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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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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Instagram Photo Wall

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DIY Canning Organizer

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Airplane Valance

DIY-Scalloped-Wall

Scalloped Sharpie Wall

Laundry-Room

Laundry Room Redo

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

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DIH Workshop with Home Depot – Rolling Beverage Cart

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We are SOOO excited to announce (if you didn’t see on Instagram already) that we are teaming up with Home Depot and will be helping to teach you how to build this adorable Rolling Beverage Cart at Home Depot’s Do It Herself workshop! Home Depot wants to encourage women of all skill levels to get their DIY on!

Join Savannah at the Home Depot in Cleveland to learn how to build this super cute cart! It is for builders of all skill levels!

  • When: August 21st, 2014
  • Where: Cleveland, Ohio (Store #3817)
  • Time: 6:30 pm

You MUST pre-register HERE if you’d like to attend (and we REALLY hope you do!!)

Savannah will be running the show with The Home Depot while Mallory may or may not be having a baby! So sad we can’t both be there!

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If you’re not near Cleveland, join our other bloggy friends!

Ana White | Midtown Atlanta, GA
Shanty 2 Chic
 | San Antonio, TX
All Things Thrifty  | Salt Lake City, UT
Live Laugh Rowe | Edwardsville, IL
Dukes and Duchesses | Fort Worth, TX

Too Much Time on My Hands | Brighton, CO

Also, don’t forget to join the live #DIHWorkshop Twitter party this Thursday, August 14 from 8 to 9 pm with host, Crissy Page!

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This post was sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own.

DIY Faux Fur Ottoman Tutorial

DIY Faux Fur Ottoman - www.classyclutter

When I saw these DIY Ottoman cubes from Shanty 2 Chic, I knew I needed some ASAP!  I have been wanting an ottoman for this little area for a while now. I wanted a Moroccan pouf but they’re not exactly budget friendly. The cheapest I’ve seen is $100+.

DIY CUBE OTTOMAN PLANS

Full building plans can be found HERE

I used the above building plans from Shanty2Chic and Ana-White to build it. I wanted to use of some of the wood I had on hand so I reused wood from a few other projects to build this. No one was going to see it anyway! I saved myself a few bucks in the process.

DIY Ottoman - Wood Frame

Next, I used foam core to cover the entire frame. I used my staple gun to attach the foam to the wood frame.

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Here it is all covered up. See, you’d never know I used navy blue wood pieces for half of it! ;)

DIY Ottoman - Foam Core

I sprayed the wooden legs gold just in case someone saw them but you really can’t see it now that it is covered in fur. When in doubt, spray it gold.

DIY Ottoman - Wood Legs

DIY Ottoman - Trace Foam Cushion

Next, I used 2″ foam for the top of the ottoman to make it comfy if it gets sat on, and it will.

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I used 5 Tejn Faux sheepskin rugs from Ikea to cover it. I forgot to get a photo of this step but I took the 5 rugs and cut out the squares I needed out of them. (You can follow this tutorial if you want!) I sewed them together to construct a big fuzzy furry box of fabric. I may or may not have broken 3 needles in the process and ended up hand sewing the last panel. Whatever works!

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I am head over heels in love with it and I think I’m so excited to be able to prop of my feet to write future blog posts! What do you think!? Don’t you just wanna toss your feet up there!? It is SOOO comfortable and it’s so fluffy I can’t even stand it!

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How to make and upholster a chair cushion

How to make an upholstered chair cushion

Almost a year ago, I found these amazing chairs on the side of the road. What!!?? I know. Someone couldn’t see past the yucky fabric and lack of seat cushion on the other two. Okay, I’ll give them that but seriously, these chairs are amazing and have incredible potential. I was immediately drawn to the detail on the back. The one in the center had a little more damage than I wanted to deal with so it ended up back on the curb but the one on the right and the one on the left were money!

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When Savannah and I competed in Creating with the Stars, I was in charge of the “paint” round and created the infamous Painterly Pixelated Wall that won us 1st place that round! When I thought about staging the wall, I wanted some bright fun furniture and funky accessories. My wheels started turning and I remembered this awesome (lonely in the basement) arm chair that needed a fun makeover so I’m going to teach you how to upholster a chair cushion!

