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Maybe This is Cheating

Perhaps this is cheating, but I just realized that I had actually participated in the Pinterest Challenge without even trying.

How is this possible? 

Well, the Pinterest Challenge, introduced by Young House Love, Bower Power, Style by Emily, and Making a House a Home came about because many of us pin and pin to our Pinterest accounts without ever acting on the inspiration that we receive from our pins.

I am definitely guilty of this, however, when it came to the decorations for my friend Danneel's bridal shower, I needed inspiration fast and I turned to my stash of pins for help!

Here is the inspiration board of pins that I worked from:

Pretty much everything that you see here is something that I pinned to my Pinterest account.  Some of these gave me direct inspiration (meaning, I basically just copied the idea), and some of them gave me inspiration that evolved (meaning, I changed em' up).

You've already seen me post about the shower itself,  the cutest pencils on the planet, the DIY paper garland/streamers, the vegetable can floral vases, and my heart art...but I've still got a few projects that I haven't posted about yet.

What?  Can't a girl save some posting material for a rainy day?  You know, like a day when the spectacular chandelier project she's working on takes longer than she thought it would?  


One pin that didn't make it onto my inspiration board, but still inspired a project was this one:

I had been eyeing this cute chalkboard idea for a while, but then I found out that the frame in the picture is $30.00!  Yikes!  Luckily, a trip to Savers rewarded me with this sweet frame for only $4.00!

I figured it would be easiest to start by priming the entire clock, then painting the chalkboard, and then wrapping everything up with a few coats of glossy paint...but I soon found that black and white have fierce tempers when it comes to paint.

The priming went well.  That was the easy part.  But once I got to the next step, I started to experience some challenges.

For some reason I couldn't find the spray-paint version of Rustoleum's chalkboard paint, so I went old-school.

It was difficult to get a crisp-clean edge at the rim of the frame, and the white was not at all forgiving of any slip-ups.  At one point, I actually thought it might be good to paint over the first ridge of the frame so that I could use tape on the ridge below it to create a clean line...

That was a bad idea (because it looked absolutely ridiculous, and because the paint bled through the tape), and I wound up just painting over it with more white spray paint.

It looked much better when I painted the frame in a semi-gloss white, but when I peeled the tape and newspaper out, I found that some of the white paint had bled through to the black paint!  Blast!

Fortunately, it wasn't too much, so I just took a small paint brush (very small) and did some touch-up work around the edges...and viola!

What do you think?   It's simple, but I love it.  I plan to hang it near the kitchen eventually so that Mark and I can use it as a message board for our little love notes...you know, like, "Please take out the trash. xoxo."  Ha!

The next project was one of my favorites because it was so easy!  Seriously, I don't care who you are...if you can hold a can of spray paint, you can make these mason jar candles!

Just take some mason jars, and some rubber bands (I even used some painters tape), and put the rubber bands around the jars to make some patterns.

Then spray paint, and add some decorative ribbon at the top...and viola!

My favorite thing about these is the fact that I can just change out the ribbon to give them a completely different look!  They can be used for Christmas, Halloween, Easter, birthdays, etc.!  The possibilities are endless!  

They're  brilliant, but enough about them...let's move on to the last project, the photo board...

For this project I used an old poster frame that was sitting in the spare bedroom unused (poor poster).

This was one of the items that I inherited when I got married to my sweet husband, and it's not that I don't like the message of the poster, I just really don't have anywhere that a big manuscript-looking poster could go.

And, so I transformed it with some spray paint and ribbon...

...into this photo board for the bridal shower...

Someday down the road I plan to convert it into a jewelry organizer for the closet, but I thought that it was a cute way to display the couples engagement photos.

So there you have it...that's how I cheated in the Pinterest Challenge.  Sorry guys!

Don't worry though, I'm really crossing my fingers that tomorrow will be the day of the big reveal for my real Pinterest Challenge project...the chandee.  If all goes well, and there are no more surprise obstacles, tomorrow I should be basking in the light of my new fixture!

So, tell me I'm not alone...did anyone else cheat on the Pinterest Challenge?  If so, leave me a comment and link me to your cheat project.  I'd love to see it!

PS...this post has been linked at 5 Minutes Just For Me



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Reader Comments (2)

Those candles are fabulous and i have pinned them too! I am so addicted to Pinterest but haven't made anything crafty, just lots of recipes!

I have posted about a few of my favourite pins on my blog today and if you have 5 Minutes to spare please pop by! Please feel free to link up your post to my new Pinning and Singing Linky Party too. I'd love it if you could join in!

Best wishes,
Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

August 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

Hey Natasha!

I love the recipes too! Especially the cupcakes (I'm obsessed with cupcakes)! You're link party looks fun! Check it out, everyone!

August 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

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