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03 July, 2013

Pottery Barn Inspired {Chalkboard Tile} Place Cards

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Chalkboard Tile Place CardsNow you all know what a big, fat copy cat I am, so when I saw the slate tile place cards in the Pottery Barn fall preview, I knew I had found my next inspiration! Could it be any simpler…or cuter?

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Chalkboard Tile Place Cards And do you see what it is? Yes…it’s the holder and tiles from a Scrabble game re-purposed as place card holders! Woo hoo! I finally found a new use for that old game that has been in my closet for ages! I simply stained the tile holders using Minwax Gunstock to give them a more vintage look. Then I spray-painted some of the tiles using chalkboard paint! Easy peasy!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Chalkboard Tile Place CardsAnd now, each time I have guests over for dinner, all I have to do is erase and change the letter tiles to spell the names! Is that a great idea or what?

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Chalkboard Tile Place Cards The Pottery Barn version uses slate, but I really can’t see a difference. Besides…their version is $20 for a set of two (and is not even available yet) and mine was…wait for it…free! Woo hoo!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Chalkboard Tile Place CardsIn fact, I think this is such a good idea that I might just suggest to my grandson that we do that to all the Scrabble tiles and invent a new version…DIY Scrabble…where we add in whatever letters we want! Hmmm…or is that somewhat like stacking the deck on Candyland so that he would win? Now…don’t tell me you have never done that! Sometimes a granny has to do what a granny has to do!

Baby Kitty and Naughty Cat And as for my co-host today…Baby Kitty is busy keeping an eye on Naughty Neighbor who has dropped by to see how the caged catnip is faring!  Very well, thank you…and out of your reach! It seems that when it comes to safe-guarding his catnip, a cat has to do what a cat has to do!

Summer Showcase of Homes And…mark your calendars! A fun event is coming this summer...July 22-26...with 25 bloggers opening up thier homes and inviting you inside! I’ll be one of them and I am going to show you a few parts of my house that you have never seen before! Among the bloggers on the tour will be French Country Cottage, Stone Gable, Back Porch Musings, The Everyday Home, Town and Country Living, Cedar Hill Ranch, A Stroll thru Life, Good Life of Design, Adventures in Decorating and many more of your favorites! Be sure to check back here for more details!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed having a little peek at my chalkboard tile place cards! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday  , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop on Tuesdays , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, The Everyday Home for Home{work} Wednesday , Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays , Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays , My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday , French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday , Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special, Tatertots and Jello for the Link Party Palooza
See you next time! À la prochaine!
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  1. Very fun project! Now where's my Scrabble board?

  2. That's really cute Debbie!
    And your naughty cat visitor kind of looks like Lily only fat. ha~
    Can't wait to see the home tours fun!
    Have a great 4th my friend,

  3. How cute are your chalkboard tile place markers!..and free! Have to laugh at your caged catnip. :) and Baby Kitty "guarding" it.

  4. Love your chalkboard tiles, Debbie, such a great idea. That poor kitty outside- torture, pure torture! :D

  5. I love this! I actually use the scrabble letters around the house like a lot of people. I definitely intend to do this with some tiles I have here. I'm so glad I was scrolling down my dashboard today and saw this.

  6. Now this is so cute, easy and free because I have an old scrabble game I don't use also!!!


  7. Love that idea -How cute is that! I have spelled things out with them before but never thought of painting them. GREAT fun! xo Diana

  8. I love this idea, Debbie! I love the idea of staining the wooden Scrabble trays too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Now this is fabulous!! So many uses!! I'm off to find my Scrabble board!~~Angela

  10. Debbie, I am so happy that you are a "big fat copy cat"... because you come up with the best ideas!!!! I LOVE this. Sooooooo, I'm going to be a "bigger fatter copy copy cat" and copy this from you!!! You are such an inspiration!

  11. Hi Debbie - where do I start... you have the PB preview copy already????? I'm stalking the mailman!!! Second... I'm laughing at what a DIY Clutz I am... I tried to do the same for our friend's welcome home party around ST. Pats Day... and didn't even think of using the holders. DUH! I love the frugal copy of my favorite stores - great job! Hugs, Holly

  12. So cute and so clever plus not too hard on the pocketbook.

  13. These are so cute - I'm sharing on my FB page today!! Can't wait for the house tours

  14. Oh this is brilliant! I haven't seen the PB fall preview but your adorable chalkboard & Scrabble tiles as place cards knock my socks off! I'm blowing the dust off my Scrabble set today :)

  15. I really REALLY adore this idea! Neat idea to leave messages of all kinds year around anywhere you wish too! I've featured you on I Love That Junk and various other places this week. Thanks for linking up!

  16. Cute idea, I love it. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  17. Love this idea! I just featured it in my chalkboard project roundup :) Have a great weekend!

    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  18. It is so funny....I had torn out the page from the catalog to do the same thing. My girls are getting them for Christmas. I always buy Scrabble games at garage sales. They are getting harder to find, but are still out there. So....if you turn a few pages further in the catalog, you'll see the really cool "WINE" sign made out of old cutting boards and pizza boards plus letters. Already purchased some boards and hoping to do the same thing. Love me some Pottery Barn!

  19. Wanted to let you know that this tutorial was featured on the At Play Blog today.


  20. What a great idea! I too, have been saving my Scrabble tiles and this is the perfect and fun use! Now, I just have to locate where I stored them! You have such great ideas! I am in awe of your creativity!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie