Welcome Surprise!



Okay, I'm teasing you! Basically, I found a wooden tray at a garage sale for only $1. It was already painted black. 
Instead of keeping it a tray, I decided to make it into a usable wall art!
First, I painted the word, "Welcome" with some vines and leaves in white.
I also attached these metal hangers to the back so I could attach ribbon for hanging.

So what is the surprise? It's the oval in the center...
I painted the inside oval with chalkboard paint. Now when we come home and enter through the back door from the garage to the laundry room, we are welcomed home!
Then I did a bit of tweaking...
I added a sweet yellow bird for whimsy

I have fond memories of a small chalk board at the back door entrance of my Grandma's house. As a child, I would sit on top of the washer and write and draw on this chalkboard and just get lost in the creativity of it. Do you have memories of something simple and small at your Grandparents home that wasn't big but you still remember it fondly?

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  1. So honored to be the first comment! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello. Great project- I am also wondering about your 'keeping area' with the hooks and bead board. I'll have to look around your blog and find out more!

    :)crafty texas girls

  2. You are so cleverly creative! What a great idea. Love your blog!



  3. That looks great, Terry! It fits that spot nicely, too. I used to play with my grandmother's figurines. Looking back, she was really very good about it, too; not afraid I'd break them. I used the figurines of people and animals as dolls. I guess she didn't have much for us to play with in her apartment and we didn't usually bring stuff with us.

  4. That is AWESOME! What a great idea to use chalkboard paint!

  5. Very sweet. Don't you love that they make chalkboard paint? Love the addition of the bird. :)
    Pam @ BeColorful

  6. Great idea for the tray! It makes a great welcome to come home to.
    Loved going to my grandma's house.

  7. Hi terry- thanks again for your suggestion on hardware on ebay. I'm writing a short post on our door handle replacements project and will include you in a shout out and link to you for the ebay suggestion. It will be posted this upcoming week! Thanks again! happy mum's day! xo laura

  8. that was a great idea to make it a welcome sign!

  9. Looks great! Love what you did with it.


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