Chalkboard Wall

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I’ve wanted it FOREVER and this summer I finally took the plunge!!! What is it you may ask??? 

25 weeks

No, it’s not the bump (however, I love that it is there). It’s the chalkboard wall behind me! In our kitchen we have this perfect little 2-3 foot wall space that surrounds our pantry & it is now home to my own chalkboard wall. Now I haven’t gotten fancy with what goes up there, but it have been perfect for several of my weekly belly shots!

Chalkboard Wall Weeks Pregnant

I used Rust-O-leum’s chalkboard paint to make all my chalkboard dreams come true. You can find this Chalk BOard paint at Home Depot. Before you head to pick up yours, check out Groupon. They have so many great coupons that may help you out with your next project!

rust-oleum chalkboard paint

After wiping down the wall and taping off the trim, I went to work. This paint was so easy to use!! It went on smoothly and I only needed two coats. Now, just because the paint is on the wall you aren’t quite finished. The wall needs to be “primed” for everyday use. So the next step is to turn a piece of chalk on its side and rub down the entire wall.

how to prepare a chalkboard wall

Now here is my SECRET! Promise you will share it with all your chalkboard walling friends???? It’s the Magic Eraser….use it to wipe away all of your chalk and you will never regret using it for a second!

creating a chalkboard wall

For now we will continue using the wall as our baby countdown….well technically count up to D-day at 40 weeks, but I’ve gathered several pictures of inspiration for what I hope this wall will eventually become!

Chalkboard Wall Design Inspiration

O Holy Night | Happy Birthday | Joy Wreath | Bump Pictures | Happy New Year | Kid’s Wall | Eat Dessert First

I also have a small confession to make before I bid farewell for the weekend….since I am not going back to teaching this school year, the chalkboard wall helps me feel a little like I am still in the classroom. Leaving was bittersweet, but I know the second baby girl arrives I won’t regret it one little bit! Have a great weekend friends.

 

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Perfect K Cup Carousel – DIY Style

Perfect K Cup Carousel

For Christmas my mom & dad gave my sweet husband a Keurig. We had debated so much about whether we needed one or not, and came to the conclusion that we didn’t need it…..but wanted it. And sometimes that is okay too! Christmas morning he was on cloud 9, and must have made 6 cups of coffee that day. After getting back home the K-cups stayed piled up in the box on the counter…and while that was perfect for III….it wasn’t for me. So I searched online for a solution.

And what to my wondering eyes did appear….every carousel I found to my wallet added fear.

Okay, so they were only about $25 bucks, but I wasn’t ready to hand over the money just yet. Then, last week I was at Goodwill when I spotted the perfect k-cup solution! An old wooden spice rack!

With a little paint and some vinyl on top our K cups have found the perfect home!

perfect k cup organizer

Now I thought this was ingenious….that is until I saw another blogger post about the same solution while trying to find a before picture (since I was so excited I forgot to snap one). I guess there is no patenting it, but maybe I can at least say great minds think alike! Do you have a K-cup carousel? If not, maybe your Goodwill has a one of these oldies but goodies lying around. It will be worth looking!

Perfect K Cup

Oh, and if you don’t have a Keurig…you should definitely pick one up. Your life will never be the same!

PROMISE.

It seems with these DIY Mugs I shared Monday, this tip for the next time you boil water to make your favorite tea… it’s a coffee/tea themed week!

Inviting these fun folks to the party :o)

 

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DIY Mug

diy mug

I am always looking for inexpensive gift ideas. The less money you spend on a single gift, the more gifts you can give. These DIY mugs were a labor a love (very little labor and a whole lot of love!). While in The Dollar Tree the other day I spotted these two porcelain mugs and new in a matter of minutes they could be transformed. As you may have remembered from this Dollar Tree Christmas Plate as well as the Thanksgiving Grateful plate, I love upcycling pieces I find at The Dollar Tree.

diy mug

First I grabbed these great glass pens from DecoArt. They were a little pricey at around $4.00 each, but I was a big spender that day :o) They were definitely worth it.

diy mug

You see, I had already tried the “Sharpie on Glass or Porcelain” projects that were buzzing around Pinterest. And while my plate turned out really cute. The second I tested a spot with a little soap and water, my design started coming off. Not cool Sharpie. For this project I had to go in a different direction, I knew I not only would want to drink from these mugs but probably wash them too! Is that too much to ask? These pens are made for glass, and have specific instructions for baking before use.

I debated using a stencil and making a complicated design. However, in the end I decided simplicity would be better. Coffee for III and tea for me.

diy mug

I really enjoy how they turned out. Some steam for the coffee and the tea bag outline for the tea. I recently have been enjoying a cup of tea to start my day. My current favorite is Lipton’s Vanilla Caramel Truffle Black Tea. With a spoonful of sugar and a dash of milk, I’m not sure there is anything better!

So which do you prefer, coffee or tea?

Sharing this simple gift idea at a few parties this week! Come and join me :o)

 

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Homemade Valentines with Washi Tape

homemade valentines washi tape

I love sending and receiving snail mail. It is hard describe the happiness I feel when I open the door to find a card with a handwritten address, addressed to yours truly! We really have the coolest mail box if you ask me. It’s rather old fashion, but it is a slot through our front door. No mail box, or PO box., the mail is truly waiting for us in our entry way at the end of the day. Cool right?

Just like my Christmas thank you cards, this year’s Valentine notes too will be handmade with my favorite washi tape! I used the Cameo to cut out several heart shapes, but you could easily do this by hand. Then I layered on the washi tape in some lovey dovey colors.

Washi Tape Heart

It’s quite simple if you think about it. I changed up the patterns and order, so that each heart, just like those I love,  is unique.

Homemade Valentines

Just like I did with these Valentine treat bags, I used the Cameo sketch pens to do my writing for me. I think my favorite part is this awesome washi tape I found that says Made with Love….each card has a little strip on the back.

made with love washi tape

So do you hand make or buy your Valentines? I am looking forward to sharing the love on Thursday!

Craftgawker Valentine_1

For now I’m sharing at these fabulous parties, and you should too!

More Valentine projects from A Step in the Journey:

Heart Shaped Double Doozies | Valentine Bunting | A Year of Dates | I Belong With You Printable | 27 Valentine Card Ideas | No Bake Cookies

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