Creative DIY at "It's Nothing A Little Paint Can't Fix"

Meet:  Gloria. Her blog name is a DIY girl’s mantra! Right?!

“Hi! I’m Gloria and started blogging in January. It’s been an awesome push to get projects done, there is ALWAYS something to do! I love your blog so much! I’ve found so much inspiration on here and hope maybe some others can find some from my work too!”

Gloria likes Shiny Things (me too!)…a sparkly crystal handle holder:

Becomes a pretty hallway light.  Easy. DIY. Glam. (Yes I did just jump out of my chair to see if my candle holder would work as a light cover!)

Love the stripes too!
And speaking of GLAM!  This was Gloria’s closet before…
Dreamy after!  (See more pictures of her glamorous organization at “Closets are Rooms Too“)…
And speaking of organization, that leads to the transformation story of this monster…
 big and beautiful
Stylish Craft Organization:
 More pictures and details here.
Hi Gloria!  Welcome to blogging!  Thanks so much for sharing your DIY creativity!  I love what you’ve done and I look forward to seeing more!
Want to “meet” Gloria too?  You can find her at 
You’ll be able to see….
pretty pictures
 inspiring decorating
a beautiful home tour and before/after projects with more on the way – hurray!
awesome DIY
Tell her I said “helloooooo”!
Enjoy the weekend!

Kitchen Progress and a "Help Me Decorate My Kitchen" Poll

I thought I’d get the painting done in one day.  I can usually knock out painting a room in 1/2 a day.  WRONG!  There is so much more cutting in and edging in our kitchen than a standard room.  I am sore. But I’m also happy!  One coat down.  One to go. 

I had the pleasure of trying True Value‘s Easy Care Platinum – Paint and Primer in One.  
The True Value in Slippery Rock, PA has awesome customer service!
I was skeptical.  I love my high priced paint and with redoing the kitchen, I was prepared to buy my favorite brand.  It’s a kitchen – one important room where paint quality really matters. Mr. DIY’s domain (“D” stands for disastrous. BEST FOOD/BEST Messes.)  But I figured I’d give it a try.  It’s just paint and if I didn’t like it, I’d tell you and re-paint.  However, I’m going to tell you that I was pleasantly surprised!  For an affordable $27.99 a gallon – this paint is amazing!

Old color:  Benjamin Moore “Palisades Park” eggshell finish (a pretty sage/pine color) but with the remodel, I wanted a completely new fresh look.  

New color:  Easy Care “Old Fashioned” satin finish (a light blue/gray that depending on the light, looks light blue-green or light blue-gray).  I LOVE the new color.  It looks beautiful with our newly painted cabinets, new Jet Mist granite and marble backsplash. It’s exactly what I wanted. It looked ‘white’ going on but dries darker to a beautiful shade of blue/gray. 

Coverage? These pictures are just the one coat. I could get away with one coat and call it “done”. Except there are a few spots where I must have been stretching the paint thin and the green shows through brush strokes so I will do a second coat just for the sake of doing 2 coats/knowing it’s 100% perfect.  Second coat goes faster than the first anyway, right?!

Isn’t it pretty?  It’s perfect for showing off some reclaimed barnwood going in the room and our new distressed medium-tone bamboo floors (coming in June). 

AFTER (Yes…small pantry closet is gone! So is the vinyl flooring!)
You can see the “Old Fashioned” wall color in the back ground of the pictures below.  So, now I’m choosing the overall feel and accent colors. I have a farmhouse style.  We’ve made up my mind but I’m curious to see what you think of the choices I created to choose from.  Please vote below for your favorite! (Click here if you’re reading in your reader or email if you’re interested in voting.)  I might be persuaded to change my mind.  I’m indecisive like that.   

Option 1 – Light Aqua/Blue & Green

Option 2 – Light Aqua/Red

Option 3 – BOTH!  Combine it all!
Option 4 – Neither. 
Something completely different. 
Which would you choose?  
Have you tried the Easy Care brand paint?  
What do you think? 

