End is in sight

The guest room renovation end is in sight. We managed to clean out the closet and install a closet organizer.

Just a note: Trying to plan a closet system at the Container Store with a 4-year-old was perhaps not the best idea.

After we purchased all the little pieces we were off to read the 23 easy to understand steps.

Overall the process was fairly easy or it will look like that based on the pictures.

For this step you will actually need to determine if there are studs in the wall and then when they are poorly spaced buy a drill bit to put the wall anchors in. And when that doesn’t work you will drill directly into the wall just to be finished with it. Which ultimately, was the correct way.

We installed a few shelves to start and are still working on the spacing. The modular nature of the shelves are great as they can change based on my crafting needs.

With the closet organizer installed I was finally able to start organizing all the crafts stuff and put it all away. Next step finishing the cabinets.

Longest Renovation Ever

I feel like the guest room has turned into the longest renovation ever. Our lives keep getting in the way of completing the room and the mess upstairs is starting to look like an episode of Hoarders. So I have been trying to do what we can to keep moving. So I can keep my sanity.

I was extremely happy to start my first painting with my daughter. Our first of what I hope become a lifetime of collaborations.

We uses:

  • A 48X36 Canvas
  • Frog Tape
  • Brushes
  • Acrylic Paints (as many colors as you want)
  1. I started by painting a base coat over the whole canvas. 
  2. It took 2-3 coats to cover to the bright gold I was looking for. 
  3. Then take the frog tape and make a pattern. I was going for a “Glam Stained Glass Window” effect. So I taped triangles and selected a few complimenting colors to paint with. Make sure to press down on the tape to ensure you get a good seal on the tape since you will be removing it to create those crisp lines.
  4. Start painting. Each triangle took 2-3 coats of paint depending on the color. 
  5. Once the painting is completely dry carefully remove the tape. I had to correct a few lines which I did with a small paintbrush.
  6. Hang and enjoy!

Stand back and enjoy the small victory that I am one small step closer to finishing the room.

Chalk Wall – Project One

I decided this was the year to get projects done. One of my numerous ‘To Do’ lists. I started with what I knew would be a victory to keep me moving, The Chalk Wall. I installed it for a few reasons. Great place to do the week’s menu and to do list, did I mention I LOVE lists. It would replace the easel that was taking up precious real estate in my dining room. Win. Win. Win.

I find the best way to start is finding your brother in law, who has already installed a much larger chalk wall in his own home, get detailed instructions, borrow all the things you need, and learning from his mistakes. If this does not apply to you proceed on:

1. If you have textured walls you will need to lightly sand them down to get a more even surface.  You are not looking to make the wall completely flat at this point. I used a small electric hand sander for this part of the project. Ensure that while sanding you wear a mask, safety first.

2. You can then use a All Purpose Joint Compound to even out the surface. I used these large spackle knives to apply the compound to the wall. When applying the compound it does not need to be flat on the first application as you will be sanding it later in the process. Allow the compound to dry per the manufacturers instructions.

3. Once the first coating is dry, you can spend countless days trying to fill in the smaller uneven parts. Per my brother’s advice, “This is like frosting a cake, just call it at some point.”. Again wait for it to completely dry.

4. After you have completed leveling the wall you will sand it down. You will want the wall      to be completely smooth at this point. I used a hand sander for this. Again, safety first so wear a mask. We used a low dust product but it still creates quite a mess. Best done without the assistance of your children and prior to your husband steam cleaning the floors.Sanding Wall

5. I brushed the remaining dust off the wall and then taped off the wall for painting. You will then apply a coat, or two, of a primer, I used a latex based paint. Allowing it to dry per the manufaturers recommendations. Try to keep the paint strokes as even as possible. Base coat

6. I then used Hudson chalkboard paint which comes in a variety of colors. I went with the standard elementary school chalk board color. It took three coats of paint. You will then need it to set for 5 days, or a lifetime to a three year old, prior to using the wall.


7. Enjoy. And the first victory of my project list is accomplished.

* It is important to note to use just regular chalk not the sidewalk chalk on the wall. I use a wet towel to wipe it off after use.