Why I Painted a Floor to Ceiling Chalkboard Wall in My Kitchen

How to Create a Floor to Ceiling Chalkboard on a Wall

In my early days of blogging I wrote a post entitled, How to Draw Like an Artist on a Chalkboard. It is where I shared all the chalkboard drawing tips I learned over the years, like dipping the chalk in water before using. In my previous house I had a large chalkboard in the kitchen and later moved it to the dining room where I enjoyed changing what was on it for the season, like drawing a turkey on the chalkboard for Thanksgiving and a 3-D Bunny on the board for Easter.

After we moved to the lake house and I painted the kitchen cabinets, I hung a small chalkboard on a wall to continue drawing on it for the seasons, when entertaining and for celebrations. It was fine, but small for the ideas I wanted to

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20 Home Decor Small Business to Shop 2020

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To say there’s a good amount of uncertainty in the world right now would be a vast understatement, but for small businesses this new reality is especially difficult. With stores closed across the country and most people either working from home or left to wait it out, small businesses are struggling to stay afloat. That’s why it’s important to shop small and local right now, if you have the means to. We rounded up 20 of our favorite small businesses to shop from right now—and let us know your picks in the comments below.

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Adding a Kitchen Island to My Small Kitchen

When you have a small kitchen like I do, there are not a lot of options for an affordable and functional kitchen island. I have looked into making one to hacking IKEA shelves into a narrow island, but finally found the perfect option to fit my decorating style.

I have “a thing” about a few things…  like pom-poms and polka dots, but I also have “a thing” for furniture on wheels. I made a craft cart on wheels when I first started blogging and the rolling desk that I made for a BHG furniture hack contest. I even added wheels to a bifold door in my previous house.

Kitchen island in my previous house

For the past year I have been seriously searching for a small island to buy or make for my small kitchen. In my previous home, we had a nice sized kitchen island.


I took for

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3D printed hands-free door opener

Since COVID-19 can survive on hard surfaces for up to several days, the importance of hand washing ranks high when it comes to combatting the spread of the virus. But what if we could prevent COVID-19 from ending up on certain hard surfaces altogether? Belgium-based 3D printing company Materialise came up with a hands-free alternative to opening a door, thus removing the threat of picking up the virus from handles.

The opener attaches to lever-style door handles with four screws and allows users to place their forearm between the paddle and door and open it without hand-to-handle contact.

“The 3D printed door opener can be attached to existing door handles and features a paddle-shaped extension that allows people to open and close doors with their arm instead of their hands,” the March 16 press release from Materialise reads. “For safety reasons, not all doors can remain open and by removing

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Joss and Main Warehouse Sale March 2020

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If all this time spent indoors has you in the mood to redecorate, you’re definitely not alone. There are plenty of free design services out there, but if you’re ready to take the plunge on a new piece of furniture (or two) now, then you should definitely start shopping Joss & Main’s Warehouse sale. Featuring steep discounts of up to 70 percent across all categories, this sale has something for every room in the house—but we’re especially excited about the offerings for the bedroom. From beds and nightstands to rugs and lighting, we found plenty of stylish finds for the bedroom. Even better? All our favorites are under $300.

Hampstead Upholstered Platform Bed

A Queen-sized bed for under $300? We’ll take the good news where we can get it. This platform

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Carpeted Living Room Redo – Living Room Makeover

Sometimes a real estate listing makes you grin. Sometimes a real estate listing makes you shudder. And then there are the real estate listings that make you straight up laugh. That’s exactly what Kris Willard and her husband, Anthony, did when they first checked out the photos of the house they now own in New Zealand.

The home’s living room/dining room was “dark and old and boring,” Kris says. It had a patterned carpet that belonged in another era completely. “Never in a million years did we think we’d end up buying the place!” she says.

But then the couple attended an open house. “We knew the place had great potential after we sneakily pulled up a section of carpet at one of the open homes to reveal original wood flooring!” Kris says. “We were hooked on the idea of a reno instantly.”

They went for it. Like, really went

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