We are so, so close to finishing Megan’s office! Megan and her husband, JT, came to pick up the furniture from my studio over the weekend. Moving that wardrobe was quite a job and it was even a little nail-biting seeing if they could get it in the space, but they were able to and it will provide loads of closed-door storage.
They also picked up the rug, curtains, armchair, accessories, etc., so they could put them in the room. (Do you see the adorable antique trashcan that Carrie from Copper & Tin gifted to Megan?) Kriste and I drove down today to check out the space and work on a few things before the final reveal.
If you ever paint a chalkboard wall (or anything in chalkboard paint, for that matter), you should season the surface. This accomplishes a few things. First of all, it takes the edge off the black and gives that classic “smeary” chalkboard look.
It also prevents words/drawings from being “burned” into the surface. If you don’t season it before writing on it, that writing will always be faintly visible, even when erased, so this is an important step.
Just rub chalk over the entire surface…
…and wipe it off with a dry cloth. If you want the “smeary” look, it’s important that the cloth is dry or the chalkboard surface will look very black again.
See…now it looks like a chalkboard!
The job is just a little bit of a messy one, but it all brushes off!
We also finally got to install the light! It’s the perfect, unique farmhouse touch.
My dad mounted the fixture to a wood block…
…and threaded the cord through a recess…
(Those holes don’t have anything to do with the project. He just used a scrap piece of wood.)
The cord was threaded through a channel he cut out and then fed into a plastic cord cover. I then screwed the wood block into the wall, making sure two of the screws were in a stud.
We painted the board and cord cover in chalkboard paint and, once it’s seasoned, it’ll disappear.
See how the room is coming together as I envisioned in my sketch?
We have a few more things to do and I plan on doing the final styling and shoot next week. Until then, here’s a preview…
Kriste painted a series of watercolors to hang in frames that Megan already had and I love how they turned out! They’re playful and sweet and the colors are perfect. She’s so talented.
And we hung the gallery wall today, too, but we’re waiting on a couple of special prints from one of Megan’s friends to arrive.
The full reveal soon!
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