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Chalkboard doors and Artful Blogging….

We have a sub-level in our house where the kids and all of their mountains of toys hang out. While it’s not the prettiest of rooms; it is certainly the most used, and it has  a bit of a cozy feel. Sorry about the dark pictures; it’s a light-challenged area.
We re-did the basement.. oh… about 10 years ago and just never got around to staining the pocket doors. I thought for my birthday get together (And thank you all for all of the sweet birthday messages!) I would finally do something about them. There is nothing like doing what I like to call UPP’s (unnecessary party projects.) to put the pressure on having people over!
 So I decided since it had been so long and they were pretty beat up any way, chalk board paint was the way to go.
I  really like how it looks, and the kids LOVE it.
 Almost too much.
 I learned to let the kids only draw on the one over the tile where the chalk dust can easily be cleaned up and not over the carpeted area. It was like a crime-scene dusting after the first day.
can you guess what room this is:) ?
I was also excited to get this in the mail the other day…
 and even more exciting to open it up to this!!!!
 My own article in this months Artful Blogging magazine! Thank you Artful Blogging for including me!
 There it is.. there’s my name!!! Thank you to those of you who have already e-mailed me about it for your kind words.
I am gearing up for Kane County this weekend and then the Nada Farm sale a few weeks after that.  I think June is going to be the month to put my feet up!
Jen
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32 Comments

  1. You deserve to be highlighted…Congratulations! We have a painted door too, in my daughter’s room. However it is often a dusty mess. Luckily it’s on the inside of her room. If it was on the outside, maybe we’d make it more of a pretty feature though, like yours. Love the designs you drew. I’m currently painting a tall and skinny cabinet door I found in someone’s trash to use as chalkboard for my kitchen. Gotta love that paint!

  2. very cute idea. i have been thinking of doing that to my pantry door. love it. congrats on the publication. you deserve it. i hope to see you this weekend. good luck getting everything ready!!!!

  3. Congratulations, Jen! Your article in the Sommerset series is well deserved!
    Our front door is metal. The inside is a painted chalkboard!
    Every August the Cougar football schedule goes up on it! At Christmas, it’s the Advent Calendar, the rest of the year it commemorates birthdays and holidays.
    Have a great week!
    ~Lynne
    w/L.

  4. Congratulations, Jen! Your article in the Sommerset series is well deserved!
    Our front door is metal. The inside is a painted chalkboard!
    Every August the Cougar football schedule goes up on it! At Christmas, it’s the Advent Calendar, the rest of the year it commemorates birthdays and holidays.
    Have a great week!
    ~Lynne
    w/L.

  5. Congratulations, Jen! Your article in the Sommerset series is well deserved!
    Our front door is metal. The inside is a painted chalkboard!
    Every August the Cougar football schedule goes up on it! At Christmas, it’s the Advent Calendar, the rest of the year it commemorates birthdays and holidays.
    Have a great week!
    ~Lynne
    w/L.

  6. Congratulations, Jen! Your article in the Sommerset series is well deserved!
    Our front door is metal. The inside is a painted chalkboard!
    Every August the Cougar football schedule goes up on it! At Christmas, it’s the Advent Calendar, the rest of the year it commemorates birthdays and holidays.
    Have a great week!
    ~Lynne
    w/L.

  7. Congratulations, Jen! Your article in the Sommerset series is well deserved!
    Our front door is metal. The inside is a painted chalkboard!
    Every August the Cougar football schedule goes up on it! At Christmas, it’s the Advent Calendar, the rest of the year it commemorates birthdays and holidays.
    Have a great week!
    ~Lynne
    w/L.

  8. Congratulations, Jen! Your article in the Sommerset series is well deserved!
    Our front door is metal. The inside is a painted chalkboard!
    Every August the Cougar football schedule goes up on it! At Christmas, it’s the Advent Calendar, the rest of the year it commemorates birthdays and holidays.
    Have a great week!
    ~Lynne
    w/L.

  9. Congratulations, Jen! Your article in the Sommerset series is well deserved!
    Our front door is metal. The inside is a painted chalkboard!
    Every August the Cougar football schedule goes up on it! At Christmas, it’s the Advent Calendar, the rest of the year it commemorates birthdays and holidays.
    Have a great week!
    ~Lynne
    w/L.

  10. Congratulations, Jen! Your article in the Sommerset series is well deserved!
    Our front door is metal. The inside is a painted chalkboard!
    Every August the Cougar football schedule goes up on it! At Christmas, it’s the Advent Calendar, the rest of the year it commemorates birthdays and holidays.
    Have a great week!
    ~Lynne
    w/L.

  11. Congratulations, Jen!!! Isn’t it such an honor to see your name in such a beautiful publication? I know I was totally humbled! You so deserve it! ;o)

    Are you in Kane ‘madness’ mode, or is that just me??? I have 6 months to prepare for the first show, but yet I wait for the last 3 1/2 weeks to try and get everything done. Ahhhhhhhhh!!! But it will be a great time, the weather is going to be gorgeous so people will be out shopping like crazy!

    Mary

  12. Congratulations Jen! I love that mag, it is always so inspiring! You deserve the feature!
    Love the door! Wish i was close enough to come to Kane County!!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  13. Happy late birthday to you! Your party looked like a fun time:). Congratulations on the feature…I will have to go out and get that issue. Your door looks so wonderful. I just love your style!

    ~Julia

  14. You have a unique style and deserve to be featured in a magazine. I love what you did to the pocket doors. It’s a wonderful solution and a great update.

    Gretchen

  15. Jen,
    Congratulations!!Super exciting.I am going to go out and get a copy.You are a busy girl Kane and nada.Oh how I would love to go to both.Hmmm I may have to do a little driving.I feel like I am missing out not being there.
    Anne

  16. It’s getting hard to pick up a magazine and NOT see one of the many talented Illinois bloggers! It’s very exciting seeing you get the recognition you deserve. Great job Jen! Love, Penny

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