Earthy Essentials Party – Contest and Highlights

The DIY Club Anniversary Celebration is still going on through Saturday, April 30th.  Have you had a chance to check out the creative links in each party?  Here are some fun and inspiring EARTHY ESSENTIALS projects to get you motivated. You can find all of these projects linked up in the linky below (find the image and visit the link for the original post full of details, tutorial and more pictures).

{ burlap }
{ jute/twine }
{ drop cloth }
{ canvas }
{ linen }
An Earthy Essentials themed party!  “RUSTIC ELEGANT COUPLE’S SHOWER”
One lucky Earthy Essentials party participant at The DIY Show Off will win a fabulous prize pack from the generous folks at Canvas Corp. – so many fun products to spark creativity and a blog full of TONS of crafty inspiration. 
Psst. Guess what! There’s a Canvas Corp. Burlap Party going on as well!
Here are the items in the Canvas Corp. Earthy Essentials Prize Package valued at $95! Imagine adding this awesome selection to your craft stash:

Stretched Canvas 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 4″x4″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 12″x12″ {1}
Stretched Burlap 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Burlap 6″x6″ {1}
Mini Canvas Triangles {3}
Mini Canvas Tags {3}
Mini Canvas Heart {3}
Mini Canvas Round {3}
Mini Canvas Diamond {3}
Mini Canvas Star {3}
Canvas Round {5}
Canvas Rectangle {3}
Burlap Triangle {3}
Burlap Tag {2}
Mini Burlap Square {3}
Mini Burlap Round {3}
Mini Burlap Heart {3}
Mini Burlap Star {3}
Mini Burlap tag {3}
Mini Burlap Triangle {3}
Mini Clothespins black {1pk}
Mini Clothespins red {1pk}
Clothespins white {1pk}
Jute Rope
Jute Rope Light Natural
The DIY Show Off

Party Details:
DATES: Party is open April 16-30, 2011.

TO ENTER: Link up as many of your own new or old BURLAP, CANVAS, LINEN, JUTE AND TWINE DIY related posts using the linky below.

ELIGIBILITY TO WIN OR BE FEATURED:  Be a follower and include the Earthy Essentials party button in each linked post. 

PRIZE: 1 randomly drawn winner will be selected from the eligible posts to receive the Canvas Corp. prize package (shown above).

***This linky is for projects using ONLY the following materials:  CANVAS, BURLAP, LINEN, TWINE, JUTE.  See you Sunday for the DIY Project Parade – open to all DIY projects. If you notice your link has been deleted – check to be sure you’re linking to the correct party. This linky is for Earthy Essentials ONLY.  🙂 Link DIY projects not related to Earthy Essentials to the DIY Project Parade.  
This party is only 1 of 4 celebrating the 1 year anniversary of The DIY Club. Check out the daily giveaways at The DIY Club site and link up to the other 3 parties hosted by my fellow DIY Club friends…

***Psst.  Don’t forget about the WORD WHIPPED GIVEAWAY (enter here)

Word Whipped Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed.
We are excited to have a wonderful giveaway today! Word Whipped is a fabulous etsy shop full of solid wood, hand painted and vinyl typography signs! You can find everything from classic subway art, to family rules signs, “keep calm” signs, and they even make CUSTOM signs! The gal making these signs is Holly – a stay at home mom with a passion for WORDS!

Lucky for you, Holly is offering not one, but 
TWO(2!) $30 gift certificates 
to ANYTHING in her shop to two lucky DIY Show Off readers!!! You’ll want to tell your friends about this one.

Here are just a few of the signs to choose from at Word Whipped:

Here’s how to Enter: Leave a comment for each of the following!
FIRST ENTRY (mandatory) – First visit her shop and leave a comment letting me know which sign is your favorite!
SECOND ENTRY– Visit her Facebook page and become a fan, don’t forget to say Hello and let her know where you’re from!
THIRD ENTRY– Facebook, Tweet, Blog about the giveaway.
Giveaway starts Wed., 4/27 and ends Monday, 5/2 at midnight EST.  Winner will be drawn randomly and announced shortly after.  Winning comment must be an entry as listed above.  Please remember to include your email address in your entry if you cannot be reached via your blog. Open to US residents only.

