Stop and Smell the Lavender~ Chalkboard Renewal


I’m joining The Novel Bakers

for Lavender Week

 Monday July 22nd~ July 28th!

We hope you’ll stop by for some delicious and fragrant

fun as we share & savor recipes from

The Lavender Cookbook next week!


The will be lots to taste and see~

including a few visits to lavender festivals . . .



I made a discovery last week trying

to clean the chalkboard door in my Potting Shed

that you may already be aware of,

but it was a new & handy solution for me. . .


Even though I had seasoned the chalkboard,

the writing was still visible after erasing,

leaving a ghosting image on the board.


I used WD-40 on a soft cloth to wipe over the board

which removed the remaining chalk message,

restoring and renewing it!


Chalkboard Restoring with WD-40

We hope you’ll take time to

Stop and Smell the Lavender!



And make a beeline over

starting Monday July 22nd!



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  43 comments for “Stop and Smell the Lavender~ Chalkboard Renewal

  1. Gail Steffen
    July 19, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Lavender is one of my favorite fragrances, our linen closet is always fresh, due to it. Have never tried it in recipes, although I have eaten cookies using lavender. Will you have some addresses where it could be purchased?

  2. July 19, 2013 at 7:05 am

    I have the cookbook and the lavender from a wonderful shop in Camden appropriately named The Lavender Shop.

  3. Cheryl
    July 19, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Beautiful job on the blackboard Mary! Cannot wait for Lavender week…it’s one of my favorite herbs!

  4. July 19, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Beautiful post….and I love your chippy door turned chalkboard.

  5. July 19, 2013 at 7:56 am

    oh you have me so excited and worried! if this is your preview heaven help me… i just have to remember how much fun i had… gulp, as all you talented ladies dance around me! i love love LOVE your door, i have chalk envy… what a great idea about clean up, i use the hose on mine with psi like a fire hose, it also removes the paint… i will try this next time, but my new wd has turned out to be olive oil at the beach with all our rusting. i sprayed in the dog leashes and in our our front door lock works like a charm and smells better :-)

    so excited to see all your dazzle next week, cheers to the novel bakers!

  6. July 19, 2013 at 8:08 am

    LOVE that chalkboard. You’re such an inspiration!

  7. Kim
    July 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I can smell it now and great tip about the WD 40.

  8. July 19, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Lavender in foods is a gift from the gods. Can’t see what you and the bakers come up with! For now, lavender ice cream and lemon lavender pound cake my absolute favorites. Looking forward to adding more tempters to my recipe box……

  9. paula
    July 19, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I love Lavender, and grow it but this year it didn’t look so hot! I too am looking forward to next week !! And your art on the chalkboard, very well done as always!!

  10. July 19, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing what the Novel Bakers do with the Lavender theme! Thank you for the WD 40 tip for renewing chalkboards. That’s a great tip. Happy weekend, Mary!

  11. Sandi Allen
    July 19, 2013 at 9:19 am

    LOVE the old chippy door with the chalkboard.
    Thank You for the tip with the WD-40.
    I did not know this.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. July 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Can’t wait! Your WD-40 tip is so valuable, I have had trouble with “ghosting,” thanks so much! I am so looking forward to the special Novel Bakers posts next week :)

  13. July 19, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Thank you for the chalkboard tip, Mary! How did you think of that? And, you are an ARTIST besides an amazing tablescaper, writer, stylist etc! Looking forward to smelling the lavender! Have a beautiful weekend. XO

  14. July 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Dear Mary,the chalkboard turned out perfectly; and I did not know that trick!!

    Love lavender, I have it in my Herbs de Provence! Also as a scent with vanilla!

    2013 Designers Series & Giveaway

  15. July 19, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Can’t wait to see what you girls have in store for us. Love cooking with lavender, and recently realized that I need to restock. I missed the hill country lavender festival that was held not long ago. One day I’m going to go see what it’s all about. Look forward to seeing the festivals you have to share. Never knew the chalkboard tip. Thanks! ~ Sarah

  16. July 19, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Ooooh I can’t wait !!! Lavender is one of my favorites from the garden…Happy weekend!