I immediately got it outside (at 11pm mind you) and spray painted it gold. Next, if you remember, there’s no seat! Whoopsies! I went to my wood stash and I had this piece that was almost a perfect fit.

Once I got it screwed in, it was nice and sturdy so I didn’t mind that it wasn’t the exact shape of the chair’s frame.

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Next, I had this left over piece of foam so I cut it to size. Have you ever tried to cut this stuff??? You’re supposed to use an electric carving knife, Thanksgiving style, but I don’t have one so it was a good ole serrated knife and some major sawing for me. Pardon the scraggly edges.Don’t worry, know one will ever know.

Cut foam to size

Next up, batting. You’ll need to cover your wood base and foam with batting. You only need enough to cover your square and wrap around the foam.

staple batting

Staple that batting on and check to make sure if fits on your chair frame. It should fit snuggly after being all wrapped up in foam and batting.

Fit cushion to chair frame

Next, repeat the batting step with your fabric. I got the cute ikat polka dot in pink and white from Hobby Lobby and I think it is absolutely perfect! Next, attach the new upholstered cushion using some long screws and tada! Done!

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Isn’t it so cute! I really love this space and I’m sad I can’t keep it forever since I don’t have a daughter! I’ve since used all the furniture and accessories in other areas of my house. The cute chair now lives in my craft room at my sewing desk and she likes it there. ;)

How to make an upholstered chair cushion - www.classyclutter.net

 Now, don’t be afraid to pick up roadside, yard sale, or thrift store finds that need a little TLC! Totally worth it, right!?

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DIY Campaign Style Nightstands – Ikea Rast Hack

Campaign Style Nightstands - Ikea Rast Hack

 

This is probably the easiest way to dress up a plain ole’ Ikea Rast Nightstand, other than just painting it. I really like these nightstands because they provide a good amount of storage. Six, good sized, extra drawers for 2 nightstands is pretty impressive and definitely helped us when trying to find storage in this small bedroom. Also, for $34.99, they can’t be beat. The only problem is, they’re not very cute when you buy them. They need some dressing up for sure. Today I’m going to show you have to make them super cute and it’s super easy!

Campaign Style Nightstands - Ikea Rast Hack Materials:

Ikea Rast Chest of Drawers

Wood Filler

Sandpaper

Paint

12 – 2″ Corner Braces*

3 – Cup Drawer/Cabinet Pulls*

**If your corner braces and drawer pulls don’t match, spray paint them to match. I did that because I wanted mine gold.

Instructions:

1. First, assemble your nightstand according to the directions. Do not install the drawer pulls that it comes with.

2. Use wood filler (according to the directions on the bottle) and fill the predrilled holes on the drawer fronts. When dry, sand them smooth with sandpaper.

3. Paint your nightstand whatever color you’d like. I used white and poured a little bit of Behr’s Canton Jade into the white to give it just a hint of mint color.

4. When the paint is completely dry, install your corner braces. This was the most time consuming part, believe it or not because there are 48 screws! Sheesh!

5. Measure for the center of the drawer and install your drawer pulls. We drilled holes for the screws after measuring where the center was and installed them pretty quickly.

 

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As you can see up close, we got a little lazy on the second night stand and realized the braces stay fine without all 48 screws. I dunno about you but I’m cool with skipping a few of the 96 screws on 2 nightstands. ;) Here’s what they look like on either side of my bed. I really just love them!

DIY Campaign Style Nightstands - Ikea Rast Hack | www.classyclutter.net

I just bought a 3rd Ikea Rast to dress up for my boys’ room makeover that I’m working on. I took a little different approach on that one. Can’t wait to show you!

DIY Campaign Style Nightstands - Ikea Rast Hack | www.classyclutter.net

If you want to save this project tutorial, pin the image above to your favorite Pinterest board.

