Well, top of the mornin’ to ya folks, hope your weekend was fabulous ! Mine was exceptionally great, especially since I had the opportunity to go to the Antique Faire here in town, the one I mentioned here that was written up in Country Living a few short months ago.
The weather was perfect and so was the company – check out these lovely ladies who drove from all over the Bay Area to pay a visit to our Antique Faire !
The group split up to hunt for treasures but met up later for a fantastic lunch. Here’s a glimpse at some of the cool antiques I spotted.
This gorgeous bow front chest with bonnet top hutch. It was a soft gray, I loved it !
One of the most inexpensive ways to add style to your home is with a simple collection from nature, right ? I’m a huge fan of bringing nature inside, and decorating spaces with inexpensive (or free) finds from the great outdoors !
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
- Frank Lloyd Wright
Shells on display, sand from a nearby coast, starfish or even sand dollars fashioned into wall hooks – the beach is a great source of inspiration when it comes to decorating your home. Place items inside glass jars and they become instant focal points.
There was a mention in House Beautiful last November about this brand new product by Hudson Paint: colored chalkboard paint. I was completely intrigued, but then I forgot all about it until the the other day. Then I remembered, and I just had to order some for a special project I’m working on. I’m just so excited so I must share with all of you what came in the mail today: this quart of ‘Deep Ocean’ Hudson chalkboard paint !
Be still my heart.
Where have you been all my life ?
It’s a little expensive compared to latex paint, $25 a quart, plus $7 shipping, but with the 24 colors available, can you imagine the possibilities ? Entire walls of breakfast nooks, kitchens, dining rooms, kid spaces, playrooms and closet doors covered in these amazing colors.
And talk about cool DIY crafts too – imagine the message centers and labels you could create ! Of course I’ve read you can DIY your own chalkboard paint with tile grout but some of the reviews are mixed. You can find several ‘recipes’ online, but something about buying this smooth textured paint ready for instant use makes me so giddy.
I plan on using my ‘Deep Ocean’ this weekend for a special project I’ve got planned for my boy’s room. To see the full spectrum of Hudson chalkboard paint colors, look right here. Another company, Tilano.net has a few colors available, but their chalkboard paints are more expensive. Also I found out that Crayola has a line of colored chalkboard paint available here, again slightly more expensive.
Yes, it’s a whole new world of paint. Let the fun begin ! Have you ever used or made colored chalkboard paint ? What were your results ?
|Hi, I'm Kate from Northern California. I'm a bargain hunter, design lover, and incurable DIYer. I'm on a quest for diamond style on a dime, and I'm out to make my world fabulous, for less, one do-it-yourself project at a time. Learn more.|