Who doesn’t love a good chalkboard? Lately, I’m feeling inspired by the bazillions of DIY projects out there that involve chalkboards. For example:
You can see more great chalkboard ideas here.
I made myself a magnetic chalkboard awhile ago, but I’m feeling inspired to make some more chalkboards as gifts and also just because they’re fun to have.
I’ll be using magnetic primer, chalkboard spray paint, regular chalkboard paint, and chalkboard contact paper to find out which chalkboard-making method works out the best.
I’ll keep you updated on the process!
After shopping around at a bunch of stores, freaking out that Thanksgiving was only a few days away and the area above the stove still looked like this…
…my parents finally got a new microwave. It’s really pretty and shiny and new. It was a sweet deal at Lowes – originally around $190 but on sale for $99. It’s definitely not the most high-tech model they had, but my parents just wanted a basic microwave/vent. And, according to some salespeople we talked to, all the microwaves made today are produced by three different manufacturers and they’ll all break within five years anyway. So in five years (hopefully not much less) my parents will be glad they only spent $100 on the microwave.
With both the vent cover finished and the microwave installed, the kitchen looks soooooooo much closer to being finished.
What’s still left to do? Paint the beadboard and trim above the microwave that covers the vent. We should be getting the countertops installed soon and then we’ll plan what to do for a new backsplash. Then adding crown moulding to the tops of the cabinets.
In other news….
Our Christmas tree is up! It’s looking a little bare right now but it should be decorated in no time.
Back when we painted the kitchen cabinets I deliberately chose not to paint the vent above the stove. The plan was to build a cover out of beadboard to surround it, and I thought that if it was left as the ugly oak we’d get so sick of looking at it that we’d immediately build the cover for it.
Unfortunately that’s not how it worked. After a few weeks I just got used to the ugliness.
But finally I got my dad to cut some beadboard pieces that we used to enclose the space around the vent. We had some trim pieces left over from the kitchen island beadboard project, so we just nailed those in to cover up the corners and edges.
All that’s left is to give the whole thing a coat of white cabinet paint, and the vent enclosure will blend in perfectly with the rest of the kitchen.
I’m in charge of setting the table(s) for Thanksgiving tomorrow so I threw together some pretty simple last minute table decor using a bunch of pumpkins, candles, and pinecones.
I got lots of my inspiration from ideas I saw on pinterest like in this post here.
I borrowed the table linens from my sister and I like how all the warm colors work together to dress the table up.
The hutch in the dining room also got a bit of a Thanksgiving touch.
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!
I went to Goodwill yesterday (something that happens fairly often) and it turned out to be an even better than usual shopping trip.
But first a background story. I’ve been looking for a clock. We used to have a big clock on the wall in the great room but it broke a few years ago. Even though it’s not there anymore I still find myself turning to that blank spot on the wall when I want to know what time it is. You can imagine my frustration. So I’ve been looking to get my mom a cool new clock for Christmas. I’ve searched every store and every online retailer but I haven’t seen too many I liked. I saw a couple on Pinterest (see picture below), but found out they were from Target from a couple years ago and they don’t sell them anymore.
clocks I saw on pinterest
So now, back to Goodwill. I was browsing through the furniture area when out of nowhere I saw it. The clock I’ve been searching for:
You may think $25 is a little steep for a used clock, but it’s in excellent condition and it runs perfectly fine. It was basically a Christmas miracle. Although, I’m too impatient to wait until Christmas to give it to my mom, so I just gave it to her when I got home.
P.S. I got these cool silver trays there too, and I’m thinking of spraying them with some chalkboard paint… I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Thanksgiving is at my parents’ house this year, so I am hereby volunteering myself to decorate the table. I’ve been searching for some inspiration and here are a few favorites I’ve landed on:
For the past few weeks my dad and I have been working on building a new cabinet for the space next to the kitchen pantry cupboards.
As you may recall, there used to be a desk that occupied this space here:
To make the space more functional we removed the desk and decided to build a cabinet. In the meantime we put a little table there to fill the space:
To start off the process of building a new cabinet I drew a rough sketch of what the cabinet should look like, and we measured the space and our existing cabinets to get an idea of the new cabinet’s dimensions.
My dad used some oak plywood we already had in the garage to construct the cabinet and he bought oak trim pieces for the face of the cabinet.
Once the cabinet base was constructed we had a local cabinet maker construct the doors for us to match our existing cabinet doors.
I put a couple coats of polycrylic on the shelf and the other surfaces inside the cabinet.
For the cabinet exterior and doors, I painted a coat of primer and two coats of the white cabinet paint just like I did here.
When everything dried we installed the doors and drawer fronts and put the cabinet in place, attaching it to a stud in the wall with a couple of screws.
You may have noticed the cabinet has no countertop…. that’s coming soon!
We’ve made a lot of progress in the kitchen so far: painted cabinets, installed new flooring, covered the kitchen island with beadboard. Currently we’re in the process of building and installing a new kitchen cabinet to go here:
There’s still so much more to do though!
- remove backsplash
- install new countertops
- purchase & install new microwave over the stove
my sad rendering of what the kitchen may look like with microwave above the stove and beadboard covering the vent
- cover the oven vent with beadboard
- add crown moulding
- Install tile backsplash
Did I mention that it’d be great if this could all be done before Thanksgiving? Yeah… probably not possible.
We painted all of our oak kitchen cabinets white back in this post… but you may remember that we left three sides of the kitchen island unpainted. Well, that’s because we decided to cover them with beadboard.
We bought a couple sheets of beadboard from the local home improvements store, along with some pieces of trim for the base of the island, and for the edges. All these pieces came primed so we just had to put a couple coats of the white cabinet paint on top.
The trim pieces were cut and nailed into the island, and the beadboard was cut to size to fit right on top of the trim pieces.
Ta-da! We filled all the nail holes and filled any spaces around the edges with caulking. Now we just need to add new counter supports to the kitchen island.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest (more specifically Whatcom County, Washington) then you should probably head to Good News Fellowship Church in Ferndale, WA this weekend for the Ten Thousand Villages Crafts of the World Sale. The sale takes place today (Nov. 4th) 9am to 8pm, and tomorrow 9am to 4pm.
Photo by Doug Bascom
This annual sale is an awesome place to buy Christmas gifts or cool home accessories, toys, jewelry, and more from all around the world. Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade nonprofit retailer that purchases hand crafted goods from artisans all over the world.
You can find out more about Ten Thousand Villages here, and take a look here to see what kind of unique items they have for sale.
Here are some unique finds I bought there today:
P.S. no one is paying me to say this, I just love going to this sale every year!