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Garage Cabinets: Take Two

chalboardcabinets
I’m glad you survived yesterday’s dirty work. Now, onto the best part…revealing the dramatic makeover. These old, orange-ish cabinets are now… [insert drum roll here]
Cabinet makeover
Rustoleum Chalkboard
Chalkboard!
Chalkboard Doors

It took about five coats of chalkboard paint on both the cabinet doors and the cabinets themselves to create a legit chalkboard that could be written on & erased. Without several coats of chalkboard paint, chalk won’t show up properly on your project and you may have a hard time erasing.

Bottom line: the more coats the better. When you think you’re done, add another… trust me.

Chalkboard Garage
Conditioning a chalkboard

When the chalkboard painting is done, you’ll need to “condition” your new chalkboard. To do this, simply scribble all over the chalkboard…

…and then erase the chalkboard. Done & done. Simple enough… right? This will give your chalkboard an authentic, worn-out look, rather than a crisp, clean, black paint look. Plus, the chalkboard conditioning will help make future erasing much easier.

Chalkboard Cabinets

The only thing missing from these new cabinets? Hardware. Can you guess how I glammed up the original hardware?

Chalkboard Cabinets
Primer
White primer seemed too plain for this dramatic makeover so I added some…
Rustoluem Glitter Paint
Glitter Paint! (I accidentally forgot to tell Matt about this part. Who knew the man of the house wouldn’t appreciate glitter handles in his garage? Oops..)
Rustoleum Glitter hardware

About two coats of sparkle later, I felt like these gems were way too fancy for a garage. Then I realized, who doesn’t want a little glamour in their garage?

Glitter Hardware

After thirty years of grease, these cabinets and especially this hardware, deserved to be spoiled with a splash of glitter. It’s the least I could do…

Chalkboard Cabinet Makeover
Garage Cabinet makeover

Chalkboard and glitter
Check out the before & after.

Chalkboard Cabinet Makeover
But wait, the makeover didn’t stop there. I still needed to add the best part- CHALK! To ensure an organized space, I drew a picture of whatever each cabinet held. Not only would I be able to find each item far more quickly, I’d also be able to identify exactly where to put it back!
Chalk Painted Cabinets
Chalk Paint
Can you guess what’s in this cabinet? If you guessed my collection of hammers and nails… you’re right!
Chalk on Cabinets
We keep an extra radio for the garage in this cabinet, along with some garden sprays, extra light bulbs and new garbage bags. Knowing exactly where to find things and put things back makes this organizational tool extremely effective, while also being very quirky and fun.
Chalk Painted Cabinets

From old and orange to sparkling chalkboard, thanks for sticking with our two day journey of cabinet drama. I promise we’ll be back with something colorful, crafty, and less garage-ish tomorrow!

How have you glammed up your garage recently?  
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Chalkboard Globe

Have you ever had that single girl in your life that you love and wish you knew a guy good enough to match her up with? And have you ever had a single guy in your life that’s amazing, but you can never think of someone special enough to fix him up with. You love each individually, but never thought of mixing the two…. until now. And then after they hit it off you think to yourself, “what took me so long to fix these two up? They’re perfect for each other!” Long story short, that’s how I feel about today’s DIY combo. 
I love globes. I love chalkboard paint. Why haven’t I ever thought to set them up sooner?  
Globe makeover

This globe is charming, fabulous, & one of about 4 I have in my house. Because I have 4 colorful spheres, I didn’t feel as guilty masking it’s natural beauty with a lot less color.

Globe DIY
There’s only a few steps here, so listen carefully or you’ll miss ’em. First, add a little tape.
Chalkboard globe
With a paint brush, add about 4 coats of chalkboard paint.
DIY Globe Chalkboard
Remove the tape and you’re done!! Wait, it’s that easy? Yes! 
Hometown Globe
I added a little chalk heart to our home sweet home and called it a day. Done & done.
Chalk Globe
I love the simplicity, color, and rich-ness of this combo. I mean seriously, why didn’t I think coupling these two charming singles before?  
Before and After Globe
And if you ask me, these two lived happily ever after.  
DIY Globe
End of story.

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A Touch of Pink

pink chalkboard
 (Disclaimer: We have partnered with New Uses to bring you this post. The information and opinions expressed are 100% our own, and are not influenced by New Uses.)

