Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Subway Tile in the Garden


In my garden I had a really ugly concrete block wall. I pondered different ideas of what to do with it. Between the brown on the house, the brown wood chips, the brown fence AND the brown wall, it was an overload of beige.

I've been adding color to my garden with flowers, pots, our blue picket fence and white roses, some patio chairs with bright colored pillows, but it wasn't enough to outweigh the ugly brown wall. And since I can't paint the fence or the house, the one thing I could do was paint the block wall.

I went through days were I thought a bright yellow would be cute, or a teal blue. But then I got to thinking that might be too much. Too bright, too overwhelming. So after some thinking and searching online, I fell in love with the idea of painting it to look like white subway tile with grey grout. YES! YES! YES! That's what I settled on and set out to accomplish.

It wasn't a quick process and definitely not fun, but the end result came out perfect! Just what I wanted.

1. First I painted the wall white with a Masonry paint. It took 2 coats and it took the use of a brush, a roller and a few smaller brushes in order to scrub the paint into the grout lines, which was a bit challenging, since all of the grout lines were different sizes.



2. Next I had to wait for it to dry, which didn't take long and I had to wait for it to cool down. Of course I decided to do this project on a warm April weekend. At least I could relax in my garden and watch S play while I took my breaks from painting.

3. And then came the grout. I started at one end and just kept going. I had several small painters brushes that I switched between since the grouts were different shapes and sizes as I went along. After several hours of painting it was done!


So happy that it is done, and I LOVE how it turned out. Eventually I might plant some climbing flowers there but for now I'm just going to enjoy the fun look of our now beautiful block wall!



Friday, April 22, 2016

A Splash of Color

I love our new house, but there was one spot that was too dark for my liking. It was our front hallway. It's a long, somewhat narrow, hallway to our front door. There are no windows, which means no natural light and with the dark grey wall color we chose, without the lights on, it is pretty dark.

So I pondered ideas of what to do, and it is still a work in progress, but the first thing I decided to do was paint the inside of my front door a bright color. Yes, I said BRIGHT. I chose Sherwin Williams Pink Burst and how I got my husband to agree with me and go along with this project, I have no idea. But he was totally on board which made me so happy!

I taped off the door and started to paint. The paint we purchased was a primer and paint in one but it still took several coats. I ended up painting 3 coats. This was also a high gloss paint, that way I can just wipe the little munchkin finger prints off with out a problem.

I'm loving our new door and it is just the pop of color I needed to make this hallway bright and cheery.

Here are the pictures from start to finish:



Monday, April 11, 2016

Chalkboard Fun

HI! I have a new project that I just completed yesterday...well, I actually started and completed it yesterday. It's a pretty easy one but makes a BIG impact!

In our old house I had a chalkboard wall to write down my grocery list, leave messages for my husband, remind myself of appointments, and most importantly, let little S doodle. So I wanted to add one in our new house. I found the perfect wall, searched Pinterest for some ideas and inspiration and headed to the hardware store.

Here is a list of what I bought/used:

1 - 1 x 6 x 8 pine board (have this board cut in half for you)
2 -  1 x 6 x 6 pine boards
Stain (I used Minwax Dark Walnut)
Chalkboard Paint
2 - Paint Brushes (one for the chalkboard paint, 1 for the stain)
Stud Finder

Here is how we completed this project:

1. First I stained my boards. Brushed on the stain, let it sit for 15 minutes or so and then rubbed the stain off with the rags. I did this step first so the boards could dry while I worked on the rest of the project.  You can pick out whatever kind of wood you like. I selected boards with knots in them, I like the contrast and the rustic look of the variation in colors.


2. I taped off my wall for the chalkboard paint, and started painting. It took 2 coats of chalkboard paint to give it a good solid cover.


3. Once the paint dried we started to hang our boards. Just a hammer and nails is what we used. But we did use a level to make sure the boards were straight and we also used our stud finder to get some of our nails in a stud for security.

4. To prep your wall take a piece of chalk out it on it's side and rub the whole area. Then wipe it off with a dry magic eraser, you could use a regular chalkboard eraser if you have one. You will have the perfectly prepped chalkboard wall ready for writing!

5. Draw away!

Where are you going to add your chalkboard wall?


- Pinterest - Shanty 2 Chic

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