Mirror Into a Chalkboard

I'm finally sharing a little project! This one is simple and has been done by many before. Really, there are no instructions other than I painted a mirror with chalk paint & painted according to the directions on the can. The end. 

Nonetheless, I thought I'd show the end result. I've had this mirror for quite sometime. If I remember correctly, it was a Christmas Tree Shop find for $10. With the frame it measures 24x20, so it's a good size. From various moves the frame is a bit beat up so I thought it would be a great piece to turn into a chalkboard.

Here's the little before shot...

And here's how it turned out:

Side note, if you're painting a mirror with chalkboard paint, many coats will be necessary to cover it completely. Also, I really wanted to be sure the paint cured well, so I didn't write on it for almost a week. The piece is still sitting on the chair in the corner of our living/dining space as I haven't quite decided where it will reside. I'm also debating painting the frame as I think some colour would make it more interesting. I finally found a store that sells Annie Sloan paint in my city {I'm really quite excited about this!} and I'm thinking this would be perfect to test it out on.

This chalkboard is going to be great to write verses, encouraging reminders, etc. on. 
I jotted these little words on it for now as a little reminder

A quick & easy {not to mention, completely free as I had everything on hand} project.
Sometimes it's the simple things.

For Your Weekend

A few things that have caught my eye the past little bit:

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I am loving the rustic/vintage/modern feel of this little DIY project! It seems quite simple and I just may have to try something similar out!

This salad looks like it could easily be a summer favourite. Definitely going to try it out sometime soon!

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I'm about ready to jump on the smoothie train again.

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Have you seen the transformation of this space? If not you definitely need to go check it out. Plus, there's a great office & entryway makeover as well!

I'm hoping to get a start on my spring cleaning this weekend. Wish me luck!

Happy Weekending!

Ideas For The {Small} Balcony

We may still have some snow around these parts but, I think we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. A full day of rain yesterday means sunnier days with no snow must be on the way. Right? One can hope!

If you remember from the fall when we moved into our new place I mentioned that we have a balcony. You can see a good portion of it in this post. We really don't have anything out there right now, so it's pretty much a blank slate. I'm hoping to add a few things out there this spring/summer. We don't really have much extra money to work with so we will see what I can come up with!

I have pinned some really cute small balcony spaces to get my mind moving on ideas.

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What do you think? These spaces are all quite dreamy, but that last space may be my favourite!

For our balcony I have a few things in mind:

  • Simplicity 
  • A couple of seats/chairs
  • A small table
  • We would love a small BBQ
  • Plants - Definitely wanting another herb garden this year

We will see what happens and how things progress. I'd really like to create a nice little outdoor nook for us. Since it's something we have to do on the cheap it may be a bit by bit project. We'll see what we can make happen!

Do you have any outdoor spaces to create/update this spring & summer season? 

Not Your Average Headboard

Windows. Because sometimes it's the only option & because sometimes it's just a lovely idea. 

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These fantastic rooms all prove that using windows as the backdrop for your bed can be pretty great. While it may not be the first choice, sometimes it's the only choice in small quarters. These spaces definitely work windows as a headboard well! 

What do you think? Do you like this look? Would you try this even if you had other options?

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Plus, more beds in front of windows