Chalking It Up~ April Showers


I’m welcoming April~ including her showers,

and chalking up the door to my Potting Shed!

 My Potting Shed doors were salvage finds for $12 each~ you can see the before version with the tape on the broken glass.

Instead of replacing the glass in my back door, I decided to add a board and paint it with chalkboard paint.


I wanted to keep the door chippy and peeling, so I cleaned the door and removed only the loose paint chips. I watered down some green acrylic craft paint for a light wash of color over the existing white paint, then dry brushed some brown acrylic paint on to highlight some areas.


 My board was a scrap left from construction, so the texture is rough, a board with a smoother surface is better suited for a chalkboard. I found chalkboard paint at Lowe’s, and painted a several coats. After it was dry, I seasoned the board with chalk~ you can see the chalk caught in the rough surface texture of the board.


I added some glass knobs to

the panels on the door to hang jars

to hold flowers, chalk, or tools.




Mr. Marshall’s Flower Book provided

some blooming chalkboard inspiration~




Our Daffodils were blooming in March,

but I’m looking forward to April Showers

bringing May flowers!

chalkboard Potting Shed

 Thank you for your visit!

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  45 comments for “Chalking It Up~ April Showers

  1. April 2, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I just adore your style and am envious of your potting shed :) Have a beautiful day!

  2. April 2, 2013 at 9:04 am

    This is SO incredibly cool!!!! I LOVE the glass knobs all over the doors! That’s such a unique feature along with the chalkboard area, of course! You have the coolest potting shed EVER!!!

  3. Sandi Allen
    April 2, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Love this! What a clever idea.
    I just Love our potting shed.

  4. KIM
    April 2, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Always love looking at your changes in the shed.

  5. April 2, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I’m going to have to hit the Restore (Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store) now for a used door! Thanks for the inspiration…\

  6. Faith
    April 2, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Love it, love it love it!!!

  7. April 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

    This really is fabulous. I continue to be amazed by your creativity and seemingly boundless energy.

  8. April 2, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I am in love with that door. I am always inspired by your beautiful creations.

  9. April 2, 2013 at 9:37 am

    so cute, love the glass knobs and chippy paint…love the chalk flowers too!

  10. April 2, 2013 at 9:48 am

    What a neat idea. I love the aqua Ball jars fashioned with daffodils hung with twine from the pretty crystal pulls.

  11. Sybil Phillips
    April 2, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Love everything that you do. Your talent goes on and on. I was shopping at Pier I and I told the manager about your blog. Your work makes me drool.

  12. Penny
    April 2, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Darling… it ….as usual..thanks for brightening my day !!!

  13. April 2, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I LOVE your potting shed and the chalkboard door is such a cute addition.

  14. April 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I would LOVE to have a potting shed. And, if I did, I would do a chalkboard door.

  15. Pam
    April 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Your posts always make my day:)

  16. April 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Love the chalkboard added to the door! Looks great!

  17. April 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I love love love your post. The door is amazing and I sure wish that I had one. But you gave me a great idea to put one on my long door in the kitchen. You do such a wonderful job on your posts.

  18. April 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    You are so darn creative! Love the door, and the knobs, and just everything about your shed!

  19. Cheryl Kennedy
    April 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!! Your creativity is amazing!

  20. April 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Your shed door is so pretty. I love that you repaired it with wood and made the chalkboard on it. A super idea! It looks sweet with the glass knobs and the items hanging off them. Beautiful!

  21. April 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    We saved all of the glass knobs we could find in the ashes and rubble after our fire…we’ve been wondering what to do with them ;-) You have some great ideas!

  22. Jennifer
    April 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I just love your posts they make my day! Hope you enjoy lots of may flowers :)

  23. April 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Your creativity never ceases! Most people would have walked right by those doors seeing them as nothing more than throw aways.

  24. April 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I love this!! It’s so perfect for the potting shed or really anywhere. I have been staring at my own back door for a few minutes now thinking, hmmm….

  25. April 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    i so so SO LOVE THIS! every time i come here i am eager to get my own greenhouse built! i spent the last few days putting in landscaping and was thrilled about what i have started, only to come here and realize i am ages away from playing as professionally as you! i love your door, extremely clever with the door nob hangers and chalkboard. i too love chalkboard, and of course your playhouse will be similar in thought, just like all the other twinsy things we share :-) very cute mary, you are giving me green eyes, when it used to be only thumbs~

  26. April 2, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Very pretty Mary! It’s obvious your shed is such a great source of inspiration! Love your chalkboard and the pretty glass knobs. Have fun:@)

  27. April 2, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Your door is fabulous!!! Love its natural charm as well as the springy details you added to it.
    Mary Alice

  28. April 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    You’ve outdone yourself here, Mary! I love what you’ve done with the potting shed door! You have such an artistic eye.

  29. April 2, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    You always come up with the greatest ideas Mary….I so love the chalkboard panel in the door and the watering can positioned above the chalkboard is genius!…and also adore those glass knobs!…I have got to make it to Cline’s before the temps start climbing..such a great place!

  30. April 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I LOVE what you did with this! Clever girl! Someday I would to see your magic kingdom! Thanks for sharing such a sweet idea.

  31. April 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

    It looks beautiful! I love the watering can above it making it look like the raindrops are coming from it. You decorated it lovely! :)

  32. April 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Mary, you certainly know how to entertain yourself. You are always creating something fun. Love the details of about the door.

  33. April 4, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Potting shed envy here!!

  34. April 5, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Talk about brilliant….this is a wonderful idea on how to deal with the broken panes of glass. Your artwork is impressive….no wonder you have such a great eye for design & colors. Its genetic!

    I have a small collection of glass knobs on display on my foyer shelf. I’ve been pondering just how to use them. You’ve got my creative juices flowing with ideas now.

    Grateful hugs,

  35. Liz
    April 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

    What a fun display! I Love everything about this post! :)
    Thank you for joining in for Fresh-Cut-Friday!

  36. Vicki Brawley
    April 6, 2013 at 7:22 am

    I really loved seeing your potting shed and your talent for styling is exceptional. I live in Mooresville and am excited to be able to follow a local blog. You really should visit our garden store on North Main Street in Mooresville…The Brawley Garden Company. It is going to a beautiful upcoming week here in the Lake Norman area. Enjoy!

  37. April 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Love your chippy chalkboard door, Mary! Your creativity never ends or ceases to amaze me. Those glass knobs add the right touch for accessories and a subdued sparkle.

  38. April 7, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    You make it easy to think of the April Showers.

    – The Tablescaper

  39. April 8, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Ooooooh, I just love that look! I wish I had a door here I could do but my husband says no. =( We did one in my 7 year old’s room and he loves it! Coming over from Between Naps on the Porch and so glad I did!


  40. Kathryn Kinney
    April 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    The chalk board door reminds me when I used this theme for a garden club lunch. I love Spring and I am loving your wonderful ideas.

  41. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    April 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Oh how fun, I love this. You are so good at your artwork too, your chalk phrase and picture are fabulous. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  42. May 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Reblogged this on

  43. Cheryl
    April 25, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Don’t know if you saw this article the other day but here’s the link….. Your shed should definitely be listed here. I love everything about the shed, your decorating, the location, etc. You are so creative. What a great eye you have.

  44. Ellen Stillabower
    April 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Rainy, raw day here too!! ☔️☁️💨 but Spring is just around the corner, I hope!! 😄🌺🌺🌺 Thanks for the lift…

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