Jul 11, 2016

An Inspired DIY Chalkboard!




This was a small project inspired by another fellow blogger and good friend, Taylor from Uniquely Taylor Made, I'm certain many of you have heard of her and follow her on Instagram if you don't yet, she's definitely #onetofollow and don't forget to visit her blog.

By the way, I know Taylor was posting a tutorial on this, and as much as I tried to do it all just the same there's still a slight chance we might have done a couple of things differently, but feel free to refer back to her blog for reference if needed.




I instantly fell in love with Taylor's chalkboard that she often has on display in her home and also had it on display at her Craft Night event, seemed like a lot of fun to have for multiple purposes and light enough to move around for any occasion.


So I got curious and asked Taylor on one of her pictures from Instagram if she could share how to make and put together.  She quickly replied and explained and I couldn't believe how easy and affordable it was.


Basically I dragged the husband to Home Depot and although he won't admit it, he might have been more excited about this project than I was because he even bought a RYOBI Miter Saw.  Not exactly the purpose for us going to Home Depot but its nice to have around for future projects like this one or upgrades around the house.


He went on to cut all the wood but before I go on explaining how, maybe I need to tell you what you actually NEED to buy at Home Depot.  Don't worry, the milter saw is not a requirement.  You can actually have all the wood cut at The Home Depot for free if you don't in fact have the equipment to do so at home.

Here's is what you'll need from Home Depot;

  • Black chalkboard sheet (they already come to a cut size)
  • Thin Plywood pieces thickness at your preference (normally found near the wooden dowels)
  • Wood stain color of your preference (optional) I used a dark stain from Ikea that I already had.
  • Wood glue preferably Gorilla





After you have the plywood pieces cut to measure the Chalkboard sheet to size either at Home Depot or on your own, you want to glue them down.



As you can see I'm not always the one doing the hard work, in this case though fairly easy but he was having fun with his new tools so I watched and learned, sorta! LOL!


Hopefully you have these clamps already handy also or you might need to run out and buy those also.  They were helpful but you're more than able to use anything heavy enough to hold down the plywood while it dries overnight.



I didn't actually stain the wood until after we had already glue them on but its probably better or easier to do so before.  Then just cure the chalkboard all over with chalk and its ready to go.  If you're going to be hanging it, you might want to also get the sawtooth hangers otherwise you're good.

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Jul 6, 2016

Eclectic Kitchen {Reveal} Summer Tour 2016; almost a year later



Can you believe its been almost a year since we remodeled our kitchen?



We started this process back in October and now finally revealing to you guys a bigger picture of our kitchen and the progress we've made since the end of last Summer. In fact a couple of weeks ago marked our one year anniversary having moved in to our first owned home.  Its been quite a year and we still have tons to do because its hardly ever finished. The kitchen is getting closer to the end though and although we do still have a couple more details in here its just about done.

Of course when we first moved in, this was one of the main projects we wanted to tackle first.


I don't think I ever let you guys actually see what the kitchen looked like before because I wasn't able to find a picture but I got lucky and found this fugly picture below on my phone in the midst of tons ....




Lots of beige or ivory, I guess, (just like the rest of the townhome was when we first moved in) seems like they chose one color and just went with it,  literally all over! There was even some weird stick on back splash if you look carefully that had been painted over just above the kitchen counter, the cabinets were practically coming off the walls, they were original to the house so they were pretty worn and dis-functional, they were slanted, wouldn't close and basically just falling apart.  The counter tops and porcelain sink were chipping including the vinyl flooring.


As I pointed out on the picture there was even a wall that extended out with added cupboards and shelves that were literally just slapped on not very well put together, for added storage is what we assume.


So in the end the only solution for this kitchen to be functional again and for it to seem bigger was to gut out the whole thing including knocking down that side wall with the unnecessary shelves and in case you missed it here you can see the process as we transitioned it to what it looks like today.



Now let's take a look shall we, at the before and after. 



Get ready for a little bit of photo overload.







As you can see we went with open shelving because of how small this kitchen is and because personally I've always wanted an open kitchen concept. 


Originally I wanted a farmhouse porcelain sink but again staying within our budget was a must and keeping it cohesive with the cabinets and counter tops that we had purchased.  So this Glacier Bay All-in-One Top Mount Stainless Steel sink was the next best thing.  It's so big and open.  I can literally throw and wash just about anything in this sink!



Below, you'll notice that the range hood isn't exactly put together perfectlyl well just yet.  We've run into a bit of a problem because of the fact that the ducts it's off center and it needs to be slightly bigger or wider. 

Of course we didn't realize this until months after buying the hood and so now I'm thinking that we could possibly build a pallet wood hood around it rather than buying a new one, but these are thoughts I have yet to share with the husband and so we'll see where this one takes us.  For now it's just there.

There is no longer a wall either and so that opened up this kitchen A LOT.



This industrial hanging light was one I wanted to incorporate in here for sure, it was inexpensive probably my favorite thing in here yet and just so happens to look great with perfect lighting above the sink.


The shelves are from IKEA super affordable and according to the husband easy to put up.

Just getting around to doing it was a bit of a task. Lol.



Very happy with how they look and give this kitchen that updated modern look it called for. Super easy to access and grab dishes including putting them away, no excuses!




The cabinets give the kitchen the warmth that it in my opinion desperately needed. Although I wasn't sure how I felt about them at first because it was more about what we could afford and not what we truly wanted. But in the end I'm very happy with them.  I've warmed up to them a lot.  Especially the pantry.  If you read the previous  Kitchen post then you know this kitchen lacked a pantry.

Ran a into a little problem at the end of the counter space and had to cut an extra piece to fill in the length of the cabinetry but in the future we plan to add granite counter tops therefore for now it doesn't bother us.

All old appliances were kept for now.

Oh yeah, as you can see the refrigerator's original placement was changed and it made all the difference you guys!



The open Bay kitchen windows have yet to be replaced to new windows but sticking with the same look. The light that they let in is my favorite!  Plus we have to raise them just a little to meet the height of the counter.  Like I said still got a couple of things on the to do list.



Make no mistake things in this home change constantly but the kitchen decor is currently being kept simple because there isn't a lot of room for extras only necessary essentials. 

This kitchen is perfect and open for our family of four or five actually and doesn't feel cramped like it used to. 

I hope you guys enjoyed our little Kitchen Summer reveal tour, YAY finally!!!

Thanks for dropping in & by all means let me know your thoughts!


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P.S. I tried to share as much on the sources as I thought of them but if there's something you want info on I'm happy to share just ask in the comments section below.





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