Monday, October 12, 2009

A sneak peek

I have been working on my kitchen the past week or so and plan on revealing the finish at The Inspired Rooms procrastinator party. In the mean time I wanted to share a couple of small projects I have done.

Burlap covered tack board

I have seen other similar projects in blog land and decided to take a combination of things I've seen done and make our own tack board in the kitchen. I much prefer this to papers on the refrigerator!

  • Here's what I used (all from Wal Mart):
  • 1 cork board -$8
  • 1 yard burlap - $2
  • black upholstery tacks from the hardware section $2
  • Black craft paint- .97
  • stencils - $ 1.97 for the pack

I stapled the burlap to the back of the board. It seemed to staple much better on the cardboard middle section. Stuck tacks around wood frame over the burlap. I stenciled our address at the top and year we were married at the bottom. You could put your name, random numbers, I think anything goes! This gives and old grain sack style to it.

For a finishing touch I used $1 twine from Target and tied a around the board. I later found this worked great to hanging a clothes pin to clip more stuff! Cute and functional!

Head Board Chalk Board

You may have seen Kate's foot board project at Centsational Girl. I loved this project and scored this head board/ foot board (?) at my Goodwill for $2.99! It was already painted this cream color and in great shape so all I had to do was spray paint the middle. I taped around the edges and covered the rest with newspaper. Then I sprayed 2 coats of chalk board spray paint! This unique little number is taking the place of my old run of the mill chalk board that was in our kitchen.

If you don't already have a chalk board in your kitchen I would highly recommend it. They are cute and I love to write notes, and lists on it. Also, everyone in our family loves to see a special board on their birthdays and holidays.
I am posting this at Kimba's A Soft Place to Land DIY day. Go check it out and thanks for looking!



  1. Great projects! I love them both, they look like something from Pottery Barn, especially that tack board.

  2. So unique! And great steal on the price :o)

  3. Very nice! I see the headboards at goodwill all the time, and I never know what to do with them. Then I see these amazing projects, and I wish I would have grabbed one. Great job! Looks fabulous!

  4. Fabulous. I need to use one of those great ideas in my kitchen. Leaving a note on the counter seems to get lost in the clutter! ;)

  5. so cute! i love anything chalkboard:)

  6. These are both great ideas! Thanks for sharing! P.S. I had NO idea you could find chalkboard spray paint - I just bought a quart of it the other day - but that will last me a lifetime! HA!

  7. I love both of them. Your chalkboard is gorgeous. I just used chalkboard paint for the first time last week. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

  8. LOVE the headboard chalkboard - I'd love that in my laundry room. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Adorable!! Great job - love them both!

  10. FYI: The tin tiles I bought are from Collections Etc. can be found here:

  11. I absolutely LOVE IT!
    I have been searching for ever for a cute headboard to make into a chalk board! I settled for a neat frame until that perfect headboard comes along!


    come visit

  12. Great job! It is beautiful. I would have never thought of this.

  13. Love the headboard chalkboard! So pretty and unique!