Chalkboard Calendar 2.0

Hi everyone…I’ve finally finished my chalkboard calendar in our new kitchen, just in time for the start of school next week!  No more missed hot lunches or theme days for this mom!

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This project ended up being much less complicated than I had planned…don’t get to say that very often!  I already had some dark grey chalkboard paint and planned to use our leftover wall paint to make homemade chalkboard paint with unsanded tile grout.  But the dark grey chalkboard paint was too dark for my liking so I was looking for a different solution when I stumbled on this:

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That’s right…clear chalkboard paint that can be applied anywhere!  I’d seen this before in quart sizes at the hardware store but this was in a small bottle, just the perfect size for my chalkboard calendar.  I scooped it up, along with some light grey acrylic paint and recreated my calendar.

Instead of having to paint both colours, I just painted every other square with the new grey paint, using the original colour to fill in the rest of the calendar.  Then I applied two coats of the clear chalkboard paint, let it cure for 24 hours and I was done!

It’s much less bold than our previous version in the old house, which will take some getting used to but I think I like that it’s more subtle…it just blends in better with the rest of the kitchen.  The ultimate plan is to put a border of glass mosaic tile (same as we’ll use for our backsplash) and molding to make it stand out and define the edges from the rest of the wall.

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Upcycled Menu Board

I finally put the finishing touches on my menu board today.  This has been a no-spend project since last year when I actually started it!

We had a large entertainment centre that my aunt and uncle gave to us back when we got married and when we put our old house up for sale, we replaced it with a slimmer IKEA console table.  We ended up dismantling the entertainment centre because it was so huge and extremely  heavy…it was very difficult to move into our split level house and we didn’t have the manpower available to move it out.

We took it all apart but kept most of the wood, including the wood and glass door.  I had seen an idea on, where else but Pinterest, for a “white board” that was made by painting one side of a pane of glass and using the opposite side to write on.  I wanted to use the door for a menu board that I could write on.

I took the knob off the door and filled the hole before spraying the wood white.  And then it sat in the garage for a few months until we moved because I hadn’t decided what colour the glass should be.

We moved in August and I’m honestly shocked that it survived the move and months of storage intact.  I couldn’t find it for several months and was convinced that it had been mistakenly sent to the dump but finally found it in the garage.

I gave it another quick coat of white paint since it had some scuffs.  I painted the reverse side of the glass with my accent colour, which will coordinate with my kitchen chairs.  I added vinyl letters to represent the days of the week and a piece of corkboard to the bottom panel for pinning recipes to try.

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Quick tip for cutting corkboard…when you’re done cutting, use fine grit sandpaper to smooth down the edges just like you would for a piece of wood with rough edges!

The only problem I’ve encountered with this problem is that it doesn’t fit where I had been envisioning it.  It’s too small for the small wall space I had planned so I need to find a new home for it…

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Mini Project Monday: Numbered Bar Stools

Today’s project is the very definition of a Mini Project Monday.  It literally took less than five minutes and cost me nothing.  That includes the time it took to reapply the vinyl numbers after Boy #2 ripped them off when I wasn’t watching.

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I love things that occur in multiples that are numbered and the bar stools are no exception.  A few minutes with my Cricut machine and some grey vinyl were all it took!  The real challenge will be to get Boys 1, 2, and 3 to sit in their respective chairs all the time!

Home Goals Progress: Kitchen Update

Hi everyone…it’s been ages since I blogged but I’m on maternity leave now and I have all this spare time on my hands that I don’t know what to do with!  (Is there a “sarcastic” font?  I feel like there should be!)

I’ve been busy for the past two and a half days, starting to get the house in order for when Boy #3 makes his entry into the world…which will be hopefully not a day sooner than my scheduled surgery date!  Having said that, the only thing I’ve done that actually related to the new baby is retrieving all the baby clothes from storage, sorting and unpacking for the laundry.  There’s quite a bit of work still to do in his room, but at least we’ve covered the basic food, clothes and shelter requirement.

Anyway, on to the kitchen, being as how that’s the title of this post.  As I wrote in my post about our home goals for 2015, I wanted the kitchen to be absolutely finished by baby’s arrival.  Hubby said it had be functional.  And looking at where we are and what still needs to be done, hubby wins this round.

We’ve come a long way, there’s no doubt about that.  As a reminder, here’s what it looked like when we moved in…

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Yeah.  Awesome.

But, thanks in HUGE part to my father for all his hard work, here is what it looks like today…

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Much better.  We have appliances, almost all of the lighting installed, a functional (if not beautiful) countertop and tons of cabinet storage.  Granted, we haven’t unpacked all the kitchen stuff yet, but I’m thinking we’re going to be weeding out a lot of things that we haven’t really missed since we moved.  And here I thought I’d been pretty ruthless as I purged and packed in the first place!

I love how massive the island is…it’s literally four times the size of the small kitchen cart we used as an island in our old house.  I love having the bar stools there for breakfast and after school snack times.

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This part of the kitchen is my favourite so far, and the reason why we have so much cabinet space left over in the “L” part of the kitchen.  Except for baking supplies and cooking oils/spices, all of our food goes here.  I don’t even have to move my feet to put groceries away.

The next steps are finishing the lighting installation and countertops.  We’re going to attempt to DIY concrete countertops, so there will be a post upcoming about that in the future.  After that, it’s trim work and details to make it as stunning as I planned in my head!

Kitchen Progress Report

Probably the most common question I’ve heard since moving into the farmhouse is, “How’s the kitchen?”

A question to which I chuckle in response.  A picture tells a thousand words, so I’ll let one do the talking.

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That’s what the kitchen looked like when we moved in.  Awesome.

We’ve progressed a little bit since then…half the drywall is done and the plumbing has been fixed.  Definitely moving in the right direction but not quite there yet.  Once we get to painting, flooring and tiling, I can help so things will move a little faster with more hands at work.  I’ve been told that I’m not allowed to help with cabinet assembly and I’ve decided not to argue the point.

How are we coping?  Well, we have a laundry sink, a crockpot, a microwave, an indoor grill and barbeque..all good things, but I must admit, I miss pasta.  We also have the neighbours, who end up feeding us at least once a week!

Stay tuned for another kitchen update, hopefully soon!