If you’re reading in your reader or email…click WORD WHIPPED GIVEAWAY to enter!

DIY with Blue Velvet Chair

I’m a big fan of Roeshel and her work over here at The DIY Showoff – and I regularly crash her link parties – so I’m thrilled to be visiting as a guest blogger today and showcasing my latest before/after DIY project. My name is Mike, short for Michael, and I love to recycle, repurpose, and relove.

A few weeks ago I posted a Sneak Peek of several junk pieces treasures that I had picked up over the weekend – with plans swirling around in my head. I’ve since used the hubcaps to start my outside Happy Hubcap Wall Garden, the old planks of wood are waiting patiently to see what new life I have in store for them, and I finally finished a DIY refurbish for the funky little chandelier of my dreams.

We moved into our “1970s and I need a total renovation to bring me into this century” house nearly 3 years ago – and our first attempt at a dining room light was simply to use the small pink glass chandelier that came with the house. It just didn’t fit the space, so that little cutie was moved to my daughter’s room and you’ll get peek at that in a future showoff of her redesigned little space. Then, I picked up a “I need a lot of work” 12-armed brass lamp fixture with “great potential” at the thrift store…which then hung in our dining room for the past 2 years…untouched and without lamp shades. When my hubby started to express his concern that our 12-armed lamp was not environmentally friendly (bless the Swedes for their green living), I officially started the hunt for the ideal lamp to hang over our family meals and fill the central hub of our home with light. That’s when I stumbled across my funky little glass bauble diva online and was hoping-hoping-hoping that it hadn’t been sold yet. Thank you Lady Luck!

So, here she is in all her before and after glory.  I call her Lulu (and I hope that I’m not the only one that names my projects).

Look at how a little paint and TLC helps her shine!

If you would like to see the full deconstruct-reconstruct for Lulu, hop on over to my place at Blue Velvet Chair for more images that document a new life for this little diva.

Hope to see you soon!
Blue Velvet Chair

Additional Kitchen Workspace?

I’m painting the kitchen this week! More on that soon but we’re also ready to think about our kitchen island.  Our kitchen doesn’t currently have one, but there’s enough room and I can seem myself sitting in there talking to Mr. DIY while he cooks dinner, listening to the details of his day.  He’d also like to have a kitchen work table to provide more workspace and storage.  My morning multi-tasking of eating breakfast and checking emails would certainly be more easily balanced at a kitchen island than in the living room on the love seat.  Ever try to eat with one hand, hold a steady hot cup of tea with one hand, click and type with one or two hands and play mug guard with one hand (safe from kitten jumps)?  Wait, how many hands is that?  I’ve mastered the multi-tasking with only 2 hands but sitting in the kitchen where the sun comes in through the French doors would be more motivating not to mention, easier.
Being DIY’ers, building our own is an option although we’ve never built anything ‘substantial’ in the way of furniture yet but buying might be a option. Here is my favorite kitchen island inspiration. I’d love to build it ourselves using reclaimed wood. 
Looking at ‘inspiration’ and ‘window shopping’ is dangerous! How many kitchen carts are too many? (Looking around at the foot stool/ottoman/bench addiction…no such thing AFD (accent furniture disorder), right?)
This kitchen island is a perfect match for our dining room chairs…
Hillsdale Wilshire Kitchen Island with 2 Stools in Antique White
How cute is this one for a small kitchen?
Home Styles Woodbridge Two Tier Kitchen Island and Stools Set in White and Oak

While looking for inspiration, I came across this kitchen cart which would be awesome on the patio for beside Mr. DIY’s Big Green Egg (his other love of his life).  Pretty and functional! Great Father’s Day gift idea. 🙂

