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! 🙂

Upcycled Candlesticks

I hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend! It was so nice to have a 3-day weekend just to spend around here and not have to do too much. Since I had a little extra time on my hands I finally was able to tackle a small project I have been planning since I spotted these candlesticks in a thrift store down the street. This is probably the easiest craft you will ever find so brace yourself.

I got the idea after I did this little dessert stand project here. All you need is some spray paint and a few cheap candlesticks!

Black painted candlesticks

Not super interesting, but I saw their potential 🙂 …I think I spent $3 on both of them so not only is this an easy project, but it’s easy on your wallet too!

All you need to do is spray paint them with Frosted Glass paint (after they’re clean and dry of course), let them dry an hour or so (I let them sit a little longer just to be sure, but I’m sure they’d be fine in 20 mins as long as the coat isn’t super thick), then spray paint them in the fun color of your choice!

I went with classic black paint since it will match everything, but it’d be fun to do some cute neon colors for the summer… I’ll have to go pick some fun colors up and do more of this 🙂 Candles everywhere!!

Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Here are a few of my favorite things I’ve been seeing on blogs lately.

Enjoy!

Going Green

 

1. Adorable garland

2. Irish Coffee in the morning 🙂

3. Green Sugar Cookies

4. Rag Wreath

5. Free party printables

6. Andes Mint Cupcakes … these look good any day!

7. Harpoon Celtic Ale

8. Stout Ice Cream Float! I’d like one now, Martha!

9. Etsy Kiss Me Banner

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 called 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. 🙂

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

 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!

Crafty Night: Tea, Valentines, and Downton Abbey!

Today was a good day. We went to church and taught the 1st graders and then on our way home, we stopped at one of my favorite spots near Lynn.

KANE’S DONUTS! Not many people I know know about this place because it’s in Saugus,…but if you are ever driving near there and are around Route 1, it’s worth a trip!

Kanes Donuts

My favorite place for doughnuts used to be Krispy Kreme… when you can go to one of those ones that serves them HOT! Well, there aren’t any Krispy Kremes nearby so Kane’s is my place. It’s full of locals, it’s got a huge assortment of doughnuts, muffins, giant coffee rolls, coffee of course, etc…. You walk in and you feel like you stepped into a cute diner from the 50’s. I love it, so I make Colby take me there from time to time. 🙂 Today we couldn’t just get one doughnut each, so we got 3 and split all of them in half when we got home. So much for trying to start eating healthier!!

kane's doughnuts

I just sat down to watch the Grammy’s and wait for Downton Abbey to start. I’m a huge music fan but it’s been a really long time since I’ve sat down and watched some of the Grammy’s…. I think I’ll try to watch an hour while I drink some tea and make a few Valentines…. then at 9:00 I’ll turn it over to some Masterpiece Theater!

Colby went back to Chicago today so I’m just chilling out tonight. Thankfully, this time, the husband will only be gone til Friday night. After that he starts his actual work and he won’t have to be traveling overnight very much anymore. YAY!

Here’s what’s on my coffee table (and will be spread all over the living room floor) tonight:

Valentine Craft Suppliestea to go along with the crafts

[later] the finished products:

homemade valentines