DIY Chalkboard Cabinet Door Before & After

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I love some good before and after action! Who doesn’t? In this post I showed the old cabinet door that I turned into a chalkboard sign. I seriously had idea after idea on what to do with it. So I thought I’d give ya a little background on where it came from and how it all started.

Even though I had not settled on the reincarnated state of this said salvaged piece, I knew it had to be cleaned, sanded, and primed. All those boring, but necessary steps that come with the territory of re-purposing. I found the door in my Grandfather’s garage. I’ve mentioned before that he held on to ev-er-y-th-ing here.  I was told that this door was taken out of an old house that I grew up in until I was eight or nine. Originally, it was a door to a built in ironing board cabinet. Not needing the ironing board or the cabinet, the door was removed and the space was used as a cubby.

And as promised…the before.

before cabinet door

No sanding, scraping, cleaning at all. I knew that most likely she was dressed in a dreadful lead-filled paint. So I took all the proper precautionary steps. I scraped all that I could and wiped it clean with a bleach/water mixture and let out to dry for a couple of weeks. I was a little more worried of bugs or mites living within the wood than I was of the lead paint. Once I knew the wood was completely dried I primed with two coats. I didn’t sand any. I liked the crackled texture that was left behind so I just let it be.

Unfortunately, I do not have any pics of the in-between process. Not a whole lot to see really. After priming I painted the inset of the door with chalkboard paint. I really was making this up as I went along… I did two coats of that as well. So if you could imagine the picture above with bright white trim and black on the inside that’s exactly what the in-between’er was.  And that is how it stayed for quite a while. The project was stuck in some sort of project purgatory…

Blah, blah, blah,

Skip, fast-forward.

Til, one day I bought a tester pot of red paint.

And the light bulb was lit.

Pops of red + me = chemistry

I did some chemisty-ing with this cabinet door.

Viola!!

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She stands a whopping 70 inches tall and is a narrow 15 1/2 inches wide

and

cost me zero dollars to make!

A zero-dolla-costin’-pop-of-red!!

(insert happy dance here)

I had the primer and chalkboard paint on hand already. Although, I did just purchase the tester pot of paint right before I painted this, it was intended for another project. So technically I’m still at zero dollars. ( or should that be zero dollar?)

Sorry, getting off task.

How about some side-by-side action!

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I’m liking it a bunch-o-much!! The best part is she is so interchangeable! She could be simple home decor, a message board, a menu board, she could even be a garage sale sign whatever you need her for at the time!!

 Which means…

This story may or may not be finished. ;)

But one thing’s for sure,  she’s out of  ‘project purgatory.’  :)  Yay!

Now, what are you waiting for?

Go!

Do something that has you breakin’ out your happy dance!!

                                                                                         Happy Day!!

Red Is For Roses…and Front Porches!

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In honor of Valentine’s Day….

a quick post with lots of lovely red!

I’ve been playing around with the idea of putting this old cabinet door turned chalk board sign out on the front porch since Christmas. Yes. Christmas. I don’t know what took me so long to actually get it out there. That’s how I role, I guess. (You’ll see in this post that I have openly admitted to having a promptness issue and a commitment issue of sorts.) So, no big surprise, huh! ;)

But back on task….

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. (I see a new wreath in the near future, now that I have some inspiration!! :)

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and zoomin’ in a bit…

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So what do you think?

I’m liking it! Not in love with it yet, still some tweaking to be done, but a definite step forward!

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!

Happy Tuesday, All!

 

 

Sew, Sew Easy, No Joke!

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Anyone who knows me would know that I do NOT sew.  I can’t even sew a button on and make it look nice. I think I was traumatized in Home Economics a few years back. ( A few, several, 10, 20, who’s counting?) We had to start out each day threading our machines, but the worse part, it was a race. I do NOT like to lose more than I do NOT sew. I lost every day! I never even got second or third or fourth or fifth. It was awful, awful, awful!!! Damaged…..forever! ;) But no worries, I’ve moved on to bigger and better things!! Yes that’s right, nothing like HeatNBond to stitch that torn ego of mine back together. :)

I have ventured into the world of No-Sew curtains. Instructions flood the blog world, inspiration galore! So I thought I’d add my nugget of experience.

My daughter had bi-fold doors on her closet and I feared for her little fingers each time she closed them by pushing on the fold instead of the handle. Plus they weren’t the prettiest to look at. Easy-peasy!! Took the doors off, measured the opening and shopped for my fabric.

And…..Ta-Da!

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I was really happy how they turned out. I’m happy that they don’t smash fingers. I am happy that she was happy with them. Now I would like to turn part of her closet into a reading nook. But thats another project, another post…

And now for the second attempt….this time for the window above the kitchen sink. I’ve had the rod and rings there for quite some time and nothing hanging on it. Mostly because I couldn’t commit to a fabric/color. So once I was finally fed up with the naked rod I went with my instict….red. I am very much attracted to red. Especially in small but enough to catch your eye doses. I have eyed this fabric forever and was trying to convince myself that I needed to get off the red wagon, bandwagon that is. But nothing ever ‘wowed’ me enough to leave the Radio Flyer behind. Tried and true. My last kitchen was red and white too…but I had to leave those guys with the house.

Here’s a picture of my last kitchen…

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I didn’t make those. I found them on clearance at PB, which, by the way, is the next best thing to making them yourself. :) I have surfed and found nothing to my liking on anyone’s clearance tab, so I made my new one’s for my new, sort of, kitchen. It only took 2 years to change out what came with the house. Don’t judge. :)

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A little resemblance there but, just different enough. Right?