Sometimes when we’re out shopping, on the hunt for our latest and greatest treasure, we come across something unexpected.

Chalkboard

Last time we visited New Uses we found this old, beat up chalkboard.

Many would bypass this hidden beauty. But Bridget & I gave her a good once over instead.

Yep, she was definitely dirty. But like many treasures we find, she had loads of POTENTIAL.

The only problem was Bridget & I didn’t need a chalkboard for our own homes. We already have one in our kitchen (perfect for grocery lists & sweet notes), and Bridget simply doesn’t have the room for one at the Longview Lodge.

So we decided to venture into unknown territory here on the ol’ blog.  Us rookies spruced up this chalkboard for a children’s room #gasp

See, we both have a few more years (okay maybe many years!) until we’ll be decorating our own nurseries and play rooms. But our good friend (& hot mama of 2) is currently jazzing up rooms for her lil’ ones. We immediately thought of her when we saw the chalkboard, and decided that we must makeover the chalkboard for her 2-year-old girl.

Chalkboard makeover before

But there was no way we were gifting this chalkboard with it looking like this.

As Bridget would say, “look at those dirty secrets!”

My first step was washing away all of those dirty “secrets.” A mixture of vinegar and water did the trick.

When everything was dry, I covered up the chalkboard with an old issue of Us Weekly (recycling at its finest) and taped off the edges.

Then it was sanding and priming time.

Rustoleum Primer Krylon Ballet Slipper Pink

I sanded down parts of the wood, so it had an even, smooth surface.

Then, I busted out Rustoleum Primer and gave the piece a nice light coat.

Krylon Spray Paint Ballet Slipper Gloss

For the top coat of color, I chose Krylon’s Ballet Slipper pink in gloss. Similar to choosing nail polish, I chose this spray paint based solely on the name. How adorable is a color called “ballet slipper”? I couldn’t resist…

I ended up giving the piece 3 light coats of the pink.

Pink Chalkboard

Now the frame was looking good, but the chalkboard itself needed some TLC.  Even after wiping down the black chalkboard it still had some scribbles going on. I wanted this chalkboard to be so incredibly easy to draw on, and that just wasn’t going to happen with a quick clean-up job.

Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint Black

I decided a new coat of chalkboard paint was the only way to give this chalkboard a new life.

Tip 1: I’ve used chalkboard spray paint before and I have had no luck. This Rustoleum Chalkboard paint works for me every.single.time. It is incredibly easy to apply and always turns out great.

Tip 2: Be sure to follow the directions on the back of your chalkboard paint. Before writing on the board you have to “condition” the surface by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface, and then erase it. This will leave a coat of chalk dust that will provide the best erasability.

Mod Podge Wrapping paper pink stripes

To bring even more color to the project, I mod podged striped wrapping paper to a few areas. Similar to what I did to the cabinets in this project.

Striped wrapping paper on chalkboard

I think it adds a cute pop of color to the piece.

Pink Chalkboard

So the project is complete, but the chalkboard still had to ace one final test…

We had to make sure this cutie pie liked her new chalkboard…
Luckily, this little sweetheart couldn’t get enough of her new DIY birthday gift!
This pink beauty had quite the transformation and we’re happy with our first kid-friendly DIY!
Have a great weekend everyone! We are planning to tackle a few of those items on our SUMMER BUCKET LIST! If you cross any off…be sure to tag us on Instagram @DIYplaybook #bucketlist.  Come back on Monday ready for a full line-up of new projects!
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Chalkboard Basket

Organizing is one thing, but staying organized is quite another. I’ve found out through the years that I tend to stay far more organized when I have a stylish organizing system. If this tendency doesn’t make sense to you, I understand. It’s bazaar, it’s illogical, but it’s what works for me. With that being said, I’m always on the look out for a stylish organizing system. The more stylish the better. That’s when I saw this trendy, yet functional, basket from Target. 
Target Chalkboard Basket
This Target basket is priced at $39.99, which isn’t outrageous but is out of my price range. I continued to search for a cheaper equivalent at Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Home Goods but haven’t been able to find a basket that fits in my budget. 
Basket DIY
That’s until I found this gem at a local thrift store.
Thrift Store Treasure

 The only problem…. it didn’t have that cute little chalkboard like Target’s did. So I was bound and determined to find myself a little chalkboard and create that fabulous Target look for much less.

