When we updated our kitchen, we went for solid wood counters. We wanted a very white and neutral look for the kitchen and we knew that the wood would make it feel more welcoming and warm and it totally does. We are totally and utterly in love with our counter tops.
As kitchen counters come on pre-cut lengths, we had to get 2 full lengths for the long stretch along the window leaving us with plenty of wood left to do what we wanted with it. A big chunk of it was used to make a windowsill behind the sink and that left us with some off cuts of wood that would be no good for any other big project so we put the big pieces of wood left in the attic while we come up with projects for it and we left the small bits in the utility room.
After staring at them every time I did laundry or just passed by the utility room, I made a decision. I decided to make a couple of food boards out of them. It made perfect sense: I love food, my friends love food and I am always looking for ways to display the food in ways that looks pretty and it’s practical, and this would be yet another way to do it.
So once I united the boards, chalk paint and brushes I got on with it. Two hours later, a couple of magazines read, plenty of coffee drank and the paint dried, I gave the newly painted boards a rub with linseed oil to protect them and stuck some felt pads at the bottom to protect my counters from being accidentally scratched. Ready for using!
We have been using them a lot whenever we have had friends over. It makes everything look so pretty and yummy!
I have also being using them as a little personal tea station for one.
What do you think? Have you got any wood lying around your house? or are you coming to ours?
My gallery wall is finished and I am very happy with the result. The longest part of the process for me was choosing the color scheme and the prints to get the mood I wanted for the stairs. I wanted something subtle, soothing, cheerful and fresh. Once I got that sorted, the process went very fast as I couldn’t wait to see the end product. The prints are very lighthearted full of love and joy. The main part of the gallery welcomes us in the morning as we do downstairs for breakfast and, no matter how grey or wet the day is, we all go down smiling and looking at the prints. I have deliberately not gone for a pattern when hanging the frames. I didn’t want something too regimented. I like the idea of being able to add more bits and pieces to the wall in an organic way. I also had to work with the hooks that were already on the wall, which limited the creativity in some parts of the wall. I am delighted with the result.
What do you think?
I have been working on putting together a gallery wall for my stairs.
I guess that when planning a gallery wall, the main considerations are the frames and the prints, or at least they were for me. I had good few frames lying around. They were different styles and sizes, which is good, but also different colors, which is not so good for me. I like the idea of totally different frames in some gallery walls but not for this one. I was looking for some bit of uniformity.
Deciding on what color to use in the frames has been the biggest delay in getting this infamous gallery wall started. I might have mentioned before that I am a bit anal complicated when it comes to colors. I knew I didn’t want anything dark. I wanted to keep the stairs light and airy so I needed a light color. I also knew I wanted something neutral enough so the frames would not clash or take away from the prints.
After much deliberation (first world problem, right?), I decided to paint the frames light grey with Autentico Chalk Paint and complement the grey with some coral and light blue decorations and prints. I love the grey, coral, white and blue combination. It is light and fresh, calm and uplifting.
I have used chalk paint before (here, here and here) and you have probably figured out that I pretty much love it. There is no need for sanding and it covers any surface with very little effort, perfect! I decided to leave some frames grey, to lightly distress others and to mix the grey with some white in others to keep it lively and playful. A bit of variety within the uniformity. I like that.
I now have to plan how I am going to organize the frames on the wall. I like the random factor with some sort of order. You know what I mean, don’t you? I am hoping to share the final wall very soon.
A while ago, I was walking around shops looking into second-hand shops and rummaging in the discounted baskets in different shops when I came across these Bathrooms Rules.
I had been looking for something similar for the boy’s bathroom for a while and this was perfect – a nice and fun reminder to what the rules of the bathroom are, without being to childish. The frame was reduced was due to some damage but that was not going to stop me as I wanted to paint with chalk paint it anyway.
I love painting with chalk paint. There is no preparation, no sanding, no messing. Just clean and paint. Love it.
I wanted a bit of a distressed look on the frame so I used some fine grit sandpaper on the edges and then I applied some clear wax to it and buffed it up.
I am very happy with the result. It is a nice mixture of fun, serious, old and up-cycled that works well in the bathroom for the boys and for our Airbnb guests (although I am hoping that they would remember all those things without the need of a reminder).
What are your thoughts on chalk paint? have your tried it yet?