Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow…

A few summers ago, I bought this piece at an auction.
It was the drop-down “desk” front part
off an antique secretary.

Repurposed Cabinet Door Chalkboard via Knick of Time

I love it when I find pieces like
this, because not only do they
have “history” behind them, but
I can usually get them at a decent
price because not many people
are looking for broken things and
parts of things at auctions, which is
usually what I have my eye out for.

I  a d o r e  this piece.
Truly, adore it.
I painted it black and
turned it into a sign for my booth space,
but we moved, so I only stayed
in that space a few months and I no longer have a booth.

For awhile, I had it hanging outside the door
of my workshop, but I needed to take
some photos there, so I took it down.

Since then, it’s just been sitting
inside my workshop, because my
family wasn’t really dying to have
a “Knick of Time” sign hanging in our house.
I didn’t bother listing it in my shop,
because who else would want
a “Knick of Time” sign hanging in
their house either?

I decided I really needed to do something
with it, rather than holding it captive
in my workshop.  I sanded my lettering
off, then did chalkboard paint in
the 2 center panels.

Repurposed Cabinet Door Chalkboard via Knick of Time

I still a d o r e it.
I adore it even more, now that
I wrote a Bible verse on it.
The problem is…my house is m a x e d out.
I argued with myself for about a half hour
before finally listing it in my shop.

If it doesn’t sell before I find a place
to squeeze it into my already packed house,
I’ll change my mind though!

Repurposed Cabinet Door Chalkboard via Knick of Time

By the way, did you notice in the photo
of it as my sign – there was no chippy paint?
Then, in my recent photo, there is chippy paint?
I didn’t do any distressing, other than
sanding my lettering off – just hanging
outside my workshop achieved that finish.
It looks like the chippiness occured over many years,
but it was just a few months hanging outside my building.

Repurposed Cabinet Door Chalkboard via Knick of Time



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  1. I love it…. turned out wonderful….Happy New Year. 🙂

  2. It looks great! It’s always hard to decide what to keep and what to sell.
    Farmhouse hugs,

  3. very pretty! I can tell how much you love it {I would too} I hope it finds a place with you after all 🙂 PS: love the finish now too!

  4. Oh- Someone is gonna snap that baby right up. I love it-it turned out great! xo Diana

  5. When we find treasures we can’t part with, we replace something else in our home. I love your sign… It is awesome!

  6. It does look naturally aged. Hope it sells and you’re not tempted to keep it. It’s definitely a hazard in this business!

  7. Rosemary@villabarnes says

    Sometimes the best finishes are happy accidents. It looks great Angie, and I love the message.

  8. What’s the link to your shop that you listed this in? I love this sign!

  9. Well I like it, and my house is maxed out too. I must get on the bus of “out with the old in with the new”. The new old that is.


  10. Beautiful piece Angie! LOVE how it naturally distressed and the message is perfect!

  11. That is a very cool piece! I love it!

  12. I don’t think it will last long…it’s lovely and I’ll bet it’s bought before you know it!
    Debbie 🙂

  13. love it!!!
    wonderful piece and verse…and weathered perfectly.


  14. Love your chippy accident. It’s a gorgeous piece. I know what you mean about maxed out space. I feel that way, too. But, as I tell my hubby, I actually use everything in my house. It doesn’t just take up space. Hard to part with great things you use or display regularly.

  15. I love the Scripture verse, the chippy paint, the color . . . it is perfect! Thank you for sharing and I’m sure it will sell quickly. Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew

  16. Angie I absolutely love your chalboard sign! I am featuring you tomorrow!!! HUGS, Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds

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