Cheap Home Depot

Cue the Home Depot sale cart, like I explained in this post.

 I found these two pieces of lightweight wood for under $1… Score!!

Chalkboard DIY

 With a little chalkboard paint and an attempt at using a power drill, I did it!

Chalkboard Sign
Cheap Chalkboard Basket
Here’s my Target inspired basket for under $6 total.
Blanket Basket

 I put all of our extra blankets in it and placed it next to our couch with some chalk that reads… “Cozy up Here”.

Chalkboard Basket for Less

I couldn’t be happier with this treasure! It adds organization, functionality and coziness all at the same time. The fact that this whole project costs less than $6 makes me want to cozy up there even more.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Clare,
      You are too darn sweet. I do have to admit, this is one of my favorite projects so far. Not only is it cheap and stylish, but oh so easy to make! I swear the hardest part is finding the basket. Once you have that, you’re practically half way there. =) Happy Shopping!

  1. Grounded Wife

    First of all, I love your blog! I am also from Orland Park and read about you ladies in the OP Prairie. Keep it up!

    Secondly, I did a very similar project. I saw something in the stores with mini chalkboards and then realized I could recreate it myself for much cheaper. You can see the results on my blog http://www.groundedwife.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-chalkboard-clips.html

    Warning though, once you do one chalkboard project you immediately think of a gazillion more projects to do.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thank you so much, we are so grateful that you came to check us out!! Most importantly, we’re so happy to meet another OP blogger! What a small world.

      PS. We are LOVING your mini chalkboard creations. They have officially been added to the DIY To-Do list.

  2. Sue

    I love your ideas and you’re inspiring me! Any tips on the chalkboard paint? What kind did you use? I can only find small cans. Thanks.

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  3. DIY Playbook

    Thanks for stopping by Sue! I used Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint from Home Depot –> http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Specialty-30-oz-Specialty-Flat-Chalkboard-Paint-206540/100141287

    Unfortunately, I’ve only seen quart sizes as well… never a full gallon. Chalkboard paint is amazing and can be used on literally anything, which makes it a tad addicting. Chalkboard paint may need several coats, so rather than one or two thick layers, be sure to paint several thinner layers. Good luck!! Send us pictures if you end up creating something.

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  1. Grounded Wife

    First of all, I love your blog! I am also from Orland Park and read about you ladies in the OP Prairie. Keep it up!

    Secondly, I did a very similar project. I saw something in the stores with mini chalkboards and then realized I could recreate it myself for much cheaper. You can see the results on my blog http://www.groundedwife.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-chalkboard-clips.html

    Warning though, once you do one chalkboard project you immediately think of a gazillion more projects to do.

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  2. Sue

    I love your ideas and you’re inspiring me! Any tips on the chalkboard paint? What kind did you use? I can only find small cans. Thanks.

    Reply
  3. DIY Playbook

    Thanks for stopping by Sue! I used Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint from Home Depot –> http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Specialty-30-oz-Specialty-Flat-Chalkboard-Paint-206540/100141287

    Unfortunately, I’ve only seen quart sizes as well… never a full gallon. Chalkboard paint is amazing and can be used on literally anything, which makes it a tad addicting. Chalkboard paint may need several coats, so rather than one or two thick layers, be sure to paint several thinner layers. Good luck!! Send us pictures if you end up creating something.

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Just add spray paint…

Meet this cute, quirky table top. Price…FREE!! When I spotted him in the garbage, I quickly swooped him up and was bound to highlight his wonderful potential.

Trash to Treasure
I added a few coats of white spray paint and…
White Accent Table
… that’s it!!! It was that easy to take this old table from drab to fab for super cheap.
DIY sidetable

Painting a table
You can kind of tell from this photo that I ditched the little “drawer” that used to pull out. I think the trip to the trash was to blame.  
Accent Table DIY
DIY Playbook Projects
I even love this little guy as he peeks out the front window! I’m not completely positive, but I think I can even hear him take a deep sigh of relief every time he sees the garbage truck pass our house. 
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