My fix for a peeling chalkboard

We’ve had this little peel-and-stick chalkboard in the mud room/hallway/weird spot by the kitchen for years, and it was actually used all the time.  Every week, when I plan our meals, they get listed on the “Menu.”


But after 3 or 4 years, not only was I tired of the shape, the corners began constantly peeling up.  On Friday, I decided it was time for something different, so I stared at it and tried to think of what to replace it with.

I’m a slightly indecisive person.  Worse than just being indecisive though, is when I have trouble deciding on something, I’ll often just do nothing instead of making a decision.  (This is part of the reason for all the half-finished projects.)

As I looked at the curling-up chalkboard and couldn’t decide what to do, just the thought of having more indecisiveness and inaction hanging over my head was enough for me to copy our week’s menu to a piece of paper, rip the brittle chalkboard off the wall and paint the whole wall with chalkboard paint.  Right then.


Problem solved.  And as you can see, the house is kind of a disaster from all the projects we have going on right now.







I didn’t try to be too careful with the paint around the baseboard and upper wall since the baseboard is about to be replaced with taller stuff to match the rest of the house and the whole mud room area is also going to be repainted.

Side note: We actually had a pretty cool plan (I think it was pretty cool anyway) for this wall before we learned we’d probably be moving.  I think what I’ll do before we leave the little house is have a before-and-after post for each room and then share what our planned projects were for each space.


A cheap and easy faux heaboard

In my last post about our situation, selling the house was a possibility.  Now it’s pretty much a sure thing.  I’ll talk more about it in the coming weeks.  But for now, I’m going to show you our bedroom decor progress.  It’s not at all what I wanted for the space…my taste is too specific and I’m decorating for the general public now.

I’ve been on the look-out for the perfect headboard for quite some time.  And I haven’t found a thing.  Right now, that’s okay with me though–it’s one less thing we’ll have to move.  So this week, I came up with a temporary faux headboard just to make the bedroom look finished and well-staged.  Of course, this could work as a permanent faux headboard too, if it’s the look you’re going for.


So, it only cost $36.  (Side note: it was marked $26, and it was TOTALLY worth that price, $36 is border-line.)  It’s a desk-top from IKEA.  I didn’t even have to do any installation!  Right now, it’s sitting on top of the baseboard radiator (don’t worry, it’s light and the radiators are strong).  I would like it higher though, so we’ll see if there is some simple way I can raise it up without putting big holes in the wall.

Queen size beds are 5 feet wide, which makes finding faux headboards pretty easy, just grab anything that’s 5′ across (which is the standard width of a desk).

The other update in the room are the bedside tables.  What I had planned as nightstands were exactly what I made in the dollhouse: simple wall-shelves.

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But, because of the fact that we built the open closet, we know prospective buyers are going to need to see some closed storage.  Apparently we have simplified so much that we now have to buy furniture to try to sell the house.  It seems most Americans are allergic to anything minimal.

They are the IKEA Rast dressers.  It was SO HARD not to hack them, they are so simple and full of possibilities.  (Just what internet needs: one more Rast hack.)  But, I’m in a hurry to get the rooms finished, so I just stained them black and put different knobs on them.


Up next are bedside lamps that I made probably a year ago now, but had yet to set up, side-table styling and pillow covers.


A small bathroom update and some unfortunate news

Looong absence, huh?  I’ve been working on a few small projects, but we’ve just had a really, really busy summer.

I finally finished patching and re-painting the bathroom ceiling.  For a couple years, it looked like this:


Shameful.  But you know, you get used to things like holes in the ceiling pretty quickly and just forget they’re there.  The hole was there because we had to fix some electrical work.  Then for a few months, it looked like this.


And in the mean time, I got SO tired of patching drywall.  That has been one of my least favorite parts of fixing this house up.  I was also testing colors on the wall there.  The darker color is what we ended up using on the ceiling (it’s the same as the powder room) and we painted the walls our favorite white.  Now it looks like this:


It feels good to have it finished!

We also hung the mirror back up vertically after I painted.  It’s a long story that I’ll tell you in the next chapter when we actually get this room done.



Also, something big happened this week too: the Hubs’ company downsized and he lost his job.  The chances of finding new work in this area are pretty slim.  Which means, our work on the house might turn from fun things into finishing projects to getting it ready to sell.  Either way, it might continue to be quiet around here until we get settled again.

Unfortunately, this also means I will not be able to host the Undersized Urbanite contest this year.  The time and resources just aren’t there.  I’m really bummed about it, but it’s just not possible.

I’ll be back as soon as we have either news or another finished project!