John Boos Cucina Culinarte Butcher Block Kitchen Island Cart
Do you have a kitchen island? Is it a huge built-in permanent fixture or a movable cart?  Do you love having an open floor space or are you happy with the extra work space and the seating that an island provides? Inquiring minds (of two specific DIY kitchen renovators) want to know! 🙂 

Kitchen Makeover at The Nest on the Hill

We started our kitchen makeover last fall. Last FALL! And we’re only 1/2 way there. So it’s a little obvious to you by now that I’m obsessed with kitchen transformations.  I can barely hit the link fast enough when I see a submission with the word “kitchen” in it.  So today’s post is brought  features…

Meet:  Shannon from The Nest on the Hill.  I’ve featured her beautiful home befores and afters in the past. Shannon and her husband just finished their kitchen remodel. After working through updating most of their home, they were left with a pretty small budget for the kitchen.  

Here is her kitchen before:

They would have loved to have torn out the floors and cabinets and started from scratch but with a small budget, it wasn’t possible.  Instead, they replaced the countertops, added some new lighting and a kitchen island, painted and ventured into the world of subway tile.  After:

The budget?  $2000!  Wow!  

I love the rich new butcher block countertops, the pretty punch of fun in the drum shade chandelier, the pretty ocean blue and the old original charm.  Beautiful job, Shannon.  You two have worked so hard to make your home “yours” and I love watching the progress. 

See more from Shannon at The Nest on the Hill.  🙂

DIY at Organizing Made Fun

Hi DIY friends!

Organizing Made Fun
Meet:  Becky from Organizing Made Fun!  She has an DIY transformation to share with you today.  Before picture shows the outdated look of her family room.  TONS of wood paneling …

Now it’s a peaceful beach cottage inspired hangout. 
Here are a few favorite details but see “Family Room Peek” for more information on everything they did.
Capiz Shell Chandelier
They did an amazing job! It no longer even looks like a basement area, does it? Amazing how paint and lighting and the right accessories can change the entire atmosphere from dark outdated basement to bright, fun and inspiring! Great job, Becky! I love your new family room!
See more from Becky at Organizing Made Fun.

DIY Easter/Spring Projects – The DIY Project Parade

Happy Easter, my friends!  Happy Spring!

pink and green floral place setting
(Easter Table Settings courtesy of BHG)
I have a few cute DIY Easter projects to share today….as always, please click the links to see more pictures and details.  
Pieced Pastimes

Adorable PB kids inspired Easter yard stakes tutorial by Maria at 
Our Lake Life.  
How completely “spring” are these beautiful blossom prints?
Great  Ballard Designs Berry Blossom Knock Off tutorial at Our Lake Life!
Michelle from Sew Inspirations made everything this sweet little bunny is wearing…
I love the little backpack of flowers…
and these beautiful smocked eggs…
The Artsy Girl Connection
<span class=
Vintage Altered Easter Eggs by Lynn The Vintage Nest.
(I’ll take a dozen, please!)
Lynn at The Vintage Nest does a fantastic job at inspiring Spring Fever!
This “Seeds that Grow” stool is super cute!
DIY Easter/Spring Skirt Tutorial at Shannon Makes Stuff…
Cute flower photo holder at The Simple Craft Diaries.
Flower Power – Kellie at Sixties Home
Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. 
Simple Spring Spruce Ups at Family Circle
front door entry area rug


Do you have a DIY project to show off this week?  I’d LOVE to see it!  Or please visit the links to get inspired!

The DIY Show Off

If you’d like to link YOUR DIY project post to The DIY Show Off Project Parade:

1.You must use the button above and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your link to and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

The winner of the Bling Tea Towel + little Silhouette surprise is #5
Sugar & Spice in the land of Balls & Sticks – laxsupermom!

Before and After at Oak Ridge Revival

Stunning before and after transformations!
Meet:  Andrea, a self proclaimed design addict.  Her before and after home transformations are amazing.  Here are some sneak peeks.  Click the links to see the full original post with more pictures and all of the details. 
Kitchen and Dining Room Before
and now, after removing a wall, making one large room and changing spaces….
this is where the dining room was!

