DIY Chalkboard


Are you ready for the school season yet? I am not.

I don’t want to let summer go. Not yet. The start of the school season means the end of summer, and I was just starting to enjoy it.

However, you can’t bury your head in the sand forever, as much as I would like to.

I have books to order, classes to schedule, ACT’s to register for, the list goes on and on.

Today, I decided to have a bit of fun and make a little chalkboard for my school lists.

This board started out as a cabinet door that I found at Habitat Restore. I think it was $1.00.








I had purchased a bunch of yard sticks to have on hand and decided this was the project to try them on. I love the old fashioned vintage charm the yard sticks bring.

The chalk paint, I had on hand from another project, so I didn’t have to buy any of that either.

The door was pretty smooth and didn’t require any additional preparation.

chalk painted


I gave it two coats of chalk paint, covering the whole surface and edges. I left the hinges on the door, they make great picture hangers.


cut yard sticks


After the paint had dried I cut the yard sticks up into pieces that fit along the edge of the wooden door. I didn’t miter the corners but went with an unfinished over lap on the edges.

The yard sticks were stained with a color wash of craft paint and water, each one a different shade. I used yellow, lime, turquoise and pink.






The sticks have the added benefit of helping to hold the chalk in place on the bottom shelf.

It’s almost too cool for school!


Have you registered for the Randolph Street Market event yet? I will have this project on hand as well as this one!

Can’t wait to see you at the market!

My demo is scheduled for 2:00pm on Sunday!


You can download the blogger invite here!


Painting with a Centrifugue

Here is my how-to on painting with a centrifuge.  I hope you learn some  great tips and tricks from this tutorial!

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I finished my Unicorn Spit project a while back, I was excited today when Unicorn Spit shared it on their Face Book page. I had a good time working on this project, but there were a couple of details on painting with the Centrifigue that I left out in my original post. You can read more about it here.Painting with a centrifuge finished

Paint for centrifuge

These were the colors I used, they are called Dragon’s Belly and Blue Thunder.

Love those names!

Unicorn spit colors


I finished my table more than once. This photo is of my first attempt which I decided I didn’t really care for, so I flipped the table top over and painted it again.

When it was all done, I finished the table top with a coat of Linseed Oil. You can also use hemp oil or Tongue Oil. I happened to have Linseed on hand, so that’s what I used to seal the stain.

Unicorn spit colors-3


This is my make-shift centrifuge. I drilled a hole in the middle of the table and put it on this contraption to paint it. It is comprised of a vice, a giant nail and a couple of washers. The milk crate is just to lift it up higher so it was easier to work with.

I have the video ready, it basically shows how to spin the table top and use a steady hand with a paint brush to get the circular effect while the table top spins.


I used both the green and blue stains, dipping the brush in each one and working with it until I got the desired effect that I was looking for. I could have played with this thing forever, it’s rather mesmerizing don’t you think?


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Urban Loft

Finished faux brick

This post is sponsored by Royal Design Stencils. Any opinions given are completely my own.


This bedroom project was not my idea. Our college age son who is living at home while he goes to college, asked for an urban style loft bedroom. He specifically requested a faux brick wall. This is our child who never asks for anything, and is content in just about all circumstances. If this boy wanted a brick wall, I would move heaven and earth to get him one.

Our son spends far too much time on the internet. It cracks me up that he even knows what an urban loft looks like since we have so few of them here in Wisconsin. We are not known for any lofts, other than those in barns.

It cracks me up even more that our boy even thought I could produce a brick wall out of thin air. It’s rather humbling that he believes that much in my artistic ability.

front bedroom


This is the before shot, the bedroom looked like it needed some major TLC when we moved in. It was featuring grey and red walls (two walls of each, one half red, the other half grey) combined with dirty pink carpeting and beat up old woodwork. Not sure what these people were thinking when they picked out their colors, but they were definitely an unusual combination that left the room dark and dreary.

Finished faux brick2

This is the after shot. My son is thrilled with his new brick wall. It’s the urban college loft on the cheap, right here in our own home. Who could ask for more?

“Mom, it REALLY looks like actual brick!” I heard him exclaim one day when he came up the stairs.

My heart melted down to my toes. I guess I must have done something right.

This headboard is an old door we found at the Habitat ReStore. I just love it.

Finished faux brick4

Along with the faux brick, our son requested a city skyline photo above his bed. This 3 panel set features the New York Brooklyn Bridge. Perfect for a college style “loft”.

Funny thing is, he has never been to New York.

