DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I’m almost done painting the trailer!  April showers have made it a little challenging, but I’m sure you guys will love the finished product.  Stay tuned for the juciness of our canned ham!

Remember the time I told you I have an addiction to infomercials, and designed a whole workout room because of it?

What I wanted to buy on the infomercial was $400. *insert eye roll* pfff.  Yeah right.

I found a way to build it for around $20.

Maybe **I** should be making infomercials!  BUT WAAAAAIT!!!!!!!  THERE’S MORE!!!!

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I bought 2 closet brackets from Lowes for $6.40 each.  And a dowel 2″ in diameter.

Closet Bracket

I had a spare board laying around in my garage.  I painted the dowel and board the same color of gray that I used in the triangle wall (Taupe Tone by Sherwin-Williams).

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I wanted to use a board so that I could mount the closet brackets to the board, and secure the boards to studs.  With all the stress that would be on the barre during workouts, I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be ripped off the wall.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Using drywall screws, I secured it to the studs.  I painted over the screws so it would blend in a little nicer.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Be very careful when you attach your dowel to your wall brackets.  Put your power drill on the slowest setting, and I would highly advise drilling a pilot hole.  This wood can split very easily.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I’ve done a few different barre workouts, and this one is by far my favorite. I sweat like a Carl’s Jr model spending an afternoon with Richard Simmons.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

It’s definitely a welcome change.  I do love running, but this is a fun workout to mix things up.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Evelyn loves exercising with me too.  She’s the queen of wiggle-ninety-x.  (Infomercial coming soon)

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Easy Entryway Table

February was a hard month.  First, I had strep.  Then, someone crashed into Aaron on the freeway and totaled his car.  Our water heater broke, and we had to get a new one.  Then Evelyn came down with a nasty cold that had her in the hospital one night.  We’re all fine now, just trying to catch up on life.

I’m happy it’s March.  In like a lambion, for us.  Half rain, half sunshine.  I’ll take it.

We really needed an entryway table like JLaw needs to stop trippin.  I mean, it was adorable to just throw my keys and purse on the floor every time I walk in the door, but…  no.

I whipped this up in an afternoon with some stuff I had hanging around in the garage.  The messy messy messy garage.

For the top, I wanted to use the top of a trunk.  I have a few trunks sitting in the garage from when we cleaned out Aaron’s grandma’s garage; the very best kind of hand-me-downs!

Easy DIY Entry Table

I had some extra 4X4’s in the garage from Jumbo Jenga.  I decided to use those chunky babies for legs.  I used my miter saw to cut them all at 36″

Easy DIY Entry Table

The legs got a nice wash in stain.  I used Minwax Polystain in espresso.  It’s the same shade I stained the banister.

Easy DIY Entry Table

After the stain was dry, I used spax screws to secure the legs to the top.  And Evelyn slept the whole time (note the sleeping baby in the swing).

Easy DIY Entry Table

I probably should add cross pieces for support.  But honestly, it’s pretty sturdy as is.  So we’ll see 🙂

Easy DIY Entry Table

I decided to hang the mirror up while I was at it.  I wish I could have hung it a few inches lower, but due to the light switch placement, this was the lowest it could be hung.

Easy DIY Entry Table

Easy DIY Entry Table

Easy DIY Entry Table

And there you have it.  The easiest entry table that ever lived.

Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Art

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Evelyn wanted to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day.  However, that would have been impossible if her mum hadn’t have made her this sweet action chalkboard.

This project was free to me because I had everything hanging around.  I had a spare piece of MDF board in the garage, left over chalkboard paint from the chalkboard back door, and some gold craft paint left over from a project you haven’t seen yet!

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

I freehanded some scallops.  Because, scallops.

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Of course Buster assumed the photoshoot was for him… based on past experience.  He’s having a hard time adjusting to not being the center of attention.

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Rustic Stick Snowflake Wreath {& other Christmas Photos to Melt Your Heart}

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

Christmas has been pretty low-key around these parts.  I mean, I’m sure Evelyn is singing Jingle Bells at the top of her fetal lungs, but we have been so busy and wrapped up with getting ready.  This project was so fast, so easy, and most importantly FREE.

I walked around my back yard and gathered an armful of sticks, like a crafting  pioneer woman.  Except those poor ladies didn’t have hot glue.  How terribly unfortunate for them.  Nor did they have Netflix.  2 of the things I needed for this short little craft.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

My good buddy Reggie suggested that I watch a documentary called Children Underground.  Sounded great.  Here’s the description:
“…a profoundly intimate and heart-wrenching drama about homeless children struggling for survival on the streets and in the subways of Bucharest, Romania”

A very eye-opening film, however, might I suggest not watching something that will make you cry whilst hot-gluing.  Because you will forget you have hot glue on your fingers… and you will wipe your eyes.  And then you will cry more, because HOT DANG, it burns.  But as suggested by Reggie: follow it up with this on Netflix to feel better.

Back to the wreath.  It was easy.  I drew out a snowflake on a piece of paper and laid out the sticks accordingly.  Some of them I broke or bent to make the shape.  Then I hot glued it, and wrapped the middle with some twine to hold it together extra good.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

When I finished gluing the stick snowflake wreath together, I actually thought it looked REALLY dumb.  Kinda like an elementary school Christmas craft.  It was uneven and just kind of janky looking.  It didn’t look AS bad when I hung it from the light to take pictures, but on the front door I was like “K, this CANNOT stay.  GET OUT!”  But newsflash: It stayed.  And it has grown on me.  And when people come over, they like it.  So I guess it doesn’t suck as much as I thought.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

I think one of the things throwing me off about the door, is that the wreath is right over the window.  I dunno, it just is “off.”

