For some reason we were in the mood for a lot of Asian food this week?!
The frame was a bit beat up when I first started working with it. I didn't mind as I planned on distressing it at the end. But I did fill in some of the larger chipped areas with wood filler.
Here it is closer up, I like the rose pattern along the edge:
After filling in the chipped edges I painted the frame with my Annie Sloan chalk paint in "Duck Egg Blue", the same color I used on my dining chairs.
And then a bit of paint distressing:
When I took it inside it didn't pop against the green walls as I had hoped, so I decided to try chalk paint in "Old White". I had ordered a couple sample colors of the Annie Sloan chalk paint from Shades of Amber a while back. The sample was enough to paint the frame and I have about half left over. So the sample is not enough to do a large piece but enough to see how it works if you are interested in trying some out.
I bought a piece of plywood and measured it to size and Brian cut it out for me. Then I put on a couple coats of primer and three coats of chalkboard paint, sanding in between applications. I put the chalkboard in the frame, hang it up on the wall, and then made up our menu for the week.
For the next week's meal plan I decided it would be better to start off with Sunday since that is the actual beginning of the week. And that way I have time to figure out the menu for the week and go shopping for any ingredients I need on the weekend. Stopping by the grocery store after a long day of work is never fun! I also thought to change my writing style up to make things a bit quirkier and fun :o)
So far so good, although we have gotten a little off schedule some nights. The fried rice lasted for a couple nights and Brian went out to dinner with a friend one night but we are doing A LOT better preparing meals than before. Hopefully we stick to the plan!