!

I also painted the mirror frame
and the frame around my painting grey

Below is the item I mentioned in my previous post,
my fabulous Craigslist find.
~ I've been wanting a fireplace in my studio ~
This new mantle was removed from a home being built,
as it was supposed to have been stained, not painted.
The paint color is almost identical to our trim color!

As you can see in the photo below,
there is actually only a few inches of depth,
and no real fireplace inside...
I laid the "marble tile" around the firebox,
which is stick-on vinyl flooring squares cut in fourths.

My husband cut two 40"x48" 1/4" plywood boards for me which
attach to the fireplace surround with magnets.
On one I painted this 'tromp l'oeil' box
(which I will add to, not sure what yet)
and the other I painted with chalkboard paint
and can switch them out when I want to sketch a fire.

These are really bad photos of my dogs, but
you can see the wall behind the fireplace surround
before the actual fireplace appeared.

Joining the Chalkboard party at
Funky Junk Interiors ~ Saturday Night Specials

Jennifer Rizzo's



Stasa Lynn said...

Love the welcome sign.... that is so clever! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You really take my breath away. That faux fireplace has a warmth to it that no real fire can give it. Your signature art my dear friend is more precious. I cannot believe the compatibility of this mantle with your ROOM! BRAVO!!! I cannot wait to see what else you do with this! Anita

Martina said...

This is so brilliant Violet - i adore your tromp L'oiel fireplace - i want one too! Have a joyful weekend!

Palomasea said...

I agree with these beautiful friends, oh yes! Brilliant!!
That is so clever, dear Violet...and I love the Welcome sign too!
A splendid weekend to you,
- Irina

Palomasea said...

Thank you, dear Violet for vising me!
Love and hugs,
- Irina

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I am SO LOVING this mantle and the ideas you have for it my friend and sister! I simply cannot wait to see the end result of your art.

Thank you for coming to visit my post. It was made in haste, but I did my best for one day's work, in between WALKS at the mall and other things!!!!


Leslie said...

Love the FAUX fireplace and your dogs are gorgeous! The welcome sign is perfect in that spot. Paint can make a world of difference.

Divine Theatre said...

Your home is so beautiful! The tromp l'oeil blew me away! I showed it to my daughter and she was so tickled!

Thank you for stopping by to visit!



victoriantailor said...

Clever decorating, love the grey paint, Celeste

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

How did I miss this?
Oh Violet, I love what you have done. Your perspective is perfection. I love the fireplace..
Also your welcome sign.. Beautiful!

Thank you so much for your sweet note.. So happy you enjoyed.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


You, you.....YOU WONDERFUL FRIEND YOU! Thank you for buying some cards. They came out quite nice; new cardstock and different paper to draw on makes a difference! On to email....Anita

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I love that shade of grey! The mirror is gorgeous!!!