19 January 2010

Back In The Saddle...

So, it's been more than a month since my last post. Bad, bad blogger...I didn't even post pictures of our Christmas decorations. We got a nasty flu bug in our house in December, and with such a big family...well you can imagine how the month went.

Anyway, here's a very small transformation so I can participate at Kimba's today. Before I get to the pictures, let me first apologize for the horrible quality...it seems my daughter has "misplaced" the charger for my camera battery so I had to make do with my iPhone. Hopefully, you'll get the idea despite the poor quality.

I LOVE letters, words and sayings. My number one love language is the written word, and I *heart* seeing cute, funny and/or meaningful phrases. Since, as you can imagine, I spend ALOT of time in my laundry room, I thought that was the perfect place to post these little phrases and enjoy them.

It all started with your builder basic six panel white door (this is the door that leads to our garage)...

I recommend you NOT follow my lead on this next step! Seriously....I.Do.Not.Recommend.This!

I went to my local hardware store in search of blackboard paint. I live in a VERY small town, and wouldn't you know it, they only had it available in spray form. I REALLY wanted this done NOW, so I bought a couple cans and brought it home. I taped off the cabinets, washer/dryer, walls, floor, and ceiling with plastic drop cloths and began spraying away. Clearly, though I love the written word, I failed to read the warning on the can to use this product in a well-ventilated area. Let's just say I was VERY dizzy for quite awhile after completion.

BUT...Look what I got out of it...a big beautiful canvas to fill up with words to my heart's content...

I also tied a cute little chalkboard tag onto a basket I already had with a fabric scrap to hold my chalkl (These chalk markers from Michael's are the best thing ever!)

After letting the paint cure for 24 hours, I covered the ENTIRE door with (regular) chalk to "prime" the surface (see I can read instructions if I want to). Then the fun part...filling up the door with things that make me smile...

I have a million and one other projects on the to-do list, but Mother Nature is not cooperating. It is raining cats and dogs around here and most of my projects require spray paint. Let's just say I learned my lesson...I will NOT be spray painting in a fully enclosed room again any time soon.

For more fun DIY projects head on over to DIY Day at Kimba's.




  1. Very nice, I have yet to figure out what to hang my chalk in or to try the chalk markers. I really need to!

  2. I never knew about chalk markers! I will have to look for those. It looks like you have a warm & lovely home. I also love words on the wall and in plain sight. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments on the wedding pages! Blessings!

  3. This is a fantastic idea. I really wish I could do this (I rent) because I am constantly walking out the door without something. I could write "LUNCH!!!" in huge letters! LOL

  4. Love it! That is a great idea!

  5. Don't you love the chalk markers? I love your door-how fun to have a place to put your favorite words!

  6. I would never have thought to spray a door with chalkboard paint!! It looks awesome!! What a great idea!!

  7. I love that idea! I may have to borrow this for our house too. Thanks for visiting my blog too :)

  8. Hi there! I've been contemplating this idea for the inside of my pantry cupboards. Chalkboard paint is the greatest!!

  9. What a fun idea! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my couch make-over. :)

  10. Hi Andrea - I saw you'd posted on another blog and hopped over to see what you've been up to! Love your chalk board door - love it!! Hate it that you breathed in all those fumes but that totally sounds like something I would do!

    Hope y'all are on the mend - come visit me soon!

  11. Such a GREAT idea!! I LOVE it! I would have project ideas or to do lists all over that thing!

  12. Love this! Off to get me some chalk markers..

  13. Thanks for stopping by Andrea - it always makes me smile to see YOUR smiling face in my blogger comments!

    I was nervous about the blog makeover! We've have been working on it for about the past 4-5 days now - glad you like it!

    Keep checking back - I'm going to host an Easter decor party soon and a fun Summer gift swap!

    Happy Day -

  14. What a great door! Great job!!

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