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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚ = 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!

Wednesday Round-up: Mason Jar Lovin’

I have a big love for Mason jars (come on, who doesn’t?). I used them in my wedding, I have lots sitting around my house just waiting to be repurposed… and hopefully I’ll get around to using some of these ideas myself soon!

For today’s round-up, I couldn’t resist posting these adorable ideas.

Mason Jar decorating ideas

1. Floating Candle Jars

2. Clear Glass Ball Cluster Swag

3. Floating Vase

4. Soap Dispenser

5. Picture Displays

6. Picture Frame (with Olive Oil)

Click here for many more ideas (50 to be exact)!

Any of you have any other favorite ways to use mason jars?

A Fun Crafternoon

Yesterday I went over to my friend Kerrie’s house for Tea and Crafts and Crumpets (aka cookies, pastries, and other yummies). Kerrie has a fantastic blog calledΒ Sea Kettle Diaries — go check it out! She’s super creative and had a bunch of girls over today for crafts. Most people brought something to work on, but since I didn’t really have anything I was working on at home, she provided some stuff I could get creative with.

Some of us made MOD PODGE PICTURE MAGNETS! This is a great gift idea, or if you’re like me, and don’t have many magnets on your own fridge, make some for yourself! I was like a magnet making factory. I just couldn’t stop finding cute pictures I wanted to make magnets out of. πŸ™‚

Here’s all you’ll need:

  • Some magazines you can clip pictures out of (or find pictures online and print them out)
  • Mod Podge
  • Glass pebbles ($1 at the Dollar Tree for a whole bag of them!)
  • Magnets to glue onto the back of the stones

Here was the result of my afternoon. I had a lot of fun, and these are super easy! Thanks for the great idea, Kerrie! She also told me you can get some Altoid tins, mod podge-decorate those, and put a few magnets inside the tin to give as gifts.

glass mod podge magnets

mod podge magnets

mod-podge magnets

Wednesday Round-Up: If I could do 3 crafts…

Call me lazy, but it’s been a heck-of-a-week so far. I haven’t had much time at all to blog the way I want to right now. So for today’s late roundup, I picked three crafts I’d like to attempt in the next coming weeks or months. I think if I was Martha Stewart I’d say I’d do them in the next 3 days, but we all know I’m not Martha.

1) From Live a Little Wilder we have a cute DIY scarf hanger. This would be really fun to do…. might require some shopping around for scrap wood and unique hooks/door handles/knobs, but it would look amazing hanging in the hall. My scarves would look pretty sweet hanging off it too….

Source: livealittlewilder.com via Evangeline on Pinterest

Β 2) Here we go, mod-podged letters from Tater Tots and Jello!! I think these are super cute. You could do so much with these on a door or in a room….add lots of color to any space! I want to learn how to do this.

And then finally we have Satsuma Orange Candles! How hard could these be? I found this idea onΒ Honestly WTF … a really fun blog to peruse. She’s got everything from stories of travel adventures to fashion decorating ideas.

Source: honestlywtf.com via Evangeline on Pinterest

Well, readers, that’s about it for me tonight. Hope you’re all having a good week so far. Goodnight!