This valance seriously took me less than an hour. Its a yard of fabric and I folded and creased my hem with the iron and then adhered the fabric with the HeatNBond. I like the look of the rod and rings but if you prefer the pocket-rod style make the top hem wide enough to accommodate the rod and add that too your overall length. All your measurements are completely your preference.  There really is no wrong or right way, just your’s.

A couple of tips if you have never tried the no sew bonding…

1. I like the kind that does not have the paper backing…IMO the paper adds another step. This is supposed to be quick, remember!

2. There are different strengths of adhesive, read the packaging to see what suits your project best.

3. Test it out on a spare piece of your fabric to get the idea first…then jump in.

That’s it peeps! It’s so simple you’ll feel like your doing something wrong. :)

One warning though, its addictive. You’ll never want to put the iron away. ;)

Just kidding…….nothing is that powerful!!

Happy Thursday, All!!!

No Coupons Needed… Liquid Laundry Detergent at a Fraction of the Price!

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I’ve really wanted to do this for quite some time. I found many recipes for homemade laundry detergent online, mostly of the powder variety. I don’t really care for using powder in my front loader, it just doesn’t seem to empty all the way and then it dries out and gets clumpy. So anyway, I was searching for something in liquid form and something that I felt was ok to use in an HE machine. Well, seek and find I did!
(I’m not really a Star Wars fan, but that came out a little Yoda-ish, huh?) Anywho….

Yes. Speaking of who….let me tell you who put this nugget of golden goodness out there for all to see! I found it here, and she found it here. And now you are finding it here!

I have, to-date, made two batches. Each yielding 10 gallons. I shared 6 gallons of the first batch, which left me with 4 and it lasted me 4 months!!! I have used it on everything from delicates  to football pants (pictured above). I love it!! It’s as equally effective as any store-bought I’ve used. I wont mention any brands specifically, but lets just say my clothes are just as ‘tidey’ as ever. I’m ‘gaining’ money with every load of laundry. Deciding to make my own detergent was no ‘era-or.’ :)  Seriously, I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you my punny-ness.

As is, it has no added scents. It has a fresh scent naturally from the Fels-Naptha soap but it’s very light. I still use a softener, because I like it and it lasts forever, so the cost doesn’t bother me. But you could add an oil extract of your favorite scent. I might try it later, maybe a lavender. Who knows?!

So now I’ve bragged about well it works and long it lasts but let’s get to best part…………………..THE $AVING$!!!!!!

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Fels Naptha bar soap

Borax

Arm and Hammer Washing Soda

Yep, that’s it… $7.59 for all the ingredients.

I was able to find them all in the laundry aisle at Wal-Mart. You’ll also need a 5 gal. bucket to mix the detergent. I had one on hand but since it had been used for multiple things, I decided to get a new one specifically for this to ensure it was clean of any dirt and debris. I can’t remember what I paid for it but for the sake of a cost break down, lets say $5.

That brings it to a grand total of $12.59. The best part of breaking down the cost is not the first-time batch, but rather the second, third, fourth, fifth……..batch. As I mentioned before I’ve done two and the cost for the second is 97 cents!!! The box of Borax and Washing Soda will last at least through 5 batches. The Fels Naptha Soap is all that you’ll need to buy again. If we do the math at this point I have made 20 gallons of detergent for $13.56. Divide that by 20 and its 67 cents per gal. On the third batch, add another 97 cents and divide that by 30 and you get 48 cents per gallon!! You get the point! Cheap, cheap!!! Cheap, cheap!!!

(No. I do not have a pet bird, that’s me doing the math for the first time and realizing how incredibly cheap it gets each time. Oh my!!)

Forget waiting around for that very seldom detergent coupon that may or may not be out there.You can start saving now by making your own!!

 

Here’s a step by step picture guide. Not that you would need an illustration, it’s so  easy, but really because I like to demonstrate with pictures. :)

(If my steps are unclear or not detailed enough try one of the other two links that are listed above :)  )

 

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That’s the ‘hard’ part, guys. The next day you’ll want to stir again because the detergent will start to gel up. Have handy your containers. I chose to use 1 gal. milk cartons because we go through a lot of milk and it took me no time at all to collect 10. But use what ever works best for you. No matter what size container you choose, remember that this mixture is concentrated and you’ll mix with water 1-1. I filled all the milk cartons with 8 c. of water and then 8 c. of detergent. If you want to use smaller or larger containers just figure what the half is.

Oh, another helpful tip to pass on; a funnel comes in handy. It gets a little messy. But at least your making a mess with soap, right? Easy clean up. ;)

This is really easy, I swear!! To see it detail per detail it may seem like a lot but it isn’t.

Have fun with it! Design your own bottle labels, find your favorite scented oil, whatever makes your heart sing.

Make it especially for you!!!

 

Happy Start-Saving-Tues-day day!!

 

Not Quite….

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Well, I can’t put my finger on it, but this just doesn’t do it for me. Maybe its too busy for me. I even kept it up for a couple of weeks to see if it would grow on me, but nothing, nada, zilch. The only thing that grew was the certainty that I did not like it at ALL.  I like the gallery walls that I’ve seen around the blog world and of course on every other page of the PB catalog, but my version doesn’t make the cut, not even a snip!  

So, down will go the gallery and out will come the spackling. Hole’y crap, there’s a lot of holes behind all that! I’ve got some work to do.

I’ll, of course, be back with an update. But meanwhile….
Anyone else have a gallery they can’t take their eyes off of? Tips? I’ll take ‘em if you got ‘em!

As always….happy Thursday, all!