Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Try this at home! Project: Picture frame hanger/message board

Welcome Annaleena from the blog Annaleenas Hem! This is her first guest post here and she secretely told me she has been a little nervous about meeting you all, so please help me make her feel welcome and at home here! Take it away Annaleena!

You often hear people talking about things they've seen but never tried at home. Or warnings don't try this at home! Why not think the other way around? Creating at home can be really easy!

When Emma asked me if I'd show some ideas at her site I was very flattered - it felt so right! I have admired her blog for ages. In this first "Try this at home!" I wanted to create something really easy with chalkboard paint and something that could be both decorative and practical. Because I've used picture frames for different projects before I thought I'd do that again.

This is the recipe for this multifunctional picture frame. You will need:
  • a picture frame
  • chalkboard paint
  • a can
  • a few hooks

I started with painting the frame and the can with two coats of chalkboard paint. Then I screwed the hooks on top of the picture frame. But you can place them wherever you want. The can was then screwed on so it turned into a pot plant. It doesn't matter how the frame looks but I chose a rectangular shaped frame, but a squared one is also ok for this project.

The frame can now be used as a kind of a jewelery hanger where you hang the nicest necklaces and other small favorites can be put in the can. The frame could be placed where you wish - in the hallway or in the bedroom. At our place it is used as message board which is a very convenient way of using it too! Just use chalks - the kids will love it!

Next time - the 21 st of February my intention is to present a "light" idea made of textiles wich feels very up to date but it's very easy to make for your home, until then, be creative and dare to decorate you home with DIY's because rules are meant to be broken!

Creative greetings,


  • JohannaK says:

    Great! Mahtavaa! Fantastiskt! :)

    2011-01-24 | 09:35:59
    URL: http://ekojohanna.blogspot.com
  • Jm says:

    Great blog. Love the pics

    2011-01-24 | 10:47:58
    URL: http://jmfc.devote.se
  • twajs.com says:

    Wow! Thats awsome! You`re doing great Annaleena! It will be nice to meet you here to!

    2011-01-24 | 11:21:23
  • Anna G. says:

    Snyggt, kul, annorlunda och lätt att göra själv - precis som ett DIY projekt ska vara!! Tack!

    2011-01-24 | 11:21:38
    URL: http://lamaisondannag.blogspot.com/
  • Marianne Eidal says:

    Kul idé og fine bilder! Lurer på en annen ting; kan jeg spørre hvor ditt spisebord kommer fra? Er på jakt etter et sånt bord=)

    2011-01-24 | 11:28:28
    URL: http://rim-design.blogspot.com/
  • Helen says:

    I love this idea. Thanks for the inspiration

    2011-01-24 | 11:44:24
    URL: http://www.lilacandlily.com/
  • Johanna.B says:

    Mmm det här gillar jag. Kul idé, ska komma ihåg den!



    2011-01-24 | 12:37:29
    URL: http://johannab.se
  • Sara says:

    Fun and doable project! Clearly, I need to buy a can of chalk paint...Thanks

    2011-01-24 | 12:46:43
  • Matita says:

    This is a really nice project! =)I have to try it soon.

    2011-01-24 | 13:47:16
    URL: http://amatutare.wordpress.com
  • Kristin creAYtive says:

    TAK! Thanks for the project. It's a great idea to quickly try at home :)

    Looking forward to next week's post!

    2011-01-24 | 15:03:50
    URL: http://creaytive.wordpress.com
  • Tiziana says:

    I love design and your blog are beautiful!

    This is my...


    2011-01-24 | 15:07:49
    URL: http://damncreativity.blogspot.com/
  • Knaada says:

    Det tycker jag var en bra start på Annaleenas gästbloggande, kul idé, ser fram emot fortsättningen!

    2011-01-24 | 16:08:40
    URL: http://knaada.com
  • María says:

    I love this idea. Thank you! have a nice day. xxx

    2011-01-24 | 17:38:28
    URL: http://eclecchic.blogspot.com/
  • Charlotte Bladh says:

    Like it a lot! AND you are doing great! As always.

    2011-01-24 | 17:43:08
    URL: http://www.hemmariket.se
  • Gisela says:

    Dear Emma and/ or Annaleena,

    Beautiful project! I Williams gibe it a try for my 7 trata old keyring collection! Thanks!

    Also, I am wondering if you can help me figure out the white floor finish (or material) in Annaleena's project.

    I am remodeling and would love a floor like that in my studio.

    Thank you for the everyday enlightment!

    gisela From Argentina

    2011-01-24 | 18:11:37
  • patternplan says:

    har kommit över två lådor med loppis prima fina ramar, ram-inspiration var precis vad jag behövde!

    2011-01-24 | 18:11:39
  • Weronica - En mammas dag says:

    En kickstart på gästbloggandet! Heja!

    2011-01-24 | 19:33:37
    URL: http://www.enmammasdag.com/weronica
  • Beaches and Peaches says:

    I LOVE this idea, and also loooove that apartment!!!

    2011-01-24 | 22:31:24
    URL: http://beachesandpeaches.com
  • vosgesparis says:

    Love to see you here as well. Chalkboard paint is one of my favorite materials, everything just looks good with it, I am thinking of putting chalkboard paint behind my counter top in the kitchen behind the sink but have ot figured out yet how to do it .. ;)

    2011-01-24 | 22:59:31
    URL: http://vosgesparis.blogspot.com
  • designchic says:

    Can't wait to peruse your blog, Annaleena...love a project that is pretty and functional!!

    2011-01-25 | 02:55:30
    URL: http://www.mydesignchic.com
  • tinajo says:

    Trevlig idé! :-)

    2011-01-25 | 08:47:47
    URL: http://www.tinajoathome.blogspot.com/
  • Sofia Agardtson says:

    Such a great idea - cute and simple! Annaleena - you are a great source of inspiration! And Emma, so are You! Thanks!

    2011-01-25 | 09:42:53
    URL: http://www.sofiaa.se
  • milla - andante says:

    Vilken fin och rolig idé!!! Här ska härmas!!:)


    2011-01-26 | 08:21:41
    URL: http://milla-andante.blogspot.com
  • Anonym says:

    I´m absolutly in love with your blog, fantastic, cosy and chic, très chic, felicitations !

    2011-01-27 | 12:18:50
  • Johanna JT says:

    Clearly some Finnish creativity :)! An inspiring idea, Annaleena! And a beautiful blog, Emma! Thanks both of you!

    2011-01-28 | 00:12:58
  • Kalina says:

    I love the idea with black frame! It looks fantastic!

    2011-02-28 | 21:07:49
    URL: http://kwiatowa30.blog.onet.pl
  • priya says:

    Hi...........I like yours" RUG LAMP"..Thanks for sharing your ideas with us..No words to say..it was very nice..

    2012-10-02 | 11:52:37
    URL: http://blogg.se

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