The spot light style lighting fixtures work well with the loft theme, each bed has a lamp for extra lighting for doing homework.

Finished faux brick5

The Trompe Loeil Brick stencil, by Royal Stencil Design was easy to use, but a bit time consuming. There are multiple layers of paint in different colors that I used to create the bricks.


I used a several different latex paints, including a brick red, three shades of grey (a charcoal grey, a medium grey and a light grey) soft white and a golden antiquing wax to create the bricks. These were all colors that I had on hand and I used little bits of them to create the faux effect.

I finished the entire wall with an antique wax glaze. Not conventional, but it gave the effect that I was looking for of worn old bricks. It also will protect the wall from wear and scratches.

Homework wall


Each sleeping area has a built in homework station. Wire baskets and shelves help to keep the clutter at a minimum and make it easy to study in bed. They also provide a place to keep all the phone and computer chargers, cords and extra items that teens love.

Corner wall


A few miscellaneous things make for an interesting display on the far wall. My son loves chemistry. The grey element prints were custom ordered from Etsy and feature two of his favorite elements, Titanium and Vanadium. Doesn’t every teen have a favorite element?

The process of painting the bricks was rather complex so I will cover that in a separate post.

If you would like to see some more stencil projects from Royal Design Studio Stencils, you can click here.

If you are a blogger and are interested in partnering with Royal Design Studio, they have information on the web under their Blogger Outreach Program.

We are now ready for the Back to School season. I am looking forward to a great year!

How to details will be coming up next! Stay tuned!

Fab Flipping Furniture Contest

FFFC post graphic final (png)

A friend of mine encouraged me to join this contest. I hadn’t planned to do anything like this, but here I am anyway. The projects from last month were so much fun to see, I just wanted to be a part of it.

unicorn spit

This Is a monthly challenge, how much fun! This month’s sponsor is Unicorn Spit. They had me loving this product at the name! The theme of the month is ” Come On, Let Your Colors Burst”!

Unicorn Spit is a colored stain with luminescent qualities. The creator of Unicorn Spit has a great story, she developed this product for disabled men to use at her daycare center, and with the elderly. They would use his product on furniture items that they would decorate. What a great thing!

A friend bought me this cute little table at Target on clearance. I left it outside On the deck, but it hasn’t weathered well. The top is water stained, and the base that originally had orange paint, is now a faded pink.

I am just not a pink kind of girl.

table before top

The before…….

The after……The cool blues and greens are much more my style.

Here is how the fun began:

I had visioned a circular motif on the table top, and decided the best way to get that look was with centrifuge. My kids have done artwork with centrifical force before, but this was my first opportinity to try it.

What can I say, but things are NEVER dull at our house.

Now, you may think this was a simple process, but designing a well functioning centrifuge for this rather small table was rather time consuming. The first step was to remove the table top from its bass. Then, next step was to drill a hole in the center of the table.


I found a big 10 penny nail in our nail stash and inserted it into the hole in the table top, with the sharp pointed end sticking out from the bottom of the table. This is the pivot point for the centrifuge. It took me a while to figure this process out, but I finally came up with a plan that would work.

Unicorn spit colors-3

I used a heavy metal vice to anchor the centrifuge, I had it sitting on a plastic milk crate on my porch while I worked. This may have been a bad idea, cause Unicorn Spit flies. It flies a lot!

So now I have a very lovely polka dot porch with blue and green dots. I should have thought this through a bit more.

What can I say, but Spit Flies! And now our porch needs painting. Sigh.

note to self: Add painting the porch to the list of things to do.

Anyway, the 10 penny nail was held steady inside the vice. In order to get the table top to spin, I added a couple of washers on top of the nail (under the table top). Then spun the table top on its axis. It’s kind of hard to explain, so I made a video of the Flying unicorn Spit just in case you were wondering what it looked like, see the demo above.

Unicorn spit colors

My first attempt was to use the Unicorn Spit along with some acrylic poster paint. I found the results to be muddy and lacking any color definition. I was expecting rainbows of color, and all I had was mud. I wasn’t happy with it after it even after it dried. So, I flipped the table top over and began again using the same process, minus the acrylic paint.

This is the effect with 100 percent Unicorn Spit.finished unicornI am so glad I did it again! I love how it turned out.
If Unicorns can spit, this is what it would look like I am certain.

The fun thing about this painting method is you never really know what the finished product will look like. The Unicorn Spit is such a unique product, I think it worked great for my little experiment. When the table top stopped spinning the top was done. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

Afterwards, I removed the nail from the table top. I had intended to plug the old nail holes, but I kind of like them. The holes show that the wood is a reclaimed piece, and I think it gives it character.

