Chalkboard Menu Planner

Hello! It’s Carrie, visiting again from Lovely Etc. I have a project to share with you today that I have been needing to make for sooo long.

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There is pretty much nothing I hate more than coming home from work and realizing that I don’t have any idea what we are going to have for dinner. By five o’clock on a week day, my brain is fried.

I can pretty much guarantee that any decision made at that point in time is going to be a bad decision. One that involves way too many calories and way too much money spent on an extra trip to the grocery store that I didn’t feel like making to begin with.

The really crazy part is that I actually do plan ahead before doing the grocery shopping for the week. I plan what we will have for dinner and make a shopping list and everything. But by the end of the week, I am wracking my poor exhausted brain trying to remember what I actually bought at the store and why and it isn’t pretty.

So it was more than time for a menu planner in the kitchen. I am in the middle of putting together a command center in our kitchen and this little menu planner is the first step.

I started with a hardboard clipboard. Mine has a little extra patina because it was a Goodwill find, but you can also get these anywhere that sells office supplies for just a couple of bucks.

 

hardboard clipboard

 

I painted the clipboard after carefully taping off the metal part with painter’s tape. I definitely wanted to use chalkboard paint, but instead of using regular black chalkboard paint, I went with a turquoise chalkboard paint that I am loving. (Did you guys know you can get chalkboard paint in pretty much any color? There are even recipes to make your own but I went with this kind which comes premixed.)

 

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Once the paint was dry, I added a title – Let’s Eat! I drew the lettering on myself and then painted it in using a paint marker. You can also print out the words in your favorite font and then transfer them to the clipboard using a pencil. (You may want to check out these simple instructions for transferring something.)

 

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For the days of the week, I glued some old metal scrapbooking letters I had onto the side of my clipboard. The letters I used aren’t available anymore, but there are tons of options in the scrapbooking section of your local crafts store. Or just paint on the days of the week using your paint marker.

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Before you start using it, be sure to rub a piece of chalk all over the chalkboard paint and then wipe it off. You need to do this no matter what type of chalkboard paint you use to prepare the chalkboard for chalk.

 

Turquoise chalkboard menu planner

 

Lets Eat -menu planner

 

Then all that’s left is actually using it! This baby is going to be hanging on the wall in our kitchen very soon. I’m actually kind of excited about meal planning this week – and I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I have ever said that!

 

Wow, this is so smart and so cute Carrie! I despise meal planning too! What a great solution!

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The Creative Collection Link Party

Hey guys!!! It’s that time again to see what creative things you have been up to. We are so glad you’ve joined us again for The Creative Collection Link Party, let’s check out the team’s favorite projects this week.


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7 Drawer Dresser Built from Pallets | Her Tool Belt

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Biscoff Crunch Ice Cream Cake recipe at TidyMom.net

Biscoff Crunch Ice Cream Cake | Tidy Mom

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Kitchen Remodel
Kitchen Remodel Reveal | Love of Homes

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Brown Paper Fall Wreath | The DIY Mommy

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Halfway Homemade Caesar Dressing | AKA Design

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Handpainted Pumpkin Crate | Maybe She Made It

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Back to School Apple Donuts | Your Homebased Mom

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$500 Home Depot Giveaway

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Last week I had the amazing opportunity to go to Cleveland, Ohio to co-host Home Depot’s Do It Herself workshop this month. This month’s project was the DIH Rolling Cart.

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Get the full building plans here.

At the workshop I was able to give gift cards to some of the people that attended and as an extra bonus the store had three different carts pre-built and had all the cutting material pre-cut for the attendees. Together we built a cart and also raffled that off and gave another lucky winner all the material to build the cart in their own at home.  The attendees were very involved in the class and they each had a chance to get more familiar with the tools that we used to build this project. I feel like the tools can be a bit overwhelming and also intimidating for most people but that’s what I love so much about the DIH workshops, these projects are very doable and every girl can build them. It’s just the matter of getting use to the tools being used. Also, I wanting to point out something that a lot of the attendees didn’t know, the Home Depot staff are there to help you. Use them! This cart becomes WAY easier if you take your cut list to the store and have the store cut everything you need. Then, when you get home you just have to put it together which is the easy part. For me, the hardest part for a build project is getting every single cut perfect.  All in all, it was so fun to build right in the Home Depot store with these ladies!

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Now this is where YOU come in! If you missed the DIH workshop, you can still get everything you need to build your very own rolling cart (and A LOT more!!!) by entering to win this amazing giveaway! I mean who wouldn’t want $500 to Home Depot!? Pretty sure you do if you’re reading our blog! *winks*

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Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow us on Instagram @classyclutter 

  2. Find the Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway photo on our feed and tag a friend that loves DIY projects!

Winner will be chosen Sunday, August 31st!

Now the question is, what would YOU buy with $500 to Home Depot???

