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Keep Your Cocktails Safe!

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 in Entertaining | Comments Off

During parties I wonder if I spend more time talking to others or trying to figure out which glass is mine.  Here is a simple, cute, and cheap way to identify which glass is which….we certainly don’t want to mix up Mommy’s ‘grape juice’ with the kid’s.

I have a quart of chalkboard paint left over and have been painting all sorts of items (“20 things to do with chalkboard paint” will be coming soon!) Below I used clear plastic glasses, but you can do this same DIY project to any glassware you want….wine, martini, pint glasses, coffee cups, etc — making a set is a great gift idea!

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A Medicine Cabinet Remodel…..a what?

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 in Home Projects | 5 comments

You look in it everyday.  It holds some of your most important daily items.  It’s neglected.

Our bathroom is very neutral in color, so I figured adding a little surprise splash of color in the medicine cabinet is a great way to sneak some in.  Color helps create energy and, Lord knows, I can use a little assistance with that in the morning!  I painted the inside of the door with chalkboard paint, so I can leave notes to my family and leave myself reminders of products we are running low on, if I took my vitamins, and anything else that pops into my head.  I used a ‘Tiffany Blue’ acrylic paint for the back of the cabinet and for the thin wood trim I used to frame in the chalkboard.  A few organizers from The Container Store tidied up my products and my mornings just got a little bit happier!

Here is the ordinary cabinet before:

Here it is after:

What you’ll need:

  • Chalkboard paint
  • A small amount of colored latex or acrylic (I just bought a small $2 bottle from the art store, so I didn’t have to pay for a full quart).  It doesn’t take much paint for this small project.
  • Thin wood trim.  I bought mine at the hobby store (in the section where tons of very thin and small strips of wood are sold to be used for architectural models).  The wood needs to be thin, so the cabinet door will shut all the way.  If you don’t want to deal with a wood frame you can simply paint a stripe around the chalkboard or not have any edging around it at all.
  • Paintbrush, tape, and glue (if you use a wood trim around the chalkboard)

Tape the edge of your cabinet to protect it and apply 2 coats of chalkboard paint.

If you make a wood frame: paint the trim first (so you don’t have to be careful once it’s installed), measure the size of your chalkboard and glue the pieces up (I taped them together on the back first, applied all the glue, and then adhered it in one piece.

 

 

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Starts your seeds off right

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 in Home Projects | 1 comment

Get fresh herbs and flowers off to a good start by planting them early and letting them sprout indoors.  Once they have grown a bit you can then transfer them into the ground or pots, but this is an easy and cheap way to get them going.  Use the egg cartons (styrofoam cartons need less watering)that you would have tossed out anyway, seeds of any kind, and a little soil…..too easy!

Make sure you mark what seeds are planted in which egg cartons.  I dipped popsicle sticks in chalkboard paint, so if I grow different plants next year I can reuse them.

 

 

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