Sunday, April 17, 2011


I can't express how much I love chalkboards...I think it goes back to my 2nd grade teacher Ms. Rattery.  I would sit in class and stare at her big green goblet glass on her desk filled with Diet Pepsi (yep, she might have inspired that obsession too)  She had beautiful brown skin and the chalk dust would get all over her hands, she would wipe them off and lotion her hands all day long.   The best part of this, she started to let me have the task of board eraser.

Yea...I guess you could say I was a teacher's pet.   My mother loved this teacher and I guess she had a liking for me too.   I dont know if my chalk board obsession stems from my love for her but it definitely reminds me of her.   I tried to contact my old elementary school years ago to reach out to her.   They said she was on a mission in Africa......I knew she was special.

So this post is dedicated to my 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Rattery of P.S. # 38 in Jersey City, New Jersey and for inspiring me and giving me a love for chalkboards as well as an appreciation for others in life.

Thanks to WhisperWood Cottage for hosting such a fabulous celebration:

Okay so I have 5 children which means alot of school work coming home.  My preschooler comes home with artwork everyday so I decided to give her a little space of her own.   I had already refinished this old hutch last year in black, sooooooo who says it cant be a chalkboard art center too!

Her Spring Artwork

Her April art (it's a raindrop)lol

A little chalkboard contribution on our family name wall

Our much used kitchen chalkboard

These vintage beauties are future projects for Lucky 7 Design shop...u can tell they're old from the black board finishes

This a vintage one that I refinished this week.  Its in a cream base with chocolate glaze.  I added the brown satin ribbon for hanging.     I love this for the kitchen.....so I payed homage to my Nonno and wrote today's dessert menu in Italian.

Im working on some more chalkboard projects for my show in June and also a possible booth in an Antique booth.   Exciting things happening here at Lucky 7 Design.   Im a lucky girl, but most importantly blessed!


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  1. Hi! I'm a NEW FOLLOWER from the hop!
    This is a great idea! I have an empty wall in my mud room. You have inspired me to make a large chalkboard frame!!
    Hope you can hop by my blog too!


  2. I am a new follower. I love chalkboards...we have 2, 1 in my daughters room (painted on her wall), and one in the kitchen (my favorite), that I use for menus, messages, and bible verses :)

  3. Those vintage boards are beauties! Can you believe I'm a chalkboard paint virgin? I'm planning a project in my upcoming nursery re-do though. Hope it works as well as your cabinet.

  4. I have used chalkboard paint and spray paint before. Love them!! I want to get brave enough to do my pantry doors; that would be a fun project. Love your boards!!

  5. I love the chalkboard ideas! And so cool to have them around your house like this. Thanks so much for linking up!

  6. I did some chalkboard terra cotta pots...they were fun! I kill plants just by bringing them home though so mine hold crafting things lol :)

  7. Great idea, Melanie! Thanks for sharing this at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)


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