Love our new chalkboard wall! Easy project to do in an afternoon and adds a really cute and customized touch to a kitchen.
How-to: 1) Tape the wall with masking tape. 2) Use a small Walls & Ceilings paint roller to primer the wall with any standard primer. I used 1-2-3 Primer. 3) Wash and use the same Walls & Ceilings paint roller with the Benjamin Moore Chalkboard paint in Black. I had to do 2 coats of the Chalkboard paint. Let dry about an hour in between coats 4) Go in with a small paintbrush to get the edges and make sure everything is covered. 5) Apply the decal following the instructions provided
Enzo is of course supervising the project…
The decal is from a wonderful seller on Etsy: RunWildVinylDesigns. Kelly made it custom for me from a photo that I sent to her. I’m sure if you attach one of these photos to your order, she could do the same for you quite easily.
Top 10 must-have decorations that work for every holiday. All of these things and ideas are in neutral shades and are easily customizable for any occasion. It’s always great to have these in your drawer for impromptu celebrations or when you didn’t have a chance to plan ahead and decorate. Above all, everything is fairly compact and easy to store…yet creates a big impact and looks like you were planning all week.
This Theatre of Dreams Garland from Paper Source is great because it has tons of letters to make any sign you like. It will look like you had a sign custom made for just that occasion!
3. Starry String Lights
Love these! These Restoration Hardware Starry String lights are super versatile and come in 6 different sizes. They are on a thin wire and run on a little battery pack so you can put them absolutely anywhere…including outside. Just throw them in a cool jar or hang around the window, mirror or table for instant, gorgeous ambiance!
Adding paper straws will make a pitcher of anything look extra inviting and delicious.
6. Votive candles
I always have lots of tealight candles on hand. It’s the easiest and cheapest way to create a really nice ambiance. The above Crate & Barrel Elsa candle holders can be customized for any holiday too. Valentine’s Day? Drop in some candy hearts. Halloween? Drop in some plastic spiders. Done and done!
7. Wrapping Paper Runners
Wrapping paper makes a great custom last-minute table runner. Best part is that you can just reuse or recycle it when you’re done.
I always keep lots of ribbons from Michael’s on hand. They make it very easy to customize for every holiday and match any color scheme.
10. Gold confetti paper placemat
This Confetti Paper placemats pad is really convenient. You just tear off a sheet and you’re all set. They look really nice under appetizer dishes and cheese platters. As a bonus, they are great for kid doodles.
Enjoy! Hope these ideas help make your life a bit easier and little more fabulous!
If you’re looking for a cute kid’s room customization, try out a DIY growth chart. I used acrylic paint, which worked great (Liquitex BASICS).
First step is to sketch a light outline in pencil on the wall. Then fill it in with the light orange base color. Let it dry for a few hours. I had to go back in and do a second coat to make sure all parts were covered. Then add in the spots, eyes, nose and personality. Don’t forget the cute little extras like little bugs and bees, which make it extra cute.
This is a really fun Felt Play Board project that I made a while ago for baby Lena and have been wanting to share for a while. She loves playing with her board and it’s great to keep updating it and adding on new characters and pieces that she is interested in at the time. She was pretty excited to get a moon and stars along with a bike and car for Christmas.
It’s very easy to make and working mommy approved because you can work on it at night while watching a movie….which everyone knows is when I do most of my projects.
I used a Styrofoam board because it’s nice and light and can be easily moved around. I clipped it to the chalk side of her Melissa & Doug easel with the little clips that come with the easel. That gives it a nice angle for the pieces to stick on well. You can get all of these materials at Michael’s.
– Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (This one is the best as it sticks well and also allows the felt to move without making the farbic stiff. Plus it’s only about $2)
– Small fabric scissors (I thought those were easiest to use, but you can use any that you have around)
Some ideas and inspiration…
Felt family (her favorite :))
Fun props and accessories:
If you have a lot of felt left over, you could try some fun social pillows. These are my work pillows so I didn’t make them, but I love them and I feel like they would be pretty easy to make with some extra felt and a sewing machine.
We have officially started on our many DIY projects since moving into our new home. It’s so nice to finally own a place that we can work on and customize. We sure do love our projects so hope that you enjoy these initial before & after photos.
First order of business was the garage. It was in pretty bad shape as you can see below and we really wanted to clean it up before moving all of our stuff in. The walls were really damaged, the floor had cracks and these was just a bunch of junk in there and falling down tables. Ryan did a TON of work on it over a couple weeks timeframe. He demoed it all, filled in the cracks, sanded down the floors, got some help with the drywall, painted the floor and walls and finished up with some nice trim.
Love this blank canvas! Next project is some garage organization.
Next order of business was the closets, which I really wanted to organize and make useable. They didn’t really have any shelf space and also had bulky wood sliding doors, which make the closet pretty hard to access and much smaller. Have to say I’m pretty happy with how Lena’s closet has turned out!
It’s mainly from Ikea….Kallax shelving unit ($65) with Kvarnvik square grey boxes, matching Kvarnvik round boxes and yellow and pink square boxes. The boxes are super useful and make it really easy for Lena to access her toys and also for Mom to clean them up and get everything out of the way. Working on clean up next for sure ;). White Merete curtains are also from ikea ($30).
Love the nice children’s hangers from the Container Store and these S Hooks are very handy and nice to use for hanging up jackets.
This SVIRA Ikea hanging organizer is really nice for the extra stuff you want to keep out of the way.
Last project for now is the outdoor bench that really needed some TLC.
Still don’t know how I feel about fabric and will probaly change it, but at least it’s nice and clean. Stay tuned for more projects that are on the way!!
This pumpkin idea looks really nice and is much easier and quicker to make than regular carving. They look really fun and bright at night too…and are kind of unique!
How-To (& a few tips):
1. Cut a nice wide top to the pumpkin so that you can reach in easily. I did angled squares so that the tops don’t fall in.
2. Remove the insides well. A large flat ice cream scoop spoon worked really well.
3. Think of the type of design you want on the pumpkin. I drew out the first design, but thought it was more fun to just go with the flow and improvise the others as I started drilling. You can make dots with a dry erase marker so that you can easily wipe any extras off after.
4. Drill out the holes using a handheld drill and a few sizes of attachment.
5. I washed my pumpkins afterwards to clean off the shavings. I don’t believe they last as long this way so you can also just wipe them off with a towel.
Lena had fun helping me make glitter pumpkins, which are definitely a much more baby friendly activity (if you don’t mind using up all your glitter 😉 ). Just apply a bit of Elmer’s Glue and brush it down the pumpkin. Then sprinkle on the glitter.