Chalkboard Thankful Table Runner – Thankful at Home

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Today, I am so excited you are here.

Today, I get to share about one of my favorite things – being thankful.
As bloggers, we have to share ideas ahead of the actual season.  Thanksgiving often gets lost, somewhere between Halloween and Christmas.
So when I was asked to join with a group of fabulous bloggers to share a tradition and project that shows how we are thankful at home, I knew I wanted to share our chalkboard thankful table runner and a story about understanding my history and myself a little bit more.
If you are joining me from Savvy Southern Style, thank you so much for stopping by.
I love decorating my home for fall, creating fall tablescapes and mantels.  But, sometimes, it is just about being simple and being thankful.
We are just beginning to fill out what we are thankful for, but we will continue to fill it in as a family.

I first shared this project 3 years ago.  In fact, it was 3 years ago to the day.  When I went back to look at the old post, which I wrote when I was first blogging, I could not believe it was exactly 3 years ago.

I think what I love most about this project is that it is just so easy.  I got my runner here, but you can easily use chalkboard contact paper or chalk cloth, cut it down to your needed size and shape, and just start sharing what you are thankful for.  We used a chalk pen, but you could use regular chalk as well.
I love the idea of taking the time to be thankful in your home at Thanksgiving, but I am all about filling my home with meaningful things year round.  I have recently made an addition to our home that fills my heart up so much.
If you saw this post last week, you may have seen this fabulous sign that was above the cabinet in our office / craft room space.
A bit ago, I saw this sign on Instagram from a vintage shop that had it in their store.  I could not email the seller fast enough – and purchased it and had it shipped.
You see, my Grandfather, who meant so much to me, owned a Fuller O”Brien paint store.  Somewhere, I have a deck of cards that he gave me with the same logo on – but it says O’Brien instead of paints.
Last week, I was talking with my Aunt and I told her about the sign and she told me should thought she a picture of their truck she could send me.  Better yet, she actually sent me a picture of his store in Brooklyn.
 McLaughlin & Caskin Paint Store
In 1948, O’Brien paints became Fuller O’Brien.  So that must mean that this picture is from before that?  Can you see the lady in the amazing dress on the right?
I am sitting here now, writing this post, looking at the sign on the wall and it makes me feel a connection.
To see his store.
To know that he owned a paint, wallpaper and artist materials store – makes me feel a connection – that I belong.
That this crazy direction of a life I have chosen maybe came from somewhere.
Combine that with the fact that my other Grandfather was the greatest junker that ever was, I make a whole lot more sense.
So, today, I am thankful for understanding a little more of my own story, of my history.
And creating a new chapter in the story.
And thankful for each of you for being part of it.
And if you want to be inspired even further, stop by Lilacs & Longhorns for another Thankful at Home project.
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25 thoughts on “Chalkboard Thankful Table Runner – Thankful at Home”


  1. Laura…I so love this chalkboard runner……what a great way to document what we are so thankful for…Our thanksgivings consists of at least 50 people being in attendance…and always looking for different centerpieces for the table…you have given me this great idea!….Really loved reading the story/history of your Grandfather … such wonderful history to share at this time of Thanksgiving.

  2. Love your table runner and the tradition it started — what a great idea! I adore Thanksgiving and the fact that it allows us to sit down and reflect on all of our blessings.
    I also love that you shared your sign and the meaning behind it — what a great find!
    I am loving this series and reading everyone’s take on the season — so glad you’re a part of it!
    Have a blessed day!

  3. What a fabulous idea for a table runner- love how its decor and interactive in one-!
    it’s so nice to combine a bit of family history in your decorating – creativity must run in your family!

  4. Laura, What a beautiful post about your family… I really think keeping the stories of those that we love from the past can give us such wonderful connections! I absolutely loved reading about your grandfather, his paint store in Brooklyn and the sign in your home! You must be so thankful for such sweet memories and mementos! What a blessing!
    Thanks for sharing you very creative table runner. I missed it the first time. You are building stories and memories for your children and family with it! God Bless You!

  5. What a lovely new tradition. I love chalkboards and this is perfect for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing on the Thankful at Home tour.
    I love the paint sign! What a wonderful memory for your whole family to see. What a blessing to find the sign.
    Make it a beautiful day!

  6. Hi Laura…what a perfect post for our tour! We felt the same about Thanksgiving kinda getting lost in between Halloween & Christmas. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself & give us all a new tradition!

  7. What a wonderful idea for a Thanksgiving tradition. It also takes the pressure off of coming up with something your thankful for on the spot. If gives family and friends time to have a genuine thankful thought. One year, I was put on the spot and said I was thankful for keyless cars
    …oh boy!!!

  8. Laura,
    I love the idea of using the chalkboard runner for a Thanksgiving meal and it makes a wonderful keepsake as well. It does take the pressure off by writing your thoughts down rather than having to verbally express your thoughts. Also, what a great way to honor and remember your grandfather and his store with the old paint sign. I treasure a vintage hat box that I found several years ago from an old department store that my grandmother worked at for years.

  9. Love the story of your family history. Why did I have to get older to appreciate my family history? Wish I had ask more questions while I had a chance.

    I have an old family cemetery at the edge of my yard which dates to Civil War days. It only has a few graves. I have always wanted to know more about them and have been able to aquire some info that I’ve so enjoyed.

  10. What a touching post, Laura. You had me at the chalkboard runner; I can’t help but thinking how your post 3 years ago was no coincidence but meant to be and how finding the paint sign that reminded you of your grandfather also set another chain of events into play that makes you the talented, creative, thankful 😉 woman you are. Really enjoyed my visit! Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. This brought a tear to my eye! I would LOVE to have a copy of the picture if possible! Love the chalkboard runner too!

  12. Oh Laura, I love this idea. Such a wonderful and true sentiment. I mentioned as well how us bloggers have to start months in advance practically to get our ideas out here, it’ funny actually. I am already thinking Valentines. So nice to be party of this series with you.

  13. This design is incredible! You definitely know how to keep
    a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I
    was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!)
    Excellent job. I really enjoyed what you had to say,
    and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  14. I love the chalk cloth table runner! I skipped right over to the Etsy shop you recommended and purchased one to use at our family Thanksgiving celebration this year. Thanks for the inspiration.