Tabletop Chalkboard

Hey peeps!!  After not posting for the entire month of April I am FINALLY back today with a post.  Woot woot!  Today I’m showing you guys a quick project that adds tons of charm to your home.  It’s a little tabletop chalkboard that you can easily switch up for any occasion.

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Right now I have mine on my entry table but I think it would be so adorable used at a party!  Maybe make a few of them to place on different tables.  They would look especially fantastic at one of those gorgeous outdoor Pinterest perfect type weddings!  Someone should get on that and send me some pictures afterwards ;).  They also make pretty good gifts!  My niece just turned 11 and she’s a crafty little thing so I thought she would enjoy one.  I painted hers yellow and wrote Happy Birthday and drew some cute little balloons and boom!  A present you don’t need to wrap haha.  And if you’re anything like me…make sure you forget to take pictures.  Doh!

This all started one day while I was bored during nap time and had the building itch.  What’s a girl to do when she has the building itch?  Go to her Pinterest board of course!  BTW, if you don’t follow me on Pinterest, you really should.  Not to brag but I pin all the best stuff haha.  Anywho, back to the topic at hand!  I saw this darling chalkboard calling my name.  You can check out the original post here.  And since I’m way more “builder” than “creator” mine looks pretty much just like hers.  Just smaller!  Since I’m selling these on my Etsy I decided to build mine smaller so I can ship it for a more reasonable rate.  Mine is 11.5×18.5″.  I think it’s the perfect size for my table so I’m definitely happy!

So let’s get to building this bad boy!  First, you will make the frame.  The frame consists of 4 pieces of wood.  The top, two sides, and the bottom.  I cut the top piece and the tops of the legs at 45°.  When I built this one I just used glue and my nail gun to put the whole thing together.  The second one I built I used pocket holes for the bottom piece.

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Make two of these and you’re almost done!  I had some scrap plywood that I cut to fit then took everything inside and stained the frame and painted the plywood.  I painted the plywood front and back with Disney Chalkboard paint.  Once it was all dried I nailed the plywood pieces onto the frames and used some small hinges I bought from Walmart and attached them.

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Now have fun decorating them!  If you have little ones like I do than you probably have some chalk laying around.  Have fun making it cute!  The best part is this is double sided so you can decorate both sides and just turn it around when ever you need a change!  Right now mine has this cute Hello Friends design going on.

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And I know Easter is over but just for fun this is what it looked like before Easter.

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Who doesn’t love Peeps?  I have a slight obsession love of them.  But only after they have sat out for a couple of days.  Mmmmm!  So what have you guys been working on lately?  I have a few more things to share with you guys in the near future and I’m trying to come up with some sort of plan to help me blog more consistently.  I’ll keep you guys posted!  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to Pin the crap out of my stuff haha!

~Steph

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Get to Know Our Home-Playroom

Hello!!!  I’m back!  Do you guys remember me?  Probably not because I’m a sucky blogger and haven’t been here for a few weeks even though I was only supposed to be gone a few days.  Sorry folks!  I’ve come to the conclusion that I might be able to be a good blogger in two years when my girls start school.  Let’s just keep it real though and say that even then it’s going to be iffy!  But I’m here now so let’s have some picture sharing time shall we?

You guys said that my next GTKOH post should be our playroom so here goes!  So, when you come into our house and go through the entry and living room you come to the den entrance which we are using as our playroom.  Here’s what it looks like coming into the room.

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I’ll give you a second to oooh and aaah.  Are you done?  Okay, let’s move on!  As you can tell we really need to decorate in here but here are a few more pics of some of the stuff we love in the kitchen.

My kids love this little chalkboard.  I just used some Martha Stewart chalkboard paint on a scrap piece of plywood.  It was hanging with Velcro strips in our old house and easily came on and off the wall so they could draw.  Now it has found it’s home above their stove.

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This is just a piece of fishing line I hung up with two nails.  It’s a simple way to switch out the 50 new coloring pages a day 😉

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All 3 of my kids loooove to cook so of course they need lots of ingredients.  Anyone in the mood for a whole plastic chicken?

