DIY Chalkboard Wall

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The chalkboard wall is done!

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It was so easy! And so cheap! I love this idea for offices (hello, brainstorming session?) and for homes with kids. I want to change the design every day! Here’s how it looked before:

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Ok, so how did I do it?

I started with a pint of Rustoleum chalkboard paint ($8.99, Home Depot). It goes on just like paint. After two coats (with a lot of drying in between) it’s about ready to go. Some DIY’ers recommend sanding down the paint to make the surface more smooth, but I like more of a rough texture for chalkboard. It also helps with smudging. After some conditioning (rubbing chalk all over surface and then cleaning with damp cloth) I was ready to design. At first, we did just random drawings. A smiley face, a tic tac toe game but then I saw Dana Tanamachi’s chalk typography and wanted something a little more structured. So here’s what Aaron and I did:

1.) Rubbed down the wall

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2.) Traced some designs on to transparencies from my Indie Rock Coloring Book ($15, Yellow Bird Project) that I’ve had forever but never used.

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3.) Used my new-to-me overhead projector ($15, Craigslist) to get the design up on the wall

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And that’s it! Here’s what I spent:

$15 – Projector

$9 – Chalkboard paint

$6 – Chalk

$35 – 100 Transparencies

Total cost: $65. Not too shabby! The majority of the cost came from the transparencies, which are rare these days and suddenly very expensive. (The same reason I’ve been putting off buying film for my Polaroid camera!)

– emily



Etsy Stuff: Bow Wow Beds

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Another thing I’ve always wanted to share with family, friends and blog readers – my favorite Etsy shops. Here we go – Bow Wow Beds!

With the addition of Suge (the boston terrier) to the family, I needed a bigger doggie bed. Selfishly, I was hoping the two dogs would lounge all cute-like with each other (which has proved to be more of a dream than reality). And because there are no design-friendly beds available at the usual suspects (Petsmart, Target) I knew I could rely on Etsy.

Bow Wow Beds is unique in that they make their beds out of duck canvas, which means they are almost indestructible to our gnaw-happy little friends. And how cute is the stenciling? It satisfies my recent craving for monogramming.

I also just learned that Amberlii and her Bow Wow Beds will be featured on Nate Berkus’ show which is in ADDITION to being featured on Martha Stewart and HGTV. So awesome.

Here are Suge and Biggie enjoying their bed (separately of course):

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– emily

$100 Gray Yellow Bathroom

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Hiya! Thanks so much for the great feedback and nice notes on my little rookie blog here. Before I leave for a night out with Aaron’s family, I wanted to post something I worked on last night.

A good friend of mine, Lyndsey, needed some ideas for a quick bathroom update. And like anyone who wants a quick improvement, she didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Here is an idea, all for under $100.

Some things I considered:

The walls – Lyndsey’s landlord does not let her paint (which is like denying me air and water)

The pieces themselves – when you’re working with a budget, it’s still important to invest in design. Purchase quality over quantity.

Here’s my idea:

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Because she can’t paint the walls (Restoration Hardware’s paint line in Pumice would look amazing) I love the idea of doing a variety of large/small white picture frames. Choosing a mix of vintage and new also helps with appeal and texture. And because I can’t help but throw in something a little silly/whimsical, I threw in Urban Outfitter’s Grassy Green toothbrush holder.

We’ll see what she says. And maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll get an “after” pic!

– emily


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