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! 🙂

Flirtin’ with the Curtains

We have a large span of windows in our living room – 168 inches to be exact (14 feet!). We spent a lot of time deliberating how to make curtains work in our living room since the mini-blinds remind me of a rather dreary college dorm. Also, our apartment’s moulding is a nursery school blue: the baseboards, the frames around doors and closets…yes, blue everywhere. Curtains would be nice 🙂

We shopped around for a while online, went to Wal-Mart, Target, TJ Maxx (you never know what you’ll find), but finally decided to make the trek to Ikea. Ikea’s about 45 mins away from us but the trip is always worth it! My husband and I always make a fun date out of it when we go there.

In order to have enough curtains to cover our 3 big windows, we had to buy two sets of 98 inchers which are hard to find elswhere. But Ikea sold the ones we wanted for $24.99/set. Then we got 2 sets of curtain rods (these were $10 each), ditched the dinky rod ends that came with the set and snagged a bigger pair.

The curtains are just barely long enough (we have 9.5 ft. ceilings) but they do the job.

Picture time!

Setting up Ikea Curtains

We thought the process of setting them up would be tricky, but it went rather smoothly!

wrinkled curtains

They were a little wrinkled coming out of the package but after struggling to iron one big curtain for over half an hour (it’s a long process!), I gave up and sprayed some water on them to see if they would unwrinkle with a little gravity.

The next day they looked a lot better, but having them completely closed reminded me of a sketchy funeral home (“Whoa! It’s wicked dahk in hyeah!” Colby yelled one morning) so we tried this:

Ikea curtains hung

Now it feels more homey and now we can wave to our friends at Miguel Angel Barber Shop!

views outside our window

Did you notice the lantern on our coffee table? Yeah, we got that when we bought our curtains, along with a mirror. And a plant. And hangers. Oh and chocolate and a hot dog. That place is dangerous.

Ikea Candle Lantern

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?

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

 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 on 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!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Valentines Day

My husband Colby is coming back tomorrow night! The back story to that is he’s been gone since Jan. 8 when he got a new job and had to go to sales training in Chicago. It’s like a 6 week training program so obviously I’m ready to have him home again.

Thankfully I was able to fly out there and see him  the weekend of the 20th so it hasn’t been too long since we’ve seen each other.

In honor of him coming home, and because he won’t be able to be here for Feb. 14th (he has to go back to Chicago for 5 more days next week) I wanted to brighten the living room up a little bit and add some red & pink here and there.

On Saturday, aside from just exploring the many interesting places one can explore in Lynn, I was really on a mission to find cute pink/red fabric and some ribbon. I got a little bit of both, but didn’t have much time tonight to do a whole lot (I’m sleepy!). Have I mentioned I don’t really sew? I was thinking of making bunting with the fabric but I haven’t gotten around to that just yet… So really, I just bought the cheapest coffee beans I could find, put them in a plain vase, added a tea light candle, and tied a ribbon around the vase. Then I rearranged the random knick knacks on our bookshelf in the living room and lit a bunch of candles. It’s not much, but it’s okay for now.

coffee beans/candle

Trash and Treasures…. thrift stores & flea markets

I’ve always wanted to go to a flea market. I’ve heard many great things (and some bad):

  • You can bargain with people (definitely takes me back to my days in the Congo!)
  • You can find very random things you might not have known you were looking for
  • You can find great deals
  • You can people watch….
Those were enough reasons for me today!

I was on a shopping trip to Wal Mart today for a few Valentines-y things I wanted. In the parking lot next to my Wal Mart, there’s a  giant lot called the Lynnway Mart. They have an indoor area filled with lots of little shops (but I’ve never been inside to be honest… I’ve only heard about it!) and then they have a big parking lot (full every weekend) where people set up tables and set up shop.

Full parking lot:lynnway mart parking lot

Yes, they had boxes and boxes of junk…. of course I saw hundreds of pirated DVDs, knock-off fashion accessories, etc.

Now, I wasn’t very hopeful going in…. I left my wallet in the car, kept some cash in my pocket, and walked around. I was surprised to find quite a few things I would have liked to bring home. Some of the furniture looked decent enough, and I’m sure I could have bargained and gotten a better price than Zimman’s would have given me… 🙂 But I’m not gonna lie. I did see a lot of stuff that looks like someone found in a dumpster and brought it to the market. Most everything seemed covered in a layer of dust…. and there were bins and bins of just pure junk. There was even a guy selling tires!

Yes, it felt very developing world-ish, but I wasn’t bothered at all, … no one was pushy, which made me happy.

I found one friendly Boston man selling some stuff that almost looked vintage or antique. When I started picking things up and asking him for the price, everything I asked him got the answer “That’s five dollahs.”

“–and what about this?”

“Same thing, five dollahs for that one too.”

I was happy to leave his table with a little wooden art case and a rusty kettle. For 5 dollahs each.

This is a “Vintage ‘aht’ box” the guy explained:

art box

Haha, right… not sure if this can be considered “vintage” yet!artist box

On my way home, since I was on a “shop for junk” kick, I stopped at the tiny Salvation Army store in Central Square. I got lucky there too! I found a neat oil lantern for $6 and a dark metal lamp (without a shade but I’ll get one eventually) for $7.99!

kettle, art case, lantern

That’s what a good day feels like. 🙂

lantern