After the top was dry, I coated it with Lindseed Oil..

The table bass was refreshed with a coat of Rustoleum spray paint in a glittered graphite grey. Then it was reattached to the table.

table and chairs

The table now sits on our deck, a perfect spot for a morning coffee or an evening glass of wine.

Who knew Unicorns could Spit?

Be sure to visit the other contestants in the Fab Furniture Contest link up below.

Stacy (Anastasia Vintage):
Lynn (Fern Avenue):

Mid Century Hutch Makeover


Hutch After

This post is sponsored by DecoArt. Any opinions expressed are completely my own.


I have had this Mid Century Hutch sitting in our garage for the last couple of weeks. I found it at the local thrift shop, and snapped it up immediately despite the fact that it was missing it's legs.

hutch before

There were a lot of reasons I chose this Mid Century piece, mainly it's compact size. It's not to massive that it would be hard to move. I also liked it's unique character, and rather George Jetson appearance. Something about Mid Century Pieces fascinates me. I don't know what it is but I get suckered into buying them all the time.

An added plus, is that this piece closely matches our dining room table with it's odd rectangular shapes on the doors.
unfinished hutch

Missing parts do not deter me from anything. In this case, I was able to go next door to the Ace Hardware and buy the perfect legs for $3.00 each. I had spent more than an hour online looking for just the right ones, and I was glad I stopped in at the local store before I ordered them. They were far cheaper at Ace than anywhere else online.

I started painting with Deco Art's Chalky Finish paint. I used Everlasting white on the inside and Treasure blue on the outside. I got about 3/4 of the way finished with the piece and stopped.

I didn't like it.

Not at all.

I wasn't sure why, but it just wasn't what I expected.

So, this piece sat in our garage for nearly two weeks while I figured out what to do with it.

It needed something else. I began to search everywhere, not knowing what I was looking for. But, I was sure that when I found it, it would speak to me.

hand made paper

Then I came across this stunning hand made wrapping paper at World Market. Yowza!

It's Bohemian character and rich colors were just what I was looking for.

mod podge


I enthusiastically came home and got back to work. I pulled out my handy dandy Mod Podge and trimmed the paper to fit inside the back of the glass cabinet.

Using the Mod Podge as a glue to adhere the paper pieces, I fixed them to the back of the cabinet, then gave them a top coat of Mod Podge to protect it.


dark wax


I chose the Golden Brown color Creme Wax by Americana Decor to finish the outside of the hutch. This is really deepens the color of the paint and brings out the details in the wood. It is very easy to apply with this large waxing brush.

Note to self: don't use this product out in the hot sun. It was drying so fast, I had trouble spreading it evenly over the surface before it dried on.

side view

However, I don't think that the uneven antiquing takes away from the charm of this piece.

Not at all.



Somewhere during this process, I decided it needed a little more color. So I mixed some Decor Art Chalky Finish Paint and created a contrasting flamingo pink paint to add to the front of the shelves.

My formula for flamingo pink is one container Delicate Yellow Chalky Finish paint, and one 1.5 oz. bottle of Watermelon Slice Americana Art Acrylic Paint. The two paints blended together easily and made this luscious color.

I found my vintage turquoise dishes and added them to the display. They were just the the thing for display in this piece.

inside lower hutch

The flamingo color is even more fun on the inside of the lower cabinet.

Hutch After-4


I had some leftover paper and decided to cut out a few decals and adhere them to the front of the cabinet doors with the Mod Podge.

appliques before


The paper is rather thick and worked well in this way. A thinner paper may not be as easy to work with. I cut these pieces out, spread a think layer of Mod Podge on the back and stuck them to the cabinet doors.



Then it was time for another layer of Mod Podge over the top.


mod podge technique


When working with decals, wipe off any excess Mod Podge with a paper towel before it dries. It will leave residue on the wood if you don't. Also, try to keep your brush strokes as smooth as possible, the glue can dry in ugly lumps if you are not careful.

Hutch After


I am happy to say, she's all done! Yeah! Sometimes things are worth waiting for.

This is the third piece I have completed with the Deco Art Chalky Finish Paint. Every time I use it, I learn something new. I am submitting this piece to the Chalky Finish Paint contest. If you would like to learn more about his product try my Red Chalky Finish Dresser post or the Bohemian Nightstand.

Have a lovely day!