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DIY Hanging Macramé Chair

DIY Hanging Macrame Chair

 

This chair was not my easiest DIY. Only because there was no tutorial anywhere to follow which means there was A LOT of trial and error which is always hard. I did this chair after Mallory and I were selected to compete in the Creating with the Stars 2014 contest. We were very excited but nervous. The very first round was knock-off and with the help and guidance from our amazing star, Mandi from Vintage Revivals.  We were so excited that we were able to work with Mandi. She has always been one of our favorite bloggers out there and we were totally star struck the first time we even talked to her. Anyways, after searching everywhere on the web we decided that we would knock off THIS chair that was from Urban Outfitters. Macramé is big right now, and I was totally up for the challenge to create this DIY Hanging Macramé Chair . To start the chair I used this chair from Target. I spray painted it white and I had to cut off the legs. I thought they would unscrew but I was wrong so using a little saw I cut off the tabs which removed the hoop part of the chair legs.

The Chair

The clothesline I used for the project was from the Home Depot and I used over 8 packages of this rope. I believe I used 8-9,  200 feet packages plus another 100 feet package. That amount including the rope that I used to hang the chair which is braided as well. This is a large chair and it used a lot of rope. The biggest thing I would say is make sure you have enough rope and that the rope is long enough.  I started out by cutting 60, 10 feet pieces of rope, that was not enough. I lost count after a while but I believe I ended up using around 120, 10 feet pieces of rope for just the walls of chair. But before you just cut away, use plain tape and put it around the rope and cut on the tape that way you don’t have the rope unravel.

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I started with doing a Basic Square Knot around the hoop. I then did Alternating Square Knots around the whole chair. I started on the left and I worked my way around.

At this point I was feeling very excited and hopeful that I was going to be able to pull this chair off. After quite a few hours, I started to get closer to the seat part of the chair and this is were my first bit of trial and error happened. This failed because I just kept on making my way down to the seat using that same knot.

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1st attempt

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So I had to take that apart and I was left with the picture above.

After thinking about it for a while I figured out I needed a second hoop but I also needed it to be a bit lighter.So I used a smaller Hula Hoop and after I sprayed that white I placed it where the seat would go and to make sure it would fit.

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After I made sure the hoop would fit I then took it out and did the seat as a totally separate piece. In order to do the seat I used a piece of Poster board and I Pinned the a piece of rope on to it. The only reason I did this was because I wanted to be able to make just a straight piece about the size of the seat to be able to then tie it on to the loop. The poster board helped.

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To do the seat I just used this rope on the poster board to help hold the shape I wanted. I still did the Alternating Square Knot. I tied the seat knots a bit more spaced out because I wanted to have a different look on the seat.  After I finished the seat I tied of the walls of the chair by doing a basic knot around the small hula hoop then I did another basic knot to tie the seat onto the hula hoop as well.

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After the seat and walls were both tied to the hula hoop I then tied the tails from the walls and the tails for the seat together just so I could have a bit more support. The tails needed to be cut.  Just like when I cut the rope for the chair I had to tape off every piece before I cut it.

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I just did a simple braid for the ropes that hold the chair up and I using a few piece of wood I had around my house I cut 4 pieces of the same length and drilled holes where the rope would go. The hardest part was making it level and tying around the wood evenly.

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This chair is a lot of work. But I will say it’s not that hard and it can be enjoyable. It just takes time. Hopefully you will learn from my mistakes. It looks hard but once you start knotting it’s easier then it seems. Before I started this project I watch different videos and I looked at many different tutorial but STOP reading all that stuff and just start knotting! It makes WAY WAY more sense once you start.

Close-ups

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I do want you to know before you commit to this chair is that it took me about 40 something hours but that is with my different trial and errors. Please email me if you have an questions! I had soooo many during this project, don’t be afraid to ask.

If you love the Macrame look but don’t want to do this chair, check out the cute planters that Mallory made while we worked on the last and final round of Creating with the Stars.

DIY Macramé Hanging Planters | www.classyclutter.net

DIY Macrame Hanging Planter

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The BEST Painting Tips and Tricks

10 seriously awesome Painting Tips & Tricks that are borderline genius! | www.classyclutter.net

As you probably already know, we are paint obsessed. I mean, we paint a LOT of stuff. Nothing is safe from being painted in my home. Whether it’s spray paint, latex, acrylic, chalk, etc. I will probably paint it if it lives in my home for any length of time. It’s by far the easiest way to make big changes in the home. I’ve gathered some tips that I’ve used for a long long time that are tried and true and make painting anything a heck of a lot easier. You will thank me later. ;)

 Use aluminum foil to line paint trays for easy clean up Cut up an old tshirt to wax furniture

Cut up an old t-shirt to wax furniture projects

Write paint colors on the back of light switch plates

Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe

Make your own chalk paint out of unsanded grout, water and flat paint

Drop Cloth Tip

Use a dollar store shower curtain liner as a painter’s drop cloth!