I love the white cabinets with the rich wood tones of the island.

and the dining room is where the kitchen was located in the first picture…

the mudroom is right off of the kitchen…
I love when everything has it’s place (and it’s there!).

See more of this area of her home at The Heart of the Home
A bedroom becomes a bathroom and if I didn’t see the in progress pictures, I wouldn’t believe it’s even the same house let alone the same room!
Bedroom before…
Ready?  You won’t believe your eyes!
The same area is now a beautiful, spa-like retreat.
Rub your eyes.  Look again.  It’s still a beautiful dreamy bathroom!
Seriously, wouldn’t you love waking up and getting ready to start your day in here?
You’d find me here…getting all wrinkled…in a good way.  
See the details at Bedroom to Bathroom.
The living room before actually looks pretty decent in the photo at first glance…
But, they removed the wallpaper, drop ceiling, poorly designed built-ins, old oak flooring, mantel, huge wood burning stove insert and everything else in the room. Literally.  Makes the room sound terrible, doesn’t it?
They started fresh. As in this fresh….
Here is the amazing result. 
A quiet space to read, play, chat and entertain away from the family room. 
Reupholstered wingback chairs (fabric was $4 a yard!).
See more pictures and decor at Out With the Old
Andrea, you’ve done a super job! The transformation is unbelieveable – it’s a completely new beautiful home. I love what you’ve done. I love your style.  Thank you so much for inspiring us and sharing a bit of a home tour!
Pop over to see more. There’s 27 posts in her Before and After category…just warnin’ ya! 🙂

Earthy Essentials Features – Pillows!

There are some beautiful and creative projects utilizing burlap, linen, canvas, twine, jute, etc. are linked up. You guys are amazing! I promised some highlights so here we go!  Earthy Essentials Pillows! 
Charlie at Attempting Aloha always has such cute DIY and this full flower linen pillow is no exception…
Do you love ruffles as much as I do?  I’ve been on a ruffle-shirt kick lately.  I think it’s going to spread into my pillow collection.  Check out this super cute ruffled linen pillow by Midwestern Sewing Girl, Maggie…
I love DIY PB-knock off everything. Affordable, creative and pretty! 
So does Melis at the Joys of Home Education. Her PB-inspired pillows:
Using linen and fabric pens, check out these beauties from Mr. & Mrs. B!

Monogram Addiction – one of my many!
Angie from The Cellar Door Stories works magic with burlap + a sharpie. Super easy and awesome!
She sparks my creativity.  I’m inspired – I see a project in my near future.
Crafty Burlap Bag to Pillow at Liz Marie Blog…
Brilliant! Burlap and Ribbon Weave Pillow from The Country Chic Cottage!
LOVE this!
Angie at Country Chic Cottage is the design diva of burlap pillows!
Awe! How cute are these?  Mr. & Mrs. Burlap Pillows at
I love them!
Love these from Red Cupboard Designs
And how very fitting!  Another blog with the perfect name and header for the party!  
Best Friends:  Brittany (Red) and Kathy (Blonde)
Red, Blonde and Burlap
Look how cute this red burlap pillow with burlap rosettes is….
Sweetest little black burlap pillow at 
Messy Mimi…
Keeping with a “love theme”…isn’t this dropcloth LOVE pillow the perfect accent for this beautiful chair at 
Crazy Wonderful?
and I’ve featured this before but I just love the mix of these big rosettes and burlap…
See more Earthy Essentials link at 
and link up your ideas old or new!  It’s so sweet to have so much natural-element inspiration all in one place for future DIY ideas. 
Which is your favorite?  Inspired?  Make an Earthy Essentials pillow and link up to enter the Earthy Essentials giveaway!  

