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8.31.2010

CHALKBOARD PAINT


I have yet to use chalkboard paint in my home. Not because I don't like it, but because I have not found a place that I think it would work. I've thought about using it in my boys (nick and Bren) room, but I want to use it somewhere that would benefit me too!



(minhweiss.com)


(Country Living)




So I got to thinking....My refrigerator would totally be cool if I used chalkboard paint on it!






Don't you think so?! Or did I just lose a few of you as followers?!!!


Have you or do you plan to use chalkboard paint in your home? Or, do you think its a bit played now and its time to move on to something else? Come on, let me know your thoughts!


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8.30.2010

WHERE DO YOU BLOG?




Kate is having a fun linky party where she asks the question:


What corner of your world have you dedicated to spending time online?

This is a great question because right now, I'm displaced! Since moving from my closet office





Due to my oldest getting his own room, I've been trying to find another little nook of my own




I'm thinking my living room would be the perfect place since it's rarely used and because I love the idea of having a desk in front of that window!


We'll see what I decide! So where do you blog?! Link up to Centsational Girl's Party and let us see!

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DIY NURSERY MOBILE

I finally finished the the mobile for the nursery! And while it was an easy project, it definitely took some creative thinking to get it right!

I started with one of these needle point “hoop” or rings (what is the correct term?)

I found a bunch at Goodwill for 99 cents!

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Took out the inside of the ring

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I primed it because it was bare wood

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While the primer dried

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I decided to work on the objects that will hang from the ring.

The wooden bird cut outs were found at Michael’s and the trees and owls were found at Hobby Lobby ( the acrylic paint and mod podge can be found at either store)

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Starting with the birds, I had to decide if I wanted to paint them or come up with something else

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I decided to use scrapbook paper on them in three different patterns

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Turning the paper over (notice that everything I buy is on some type of clearance (these sheets were 10 for $1!)

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I traced the birds on the back of the paper

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Then I cut it out using the boys craft scissors!

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And traced the bird on the other side

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I tried to peel the sticker off of the bird but it didn’t come off that well, so I decided to just let them stay…

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I applied my first layer of mod podge to the wooden bird and then placed the paper cut out on top

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Then, on top of the paper, I applied another layer of mod podge

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I love how the different patterns work together

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**Side Note** If there is excess paper after you have glued it to the bird, use an X-acto knife to trim the edges

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Moving back to the 'ring’ I chose a paint color and began painting

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The color is ‘Seafoam Green’

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After the ‘ring’ was painted and dry, I had to figure out how to hang the birds from it

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I started with two nails and a hammer

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by the way, I used another ring to test my idea which was great because as you can see from the image below, the larger nail split the wood

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small nail it is! Just nail a small hole into the ring

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nail as many wholes as you need

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Since that went so well, I did the same thing would work with the birds, owls, and trees

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I used clear monofilament **i say fishing line!**

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and threaded it through the birds and the ring'

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Here is a glimpse of the mobile in the room!

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(the string is not that visible in person)

And while I was there, I hung the wall cards! (Last night I received a call from my sister telling me they were falling…great just great!)

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I have yet to finish the changing table and the pillow covers should be here by Wednesday! Sooo….hopefully I’ll have a finished nursery to show you next week. Oh and if we’re lucky, a baby too!

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