CHALK PAINT NIGHTSTAND

I have been seeing things painted with chalk paint all over Pinterest and finally had to see what all the hype is about. I had a nightstand that my mother-in-law had given us with a set of furniture for our spare bedroom. Since I turned our spare bedroom into an office, I had some homeless furniture.  I needed a little more storage in my office, so thought this was the perfect opportunity to make a chalk paint nightstand.

Here is the “before.”  The nightstand is a solid piece but didn’t match any of our decors.  To give it an update to match my office decor, I decided on some new pulls and a new paint job.  Hobby Lobby has a pretty awesome selection of pulls and they put them on sale for half off regularly.

I found a recipe to make your own chalk paint at Live Love DIY and decided to use that.  To make your own chalk paint, mix 5 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris with 2 cups of matte interior paint and 2 tablespoons of water. Combine the ingredients and stir well. It’s okay if it’s a little lumpy. The paint will even out when you brush it on.

A couple of great things about using this chalk paint are that it goes on beautifully without the need to sand and it dries quickly.  Making your own makes the color choices endless.  If they can mix it as an interior paint at your local home improvement store, you can choose it.  Clean up is very easy, too!

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First, I took out the drawers and took off the pulls.  Then I lightly sanded that area because there was a little dent where the old ones had been.

Wipe off any dust or cobwebs, then paint away!  {I applied two coats of paint.}

When you paint with chalk paint, it is recommended that you finish with a wax coat.  It is suggested that you apply a coat of wax to your piece yearly.  You can buy a wax specifically made for chalk paint (I picked some up at the paint counter at Home Depot) or you can use Minwax. Make sure your paint is completely dry, then use a *lint-free* cloth to apply the wax.  Then simply buff it and you will have a nice seal and subtle sheen.

Once you are all done with your paint and wax, put on the new knobs.

Place the drawers back into the nightstand and admire your new, custom piece!

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NAIL & STRING CROSS

A while back I pinned a heart made out of nails and string on Pinterest.  I loved the rustic simplicity of it, but hadn’t had an opportunity to apply the method to a piece of art until now!

I made this nail & string cross art for my office where I do my daily reading.  You can apply this method to any shape you’d like!

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE YOUR OWN STRING AND NAIL ART:

  •  a piece of wood
  • a print out of the shape you’d like to make
  • nails (small with heads)
  • string
  • a hammer
  • paint pen

When choosing nails for this project, small finishing nails would work well.  Choose nails that have heads on them so that the string doesn’t pop off.  I chose a little bigger nail because I wanted to incorporate some of my grandpap’s nails into this project.

He passed away a few years ago and my grandma had to move out of their house last year.  When she did, she offered my grandpap’s tools to my husband.  He had made this huge tower of drawers by hand many years ago that is 16 drawers high by 4 drawers across.  It was full of all kinds of nails, washers, nuts, and bolts, etc. My husband rehomed the tower of drawers to our garage and I chose some from there to use on my project.

Once I had decided to make a cross shape for my project, I looked for one to print out to use as a guide for the nails.  I found this one, which was perfect and already had dots that I could use as a guide to place my nails!  You can get it here and print it for free!

Once you print your shape and adjust the size using a copier, tape it to the wood in the position you like.  Then start hammering in your nails, using spacing that you like.  It will work just fine if you space them a little farther than I did.  I chose this spacing because there were already dots on the template.

NAIL & STRING CROSS 1

It may not look like it, but there are a lot of dots on that paper…which means a lot of hammering nails.  I did this project throughout the day and in between another project, so I took little breaks in between hammering.

Hammer the nails right through the paper and once you have all of your nails in, carefully tear the paper away.

Now it’s time to add the string!  I chose a multi-colored string and white string.  To start, tie a knot around one of the nails.  Then randomly wrap the string around nails back and forth.  This will start to fill in your shape.

Be sure to hold the string snugly to prevent it from coming undone.

I picked this string up near the embroidery floss.  I did not use embroidery floss because it is made up of several strands that would probably get all knotted up.  This string is made up of a single strand, so I didn’t have to worry about keeping it together when wrapping it around the nails.

You can do as many layers as you’d like depending on how much you’d like your shape to be filled in.  I did a colored layer, a white layer and then another colored layer for a total of three layers.

There was a space left at the bottom of my cross, so I decided to add the word faith to balance it out.  You can freehand your word or you can print it out using a font that you like.

If printing your word, tape it onto the wood in the position that you like.  Then use a pencil to trace over the word.  The point of the pencil will make a small indent into the wood.  When you remove the printed word, you should see the outline of the letters.

Use a paint pen to paint the word onto the wood.  This wood really soaked up the paint, so I went over it a few times until it was the shade I wanted.

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HANG AND ENJOY!

DIY CUSTOM BULLETIN BOARD

I AM VERY EXCITED TO START POSTING HERE ON THE NEW SITE!  THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY!

I am getting ready to make the transition back into the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for the past several years.  Part of this transition includes getting my home office together.

The colors for the office will be navy, white and pink, so you will see that theme in some of the upcoming projects.  When doing your project, you will choose which colors and patterns you like best for your space!  That’s what I love so much about DIY projects.  You can customize things to your exact taste and specifications.