Thank you so much ladies for sharing your pretty pillows!  Grab an “I’m Featured” button if you’re interested in ‘showing off’!  🙂

Helping a Friend Decorate a Livingroom

I love being asked for decorating help by family and friends. It’s rare but being able to pitch in an opinion when someone is doing a room is so much fun.  It’s important to keep their style and their needs in mind but having an open mind is essential in creating a room they’re going to love.  
My friend is elderly so she has certain comfort/medical requirements and her apartment is small.  She chose a leather loveseat that can accommodate her need to recline and put up her feet, easy to clean and care for. It’s similar to the one shown below with dark leather and nailhead trim, but it does have a center console for holding her drinks.
Loveseat Sofa Nail Head Trim Dark Burgundy Leather
She also has a leather lift chair…as you can guess, style is limited but we were lucky to find one with similar color and shape to go with the loveseat. 
Apartment walls are newly painted white but work well with the dark furniture, she wanted to add a little bit of femininity to soften up the masculine vibe of the leather and a fun color to lighten things up.  She loved the suggestion of blue color paired with the dark brown.
Here are a few accents we found locally where she could see before buying…
area rug and pillows from KMart:
Jaclyn Smith Traditions-Medallion Rug Collection
Curtains and rods (Target).
The drapery isn’t shown below (only the pretty medallion sheers) but they’re a pretty blue/gray-beige pattern that matches the pillows above.

The tv console is perfect height and has a lot of storage (so helpful in a small apartment).
APA Alvamar 62" TV Console
(source:  BonTon)
End tables and coffee tables seem to be the hardest part of furnishing a room. I’m so indecisive.  Here are some beautiful accent table options. Which would you choose or is there something completely different you would suggest?
A lift top coffee table might be very functional for her, bringing things within easy reach.
Jofran 280 Series Wood Lift-Top Coffee Table in Merlot
Thinner-style end tables would be perfect for the limited space on either side of a love seat in a small apartment living room…
Jofran 251 Series Wood Chairside Table in Milton Cherry
Something along the lines of wooden trunk coffee table would also be a great solution for much needed storage…
Southern Enterprises Pyramid Coffee Table and End Table Set
(images source: Cymax)
Any suggestions?  What do you think so far? It’s hard to tell without seeing the room, but this is a start.  I’m sure I can get her to share the completed reveal once we’re done. Next up:  Art and accent pieces!  

Silhouette Rhinestone Tutorial

We interrupt this tutorial for the clue 
to May’s Project Helper Contest:

back to the regularly scheduled tutorial….

I found plain cotton tea towels at KMart the other day and decided to add a little bling with the Silhouette Rhinestone Kit.  If you don’t have a Silhouette, please bear with me.  There aren’t too many tutorials out there. By writing up a tutorial, I hope to help someone.  Here is how I did it.  The Silhouette Rhinestone kit comes with everything you need!

1.  I purchased a “key” image from the Silhouette Online Store. 

2.  It has a warning to NOT RESIZE and to remove the text.  I didn’t resize and instead of removing the text, I moved it on the page so it will print near the edge (saves on special paper) and made sure the text was off the page.  Hit the ‘send to Silhouette’ button. 

3.  I used setting 3 for speed and 33 for thickness.

4.  Feed a piece of the rhinestone template paper (blue side up) into the Silhouette. Use the pink tip and send to cut. 

5.  I cut my shape out to a smaller size (aga
in, saving a portion of the paper for another project).

6.  Quickly peel away blue side from the backing.

7.  Peel off the circles that didn’t come off. 

8.  Apply to the backing board.

9.  I used the 10ss size (according to the size of holes in my template).  Pour onto the backing board.

10.  Using the replacement brush, gently move rhinestones over the template, filling as many holes as you can.

11.  The Pick-Me-Up tool has two pieces.  One that picks up and one to use for pushing rhinestones into place. Using both, fill remaining holes in the template and take away rhinestones not needed. 

12.  Cut a piece of transfer paper to fit the template.

13.  Remove backing and place clear sticky side down over rhinestone design.  Smooth over with fingers. 

14.  Pull back.  Rhinestone design pattern will be on sticky side of transfer paper. 

15.  Place onto fabric. (I was able to remove and re-stick when I made a mistake before ironing.)

16.  Put a piece of thin material over the design and iron. 

17.  Pull away transfer paper (if rhinestones come up, place back down and iron again).

18.  Flip.  Put material over back side and iron (this helps set the glue).

All done in less than an hour!

