Friday, August 30, 2013

Framed art turned chalkboard sign

I'm excited to be sharing a mini project with you today! I miss having lots of crafts and little projects to share with you, but our current state of living is sort of not conducive to that at the moment. Hopefully, it will be again soon!

A little background story before we get into the actual project....

My mom acquired a lot of furniture and home decor items after my great aunt passed away last year. Her home was always immaculate and she took such good care of her belongings. My mom happily shared some of the pieces with me...letting me go through and pick out what I thought I could use for the new house. Most of it is still at her place since we don't have the room for it at our rental, but I did take a few smaller things with me last time we were there.

When I came across this piece of art (there are actually 2 that match), I immediately said, "no, I can't use that for anything". I did take a lot of other art, mostly just for the frames because the art itself wasn't my style. But when I saw the shape of these, I knew I couldn't even fit a normal photo in the frame, so I dismissed them entirely.

But then, I turned it sideways and thought that it looked like a sign and thought to paint it with chalkboard paint! I love seeing the hidden potential in things!

It was really easy to make the change...I used:

The same paint I used for my chalkboard wall in our last home, and an inexpensive paint brush (and some tape - not pictured).

The painting inside the frame was just a print done on cardboard. It was kind of screwed into the frame, so instead of removing it, I just taped off the inside edge of the frame. 

I used clear packing tape because I couldn't find my blue painters tape (I don't recommend this!). The packing tape could ruin your frame surface (mine was ok) but just use painters tape if you can!

Then, I just gave it 2 coats of chalkboard paint, letting it dry in between coats. Sorry, Aunt Ange. I hope you're not cringing up there in heaven!

I knew right away I wanted to leave the frame gold. I love how it looks with the matte black color of the chalkboard.

Before writing on it, I had to condition my new chalkboard surface. Just turn your chalk on its side and rub over the entire surface. This prevents the first thing you write on it from leaving a permanent mark.

I don't know exactly where I'll use these in the new place, but for now I just had some fun writing Audrey's name on one of them.

Hope this little project inspires you to see something in a new light! Eventually I'll have more "Aunt Ange" projects to share with you once I get my hands on some of the furniture my mom is giving me!

Have a great Labor Day weekend! 

Monday, August 26, 2013

We have....DRYWALL!

Folks, I've never been so excited about drywall in my life! We've had some delays in the building process, and I was starting to feel like we would never see drywall in here. This is a really exciting stage in the building because after drywall is in, we are 60-70 days from closing! Hopefully we will even be a little faster than that, since the builder has said they'd work to expedite some things because they've fallen behind the originally promised timeline.

I'm really hoping to be in by Audrey's birthday (Oct. 25th), but I feel like that might be a long shot! Pray with me that we will make it! I know it might sound silly, but I would just rather make memories of her birthday in our new home instead of our current rental (which doesn't feel much like "home"). Anyway, we are so thankful either way and just really excited to move in!

Here are some pictures I took on Saturday. I didn't get any of the basement level because the builders were still working down there.

Kitchen! There will be an island in the middle. The door goes to the pantry, mudroom and garage.

Josh and Audrey walking through the morning room, where we will put our kitchen table. The french doors lead to the backyard and eventual patio and outdoor fireplace (dreaming big!). We're really excited to have the option of a patio versus a deck since we are on ground level here!

The family room. Kitchen and morning room are to the right. 

Playroom (will have french doors), directly off the family room. So excited to be able to contain Audrey's toys! This room was meant to be an office, but we are using the formal living room at the front of the house for that.

Office. (Intended to be a formal living room). 

Looking into the dining room while standing in the office.

Dining room.

Another view of the morning room. 

Butlers pantry! Soooo excited for this feature!

A secondary staircase off the butler's pantry. 

View while standing in the dining room.

Main staircase to the right of the front door.

Part of the upstairs hallway. View while standing in the master bedroom. Straight ahead is a loft and to the right is a guest bedroom with full bath inside. 

Loft space (at least that's what we're calling it). I think this will be the upstairs play area, at least for the immediate future.

This is the guest room with full bath inside. 

More of the upstairs hallway. 

Master bedroom.

Master bath. A vanity will be on each side of the shower. We opted for an extra large shower over a standard shower and a tub. I'm kind of regretting the no-tub decision, but we have plenty others in the rest of the house.

Another view of the master bath.

Josh and Audrey in the hallway...she was testing out the bedrooms!

Audrey (having a minor tantrum) in her possible future bedroom. This is the bigger of the two "kid" bedrooms.

Down a smaller hallway is my laundry room (on the left) and at the end, another bedroom. There's a bathroom on the right which Audrey and future babies will share. 

I love this bedroom at the end of the hallway with its A-frame ceiling. I kind of want this one to be Audrey's because it's so charming!

Can't wait to get some wooden rockers for our front porch!

We are just feeling so blessed and so excited to start making memories in this home God has provided for us!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Adventures of Audrey & Pooh & The Honey Trees

Audrey and I had a little adventure yesterday. She loves taking her mini Pooh bear around the trees in the neighborhood and pretending he's climbing the honey tree! She loves when I put Pooh high up in the tree and pretend he's stuck! Then we do the "heave-ho" song, like in the movie. She loves it! 

Hope you enjoy joining us on our little adventure!

PS-The blog has been a little quite lately because the truth is, I'm just not doing many projects or things that are worth sharing! I don't even have progress to show you on our new home, although I hope to soon! Hope you'll "bear" with me!


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