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What's the difference between chalk and chalkboard paint? Here's an explanation plus DIY recipes to make both!
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Chalk Paint vs Chalkboard Paint + DIY Recipes for Both

Two of the most common questions I’ve received from my friends and readers lately about my recent projects are: “What’s the difference between chalk and chalkboard paint?” and “How do I make them?“. Writing a thorough post on chalk paint vs chalkboard paint has been in my queue for some time now, and I’ve slowly been able to piece this information together for you in between caring for new Baby B (who happens to love to cry and keep me up all night!) and racing around after my other two girls. (Three kids has been a challenge so far, let me tell ya!)Continue reading

Our DIY House - Craftsman Staircase - The DIY Mommy
DIY Home Decor

Finishing our Stair Railings (+ More Peeks at Our Almost-Finished Home) – Our DIY House

At the risk of sounding whiny, the last few days have been pretty rough around here. A mini surgery (nothing too serious) and some other health issues have left me looking for my DIY and my writing mojo. I’ve lost both, I fear.

I suppose it’s for the best. Anyone who’s experienced a major renovation or building project will probably agree with me that it can suck the life out of you. Sometimes, you just need to take a week or two of rest (whether you’re forced to or not). I think my body might be telling me that’s what I need right now!

We’ve lived in Our DIY House for 3 weeks now, and I’m really enjoying it so far (despite the nagging to-do list of finishing items we still have to complete). One of my favourite features is our lovely staircase. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the door and it really is a statement. Another probable reason I love it so much is because we didn’t have a staircase for almost 7 years in our Garage House!Continue reading

Chevron & Sticker Quote Art by The DIY Mommy
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Make Chevron & Sticker Quote Wall Art

If you can paint between two lines and wield a small paint roller, you can make this easy & inexpensive chevron + sticker quote wall art!

All you require is a canvas (any size you prefer), acrylic paints (I picked mine up at our local crafts store for $1 each) a craft paint brush, some letter stickers and a small foam paint roller and you’re ready to make some DIY unique art for your home. This would look adorable in a nursery or even over a mantel!Continue reading

DIY Home Decor

Whitewash and Seal a Butcher Block Counter Top

One of the goals for the decor in Our DIY House is to have NO orangey or golden toned wood ANYWHERE. I mean, I think it looks great in some houses, but I find it really mid-90’s-ish and we have it in our current Garage House (because it was the cheapest colour of laminate flooring and cabinets we could find) so I’m getting tired of it.

We are on a very tight budget for our house build (especially here at the end) and we simply couldn’t afford stone countertops. I considered laminate countertops, but I wanted something light coloured for our kitchen design and I couldn’t find a light coloured laminate I liked in our price range.
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Painting Shaker Style Doors with a Streak-Free and Brush Stroke Free Finish - The DIY Mommy
DIY Home Decor

Painting Doors with a Streak-Free Finish (+ Where We Found Our Gorgeous Shaker Style Doors) – Our DIY House

Our DIY House is in the home stretch and I’m so excited I can barely contain myself! This has been by far the biggest DIY project of my entire life and I’m sure it will be worth it in the end, but right now my hubby and I are so very tired. We’re working on really fun things now, though, including installing these gorgeous shaker style doors:Continue reading

DIY Simple Craftsman Shaker Window & Door Trim by The DIY Mommy
DIY Home Decor

DIY Simple Craftsman Trim – Our DIY House

DIY Simple Craftsman Shaker Window & Door Trim by The DIY Mommy

Because Our DIY House is a very square, simple foursquare craftsman home I wanted our window and door trim inside to reflect that style.

After virtually rummaging through trim photos on Pinterest, I decided I wanted casings and baseboards that were quite square, and I wanted to keep the profile simple with just a bit of detail at the top and bottom. It had to be something we could DIY, but still add some character to our new home.
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How to Paint Fan Blades Like a Pro + A Tour of Our DIY House's Light Fixturesby The DIY Mommy
DIY Home Decor

How to Paint Fan Blades Like a Pro (+ A Tour of Our DIY House’s Light Fixtures)

How to Paint Fan Blades Like a Pro + A Tour of Our DIY House's Light Fixturesby The DIY Mommy

I thought long and hard about the light fixtures for Our DIY House. To me, light fixtures are a huge part of the decor of a room. They can really set a mood!

We purchased most of our light fixtures through our account with Direct Buy. Want my honest opinion on this club? I think it’s completely worth purchasing a membership (which is very pricey!) if you like high end items for home improvement store prices AND if you’re planning on renovating in a big way or building. We purchased our membership in B.K. (“before kids”) when we had extra spending cash.
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DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, Life

Make a Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

The materials for this project have been hiding under my kitchen table (a.k.a. my craft table, a.k.a. our microwave table) for several months and I finally had a chance this weekend to put them all together and make this pretty DIY jewelry holder!

This project only took me a few hours and I really love how it turned out. I tried some hand painting just for something different, but it would also look nice decorated with decopauged fabric or stenciled paint. The glass knobs are a feminine touch, and I’m more than happy to display my necklaces as pieces of art on my wall (most of them are by my talented friend, Bella’s Beaudoir of Jewelry).

It’s clear that I love hacking Ikea things, and this project was no exception!

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

Materials:

  • wooden cutlery tray (I found mine at IKEA)
  • paint (I used latex paint samples I bought from testing colours for our new house)
  • knobs (I used pretty glass ones)
  • cup hooks

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

Directions:

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

Sand the tray thoroughly (the back of this tray was laminate, so it helps paint to stick and look nice and smooth). Paint all sides and crevices carefully with a brush (I used Valspar’s Tempered Gray for my main colour).

Let the coat dry, and then paint another coat.

I chose to add some hand painted details inside the boxes of the tray with white paint (Valspar’s Ultra White) and one of my daughter’s little craft brushes, but you could also skip this step or try painting with a stencil (or painting the back panels a different solid colour). The options are endless!

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

One of the best furniture painting tips that I learned last year was to always finish up with a few coats of clear Varathane to protect the paint and give it a satiny smooth finish. I used two coats on this project.

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

Next, attach the knobs to the tops of each compartment. I used super glue instead of a drill – it was a lot easier and it seems to be holding well!

Screw the little cup hooks along the bottom of the tray (I used 5). I started trying to do these by hand, and then finally gave up and had my hubby drill pilot holes so that they were easier!

This tray happened to have a nice ledge at the back that I used to hang it, but if yours doesn’t you’ll need to attach some kind of picture hanger to the back.

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

I didn’t have enough knobs for all of my panels, but I’ve decided that I’ll leave the big one knob-free. It looks cute as a little brooch or bracelet shelf!

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

Oh, this is a much better (and prettier) way to store my necklaces than the jumbled mess I had on my dresser before!

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

It’s amazing what a little bit of paint and glue can do (and how much I’m falling in love with this soft, gentle gray as a potential colour for our new house)!

How do you store your jewelry?

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