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Post and giveaway are sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Painted Paint Swatch Placemats

They say the first sign of an addiction is when you don’t even realize the severity of your condition. Folks… I think I’m there. My name is Charlotte (from Ciburbanity) and I’m an ombre-aholic. It’s gotten so bad that when I planned these paint swatch placemats, I didn’t even realize that they were teeecccchnically in the ombre category (duh). Well nevertheless, I love them. And I’m doing a little happy dance to share it with you lovely Classy Clutter readers!

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There are so many fun things you can do with ACTUAL paint swatches. Like here and here and here. But I love that this is a totally practical and easy way to decorate your table AND keep the dinner-time wreckage to a minimum. (Placemats for the win, amiright?)

placemat materials

Materials:

  • canvas painter’s drop cloth
  • fabric glue
  • paint (pick the swatch you like, and get one sample pot per color)
  • thin tape (I used a waterproof floral tape)
  • Polycrylic to seal the paint and give the placemats some sheen for easier cleaning
  • iron

Decide what size you want your placemats and cut them at least 1/2″ larger to allow for the fold-over edges. Iron your edges and glue according to the directions. (I used fabric glue so squeezed a line of glue, let it sit for a few minutes, and folded down the edges.)

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glued edge

Divide your placemat into quadrants and tape off each section. (Or into fifths if you select a paint swatch with five colors!) Make sure to really rub in your tape edges here… you want those lines to be crispity crisp.

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pressing tape edges

I used cheap ol’ foam brushes for this, but anything will do… just be careful around those tiny little tape lines. Tip… I didn’t paint my colors in order because I didn’t want to be worried about painting over wet edges. Don’t be alarmed if your placemats get all wrinkled with the paint… they’ll flatten out with the Polycrylic!

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first stripes placemat

wrinkled placemats

Once these were dry, I went over the front and the back with 2+ coats of Polycrylic to help seal them.

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placemats table set

It’s that simple! From now on, I will be paint swatching everything… ombre is SO last month. And the month before that. But I’m totally over it.

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(Psst… I made those napkins a few weeks ago and they’re even EASIER than the placemats! Promise!)

These are soooo cool! You know how much we love paint and paint swatches!

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How to make a chalkboard wall

How to paint a giant chalkboard wall

One of my boys’ requests when we redecorated their room was a chalkboard. We thought it would be super fun to do a giant one. Our walls are not overly textured (luckily!) but there are definitely a few steps you need to take if you are going to paint your walls into a chalkboard.

Prep Wall

Materials:

Sandpaper

Spackling Paste (if you need to fill nail holes or minor imperfections)

Painter’s Tape (not pictured)

Chalkboard Paint

Paint stir stick

Paint can opener or flat head screwdriver

Smooth paint roller

Mallet (optional – I use this to close my paint cans after use)

Paint Wall

Instructions:

  1. Use spackling paste to fill any nail holes or imperfections in your wall.
  2. Sand the entire wall smooth. If you have textured walls, you’re going to want to make it as smooth as possible so you can actually write on it when you’re done without it being bumpy. No one wants that.
  3. Tape the edges of your wall, including trim or anywhere you don’t want paint, obviously.
  4. Using your paint roller, apply a thin coat of the chalkboard paint and let dry throughly.  It dries pretty quickly but make sure it is totally dry before you go adding the 2nd coat. Next, apply a second coat of chalkboard paint and make sure the wall is completely black.
  5. Prime the wall. Not with primer. When the wall is 100% dry (check your paint can for details – some brands of paint recommend days or weeks before applying chalk), you will want to prime the wall with chalk. Using the side of a piece of regular white chalk, cover your entire chalkboard with chalk.
  6. Erase the entire wall and you’re done! Now you and your little ones can doodle to your hearts content.

DIY Chalkboard Wall

See the full Superhero Room Reveal here.

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The Creative Collection Link Party

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Welcome to this week’s link party! (So sorry it’s a little later than usual!!) Thanks so much for coming to party with us!

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Anthropologie Inspired DIY Mirror | Bigger Than the Three of Us

 

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Jens-FaveGold Duck Tape Necklace, Delineate Your Dwelling ‪#‎knockoff‬ ‪#‎anthropologie‬
Gold Duct Tape Necklace | Delineate Your Dwelling

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Mini MCM Makeover | Bre Purposed

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Guest Room Printables | Elegance and Enchantment

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Ruler Donuts & Ruler Tray | Your Homebased Mom

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Ice Cream Cake with Circus Animal Crust | Food Faith Fitness

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7 Adorable Eat-in Kitchens

I love the seating arrangement! Great way to get a lot of people (or kidd0s!) around the table. | BHG

Savannah’s dining room is perfection! The navy hutch matches the navy polka dotted seat cushions. The yellow table is genius and I still can’t get over the light fixture | Read about her dining room here.

I love love love all the bright color happening in this little breakfast nook! | HGTV

I love the farmhouse feel and the different seating! | Adventures in Decorating

So I’m not sure I would ever do this in my own home but the black and white and gold are amazing together!! I could see this color combo in a formal dining room. I love the gold base on the table too! | source

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Our kitchen is teeny tiny but I love our little breakfast nook. Since this photo, I’ve painted it grey beneath the chair rail, added polka dots to the curtains and I’m currently working on painting a new dining table and chairs set! I plan on painting it the same as this set but the new table is a bit bigger.

