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Chalkboard Labels

5 Sep

I can’t focus on our upcoming party! I have all these grand ideas but I keep getting distracted by my house projects. As I mentioned previously our party is a harvest theme. I decided this long weekend would be all about our party. I have been thinking about our menu and, as any good party planner would agree, you have to make sure to label everything! Espically at our party since we have guests with gluten allergies, vegans, and vegetarians, I don’t want any guest guessing if they can eat something without having a reaction!

I started my search for cute harvest themed labels and came up short. I then thought, “Why not make chalkboard labels?”  Then they can be used over and over again. Of course as with every project I started making these and then got sidetracked and turned my chalkboard labels into kitchen lables.

I had the plain white canisters already and I was about to get rid of them because I just wasn’t  loving them anymore.  They were too boring. Adding these cute chalkboard labels have totally transformed these canisters. Read on to see the step by step tutorial.

Step one: Gather Materials- I luckily already had these labels left over from our wedding so I pulled them out of storage. If you are not like me and don’t have labels just laying around, these can be easily found at any craft store. You will also need a sponge brush, and chalkboard paint.

The only step to follow to the letter! – Paint two coats on the labels, paint one coat horizontally and let dry for 30 minutes then paint vertically. That’s it.  Its super easy!

Then apply to anything. I will be making more of these for my party. In the meantime my kitchen canisters adore them.  If inanimate objects had feelings!

What do you think?

Shabby Chic Window Frame

27 Aug

I had an epic find the other day at a local thrift store!  A four dollar window frame, oh yes, four dollars!! I mean, just on principle alone I had to buy it. I will be the first to admit it I am horrible taking the before picture of anything so you will just have to bare with me and my description. It was really dirty and faded white but I knew right away there was some serious potential in it.

First, I sanded it down and gave it a good wash. At this time I still really had no idea what I was going to do with the window frame but I knew something would come to me. I sanded it down then painted it a light blue/grey.

I finally decided that I was going to turn this old frame into a chalk board key hook.

Next, I sanded down the painted frame to give it a distressed look.

Then I applied chalk-board paint to the outer panes leaving the middle one clear.

Next step is to add the hooks.

Finally I hung this right as you walk into the kitchen from our garage, so it’s easy to hang your keys, write a grocery list, and what have you. I think it’s a pretty good deal for four dollars!

Terracotta Pots- Playful Makeover

10 May

I am loving this new trend of DIY chalkboard paint items for your home. I have a really weird obsession with chalkboards. This is nothing new, however, as when I was in 2nd grade my dad got my sister and I a used classroom size chalkboard and I’d never been more excited! All I wanted after that was perfect long pieces of chalk. I knew I would have to try a chalkboard paint DIY. Spring is here, so what is better than a grade school makeover on Terracotta Pots.

I decided to plant three of my favorite herbs. Below is the final product. I love this idea because I do not have a green thumb and as hard as I try my plants usually die, yet I keep trying. With the chalkboard pots I can just erase the herb and start over!

To recreate these yourself here is what you need to know:

Supplies- Terracotta pots, chalkboard paint, other exterior paint colors, thick cardstock paper, and sponge paint brushes.

1.Gather all your supplies, this is a two day DIY since you want to make sure the paint is really dry. 2. I drew a template that I wanted to use as a stencil for painting on the chalkboard paint. 3. Paint your first coat on the pots. I decided to do two cream and one a solid chalkboard. You will have to do several coats. 4. I decided the pots looked too plain so I painted a bright yellow to peek out from the inside of the pot and a light blue. 5. After the pots are dry, tape on the stencil then paint the chalkboard paint on the stencil. 6. The outcome is colorful pots with cute, little chalkboard signs.

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