DIY Roman Shades from Mini Blinds – Wayfair Featured Blogger

Way back in 2012, I made some Roman Blinds for our office in our old house. Little did I know, it would become my most popular post and be pinned on Pinterest over 60,000 times (insert shocked emoji face here). A lot has changed for us in the past few years (job changes, we’ve moved across the country, etc.), but that post still remains one of my favorites and is still a great project! Click the link below to see the original tutorial!

A few weeks ago, I got an email from Wayfair, asking if I’d like to be a part of a post they were putting together on repurposing old blinds and shutters. I obviously said yes (because, duh…it’s Wayfair) and have the huge honor of being one of their featured bloggers! If you’d like to see the post, you can click through here: Wayfair Window Treatments.

 

 

DIY Chalkboard Sign

Here in California, we’re in sort of a strange season – according to the calendar, fall begins in 2 days. The thermometer however, does not agree. Last week it was cool and drizzly but today topped out at 99 degrees. WHAT? That is NOT fall weather in my book. I try to keep a season appropriate wreath or something on our front door, but with this weird weather I can’t, in good faith, throw a fall wreath out there. It’s just not right. Until the forecast dips below 85 degrees, I cannot and will not consider it fall. For the time being, our front door gets to be adorned with this cute little season-less sign welcoming people into our home.

DIY Chalkboard Sign | Simply Mrs. Edwards

I started with a simple wood slice that I got with a coupon at JoAnn’s (I think I used a 50% off  coupon making it like $6 or $7 dollars). I grabbed a foam brush and some chalkboard paint (also bought at JoAnn’s…likely with a coupon). My kind hubby drilled two holes with a 1/4″ drill bit for me.

DIY Chalkboard Sign | Simply Mrs. Edwards

I took a pencil and sketched a line about 1/4″ in from the edge of the bark. I wanted a nice crisp line for my paint and knew I wouldn’t do a good job of free handing it.

DIY Chalkboard Sign | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Then, just filled it in with the chalkboard paint! I followed the directions on the bottle – two coats, waiting an hour between. The first coat I painted with horizontal strokes and the second with vertical strokes. I let it sit for about 24 hours to cure.

DIY Chalkboard Sign | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Once It was fully dried, I “primed” it with chalk. This is an important step! If you don’t do it, whatever you write on your chalkboard first will forever and always be visible. You simply draw over the whole surface and then wipe it off with a dry cloth or napkin.

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Next, I figured out what I wanted to write and did my best to make my rarely used cursive readable :) Then I added a little laurel vine to the bottom and called it good! The best part is that if I want something different written, I can easily wipe it clean and start with a clean slate…literally! :)

DIY Chalkboard Sign | Simply Mrs. Edwards

I found a scrap of leather cord in my stash and tied a simple knot to hang it up. I love how it turned out!

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I think this little sign will tide me over until this heat wave passes. Please dear Lord, let it pass soon. I’m READY for fall!DIY Chalkboard Sign | Simply Mrs. Edwards

An experiment…

About once a day I think to myself, “Wow, this would make a great blog post!” I think this about DIY projects my husband and I take on, about dinners I successfully or unsuccessfully make, about adventures we go on, etc. About 1/2 of them would in reality make a good post, the other 1/2 are just me thinking I’m awesome…but would probably bore the average reader to death.

So I’ve come up with an experiment: To write about  1/2 of those thoughts/cooking successes and flops/adventures/DIY awesomeness and failures and so much more. I hope that you’ll enjoy this journey as I learn to blog. I’ll be posting things under a few different categories, things as a new wife I find myself doing: learning to cook, DIY-ing, figuring out how to live on a budget and everything in between. I’m excited about the possibility of this blog! I hope that I can remain consistent with it, as you’ll soon learn- I’m the best procrastinator and the worst at being consistent. Here’s to the start of something new!

With high hopes,

Mrs. Edwards