Wednesday, November 28, 2012


About a year ago I bought a chalkboard at an antique mall.  It was cute and I really thought the color would work well in the house.  After using it for a family menu (that didn't last long since I am a horrible meal planner!), it became more of a quote board.

The chalkboard part was driving me crazy because it just wasn't working well and wasn't dark enough.  So I pulled out the chalkboard spray paint and got to work.

Here is how it looked before I started the transformation.

See how dull the chalkboard part is?  It was also very difficult to write on.

I taped the inner part of the frame.

Then placed newspaper along the edges to cover the wood frame.

It took about 4 light coats of chalkboard spray paint.  Be careful to spray lightly...more coats are better than drips!;-)

Once it was dry (I waited an entire day), I sprayed the frame white.  Lifting up the newspaper left the frame open to paint, but covered the chalkboard part...nice and easy!

 About 3 coats later I ended up with an new look.

I love how the white pops in my newly painted niche!

What do you think?  It is definitely much easier to write on and I am loving white right now so it works for me:-)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dining Table Transformation

The finished project!!  Yippee!
This is how it all started:  I found a table on craigslist that I loved and purchased it for my grandmother.  You can read about it in this post.  It came into my hands within the last year and I had BIG plans for it!:-)  A year ago I started spraying just the legs (yes, I did say a year!)

It took forever...about 5 coats or so on each leg with a finishing coat of Rust-oleum crystal clear enamel glossy finish.  The leg color is Rust-oleum Painters Touch Satin Lagoon.

Once the legs were finished it was onto the next stage...except that it became about 112 degrees here so painting was put on hold until October!  Finally painting weather arrived so I pulled out the table and (even though I was scared to death) decided to finish.

I flipped the top of the table over (after putting the leaf in) realizing I needed to paint the wood next to where the legs attach Satin Lagoon.  I taped around the edge of the underside of the table.  It took about 3 coats for the edges.

Next, I put the legs back on so I could tackle the top of the table.

Not bad!  Now to the fun part...right;-)  I gathered up my supplies and got to work.  Not pictured are my small foam roller and paint brush.

I really hated the thought of sanding so I decided to try Zinsser primer since I have read it works great even without sanding.  We'll see if what they say is really true;-)  Before priming I filled a few scratches with the wood filler.

Once those scratches were filled it was on to the priming.  I did two coats.  But the key is to wait a good length of time between coats...a day worked for me.  It doesn't need to be perfect or cover completely since it will be painted over.

The final steps took forever...really I am not kidding!  I am not very patient, but I was determined not to ruin the table by painting my coats too close together.  Each coat got an entire 24 hours or more to dry.  I don't want to tell you how many coats it took because it's kinda (5 coats)!  I kept seeing the brush marks which was frustrating.  It drove me crazy enough to get out my Floetrol and mixed it into the paint. I used the small foam roller on my last two coats of paint.  Once the paint dried for 2 days (CrAzY!), I applied 2 coats of polyurethane (Varathane interior water based poly-gloss finish).  Satisfaction!!:-) 

It's not perfect, but I do love  how it turned out!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hallway Happiness

About 3 months ago I blogged about our hallway which leads in from our 2 car garage.  You can read about it here.  It's really tight and was not my favorite place so I decided to make some changes!

After the painting and putting up decals, it was on to adding shelving an extra light (since it felt like a dungeon in the hallway...very sad).

I went with white shelves from Ikea.  They are Ekby Hemnes and are very simple, but light and bright.

I held the shelves up and hubby marked exactly where I wanted them.  He measured, then measured again, used the handy dandy drill and walla the shelves were up:-)

I didn't take a picture before I started putting stuff on them (I guess I got a little too excited!).
I. Love. It.  Now it makes me smile:-)

Remember how it used to be?  What a huge difference!

I love the new light too.  Also an Ikea find;-)  It's the Minnen pendant lamp and the price...only $24.99...score!

Our hallway is not very wide so this light works extremely well.  For this installation we had to call in the professionals since there wasn't already a light hanging from the spot I wanted this beauty.  But I love it so much it was well worth it!

It's really difficult to get a good shot in our hallway so I took a few;-)

The hallway is almost done!  Here is an updated list (I should probably do this for every project!):

Paint hallway
Add colorful decals
Mount 2 floating shelves (for added storage)
Add more lighting to hallway (it's very dark in this little niche)
Organize inside of cabinets
Use hooks on opposite wall to hang purses and possibly light jackets
Add art to walls (One wall is done, but not the other side)

I love that I have extra storage space for organizing!  Isn't it a much happier space?:-)