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Chalk Art Chandelier

I dream of having a big, fancy chandelier in our master bedroom. A dream comes with a big price tag. But I didn't let that stop me. It just inspired me to get creative ...

Some of my greatest ideas come to me while I’m sleeping …

In that twilight time between sleeping and waking …

when my mind is fully relaxed and the stresses of the day slowly slip away.

And those creative-in-my-twilight-dream moments can only be rivaled by the shower …

when my mind lets go and the stresses of the day are washed away.

But this chalk art project came to me neither in my bed nor my bathroom.  It was on the fly.  As in on-the-fly following a series of unfortunate events.

Though, thankfully, my unfortunate events did not involve orphans or Jim Carey or many misguided and foiled attempts to eliminate said orphans by Jim Carey.

My series of unfortunate events started with a canvas.  A huge 36 x 48 canvas for sale at Michaels.  Positioned at the front of the store.  Screaming at me with a price slashed by 60%.  I couldn’t resist.  But it wasn’t an impulse buy.

I had a dream.

A dream for artwork in my fingers-crossed-soon-to-be-finished master bedroom remodel.  A large piece of original art that would grace the wall above the closet.

And this wall was not just any wall.  This was the very-first-thing-we-see-in-the-morning-wall … so I wanted it to make a statement.

Now I won’t bore you to tears with three paragraphs of unfortunate events.  Let’s fast forward to the end.  The end where I spray painted the 36 x 48 canvas with Krylon chalkboard spray paint left over from this project …

The end where, once dry, I decided to try my hand at creating some chalk art in the form of a chandelier inspired by this vinyl …

So I used a yardstick and chalk and a measuring tape … and some plates and bowls and serving dishes to guide the curvature of the chalk chandelier arms (you can see how I did it here).

Surprisingly, it worked out on the first try.

Seriously.

I was pretty pretty sure I would have to wipe down the chalkboard-spray-painted-canvas with a sponge and start over from the beginning again …

… and again …

… and again …

And as I look at my final chalk art chandelier I realize it really did start as a dream.

Maybe not a dream about making a chalk art canvas.

But my dream to have a chandelier in our bedroom.

~ Linda

Linda is a wife, mother, Chicago homeowner … and creator and author of it all started with paint blog.  You can find her on Facebook here, follow her on Twitter here, and see her Pinterest boards here

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Bruno Fontana November 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Linda, as a husband who's been dragged through Michaels and other craft stores occasionally (talk about being a stranger in a stange land), I can still appreciate the genteel nature of this blog and it's subject matter. A welcome change from the endless non-consequential partisan bickering. Nice picture by the way.
BlackHawks Fan November 08, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Linda ~ Nice job with the chalk board chandelier, you are quite talented. I took a look at your main blog and now you have me craving pizza for dinner tonight. Pie shaped or squares makes no difference to me I love it both ways!!!

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