Chalkboard Paint!

Anyone else have trouble with clutter in the kitchen? I have been trying to figure out a way to get organized for a while now; I always have papers, bills, mail, photos, cluttering my center island. I love the look of my stainless appliances however the clean look of the refrigerator does not bode well for the countless magnets and notes that use to gather there. This weekend I was determined to get the clutter under control; enough is enough.
The door from my garage to my kitchen is always a sore spot for me. Always looks dingy, and dirty. Digging through my garage for some inspiration I found a can of chalkboard paint from a previous project and a light bulb went off. The door got a facelift and I got to use up some paint that was collecting dust in my garage. After a few coats of paint and an hour of watching paint dry, my project was complete. I ended up with a giant magnetic chalkboard for my kitchen.
I used Chalkboard Paint by Rust-Oleum this small can has covered two giant picture frames, both sides of the door with some extra to spare for additional projects. You can find this paint any home improvement store. I got this at home depot for just under $10.Chalkboard door
I am horrible at taking pictures of my before… but look at how great the door looks now.

I still have some paint left over, I can’t wait to try some more chalkboard paint ideas. Here are a few that I found on pintrest: I have so many white platters that could be repurposed; this Cheese and Cracker platter idea would be an intersting idea for a parties, not to mention using chalboard paint as a way to identify each guests Wine Glasses. Rather then those wine charms that seem to get lost or forgotten as the night goes on. I am planning a game night soon and might need to spice things up with these great ideas.

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Old Desk Chair Turned New

Another DIY project to help update and fix my house! My grandmother gave me a desk chair as a present before I went off to college. It suited me then, and now it is an eye sore in my house. Tonight’s project was to reupholster that old chair with some new fabric.

Desk Chair- Before

Desk Chair- Before

  • ¾ yard of fabric (mine was hanging out in my drawer)
  • 1 desk chair- again mine was hanging around my house
  • A staple gun
  • A few dozen staples
  • Allen wrench
Desk Chair- After

Desk Chair- After

It took a few minutes to disassemble the chair, just a few screws on the back and base of the chair and then another 45-minute or so to meticulously staple the new fabric back on the frame of the chair. The corners took a bit of time but other than that, the project took less than an hour in total. And when I was done, I had a brand new chair fitting for the guest room in my house.

It’s Okay

Sitting at Caribou coffee on a rainy day, on my third or maybe it is my fourth cup of coffee, I begun reading the paper cup sitting at my table. Marshmallows have no nutritional value, and that’s okay.  I laughed out loud at this, which annoyed the customers in close proximity of me. I don’t know if the high volume of caffeine running through my veins had any impact on the hilarity of this, but I found the lack of logic behind this statement refreshing. I have since adopted the mantra… it’s okay. Continue reading

DIY-Ombré baby dresser

I have been dying to share my progress on a refurbished old dresser that I did for a good friend of mine. Lisa and I have know each other for 18 years since we were in middle school and she is one of the firsts to be expecting her first child!

I fixed up this old dresser to match the nursery and gave it to her at the baby shower! It turned out so amazing! The amazing thing is I found matching night stands and a long version of the dresser in my parents garage! Baby Girl Selby will have a whole set when she needs it.

The dresser needed a good sanding… Which took forever! And being that MN was experiencing its second wave of the polar vortex I needed to take short shift sanding in the garage. I survived without getting frostbite, by taking frequent breaks which included baileys and coffee!

Once the dresser was sanded I painted everything antique white! I picked out a rich light purple called duchess lilac and painted the bottom drawer, I added a little of the antique white and painted the next, a little more white for the third drawer and mostly white with a hint of lilac for the last drawer. After cleaning and spray painting the hardware I assembled the dresser and did some detail work with silver trim ta-da…. the dresser was finished!!!

Everything turned out amazing, and she loved it!

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I am starting a blog…

I am writing a blog. WHAT… I set a goal/new year’s resolution to start writing a blog. Not that I think I have anything earth shattering to share, but I always loved the idea of writing; and a blog seemed like a smaller undertaking than a book (which happens to be on my lifetime bucket list). It is also going to be a huge challenge, I don’t really have time to do this, I have a full time job, a ton of family and friends I don’t see nearly enough and a wedding to plan, I hardly have time to wash my hair and vacuum the house, but I am committing to it. – hold me to it.

I should also share that I am a perfectionist. Not the type that actually gets everything right, but the type that has frequent perfection paralysis- if it is not perfect I am not posting it, and then a month passes and I have 17 half written posts. So anyone that follows be prepared for a lot of work in progress stuff.

So what should you expect- Well this blog is really about me; navigating life and all of my passions, DIY, planning a wedding, organization, cooking, it will really be hodge-podge of stuff. So check back frequently to see how things have evolved.

So, what do I need to know? What should be included and where do I start. Post your comments below, or sent me an email, would love to hear your thoughts.

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