TODAY’S PROJECT INVOLVES TAKING AN ORDINARY OFFICE BULLETIN BOARD AND TRANSFORMING IT INTO A DECORATIVE AND FUNCTIONAL PIECE.  WE WILL BE MAKING A DIY CUSTOM BULLETIN BOARD.

To make this bulletin board you will need a standard office bulletin board (mine was given to me for free), fabric to cover the bulletin board, decorative thumbtacks (the ones shown are from the Dollar Store), a hot glue gun, scissors, and flowers or other decorative accents of your choice.

DIY CUSTOM BULLETIN BOARD 1

 

THIS WAS A PRETTY EASY PROJECT AND I WAS ABLE TO COMPLETE IT START TO FINISH IN ABOUT AN HOUR.

The bulletin board shown here is 24 inches by 36 inches. One yard of fabric covered it perfectly. If your bulletin board is a different size, make sure that you buy enough fabric to overhang each side by about six inches.

Tip:  Iron the fabric before you get started to remove the creases the best that you can.

Then line up the fabric using the pattern as a guide to make sure it is straight. If you choose a solid fabric, even easier!  You won’t have to worry so much about the pattern is straight.

Once you have your fabric lined up, determine the spacing for the thumbtacks. You can do a mathematical equation of some sort to make sure they are perfectly spaced or you can use the fabric pattern as your guide. I used the points of the chevrons as a guide for the thumbtack placement.

After you are finished placing the thumbtacks along the top, carefully smooth out the fabric and repeat the process along the bottom, being careful to smooth out any bumps in the fabric. Just leave the excess fabric to hang for now.

When adding the thumbtacks to the sides of the bulletin board, it didn’t work out that I could use the points of the chevron pattern as a guide. In order to have some uniformity, I measured the distance between the tacks along the top and bottom and used that same spacing for the tacks on the sides. Again, make sure that you are smoothing the fabric as you go along. If it starts to bunch up, simply remove the last few thumbtacks, smooth the fabric and start again.

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When all of the thumbtacks are in place, it should look something like this:

Once the fabric is secured in place with the thumbtacks, it is time to fold the fabric over the frame and secure it to the back.  If you have a lot of extra fabric, you can cut it so that there is just enough to cover the frame and hot glue it to the back of the bulletin board.

I made a diagonal cut at each corner so that the fabric folded neatly at the corners and there wasn’t too much bulk on the back of the board.  Too much fabric may cause the bulletin board to hang away from the wall.

Once the fabric is neatly folded over, put a line of hot glue along the edges of the fabric so that the fabric adheres to the back of the bulletin board.  Take care to leave the hangers on the back of the bulletin board exposed if you intend to use them for hanging your new custom board.

Once that is done, the only thing left to do is to embellish your bulletin board with some decorative accents.  Simply use hot glue to adhere them in a position that you like.

And that’s it!  You get a big bang for your buck with this project.  It is an easy and inexpensive way to customize your space in about an hour!

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MINI BEDROOM MAKEOVER

I have been looking for a new comforter for our bedroom for months. That is pretty frustrating for me because when I am ready to change something, I usually have a pretty good idea of what I’m going for and make a decision/purchase fairly easily.

The problem this time was the color of our bedroom walls. They are kind of an orange-Y color. I like the color, but it really limited my options when it came to comforters. Ones that were predominately white were nice and crisp and matched, but my husband reminded me that they probably wouldn’t stay that way long with animals (and kids) in the house.

I don’t mind painting, but there are a couple of other rooms I’d like to paint before I repaint ours. So the search went on.  After lots of looking around and a couple of returns, one day in Kohl’s, I found a comforter that I loved. This one below is not it, but a second choice. The one that I really loved was very plain and you had to buy everything individually. We also liked this one and it came with everything…for about half the price. So we decided to take it home to test it out.

Lo and behold!  We both liked it!  But now the other decorations we had going on in there weren’t working.  We had had those decorations for a long time and decided to just do a mini bedroom makeover.

Bed Room Pillows

So I went to Hobby Lobby for some inspiration.  Luckily, that day both their frames and big letters were on sale for 50% off.  I picked up some frames and some letters and laid out a design on the floor at the store.

The frames I originally picked were white and ornate. I liked them and my husband did, too, but I thought the room was getting way too girly, so I exchanged them for the ones made from reclaimed wood, which I ended up liking better anyway. I also picked up a vinyl quote to add below because, well, I like words and quotes.

The first thing to do was to break out the level, hammer, and nails and decide on spacing for the frames.

Next, the letters needed to be hung. I hung the frames, but I asked my husband to hang the letters. The holes on the back were all uneven and he is much better with that sort of thing. I’m more of an eyeballer and he’s more of a measurer. I’d go with the measuring route when hanging the letters. He was willing so I let him roll with it.

bed room letters

He did a great job!

Everything was coming together nicely and it was time to add the vinyl quote as the finishing touch. This time I measured and leveled.

Once it was in place, I wiped it down with a warm cloth and slowly peeled the paper away. I went with the verse “This is my beloved, this is my friend.” ~Song of Solomon 5:16

Update:  A reader brought it to my attention that the verse reference Song of Solomon 5:36 shown in the picture is incorrect. The correct reference is 5:16. I have no idea why it is being sold with the incorrect verse number on it. I will be peeling that part off! Thanks, Ana, for bringing that to my attention!

We also changed out our dark, heavy curtains for crisp white linen ones from IKEA.

And there you have it! Our mini bedroom makeover.

bed room quotes