The tulip table combined with the MCM chairs is dreamy! I love the EAT on the wall too! | BHG

7 Adorable Eat-in Kitchens

So which one is your fave?

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Our Favorite DIYs

Today I am so excited because I am in Cleveland for the #DIHWorkshop at Home Depot! Since I will be there today I wanted to share with you some of our favorite projects/DIY that we could not have done without Home Depot!

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Colorful Master Bedroom

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DIY Fur Ottoman

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Pixelated Wall Treatment

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Black and White Playroom with DIY Valance

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Hanging Macrame Chair instagram-wall-tutorial

Instagram Photo Wall

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DIY Canning Organizer

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Airplane Valance

DIY-Scalloped-Wall

Scalloped Sharpie Wall

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Laundry Room Redo

Do you have a favorite project of yours? If so, I would love to hear about it!

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The Ultimate Silhouette Giveaway

The Ultimate Silhouette Giveaway

Hosted by:

Silhouette America & The Pinning Mama

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We are sooooo beyond excited about this giveaway! We are hosting this giveaway along with some of our favorite bloggers out there! Mallory and I both have Silhouette and LOVE them! We use them very very often. This machine is a must have when it comes to crafting supplies. Whether you craft morning, noon, and night, or have just been browsing Pinterest and seen some of the super cool things the Silhouette CAMEO can do, this giveaway is going to knock your socks off! We have partnered with over 30 awesome blogs to bring you everything you need to do almost any Silhouette project you can imagine, from glass etching, to custom shirts, and vintage signs with this prize package you will be more than set!

The Ultimate Silhouette CAMEO giveaway!  Win  a Silhouette CAMEO and one of EVERY starter kit they make! Over $550 value!

The Prize:

1 Silhouette CAMEO

1 Glass Etching Starter Kit

1 Stamping Starter Kit

1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit

1 Vinyl Starter Kit

1 Fabric Ink Starter Kit

1 Rhinestone Starter Kit

1 Sketch Pen Starter Kit

1 Double Sided Adhesive Starter Kit

That is right! We are giving away a Silhouette CAMEO electronic cutting machine and one of EVERY starter kit that Silhouette makes! That is a value of over $550, not to mention the ability to craft your heart out for a very long time! Enter the giveaway by using the Rafflecopter below. And remember if you don’t win, you can see the current Silhouette Sale & Promo Code here. Good Luck!

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Fresh Peach Dessert

Hey, Classy Clutter readers! It’s Adell, from Baked in Arizona.  I am excited to share another great recipe with you today!

 

This recipe was sent to me from my sister-in-law. Her husband has a total sweet tooth (almost as much as me) and this is by far one of his most favorite desserts! My family went crazy over it too. Just make sure you use fresh (not canned) peaches.

My grandpa grew up in Utah where they grow some delicious peaches. After one bite of this dessert he said “Now those are peaches!” haha! I loved it cause he could tell right away that I used fresh peaches and absolutely loved the dish. I don’t know about you but making food (treats!) that my family loves brings me so much joy!

 

The baked graham cracker crust is followed by a layer of peach jello & fresh peaches all mixed together. Then you top it off with a sweet cream cheese mixture and sprinkle more graham crackers on top! Just writing about it is making my mouth water :).

If you want to make this a no-bake dessert you don’t have to bake the crust. I prefer it with the crust baked. It makes it easier to cut and serve and adds a nice crunch on the bottom. But if you want to just press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan and not bake it, that will work as well.

I hope you enjoy this cool, creamy, peachy treat as much as we did!
Fresh Peach Dessert

Ingredients:

  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • 2 packages graham crackers, crushed (or 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 5 cups fresh peaches, peeled & diced.
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 (3 ounce) package peach jello
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) carton cool whip
Instructions:
  1. FOR THE CRUST: Crush the graham crackers in a food processor (or zip top bag with a rolling pin) and place in a bowl. Add the sugar. Melt the butter and pour over the crushed crackers & sugar. Stir till all crumbs are moist. Take out 2 cups and set aside for the top. Now add 1 tablespoon water. Press into the bottom of a 13×9″ pan & bake for 8 minutes at 375. Allow the crust to cool. (For a no-bake dessert you can omit the baking of the crust. It will be more crumbly when serving).
  2. FOR THE FILLING: Peel and cut the fresh peaches into about 1 inch pieces and set aside. Bring the water, sugar and cornstarch to a boil. Add the package of peach jello and stir till dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add the peaches once cooled and gently pour over cooled crust. Chill until set (about 2 to 4 hours)
  3. FOR THE TOPPING: Cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in the cool whip. Spread over the top of the set jello filling. Chill to set and top with the remaining graham cracker crumb mixture before serving.
  4. NOTES: 2 packages of graham crackers is about 18 sheets or 2 cups crushed. To get 5 cups of diced peaches, I used 7 small/medium peaches.
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