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Every kitchen needs a clock!  By the way, it’s always 1:20 in this kitchen haha.
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One the wall to the right (looking into the room) is just a boring window but to the left is my girl’s dollhouse bookcase.  This was a birthday present I made for them for their third birthday.  The storage comes in very handy!

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It’s a perfect place to display our Lego houses that we build!  For this one my girls decided to put two Lego girls out front.  They said one is me and one is our friend Joyelle that we had to leave in Omaha.  Super sad about leaving her but this is almost as good as having her with us haha.

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So that’s the “good” of the playroom.  Now let’s move on to the “bad” and the “ugly” mmmkay?  This built in just doesn’t go with the room.  If it was my house I would take it out or even just paint it white but since it’s not mine that’s not an option.  I guess I could at least clean up and organize the space a bit!

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I’ll let you guys know what I decide to do over in the ugly corner but it probably won’t happen for about 10 years!  Right now I have a ton going on.  My mom and I have been building a huge desk that I will hopefully be sharing pictures with you guys this weekend.  Also, my brother’s wife is expecting a baby boy next month so that means there is a baby shower to plan and presents to make.  I’m soooo excited because I will finally have a nephew!  Right now my boy is the only one in the family.  He’s surrounded by sisters and girl cousins so he needs a boy 🙂  I also made some cute printables that I will share with you guys tomorrow.  I just need to figure out how to post them so that you guys can save them to your computers if you so desire!  I made some really cute baby ones but those will have to wait!  I can’t show you those until after the baby shower.  Plus Halloween is coming up next months so I need to make costumes.  Oh, I also got a desk!!  I just got it yesterday.  I plan on painting it so you guys will see that when it’s done but for now I have somewhere to sit while I use the computer.  Yay!!!  So now you can see why it takes me so long to write a new post.  I get tired just thinking about all the stuff I have to do haha.

And if you are interest here are the links for the fridge, sink, stove, table, high chairs, and dollhouse bookcase.

Well guys, I’m off to do some errands with the kiddos.  Yay for errands in 100°+ weather.  Who’s jealous???  Okay, bye till tomorrow peeps!

~Steph

Quick and Easy Toddler Bed

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Hey friends!  I’m back today sharing a quick, easy, AND inexpensive toddler bed before spending the weekend outside enjoying the beautiful weather we are finally getting here in NE!  If you have a little one who is ready to get out of their crib this is a great project.  It really could not be any easier.  Just some lumber and a few hours and you can have this…

Such a good idea to transition out of a crib.  This low platform toddler bed keeps kiddos close to the ground and is a simple DIY.  The step by step instructions are on the blog!

I got my inspiration for this from this bed that Shanty 2 Chic and Ana White teamed up on.  I decided to not put the platform on because I figured my girls would probably figure out a way to hurt themselves with it…perhaps use it as a diving board or something.  They’re creative like that 🙂  I think I will eventually make some type of headboards to go with them but first I need to build one more.  I decided to only do one to make sure I liked it before spending the money on another.

So to build the bed I built a box out of 2x6s using my Kreg Jig.  Next, I put 2x2s running the length of the bed on each side just screwed through the 2×2 into the 2x6s.  After that, just screw some 1x3s slats into the 2x2s to lay your mattress on.  The best thing to do would be to measure you mattress and figure out your measurements from there.

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Once this is all done just add your bun feet onto the bottom.  Aren’t they adorable?!

Such a good idea to transition out of a crib.  This low platform toddler bed keeps kiddos close to the ground and is a simple DIY.  The step by step instructions are on the blog! Such a good idea to transition out of a crib.  This low platform toddler bed keeps kiddos close to the ground and is a simple DIY.  The step by step instructions are on the blog!

Now just prime and paint and you’re done!  I’m really loving the color.  I chose it because I found some amazing fabric at JoAnn that I am going to make new bedding with.  I’ll definitely show you guys when it’s all finished up but for now I’m really happy with how it looks.  And the best part is, my girlies love it!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

~Steph

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