Chicken Wire Message Center

I really can't help myself... 

Chicken Wire Message Center

I think it's a problem...

Chicken Wire Message Center

No... not the coffee.  And not a real problem, problem... more like a creative problem.

An "I can't see things for what they are" kind of problem.

I'm always messing with things... "What else can I turn this into?"

This morning instead of putting the top back on that basket of coffee... I decided it needed to be something else. 

Come on... I'm sure you think the same thing at 6 in the morning....

So I did... 

Turned it into something else. 

Today... before I even finished my coffee. 

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Yep, the top of that coffee basket is now a rockin' message center.  

(and the coffee basket has no top)

The first thing I did, after I made myself a cup of coffee that is... 

was to find a frame in the WORKSHOP

I had an antique frame insert with old fabric tape on it... I gave it a quick coat of milk paint. 

When the frame dried I turned it over and screwed the chicken wire basket top into the frame. 

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Then I cut a piece of chalkboard... yes, you can buy chalkboard already made, see it HERE

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I stained small clothespins with THIS SOLUTION to give them an aged look. 

They will be used to clip memos and photos to the chicken wire.

A small piece of wood was painted black and attached to the frame to hold chalk.

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So I do really think something is wrong with me... 

I have no idea why I just can't sit down with a cup of coffee and watch the morning news...

It's a cool project I will admit. 

And I will sell it in MY SHOP in no time...

So I guess there really isn't too much of a problem... 

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As long as the coffee holds out.

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  1. I love this! Why do I love chalkboards so much???

  2. I'd have to ask, who doesn't love chalk boards? I didn' t used to until I discovered blogs and then watch out, the chalk board nut here. They're so handy. My hubs has habit of going to visit neighbor behind us and not telling me, I look all over for him and finally he'll come home. By then am not always in best temper so have "tried" to get him in habit of writing on black board in mudroom by our room.. Poor man, we're together 24/7, eeeeeekkkk.
    I'm not really a 24/7 kind of person. He used to be a trucker so I was alone alot in MT on 20 acres for weeks and days at a time. Got used to doing what I durn well pleased, when I wanted to.
    Then he quit trucking, uh oh, what am I going to do with this person under foot? We were living in KY when he quit trucking so would keep him busy making things for me. Then we moved here to western CO and he had to be inside all winter, no garage or basement to work in. Eeeekkkk. We seem to have worked out a way to stay out of each other's way, if not I suggest going to several thrift stores, teehee. We live out in country few miles west of Grand Junction so it's a jaunt when we go to G.J. Love it tho, being out in country in peace and quiet. Seems it took me getting older to appreciate more peace and quiet. You should see our views too. Enjoy rest of week

    1. Oh my goodness, I can't imagine being alone for that long.... my house is always hopping right now. 24/7 sounds like a problem to me too LOL. Thank you for your nice comment and have a great week!

  3. I can see a couple of these in my future for Glendale... I need a few more smalls to take.


    great job Susan, thanks for the inspiration!


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