That’s right, this time I’m ready for ya. Once again I decided to tackle a few smaller, more manageable, projects in order to keep the inspiration going and look more accomplished.
Also, I’m up to my elbows in dust from the ceiling project so I had to plan ahead to keep this from preventing my participation.
Project #1 – Chalkboard Rules
Here’s the inspiration pin (source):
I’m not really big on chalkboard paint for drinking glasses. Feels a bit… chalky when you’re trying to get your party on. So instead I worked on the glass jars from my cabinet and used them to label all the dry goods I have in my china cabinet.
I started by using painter’s tape on the bottom of the jars around a natural lip and then pulled out the chalkboard paint. It took a few coats to get the paint even and thick but they were quick to dry.
Painted and dried, filled with lentils, popcorn seeds and beans:
I like these smaller bottles better for my soap because it’s easier to pour and stays a lot cleaner than the giant bottles from Costco. The glass has a natural depression where the label was and with a little painters tape I was able to make these really easily:
Of course the chalkboard paint means it’s easy to relabel these for use with dishwasher soap or anything else when they’re re-purposed. And yes, the big jug from Costco really does fill up 4-6 of these taller bottles.
Project #2 Paint Chip Art
This is such a Pinterest project… it’s free, comes from the hardware store and is endlessly customizable. Here’s the inspiration pin (source):
I grabbed a boatload of paint chips during a going out of business sale. The location was closing and they had already closed the paint center so I just swept through and found a bunch of paint swatches in similar hues. Not knowing how big my piece would be I found out I needed a few more yellow which I picked up later at Home Depot.
Using a small candle jar seal (the plastic piece that fits on the lid of the glass jar) I traced two sizes of circles on the paint chips. Of course if you have a fancy puncher or cutter thingy it would be easier but I’m low tech. Trace in pencil, cut, clean up with an eraser. Easy peasy.
I decided to pop this project into a frame I bought some time ago for the guest room and it took me just about an hour to layer the circles how I wanted them. I worked my way in from the corners, overlapping as I went and used double sided tape to secure.
After it was done I trimmed the edges so it would fit back in the frame and popped it under the glass. The middle is quite a bit thicker than the edges but I like the effect. It’s a little like fish scales.
Now, what project should I tackle next? Here are the contenders:
Vote and let me know what you want to see next!