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

My very un-festive and small front porch.  One of these times I’ll paint the door, and put up a garland on the railing.  But not this time.  We’re just lucky to have a snowflake on the door this year.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

I finished it just in time to match the weather.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

And since I’m so behind on blogging, I’m going to dump all our other Christmas photos into this post.  I don’t go crazy with holiday decor.  We put up a Christmas tree, a garland, and stockings.  But it’s enough to feel our home with Christmas cheer and warmth.

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Art

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Art

Happy Monday-of-a-short-week to you all (the best kind of Monday that exists)!  I’ve got some really great posts lined up for this week, but right now, I’m coming an you with this short little Thanksgiving Chalk-Art project.

I’m linking up with the Dare To DIY party at Primitive & Proper (one of my favorite blogs!).  A group of my favorite bloggers is hosting this series, and you should definitely join in.

If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know that I am NOT a holiday decorator, outside of putting up a Christmas tree and stockings.  I have a really hard time spending money on seasonal crafts and such.  I don’t like storing them all year long.  It just feels cluttered to me.

The great thing about painting a chalkboard on my back door is that I can make holiday art all year long, and not spend money or have to deal with storage issues.

I found this free printable from A Night Owl Blog, and used it as a basic template for my door.  I changed a few fonts, for easy-sake.  I’m still trying to work on my typography skills.

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Typography

The goal is to fill the door with hearts and write all the things we’re thankful for.  I hope that we have hearts squishing everywhere by Thanksgiving.  On the top, on the sides, between banners… we have SO much to be grateful for.

I may have gotten carried away with drawing empty hearts to fill in, but it made me excited for our gratitude-project this week.

Ways to show gratitude at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Projects - Chalkboard

See you tomorrow with a BACK SPLASH!  Laterz.

Painting A Chalkboard Door

I’m about to show you a project NEVER BEFORE SEEN in blogland.  I know because I’ve googled it, searched it on Pinterest, looked on my friends’ blogs… Okay.  That’s a lie.  A really big one.  Chalkboard projects are everywhere.  Walls, doors, wood slices, jars, wall art, inside of pantries, coffee tables and so on.

I’ll be honest.  I’ve resisted.  I said I would NEVER do it.  But it got to me.  Maybe in 10 years we’ll look back and roll our eyes at our crazy obsession with chalkboard paint.  However, today I’ll celebrate my official jumping on board the chalkboard bandwagon.

We have 2 back doors.  One goes to the back yard, and one goes to the garage.  The one that goes to the garage is pretty hideous, and that’s giving it a compliment.  It’s hidden from pictures most of the time, just because of its location.  This ugly old thing is about to get ambushed.

Painting Chalkboard on a back door

This project cost less than $20.  WHAT?!  Yeah.  I figured chalkboard paint would be a little pricey, but it is definitely not.  $9 for the can.  I also picked up a Hi-Density Foam roller kit made for doors to keep things smooth.  You guys, the door took less than half a can.  Imagine all the things I can chalkboard attack with all the left overs.  It’s dangerous.  It’s an illness now that I’ve given in.  The chalkboard plague has struck.

Chalkboard paint supplies

Like always, I only use FrogTape.  Bleeds are not something to be risked.

How to paint Chalkboard

After one coat, it looked like this.

Painting a Chalkboard Door

After 2 coats (we probably would have been fine, but I wanted a solid 3).

How to paint a chalkboard

Awww, and the beautiful 3rd coat.  I followed the instructions on the box to a tee, and waited 4 hours between each coat.  It was ridiculously hard to wait because after about 30 mins the paint is dry to the touch.

Painting a Chalkboard

When painting a chalkboard surface the most important thing to remember is to season it.

The reason seasoning a chalkboard is so important is because chalkboards are very porous.  If you don’t season it properly, the first thing you write may get “burned” into the chalkboard.

You season it by first rubbing the side of a piece of chalk vertical, and then horizontal.  This will fill in all the porous holes that may exist in the surface.

How To Season A Chalkboard

Seasoning a Chalkboard

After that you can erase it using a felt eraser, or a damp cloth.  I wouldn’t recommend paper towels.  They leave behind lots of shreds.

Then you’re game for writing whatever comes to your creative mind.

Of course my lopsided free-hand typography could use some work.

DIY Painted Chalkboard Back Door

Now at least our back garage door can hide in style and on trend.

How To Paint a Chalkboard Door

Pumpkin Parade Feature

Y’all, I get so sad when parades are over.  Every time I’m at Disneyland and the last float in the parade passes by and the crowd starts to scatter, there’s a hole in my heart, because I’m always left wanting more.  I need more Mickey-in-sequins in my life.

I love how pumpkin crafts take over the blog-o-sphere this time of year, because really they are such inexpensive and fun crafts.  The possibilities of what you can do with a pumpkin are limited.

It’s only a matter of time until a blogger comes up with a way to fly a pumpkin to the moon.

One of my favorites from the parade was this pumpkin by Crab+Fish:

Fishnet Pumpkin


If you happened to miss the parade, don’t worry, you can go back in time and see all hundred pumpkin creations here.

But if it’s features you are interested in, check out these blogs for their faves.

Bliss at Home

Shift Ctrl Art

Primitive & Proper

Decor and the Dog

A Little Bite of Everything


Newly Woodwards

Boxy Colonial

A Swell Place to Dwell


Go Haus Go