Thursday, January 24, 2013

Faux Chalkboard Stenciled Cases

I've been thinking about a quick and easy way to dress up a little case that was a recent estate sale find and a vintage typewriter case I've had for ages.  Just about any matte black surface is ideal for a chalkboard, and these two cases were perfect candidates.  Unfortunately, I'm more than a little artistically challenged when it comes to freehand drawing and lettering, but I do know how to take advantage of a stencil.

I found the stencil on the typewriter case at Maison De Stencils during their 50% off sale at the end of the year.  The stencils on the little electronics case were purchased on Etsy from Artistic Stencils.

Family and Friends gather here.  Wouldn't this stencil be perfect on a pillow?

I attached a zinc tag embellished with a vintage typewriter key and the English translation.  The rusty key is original to the case and still works.

Old black cases, new stencils, stencil brush, white acrylic paint, and about 15 minutes was all
 it took.

Two small pieces of tape hold the stencil in place.

Checking to make sure I didn't miss any spots.

I only used the laurel leaf part of this stencil because the case was too small for the entire pattern.  No. 4 is my lucky number and it was a perfect fit on top.

Keeping it simple, I used twine to attach a heart charm and vintage key stamped with No. 4.
Sweet little cases for holding your treasures without the worry of the chalk rubbing off:-)


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44 comments:

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Betsy, What a brilliant idea using stencils, they change the look of the two cases.
My father was a sign writer and used to paint signs freehand, so I know how difficult it is, but these stencils work so well.
I love the addition of the tag and the fact you still have the small key makes the whole project so special.
Fabulous!
Best Wishes
Daphne

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

These are wonderful! I love what you did. Great idea. Those stencils are beautiful. It does look like chalkboard!
Karen

Createology said...

Your cases are blissful. Love the stenciling and tag treatment. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Barbara Lilian said...

Just found your blog, while I was looking at http://lavenderdreamstoo.blogspot.com/ I'm loving what I've seen, your Chalk painted dresser, & now these lovely stenciled cases. All projects I'm hoping to do. Looking forward to reading some of your older posts.

Loretta Thomas said...

This is a cool idea....I like them both!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a wonderful idea, Betsy...really dresses up a plain black case or box...might even have to paint something black to do this! Thanks for sharing!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh Betsy, I LOVE these!!!

Rebecca said...

LOVE THEM! LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!

xoRebecca

Peggy said...

The chalkboard look is so "in" right now, but this takes it one step to perfection. I love the little touch of the translation tag. These should sell fast!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! What a great idea - you did good.

Diane Higdon said...

Very, very cute!! Love the extra touch of the keys! :)

Pam said...

Those are two cute! Fantabulous idea!

Anne said...

Beautiful Pam! It looks like chalk art!
xx
Anne

Karen said...

I've just found your blog, too, and I am so glad I did! I love that you turned some rather plain black cases into something of beauty! I really like the little touches, too, the tag and key. Now I will think twice before I pass by something like that again. So creative! xx

Maggie said...

love the way you added even more personality with the precious tags and keys. Love that you stamped "No. 4" on that one key. Little touches like that put your projects over the top. You are clever:-)

Trisha said...

Now why didn't I think of that. I've had lots of little cases over the years, just sold them as they were. Love the way you dressed them up. Blessings.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That is just the cutest idea...what a transformation. I have an old case that is made for 45 records. This would be cute for it. Of course I would have to learn to paint first! lol

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love Love Love how they both turned out. Stencils are the way to go for me also! Love the keys attached and the little tags. Great job!
hugs,
Linda

Kathy said...

Beautiful results! I have a victorian stencil book for sale in my Etsy and I think I'm going to pull it back off and keep it for myself. I love how these look!

Laurie said...

these are so much fun!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

We are two kindred spirits...I just purchased stencils form Mason De stencil at a flash sale...It was 40% off bummer, wish it had been 50%. I have been just jazzing to use them! I love the white on the black....I will remember that!

Carol

The Joyful Thrifter said...

this is just so cute!!

Smiles,
The Joyful Thrifter

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

They look great, Betsy. Perfect in black and white.

Gail said...

What an awesome idea! I have an old typewriter case and you just inspired me to do something with it. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Gail

Pam said...

What a great idea. The stencils are perfect on the black background. I do think that the family stencil would be great on a pillow.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

The stencils you bought were the perfect embellishment for those old cases. Great job!!! I just wish I could find some old cases...finding them is like looking for a needle in a haystack!

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

Ooooo....me likey!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Great idea, Betsy! I have a tyepwriter case just like that and just cannot get rid of the smell inside of it so perhaps I'll just close it and do something like this!!

xoxo

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a beautiful idea, Betsy--now I'll have to be on the lookout for little cases when I'm out thrifting and at yard sales later in the year! I need a neat makeup case, and something like this might possibly work! Thank you for sharing it with us, and have a great weekend!

~ Liz ~ said...

Your finishing touches set you apart. Just the fact that you would up and paint these is huge. I would waffle about it forever, wanting to, but not being sure I should. You just do it and it's the perfect thing. Great stencil choices. Magnifique!
Liz

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I am so loving theses! Lucky for you they were already black.. I never find black, though. You've got my wheels turning, perhaps I could paint a few of the many suitcases/ travel cases I've found with chalkboard paint first for that black background and then do the stenciling? Hhhmmm.....these are great!

Barbara Jean said...

Those are so cute...and what a wonderful idea!!
Thanks for sharing....

My problem is...I can never decide what words to put on what piece of cool stuff I have...=/ dilemma.

blessings
barb

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Lovely idea, Betsy. The stenciled art was perfect for the pieces you chose.

Miss seeing your links at Time Travel Thursday. ;)

Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Pam~Simply Nordic said...

Wow Betsy, so adorable. It just goes to show, like I always say, it's all in the "french" details! Love the recycled use of the suitcase to modern french vintage! xo Pam

Ivy and Elephants said...

The cases look so fresh now with the addition of the stencil. The charm and key on the twine is the perfect finishing touch!
Hugs,
Patti

Betty Smith said...

Wow, Betsy, when God was passing out creativity, He gave you an extra large helping. Love what you did with plain Jane black cases.

must love junk said...

These are fantastic!! Great job :)
Susan

Carol TheAnswerIsChocolate said...

I am in complete love with these! Wanted to let you know they'll be included in the features from this week's link party tomorrow.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Betsy, I love the new look and the stencils are wonderful!
Hugs, Sherry

Into Vintage said...

As I've said here many times before, brilliant! The stenciling is such a perfect touch and your thoughtful details are the icing.

marie said...

Wow! These look awesome!
Wonderful idea...thanks for sharing it!!

Kadee Willow said...

What a great idea to make these simple, but charming, cases pop! I never thought of that but, as I have one just humbly sitting in the family room, I am going to find the perfect stencil and give it a facelift! Thanks for the inspiration!

Attic Clutter said...

just darling ..great idea(:)

Karen Bates said...

Wow, what a great transformation...and so quick! You are definitely a pro!