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Make Your Own Kids Chalk Table || DIY

This is the easiest DIY you will ever do! Seriously. Jeff’s mom gave us this cute out door kids patio table, but I had an idea for it. A Chalk Table! I DIY’d this little baby into a little art table asap, and it’s possibly Reeg’s favorite thing. She loves to sit and color. And the BEST part?! Chalk comes out!! (Hooray for a Mom Hack!) So, while I haven’t let her play much with crayons and markers, she is always covered in chalk. And there is zero need to get stressed over it.

What You’ll Need For Your Chalk Table:

Seriously, that’s it. And it doesn’t have to be a similar table. You can do this with any table you have or one you find at a garage sale. I would recommend a smooth top, wooden picnic table would be tricky for coloring.

Step by Step

  1. Clean the table and let it dry.
  2. Wipe the table down with your cloth and mineral spirits. (I did this a few times to make sure all the dirt and oils were off.)
  3. Use the roller to paint the chalk paint on.
  4. Let dry.
  5. Second Coat.
  6. Dry
  7. Repeat as needed.
  8. You’re done!

Yup, that’s seriously it!

We did ours over a two night span. I wanted to make sure the paint was really dry. At first you’ll see lines of where you rolled, but as it dries, those go away. I was thinking of doing the bench seats as well, but Jeff reminded me that then her booty will constantly be covered in chalk. So, we skipped it. For now.

This would even make a great gift. Kids are so hard to shop for.  Up-cycling a little art table for them is sure to be a hit.

Keep the roller and paint around! My daughter really pounds at that chalk table and has chipped some of the paint. I don’t fret. Eventually, I’ll sand it and redo the process.

Like the Chalk Table? Check out my Industrial Curtin Rod DIY Here!

DIY Industrial Curtain Rod :: Guest Room

I love a good DIY. And even more when it’s the cheaper option.

When we bought the house, the downstairs room was actually an open entry way office. And while those windows are incredible for an office, it became quickly apparent that we would need a downstairs guest room for our parents. We decided to have Home Depot place some french doors on the room and convert it into an airy guest room. Because this  is at the entrance of the house light , and these windows are a huge source of light downstairs, keeping the room light and bright were a must. French doors made the most sense. They match pocket doors that lead into the dining room, and it makes it where if we ever were to sell, the next owners can decide if they want it to be an office again. It was a win-win all around.

There are perks to living in a home well thought out by a developer like John Wieland (Like the basement being stemmed for a bathroom); but there are also annoyances like not being able to match anything. I called the John Wieland company to try and get specifics for the french doors to match the pocket doors, but they had zero info for me. They didn’t care to be honest. So, I got over my perfectionism (with a help from a few friends), and headed to Home Depot. The customer service at our Home Depot was great. They gracefully dealt with my anxiety and installed the doors and transom for us without faltering.

But now that guest room needed a little privacy!

Patio Inspiration

“Winter is over, which means just one thing…” – Olaf

It means that I’m in our backyard with Reegan on a daily basis. Seriously. This kid wakes up, grabs her shoes, and walks to the back door. I feel pretty lucky to have a backyard after 13 years in apartments, but as of right now, there’s no where to lounge and chill. So as I sit in the grass, I often day dream about what patio furniture I would love on our patio and deck. The list of things to get for this house is never ending, so it’ll be a hot second (Jeff says years. Dear Sweet Jesus…) before we actually get these pieces… But this is what I’m thinking…

** Details Under $50 at the bottom!**

1. Rocklin Set || 2. Bistro Set || 3. Woodstock Wooden Set || 4. Porto Loveseat

Design Inspiration || Guest Room

My entire life is Blue, Gray, Beige, and White. Simple. Basic B. Classic. Whatever you want to call it. I know what I like. It works for me, and therefore I just keep heading in that direction. When it came to grabbing a few things to make our guest room cozy ASAP, I ran to my trusty Targét down the street. Threshold never fails me.

When I was planning our wedding, I remember being the most annoying bride ever by never telling anyone our ‘color’ or ‘theme’. There was no ‘theme’ or ‘color’, there were shades and vibes. Annoying. I know. I don’t care, it came out gorgeous. So, moving into our first home, we have basically been implementing those wedding shades and vibes, into an entire house. So far, so good.

Office Inspo!

We bought a house!

We are closing in less than two weeks, and there will be some HOME posts coming your way! {Whoot Whoot!} Right now I’m in this mode where I was when I first got engaged, constantly on Pinterest, laying things out in my mind, but not pulling the trigger on anything. I want to live in the space and feel each room out. But I also love me a vision board. So, I will be sharing those with you here!

Nursery Inspiration

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Getting ready for baby feels like a weird dream, and getting ready for baby in another country, an island at that, is a WHOLE other ball game. We are in a version of corporate housing so storage is beyond limited and painting the walls is out. And beyond that, getting furniture to Nassau is going to be hilarious. While the nesting and type A tendencies seep out of me, it will take a puzzle to find a way to get the necessities here and on time. But I am beyond up for the challenge.

Given our situation, I head to Miami at 34 weeks and stay there until 6 weeks +/- after the baby is born. Leaving us under 11 weeks to get things in order here at home and in Miami. It will definitely keep me busy! What do I need two of? What do I need in the first 6 weeks versus later on? Where the heck will I be staying? If you know me, you know I could go into full craze at any moment over this. Luckily, every time I feel the baby’s little kicks or see my little lopsided stomach in the morning, I couldn’t give a shit. I just feel blessed.

Because I am who I am, and additionally because I have zero patience and I love visuals, I created a little story board for the nursery. I think it’s really helpful when pulling items together. These aren’t the exact curtains or the exact chair, but everything else is on order or on the baby registry.  I’m excited to see it all come together slowly in real life.