Puncture the paint can rim to keep a clean seal

How to clean your paintbrushes

Use tape on the insides of drawers when painting furniture (image source unknown)

Use Floetrol to eliminate brush marks

How to remove paint from hardware

Use a magnet to hold your paint brush (source unknown)

Love to spray paint? We do! Check out our spray painting FAQs and tips!

Be sure to check out our “Painting” Pinterest Board for even more tips, tricks and all things paint related!

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White and Gold Dresser- Master Bedroom PART 1

I recently redid my master bedroom and the biggest thing I did was paint the furniture and add in a new little dresser. Before I show you the whole room reveal I wanted to go through and give you all the steps for painting the furniture that way you can paint some of your own stuff . So First thing was first, Picking out the paint and products needed, I choose to use swiss coffee by Behr. 058

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Paint makes all the difference! I was dragging my feet about paint my furniture for the longest time and now I wonder why in the world it took me so long. If you have a piece you are going back and forth about painting, Paint it! My bedroom furniture was not cheap and I thought I would regret painting it but honestly it was the best decsion ever! It really lightened up my room.

Almost everything I need to do this project was from Home Depot.

To start I wiped the furniture down with a wet wipe and then I wiped out all the drawers. Then I used my sander with a fine grit (like 150 grit) sand paper to go over the whole piece so that the primer would adhere really good.

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I used my all time favorite sprayer which is from Harbor Freight and only cost $30 but is normally on sale for $17. Now, this sprayer is not a sprayer that I use for years and years. I normally will pick up two sprayers and after 7 or 8 different projects I use a new sprayer. I know there are different sprayers that last a lifetime but I have loved this one and I am use to it. And you can’t beat $17.

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I was able to paint all the furniture in one day. I started out with spraying all the furniture with Kilz 2 Latex Primer in a gallon and luckily it went through my sprayer totally fine. Then I gave the furniture two coats of the swiss coffee. That color is the perfect creamy white in my opinion. I love it.

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My hardware did not come off on the nightstand and so I had to spray a little bit of spray paint onto a paint brush and then just brush it on. On the dresser in the front I took off all of the hardware and sprayed it with our favorite gold spray paint.

Gold Paint

Mal and I both love this gold spray paint. Its a great color.

I am loving my new bedroom and I cant wait to show you the rest!

TIPS:

  • DON’T be afraid to paint a piece a furniture.Maybe, don’t start with a family heirloom, but pick up something cheap from a thrift store first.
  • The more you paint the better you will be.
  • Don’t over think it. When I first started to paint furniture I was over thinking every single thing.You can do it! And you can always repaint something!
  • I like to use semi-gloss or satin finish for my paint.
  • Don’t paint when its really cold or hot outside
  • On high traffic pieces always to a clear coat or poly coat or wax.

If you find these tips useful then please share it! PIN IT!

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Here are a few other Paint Tips we Here…

Pottery Barn Black Furniture Finish Tutorial - www.classyclutter.net

Pottery Barn Finish

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Homemade Chalk Paint

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How to Spray Paint like a Pro

We have many other great tips that you can find

HERE

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

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DIY Headboards

11 Amazing DIY Headboard Ideas - www.classyclutter.net

So you may have noticed by now, we love a good headboard. It is the focal point of the bedroom, can be an awesome statement piece and are super fun to build! I love my most recent one (the first one below!) and thought I’d round up a few of my other faves! I absolutely love each of these are there are so many more amazing ones out there.

DIY Modern Tufted Headboard | www.classyclutter.net

DIY Modern Tufted Headboard

DIY Belgrave Headboard

DIY Upholstered Tufted Headboard

DIY Shutter Headboard

DIY Headboard and bed frame

Wooden “love” headboard

Tiled Upholstered Headboard

Tufted Headboard with Nailhead

DIY Paneled Headboard

Upholstered Headboard

DIY Upholstered Headboard with Curved Arms

Aren’t they all awesome? Seriously well done!

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