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…to another busy day in the life of Pretty Handy Girl!
I had fully intended on posting a tutorial on distressing furniture for you today. But, I got side tracked today and then let’s just say that my evening ended up with a visit from these guys:
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 Thank you Raleigh Fire Department for putting out my oven fire! 

Let me tell you, it is a scary thing to see your heating element turn into a 4th of July super-sized sparkler! Luckily no one was hurt and our kitchen is still white (not smoky gray.) Needless to say, we will be in the market for a new oven this week. Any recommendations or “steer clears” would be appreciated. And a word of advice, if your heating element shorts out, sparks and catches fire, turn off your circuit breaker.

Not exactly what I planned on dealing with today! I did have plans for one tiny little project. This little project had me on a hunt for the illusive and extremely rare chalk marker. I have been looking everywhere for one of these exotic creatures.
Target – nope
Walmart – nope
Ace Hardware – nope
JoAnn’s Fabrics – nope
Jerry’s Art-a-rama – Ding, ding, ding! Finally found it!
If you’ve been around the blogosphere lately, you have seen chalkboard paint projects everywhere! I probably wouldn’t be surprised to see a chalkboard painted dog next week.
I had some leftover chalkboard wall decal material, so I cut a little label for our jar of colored pencils. But, I really wanted a chalkboard marker so I could write on the label and not worry about it smudging from little hands using it daily.
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So, naturally after using my new chalkboard marker and LOVING IT! I decided to paint some more things with chalkboard paint and use my new marker.
I put up my homemade spray tent (I’ll have to show you how I made it later.)
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And got busy. My mind played “Back in Black” in my head as I sprayed. (Any other AC/DC listeners out there?)  I decided to use automotive black primer (for better adhesion on the plastic spice lids.)
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First up where these Goodwill candy jars all four and the rack for $6.99!
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U-G-L-Y oak lids, but not for long…
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Blackified, labelled and now looking good.
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Next victim was a spice rack and jars (I’m embarrassed to say)
that I repainted years ago.
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That’s right, back in the sponge-era.
The gold ink labels are impossible to read.
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I carefully lined them up and made a list of the order 
they were in to make re-labelling them easy.
Seemed like a great idea, UNTIL my oven caught fire.
Then I swept everything off the counters and away from the stove.
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 After testing my sense of smell, I put the lids back on. And now that I can read them,
I shouldn’t mix up red pepper and paprika anymore.
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The rack received several layers of treatment to give it a distressed look.
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Finally, I spray painted a Goodwill picture frame heirloom white and distressed it.
I cut a piece of foamcore to size (since I accidentally broke the glass) and sprayed it with chalkboard paint. Easy framed chalkboard.
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  1. Kimberly
    Kimberly says:

    awesome! And inspiring! Do you know how many people are going to run out and buy chalk markers now??? 🙂 I love the canisters, especially.

  2. Nora
    Nora says:

    Great projects! I could see BOTH of those being used in my she-cave ~ the snack jars for holding flowers & ribbons, the spice rack for holding glitters & flocking powder…too cute!

  3. Lee Laurie
    Lee Laurie says:

    I have those same jars…somewhere in storage from back in the day. I have got to find them and fix them up like you did. They turned out great!

  4. Deanna Jane (cullenkidsmum)
    Deanna Jane (cullenkidsmum) says:

    I had the same thing happen to my element in my oven two years ago. My husband was at work and I was there with a 4 year old and 18 month old. After throwing baking soda on it (that didn't work) I called my husband (no answer) and then my brother who said it would burn itself out and it finally did but I would have rather avoided the fireworks show in my oven. We were able to replace the element and it is still working today. (Although I did get a little excited at first because I really wanted a new oven!!)

  5. Amanda@The Hand Me Down House
    Amanda@The Hand Me Down House says:

    Thank goodness for those firemen! I know the feeling — unfortunately! Thanks for the tip with the circuit breaker though — good to know.

    Chalkboard painted dog — haha! You crack me up!!

    Hope this next week mellows out for your! 🙂 LOVE those canisters by the way! 🙂


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