Thursday, June 9, 2011

The writing on the wall (Part II)...

The idea of a full chalkboard wall for only 2 adults and 4 dogs in a house seamed to be a bit much, so Josh and I decided to go with a somewhat smaller version for our back entryway/mudroom. 

Josh and I started with a pre-cut flat sheet of plywood from Home Depot (approx $10.00). It was a little big so Josh trimmed it down for me to the perfect size of 3 1/2ft. by 2 1/2ft.

They now make chalkboard paint in all sorts of colors and with a variety of application methods.  We spray painted our plywood using Rust-oleum's Chalk Board spray paint in black. Josh also bought Rust-oleum's Chalk Board Tint Base in green to try out on a separate board for his bible study group.

 We picked all of our supplies up at Home Depot.  If green or black aren't what you are looking for there are a number of DIY tutorials online to create any color imaginable.

Josh's bible study board

Circular ridge trim from Home Depot

After painting our boards, Josh trimmed down a long piece of trim that I bought at Home Depot for approx $15.00.  I painted the trim with high-gloss Red Delicious Glidden paint.  We used small nails and wood glue to attach the trim around the piece.  Josh added two brackets to the back to make it easy to hang.  I had him put one on the long vertical back and one at the top of the chalkboard so that I could hang it horizontally or vertically.   Easy, cheesy...for about $30-$35.00.

Ta-da!  Our message center/reminder board/love note spot...

That's a little message to all of you that keep reading, supporting, and loving me. 

My cup runneth over!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The writing on the wall...

Lately I've been working on a few DIY projects that have added a little personalization to the house and the tiniest bit of organization. 

I've been saving inspiration photos of chalkboards and chalkboard walls for awhile.  They are hot right now, I know.  I try not to do too many trends, but I do think chalkboards have a very classic, nostalgic feel to them.  It makes me think of elementary school, the first day of school, handwriting practice, tiny desks all in a row, brown lunch sacks, kickball, the last day of school, etc.  Mostly great memories...

I decided a chalkboard in the house was a fun way to bring a little whimsy and an easy way for Josh and I to have little fun with each other especially with hectic schedules.  I found a few inspiration photos to win Josh over on a absolute need for one.

Chalkboard frames found on Pinterest

Fun, right?  I know!  I'll give you the details of ours and how we made it tomorrow. 

The final inspiration photo that made me smile...

Don't you just love that!?  Me too.  See you tomorrow!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

God remains...

Enough said.