Countryfied | DIY Blackboard

I picked up a cute red framed picture at the Salvation Army store almost a year ago. The picture was ugly so I knew right away I’d use the frame as a chalkboard. Issue #1: I didn’t know where I was going to get the “board” since it didn’t come with glass. When I was packing up to move, I discovered a frame that I didn’t need anymore that was the same size and had glass! Perfect! I had bought the chalkboard paint ($10 at Home Depot) a while ago for this very project so I finally set to work.

Make your own blackboard

I learned the hard way that just like my other glass projects, you first need to prime the glass. I tried to see if the chalkboard paint would adhere to the glass by itself but the answer to that was no. Thankfully nothing was ruined, I just turned the glass over and got out my “Frosted Glass” spray paint which has been very handy for many projects!

I suggest doing 3 or 4 coats just to make sure you get a nice sturdy finish. In between coats, let it try for an hour or so. On my box of paint, it said to not try using the board until it’s sat for 3 days, so I followed those instructions. Not sure if it really needs that long to dry, but I figured it was better to be safe… especially since I didn’t have any more glass lying around! 🙂

all done with this blackboard!

This was truly one of the simplest projects and now we’ve got a cute chalkboard we can write notes on in our kitchen! It’s already helped us to take out the trash on Tuesdays and tend to the laundry…. it’s been very helpful so far!

…And now for a bit of humor! I love these–so true! 🙂

Kitchen Dreaming

Since we just moved, it’s hard to not pin every kitchen picture I see on Pinterest. Our old apartment had way more space (including cupboard and counter space) so I’ve been looking for ways to organize all our kitchen stuff that just doesn’t fit. For now we’re using our black Ikea 2×4 cubed bookshelf to hold pots and the appliances that take up too much counter space! It works well but doesn’t fit in with the other colors in the kitchen. It’s just til we can find a pot rack and maybe some shelves… and a small enough island or narrow enough buffet piece. Since I don’t think I ever put up pictures of our kitchen in our last apartment, here it is!

kitchen

yes, you’re seeing that right… there really is a garden rake and pick-ax on top of our cabinets!

And the rest of this post contains things I’ve pinned on my “kitchenspiration’ board that I’ve been drooling over.

I’m very obsessed with coffee. We might even have space for something around this size:

 

 

Tall ceilings and glorious wood beams 🙂 = dream kitchen.

Source: houzz.com via Evangeline on Pinterest

 

 

Open & airy with a nice island and humongous stove! … and is that a tropical beach outside?!

 

Loving all the yellow with these shelves!

 

These bold stripes are perfect.

 

Great breakfast area with such an awesome table!

Summer tops I’d love to steal…

I can’t believe it’s mid-July already!! It’s been hotter than ever up here in MA but I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it. 🙂 Here are some adorable summery tops I’ve got my eyes on…

Summer tops I'd love to have right now!

Wallis polka dot blouse
wallisfashion.com

Top
$12 – sklep.topsecret.pl

One sleeve top
evanity.com

Hollister Co cotton shirt
hollisterco.com

Tube top
evanity.com

Lipsy embellished top
$44 – lipsy.co.uk

Peplum top
allyfashion.com

Spring brings new life changes, showers of flowers

It was a wild Spring! Don’t worry, I know it’s mid-July… Things have honestly been so crazy that I’m months behind on posting though. I feel like life is going 90 miles per minute and the things I resolved to do this New Years Eve keep slipping away from me. I was doing pretty well for a little while, trying new recipes and cooking more often, I even started going to the gym 3 times a week at the end of March… But then more life happened and my routine got a little derailed.

Let me tell you a little about what’s happened since Jan. 1. And please excuse the photo quality… I took these all on my phone.

January- husband got a new job and was in Chicago for 6 weeks training!

February- I started looking for a new job after 33 people at my agency got laid off in one day…eek

March- we decided since hubs’ new job required him to be on the road most of the week, it made sense to get a more fuel efficient ride. We found an electric blue Honda Insight, fell in love with her mpg and pulled the trigger. Now we are making payments on ‘Kelly Blue’ … Our cool highschoolish Mitsubishi Eclipse (“Misty”) was traded in, and Kelly is bringing in a little extra $ for us!

End of March-I found a new job and flew home for a week and a half after my last day at One to One Interactive/Sparkline Digital

what's outside my cube

April- at home I chopped my hair off so I could start fresh at the new agency on April 9 (where not too many people knew me with long hair)

We also joined a new church on the North Shore and started looking for apartments since our lease ended end of June.

June- On June 4th we celebrated our 1st year of marriage,… and the next week we found a great apartment and signed the lease!

instagram of our new apartment

Moving day was June 16 and we’re still trying to unpack and make the place our home…

Nicer pictures to come, I promise! I’m just a little embarrassed by the state it’s in right now to show you…

I love it though and I’m so so happy in our new neighborhood!!

We’ve had lots of busy nights and weekends lately (three weekends ago: a wedding in Philly; two weekends ago we went to sunny CA for a little vaca; last weekend: another wedding…) so there hasn’t been time to really put away everything that doesn’t have a closet or cupboard. We’ll have to take a serious trip to Ikea (while also searching craigslist) for things like a pot hanger, shelves or little cupboard for the bathroom, and some kind of kitchen island for more counter space and shelving. Also praying to find a good deal on a used washer & dryer and microwave as well!

Did I mention how happy I am? I’m so thankful to be married to the most wonderful man in the world, thankful for a sweet new place, a car that gets us where we need to go, a church family super close by, a good job….I could go on and on. I’m thankful for this first year of marriage and all that we’ve gotten to do and all the places we’ve gotten to go,…people we’ve gotten to know, and the closer we’ve gotten to each other…..etc!