I like it when things make up my mind for me!
The top part was cut off and wooden supports were added to the sides and in the middle.You can see in this picture I had started scraping the purple paint off.
A word about chalk paint- I have been making it for a while now. I (somewhere) ran across someone else who makes it, but they do it differently.
You use 3 parts paint and 1 part plaster of paris just like I was doing, but instead of mixing the plaster of paris with water, then adding the paint, they put the paint in, then the plaster of paris. After that they mixed in warm water. I tried it and I love it!
It is much easier to mix and is somehow smoother!
I switched out the handles and waxed it for protection.