Just in time for Mother’s Day!
You can purchase:
A Silhouette SD
The Rhinestone starter kit
3 additional packs of rhinestones
And 1 Pick Me Up tool
ALL FOR $229!
Shop at Silhouette America, click the bundle icon and use discount code “show off”

This Rhinestone Bundle includes:
The Silhouette SD
2 sheets of rhinestone template material
2 sheets of rhinestone transfer tape
2 rhinestone backing boards
1 rhinestone placement brush
1 CD of rhinestone images
1 pack of clear 10ss rhinestones
1 pack of clear 16ss rhinestones
1 pack of clear 20ss rhinestones
1 pack of pink 10ss rhinestones 
1 Pick-Me-Up tool
This is an incredible deal worth $125 in savings!
Also, if you already have a Silhouette, all rhinestone products will be 30% off.
This promotion will run from April 21st-April 26th.  You are eligible for this promotion by using the unique promo code: SHOWOFF.
The giveaway below is closed.
If you’ve read this far, thanks!  I have a little surprise for you!  
I’m giving away the cotton ‘bling’ tea towel PLUS another little special surprise made by me!

1.   Leave a comment about one of your favorite things about spring.
2.  Comment that you’ve used the “show off” code for your Silhouette purchase for one more chance. 

Comments now through midnight on Friday 4/22 will be entered. Winner announced Sat. US delivery only. 🙂

Good luck!
*** Winners from last month who email me will get a chance to work with me for a “Silhouette-something” using the materials I have in stock for a project for their home.

DIY Chalkboard

I’ve been hoarding saving an approx. 3’x3′ smooth chipboard that was packaging/support trash in a furniture box.  I just can’t part with certain ‘trash’, being a DIY-girl, frugal and all. If you’re here browsing DIY ideas…you know what I mean. Don’t deny it. I’m not the only one with a stash of trash for DIY, am I?  I knew that I’d have an idea for it someday.  That day has arrived!  My nephew, Austin, is getting a personalized chalkboard for his birthday.

Recycled chipboard (Could also be directly applied to smooth walls with taping off a blackboard shape), Decor Art Americana Chalkboard Paint, Cutting Edge Stencil foam rollerDischangers x 2, Gorilla Glue tape – Handy 1″ Roll, Vinyl decals, Chalk and eraser
Personalized Chalkboard Tutorial:
1.  Apply 1 coat of chalkboard paint rolling one direction (vertically) with a foam roller and let dry 1 hour.

2.  Apply 2nd coat of chalkboard paint.  Roll in the opposite direction (horizontally). Let cure for 24 hours.
3.  Flip board and attach Dishangers.  Wet finger and apply water to activate glue.  Dischangers aren’t only for plates – they work with wood too!  I applied a Dischanger to each corner.  

Smooth and let dry 24 hours. 

 4.  Because this chalkboard is for a boy and hanging on a wall, I added STRONG Gorilla Glue tape to help with keeping the Dischangers extra secure (and to keep destructive little fingers from peeling off the Dischangers…just in case – you can never over-do caution.)

5.  Flip the board back over.  Apply vinyl decals.  

6.  Rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire chalkboard area.

7.  Erase. (Back up eraser on stand by!)
I think my nephew is going to LOVE this!  I’ll add a “Happy Birthday” message and be sporting this gift to Chuck E. Cheese next week!  Those with boys – do you think he’ll love it?  (I’m mother of 2 girls, so sometimes I’m clueless with boys’ gifts!) 
My other DIY chalkboard used the same paint technique but was applied directly to the wall in our kitchen…

After (except right now the kitchen is undergoing some changes so the ladder and chalkboard wall look the same but the other parts don’t.  Reveal coming…someday! Hopefully soon.):

Join me in linking up your chalkboard project and checking out the great chalkboard ideas at Chalk Talk.