Wednesday, March 13, 2013

One March project - done!

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Thank you, everyone, for your get well wishes. I'm still fighting this cold but I'm definitely feeling better. It's helping that it's about 60 degrees outside right now! I love love love this weather. I spent about an hour yesterday digging in the garden and preparing it for the season while the boys played soccer. Oh, I missed spring so much :)

But on top of gardening, we also worked  on one small March project here. For a while, I wanted to replace my "menu planner" with something nicer and more practical. This is what I used to have:

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Yep, nasty wipe-off fridge sticky thing that I've been using for the past 3 years that's permanently dirty, unfortunately (and yes, my menu plan this week is pathetic...). But not any more!

Now I have this, and I love it:

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A few months ago, after we finished Boy's room, we had some leftover chalk paint from their chalkboard, and I thought I wouldn't need any more, so I gave it to my friend. Then when I came to visit, I saw that she painted a huge chalkboard on her kitchen wall for grocery lists, menus and for kids to play. I immediately fell in love with the idea! I wanted it in my kitchen too.

The problem is that our kitchen is small. We just didn't have a wall to paint. Until I had the idea (and had to buy more chalk board paint :). We could do it on the pantry door!! As usual, I forgot to take a before picture of the door but it's just the plain kind, nothing fancy. I like how it looks right now much better :)

I don't have a tutorial for it. It was nothing special really. There are millions of tutorials for chalk boards out there. I simply taped, lightly sanded, primed and painted the door, and then did the same steps (minus taping) with some molding. Don't you love this bright cheerful yellow?? I do :)

I also added a cabinet pull handle attached upside down to hold chalks:

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I got it at Hobby Lobby for about $2 (on 50% sale). I just love how this door chalk board turned out! It's great for menu planning and grocery lists. And the kids love it too:

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Say Hello to Big Foot :)

And now we are done with one of our March projects here. I love when projects turn out exactly the way I planned them:)

I shared this project with these great parties:

The Shabby Nest,  Chick on a Shoestring DecoratingMy Turn for Us,  
 Under the Table and Dreaming   Elizabeth & CO    Thrifty Decor Chick 

42 comments:

  1. I have a chalk board in my kitchen also! I love the yellow around yours.

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    1. Isn't it just so useful in the kitchen??

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  2. That turned out cute. My kids have an easel chalkboard that they're always dragging out into the middle of the living room. It'd be nice to have one stuck on the wall instead.

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    1. Yeah, in the middle of the living room would be fun :) Maybe, you need to attach it to the wall somewhere? :)

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  3. That Looks soo much better! Looks really good! The chalk board holder is such a great idea!

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  4. I LOVE it Lena ! I wish I had room for a larger chalk board in my kitchen, however I have no walls there either for one, hence my little retro board instead. Hope you get better faster then you have been. xx

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    1. I love your little board :) The pantry door was the only place where it would work for us.

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  5. That is such a cute idea! Good job!

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  6. So darn cute!! Our DD#1 is doing one like this in her laundry/mudroom. Hope your boys will be willing to share it with you! Ha

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    1. It would be great to have one in the laundry room!

      Luckily, they can't reach to the top of it :)

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  7. That was a clever idea to use the door pull to put the chalk in.

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    1. Thank you. I saw it a long time ago somewhere online and just loved it.

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  8. That looks great, and definitely much of an upgrade to what it was before!

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  9. You never cease to amaze me. I LOVE it!

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  10. That turned out really cute!

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  11. I love how that turned out! I'd like to do that on my pantry door, too, but it is 6 panel oak, and I think my husband might have something to say about it!

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    1. Yeah, it would be hard :) Our door was cheap and ugly, so Hubby didn't mind at all :)

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  12. That looks really nice, and yes, the yellow is perfect!

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    1. I love this yellow! I think it will make me so happy on a dreadful cold day next winter :)

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  13. That's a great idea, and I love the chalk holder too. I have a chalk board and the hardest time finding my chalk.

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    1. I saw this idea online a while ago, and I thought it would be perfect for our door!

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  14. That looks great and I expect your children will have lots of fun with it. Love that you did it so thrifty too.

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    1. Thank you Rhonda! I think, thrifty is a necessary evil in my style :)

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  15. Lena - that worked out well. I don't think that far ahead for meals - we tend to go more or less day by day. I'm organised in other areas so I need to think about meal planning. Cheers

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    1. If I didn't plan weekly, we totally overspend. We try to stay within a budget, and it's not always easy :)

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  16. Hi Lovely. I'm your newest follower from Blog Hop.
    Your blog is awesome.
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    xoxo
    Rena

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    1. Thank you Rena and welcome :) I'm following back :)

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  17. Nice. I like how you built a frame and added a chalk holder. Very creative, as usual.

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  18. This looks awesome! I would love to do something like this!

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    1. Thank you Sharon! I love having a chalkboard in my kitchen :)

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  19. Would love this on my pantry door too! How well does chalk erase? Does it come off pretty easily or does it leave it's mark time and time again?

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    1. It comes off pretty easily (and as you can see, it gets plenty of abuse :) I conditioned it before using by applying chalk all over, and it works great!

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