2012 DIY Projects Completed So Far!

3 Jul

I am sooo excited about the DIY projects I’ve just completed!

I’m typically not the best DIYer, but with a little help from The Hubs and the motivation to get these projects done, I’m extremeley proud of how they turned out!

The first was a project that came up by chance. I had an large frame lying around that I really like the design of, but couldn’t find a good print to put in it. I’d come across some fun ideas of making a chalk/pin board for the kitchen and thought, why the heck not try it out.

With The Hubs’s help, I bought some plywood, chalkboard paint, magnetic paint and some cork board. 

This project was started back in March or April and then sat unfinished in the garage until a couple of weeks ago. I had already completed most of the chalkboard portion, but needed to figure out the best way to lay out the cork board to fit the space I had.  So one evening while watching some Giants baseball, I got to work!

Here’s the finished product:

LOVE! It’s a great place to plan grocery lists, meals and where we can pin up important things (like a Giants magnetic baseball schedule – the only magnetic place in the kitchen!)

If I were to do it over again, I’d try to sand down the plywood more on the chalkboard section or use a piece of glass instead (Sarah TOLD me to do this, but I didn’t listen.). It isn’t always the easiest to erase because of the texture. I typically use a damp towel to erase since paper towel leaves remnants.  

The other project was a picture hallway project. The inspiration started with this post from Katie over at Bower Power. I had bought one frame AGES ago and it just sat in the spare room. The Hubs kept asking when that project would get completed. Well, on my day off the other day, I got work going through ALL of our wedding pictures to find the best ones. (Definitely made me a bit sentimental!)  Katie modified her prints so they were all sepia, but I love color and the colors of our wedding, so I opted to use a combination of color and sepia (black & white was a bit harsh).

I followed Katie’s method of having a “Groom” frame, “Bride” frame and an “Us” frame.  I used scrap paper to come up with how to lay out the photos in each frame and also how to hang them on the wall.

I think they turned out AWESOME! EXACTLY what I was envisioning! How often does that happen???

Since I was in the hallway anyways, I decided to finally hang our Junior Prom picture as well and came up with a plan to also hang a wedding picture (where we are in a similar pose) next to it.  

I love to look at these pictures and compare them. The Hubs says we look MUCH cooler now! hehe 🙂

I had room for two more frames, so my plan is to put a maternity picture in one and a family picture in the other. We may put a couple of pictures of us with Rusty as a pup and with him as a BIG dog in the interim if I can find some.

Here’s our new hallway in all it’s picture glory! 

I love it! Makes it so much more homey! The Hubs also loves it, as he told me more then once how great the hallway looks with all of the pictures in it. I’m definitely going to be “inviting” people into the hallway so they can check it out!

The results from these projects has given me more confidence in my creative/decorating abilities! (I was also pleasantly surprise with the finishing touches I put on our bedroom! Details to come!)

Hopefully I can apply all this new found inspiration for the nursery and other areas of our home! 🙂

2 Responses to “2012 DIY Projects Completed So Far!”

  1. kimberly michelle (@kim_michelle) July 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Nice job with the DIY! 🙂 That nesting instinct sure is popping up early!!! 🙂


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