  17. July 19, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Gorgeous pictures! The one of the bee partaking of a little lavender pollen is my favorite! Nature at it’s finest!

  18. July 19, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Beautiful, Mary! I can imagine the fragrant smell of the lavender…Christine

  19. Rattlebridge Farm
    July 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Beautiful pictures, Mary! See you Monday!

  20. July 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    For some reason, I can’t grow lavender where I am but a friend of mine grows lots of it just 15 miles or so north of me…Back when I was still writing weekly food columns for our local newspaper, she invited me to a “Lavender Lunch”…where every dish was graced with lavender somehow…including a delicious Lavender Sangria and Lavender Lemonade..,and grilled Avocado with Lavender…

    Looking forward to see what you will post next!

  21. July 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve been so busy lately, but I just had to stop for a visit on my self imposed coffee break this afternoon. I love that tip about the WD-40. Honestly, the inability to get it really clean has been my hesitation with chalkboard projects. Now, I have no hesitation. Thanks! (And as always, every photo you take delighted me.)

  22. Susan
    July 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Oh, I can’t wait!! I get so inspired by all of the beauty you create when I visit your blog and this will be fun!! Oh, and thanks for the tip about WD-40 on the chalkboard, I do have a problem with it.

  23. Bonnie Keearns
    July 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Thank God it’s Friday, I had a looooong week. I so look forward to your posts. They are so refreshing! And….You are one talented lady. The way you do your chalkboard…very gifted!! I will stop and smell the lavender. Thank You

  24. July 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Oh Mary, you’re teasing us (in such a good way!) Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next week. Always a treat to see what you’ve been up to!

  25. July 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Wow, your chalkboard did turn out all shiny and new! Lovin’ the little bee in your drawing! Have a great weekend and stay cool:@)

  26. July 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Love, love the beautiful chalkboard!!!…Looking forward to the Lavender series of the Novel Bakers..I so love that name! Great pic of the bee too Mary…have a great weekend!

  27. July 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Your chalkboard is soooo cute! I want to be a novel baker. Please let me play with y’all!!! :D

    I was planning on making some lavender linen water this week, but there have been way too many birthdays around here! Maybe next week.


  28. July 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I love your chalkboard, such beautiful writing. Thanks for the tip about the WD-40. I had no idea how to clean off the old writing. Have a great week.

  29. July 21, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Your chalkboard is wonderful. Neat tip about WD-40.

    – The Tablescaper

  30. July 21, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Delightful photos, full of pretty ideas, Mary! Thanks for the tip about the WD40. I shall try it on the chalk board in the sewing room that the grandkidlets like to play with. They’re in Hilton Head this week & I really miss them!

    Hugs & looking forward to all your lavender creations. I might have to snip some from my neighbor’s….shhhh.

  31. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    July 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Would have never thought about wd40, you are so clever and your garden shed is one of my all time favorite places. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  32. July 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I have a terrible sense of smell – long story involving a laundry accident years ago!! But I do love the look and color of lavender – it is soothing to me. Thanks for the tip about cleaning a chalk board – I never heard that before. Your chalk board drawing came out cute!!

  33. July 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Oh my gosh! i LOVE LOVE LOVE your lavender blackboard!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  34. July 23, 2013 at 8:04 am

    What a great tip! I’m pinning that one! : ) Love the chalkboard art you did!

  35. July 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Beautiful website! Great chalkboard restoration idea. I would never have thought of using wd40. I love your garden chalk art.

  36. July 25, 2013 at 8:00 am

    There is nothing like lavender. That door is just magical. This post is so inspirational. I would love it if you would share this today at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us! Thanks for hosting!


  37. Barbara Ann
    July 25, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Perfect and timely idea. I thought I would have to re paint. I will try this today!
    Barbara Ann

  38. July 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Hi from your newest follower! Coming over from Cedar Hill Ranch’s party! And THANK YOU for this chalk board tip! I am pumped to try it on a chalk board I have been having the same problem with! Stop on over my blog, Wonderful at Home when you have a minute! We are also doing a giveaway, so make sure to enter that and send over your friends! Have a good one and here is the link!

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