A Miscellany of Projects

I think I’ve mentioned that while I have not been the most faithful at blogging, I have done an okay job at taking pictures of various projects that I have worked on. However, as I was going through pictures, none of them seemed to quite merit their own blog post. Which brings us to our title: a miscellany of projects. It’s a real word, look it up. (I did..) I almost went with a GOULASH of projects, but I reeeally don’t like goulash, so here we are.

First, let’s take a journey to my pinterest-worthy craft room.

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Not what you were expecting? I take what I can get.
Someday that will all be livable space with real floors and walls and ceiling. Someday.

Do you spy the color wheel?

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I got my inspiration AND the free cut file/pattern from here. Hers is super cute (and taken in much better lighting).

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I made it on a piece of foam board and used fabric, paper, buttons, and stickers. I really liked the Picasso quote and so I stamped that out too. It was a fun little project to do to add some color to my “space” and it was very simple and non-time-consuming. (I told you..not enough to stand on it’s own as a blog post.)

Next, I have a wreath I made for Spring.

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I made the felt flowers, the nest if from Hobby Lobby, and the eggs are from an antique shop in Kalona, IA.

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A little more subdued than my usual choice of colors, but it worked really well for Spring.

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I painted our side tables. Our coffee table and two side tables were a GREAT DEAL from a friend’s garage sale soon after we were married. We slapped some black spray paint on them, but they were really starting to show some wear and tear.

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So, as I was in the very early stages of labor with Benji, I painted (while taking precautions and staying in a very well ventilated area: aka the outdoors).

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We used a grayish beige sort of color (greige, if you will) that we had lying around. Before the hubs and I had our kiddos we used to, you know, just go to stores together. We didn’t even have to bring along a snack or push two carts. Anywho, when we would go to a hardware store together I found it difficult, nay impossible, to pass by the “oops paint” without perusing the colors and probably buying a can or two. Present day me would give past me a slightly judgmental look. This was one of many colors that I probably had no real need to ever get and have consequently used, but only because it was there and I’m sure I gave some sort of promise about how I would definitely use the paint for all sorts of projects. hah.

If you follow me on instagram, you may have spotted my giant chalkboard where I was doing verses of the week and REALLY need to get back into the habit of doing again.

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So much about that picture has changed (mainly no more book shelves in our living room) that it makes me want to give a “house tour” and take pictures of every room. But then I think about how I would need to clean them all…

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Maybe I’ve done less chalkboard verses since I’ve been doing a lot more Bible journaling. I think I am going to take an entire post to share about that, but I’ll just share one page.

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I also painted our side entrance leading down to the basement. This was before.

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It was a dingy white that had yellow sealant sprayed on it (THAT’S a long story) from when we first moved in and just needed some TLC badly.

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So I just continued the yellow from the kitchen.

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We also added the baskets on the wall (from Walmart) and the hooks for the cleaning supplies. Not super glamorous, but the organization makes a huge difference.

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And our pots and pans on our spraypainted pegboard also help with organization. We have a fairly small kitchen with not a lot of cabinets or counter space, so we have tried to be as creative as possible with where and how to store things.

Sooo….there you have it. What may have been my most random blog post ever. If you made it to the end, then I truly believe you are a dear, dear friend. I still have more to share (Bible journaling, a furniture redo, two room redos) but those should be enough to stand on their own. Thanks for sticking with me. Hopefully you learned a little more about me or felt a little inspired to go do one of those less-than-glamorous, but satisfying-to-finally-accomplish projects.


DIY Footboard to Chalkboard

You know what makes for a fun starting point for a DIY project?
Old head and foot boards.

I first discovered this with our old headboard that we cut up, painted, and made into a shelf for my craft room. Here it is a little while ago with all sorts of craft supplies.

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We inherited an old footboard from our old apartment (it was there when we moved in, so we took it with us when we moved out). I had no idea what I was actually going to do with it, but my long-suffering husband didn’t let that bother him as we moved it to our new house…and let it sit in the basement for 2 years.

Well, earlier in the summer we participated in a multi family garage sale and I knew that was the perfect opportunity to give this footboard new life!

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Here it is in all it’s “before” glory. And *whistle whistle* look at those sexy calves! (It’s hard to a cat call in writing…)

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I sanded ‘er down as best I could, and got to painting. I’m not sure what color this is. It’s kind of a warm, beige-y gray, but I’m a fan. We bought it a long time as some discounted “oops” paint and this was the first time I have used it. I used to get really excited if there was a color I might like in the clearance section and buy it, just to have it sit in the basement. Yet, another way my husband has proved himself long suffering.

This is the “front” of the footboard that would face out when attached to a bed frame. I had plans for the other, flat side.

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I taped off my newly painted areas so that I could spray paint some chalkboard paint on the flat surface. After the paint was all dry I distressed a little with a sander.

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I love that there is chalkboard spray paint. How awesome is that. I gave it 2 coats and let it completely dry over night.

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Then I followed instructions and lightly rubbed some chalk over the whole surface. This helps to prevent the previous thing that you wrote showing up even after you erased it.

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Perfect for countdowns (you can see exactly how long ago I made this…)

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Or for writing messages or a daily verse.

Chalk Foot Board

It didn’t sell at the garage sale (in fact it’s still in my friend’s garage—sorry Janae!). So I will probably find a place to use it in our house until it can find another home.

footboard Collage