Monday, February 28, 2011

Tutorial on Magnetic Chalkboard Wall

We have several Chalk board walls in our home: one in baby room & one in kitchen. We LOVE them. We get a lot of questions about our chalkboard walls from family and friends, so we decided to do a tutorial for ya’ll, so you can create your own chalkboard wall! Give us feed back if it was helpful.

Magnetic Chalkboard Wall
There are two options to create a chalkboard wall. You can paint directly on the wall (what we did) or you can cut, measure, and paint a piece of pile wood. If you want a smooth surface, I suggest you do the latter. If you are like us and you are too lazy to take those extra steps like us (lol). In this tutorial, we are showing you the lazy easy way. Creating a chalkboard wall isn't hard to do. It can be very time consuming though. Allocate at least three days to complete.  If you want it to be magnetic, then add another day.
Project difficulty: Easy as pie!
Project duration: 3-5 days (depends on you) It could take you longer if you have a large area you will be painting. Also, if you want it to be magnetic, it will take longer.

Things you will need for this project:

  1. Paint brush
  2. Mini Roller & Pan
  3. Big Roller
  4. Drop cloth
  5. Magnetic Paint ( We used Rust-Oleum)
  6. Chalkboard paint ( We used Valsper)
  7. Painter’s tape
  8. Tape measure
  9. 2 Stir sticks
  10. Rags
  11. Pencil
  12. Hand held Paint Pan
  13. Regular roller paint pan
  14. Gloves
  15. Can opener
Step 1: Preparing the Area
First, you have to measure with the tape measure where you want the chalkboard to be and mark off with the pencil. Then tape it off with the painter’s tape. Next, wipe down the area with a rag to insure there is no dirt, lent, etc... on the wall it can potentially leave unpainted spots on the wall.
Step 2: Apply Magnetic paint (Read back of can)
clip_image007clip_image009First, mix the magnetic paint with a stir stick. Then pour paint into the Mini Roller pan. Roll unto side edges with mini roller. Next, use paint brush to get top and bottom edges (you can just use paint brush to do all the edging; however, we found that using roller to do side edges and paint brush to do top worked best for us). Then, pour paint into regular roller pan. Use a big roller to apply the magnetic paint to the rest of the area. Cover area completely with a thick coat. Let dry for about 2 – 4 hours (depends on how ventilated the area is). Repeat as many times as necessary. *We paint about four coats (until the can was empty). Remember, you are going to be putting about two coats of chalkboard paint over the magnetic paint. You want it to be strong enough to hold medium size magnets.
Step 3: Apply Chalkboard Paint
Apply chalkboard paint the same as applying magnetic paint. Except you have to let chalkboard paint dry at least 24 hours! Also, apply at least two coats. Make sure to remove tape while paint is still wet to prevent uneven lines.
Step 4: Enjoy!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baby got a New Ride

Happy 4 months AJ! :)

Time is flying. My baby is growing up SO fast. He is pulling people's hair, cheeks, clothes...etc.. :)
He trying to crawl, walk, and take food out of our mouths. Little crumb snatcher! lol

We got this from CL. For $30.
It's from Baby's R. Us

Let's just say I get a deal! :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Baby Room Revisited

Update: I decided to update the baby room! We changed lamps. We moved some stuff around.& We added more of a personal touch! If you want the break down of how much I spent, go here.


Video Tour of Aj's Room

Check the room out at:

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dinning Table Redo

I really LOVE this next transformation that we did. We had a lot of help from friends & family(Smitty & Stanley) with this transformation. Thanks you Guys! YOU are the best!!


Which do you like best???

Also, I am thinking about painting the chairs white, but SENIOR is protesting against this. I guess because of all the hard work that went into finishing the table & chairs, but I am going to get my way ( I hope I am going to get my way)! lmao..
 But I am going for a look like this with the table & chairs:

Isn't this beautiful??
Senior, Can I pretty please with ice on the top change the chairs to white???? :)

So how did we do it?
Well, We took apart the table, sanded it down & we stained it.

We used this on the table & chairs. We used rags to rub on the stain instead of paint brushes. I find that rubbing it down with rags helps the stain to absorb better then paint brushes.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Serving Tray: before & after



I think I like it better white. What do you think?

If your curious on the paint color, I used :

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Deal of the Week! :)

These containers are good for organization for the pantry, cabinets, etc. Right now, I am just using them for my pantry. I love these containers. I got them from Wal- mart on sale for $2.00!! Regular price for these Sterilite containers is $5.00. You can find them online, but it's not the same deal that you can get in the store. Head to your local Wal-mart and pick you up some & reorganize your pantry! :)  

I love fresh flowers in the house, and I love getting them for half the price!
$2.50 on clearance from Wal-mart! Aren't they beautiful??. Don't mind the crazy looking person's reflection in the mirror..LMBO!

Monday, February 21, 2011

For Sale!

I am selling some stuff on craigslist if you are interested in any of it, contact me! :) Click the photo to go to the CL ad:

Happy Monday

This weekend was so much fun! We had a paint party on Saturday. It was a couple of friends talking, drinking wine and painting! :) Of course, there was no drinking for me! I am still breastfeeding.. Anyway, we painted one side of the hallway. I will show pictures of the finished project later. We really enjoyed ourselves. I have more painting to do, so I will be having another paint party soon. Until then,  here's some pictures of the paint party:

In the beginning:

First coat!
Second Coat:
& down

Such a GREAT Night:
Thanks A.P., Dez & Mega!

Sunday was supposed to be our relax day; nevertheless, Senior and I worked hard from the time we woke up until we went to sleep. We cut the grass, cleaned up some of the house,washed the dogs, took them and Junior to the lake and went to Wal-mart. The trip to the lake was awesome because it was Juniors first time going to the lake.

Such a great Weekend! How was yours?
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