Three Ball Topiary
From Drab to Fab!
Topiary Make Over
Topiary Make Over
Silk flower spray protectant
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Three Ball Topiary
From Drab to Fab!
Topiary Make Over
I simply love topiary's and put them where ever I can! I bought these silk ivy three ball topiary's from a local florist several years ago. I first saw an identical set in my neighborhood and loved how they looked at the entrance. After asking the homeowner where they had purchased them I headed over to the florist to get a set. These were the last ones they had.
After several years on my front porch and the harsh afternoon sun beaming on them almost daily, the topiary's had definitely seen better days. The ivy started dry rotting and the birds have picked away at the moss until the only thing left intact was the grape vine. The florist where I bought them is out of business and I hadn't been able to find another set anywhere else, so I decided I'd give them a make over. They've been in the barn for over a year but with spring time approaching I wanted to have them ready to grace the front porch on my Craftsman Bungalow.
Topiary Make Over
Silk ivy garland
Silk flower spray protectant
Out With the Old Stuff
There wasn't much moss and ivy to take out but there was a lot of small strands of wire that had held the ivy in place and was still secured to the metal balls.
Removing the Styrofoam
The styrofoam was still pretty firm and in place. I used a filet knife I found in the garage to cut it. It was snug around the entire length and width of the boxes. I cut it into smaller sections and pried it out.
Blow It Clean
Since I was going to be using my air nailer for the boxes I went ahead and used the air sprayer to blow them out. The styrofoam had settled in between the wood so it was easy to get the nozzle down inside the boxes. A regular blower would've worked as well.
Sturdy Up the Boxes
My nail gun really came in handy for this project. It was so easy to reinforce the boxes and only took a couple of minutes to get each one finished.
Time To Paint
I bought regular flat brown paint for the frame and boxes and I managed to get two even coats on both of them. It's so amazing what a little paint will do...they looked brand new!
Add the Sealant
I like to use spar urethane on all my wood projects, especially the exterior ones. These topiary's will be housed on my front porch that gets the bright, afternoon sunlight. It's a good protectant against the UV rays and will extend the life of the paint.
Adding the Foam and Bricks
I don't do a lot of floral arrangement so I didn't really know what else to use in the base other than spray insulation. I do work with it a lot and I knew it would expand and get hard and I'd be able to add my greenery and moss to it easily.
I added a little foam so I could add the grapevine first.
I've long since cut down all my grapevine but fortunately my daughter has vines on her in law's property. So these were my freebies for my topiary project. P.S. Thank you Taylor and Mrs. Wanda.
I used about five feet of grapevine and three strands for each topiary. I had a mix of thin and thicker vines. The smaller vines were easier to work with although the thicker ones looked nicer. I started from the top and wove them around until I reached the bottom. By the time I got there the vines easily stayed put in the foam since it had starting expanding and was very sticky.
I added two bricks to each box. It's normally very windy on my front porch so I knew I needed extra weight to keep the topiary's from falling over.
I covered the bricks with the foam about half way the pots because I knew it would expand higher and fluff out toward the top.
I used the green floral wire to hold a couple of the vines together.
I took the green Spanish moss back to the store and exchanged it for the regular brown moss. After I looked at it a couple of times I decided the green moss and the ivy was just too much green and the brown is what was used in the first place.
I piled it in each ball heavily...
it got a little messy...
but looked very nice when I finished.
I started with the bottom ball and threaded the ivy garland upward from the inside.
It took a lot of ivy for the topiary's. I used one piece of garland on the bottoms of each ball and two more for the other four balls.
I could've probably used another strand of garland but I had spent more on supplies than I anticipated so I decided not to get anymore.
Moss For Pots
I used spray adhesive to cover the flat green moss to top of the pots. I loved the variation in the colors and it blended very well with the overall colors scheme of the topiarys.
I love adding bows to my topiary trees. I went with burlap bows for the spring season. I will switch these out with each holiday and changing of the seasons.
Three Ball Topiary Trees
I sprayed the topiary's with silk spray protectant. I've never used it before but hopefully it will keep protect them a lot longer than the previous ones.
I think the entrance is complete and I'm very happy with the finished look.
My grandchildren love nothing more than swinging, so I took a little break one weekend from my old house restorations to make them a new tree swing.
ITEMS I USED:
-heavy duty fasteners
This is the old tire swing that was hung for my seven year old son twenty nine years ago. The rope finally frayed in 2015 and the tire swing broke. I kept it in the barn until the next summer when we could make the tree swing a family project.
My daughter and granddaughter were eager to get the project underway so they got busy scrubbing and cleaning the tire.
I purchased two cans of bright red gloss paint for our lady bug tire swing.
We picked a very hot day when the wind was calm to paint the tire. Since it was so hot outside, the paint dried quickly after each coat. I used both cans of paint and sprayed both sides evenly.
The tire was very easy to paint and was ready for hanging after a few hours of drying...and it's so pretty and glossy!
I marked the tire where I wanted to insert the U fasteners and used a regular drill and drill bit to make the holes. I screwed the bolts to each U fastener using a washer so that they would not pull through the tire.
I bought three equal lengths of chain along with a longer chain that will hang from the tree and support the three chains attached to the tire. I used stainless steel snap links to secure the chains to the U fasteners on the tires.
I used a carabiner link to attach the individual chains to the chain hanging from the tree.
After the tire was hung my grandchildren were excited to paint the lady bug on the tire and write their names on the swing.
We used acrylic paint for the lady bug and markers to write their names.
Voila...Lady Bug Tire Swing!
DISCLAIMER: I am not an electrician or an appliance technician. This blog is a diary on how I replaced the burner switch on my own personal stove. Please consult an experienced electrician for repair of your appliance.
How I Replaced a Burner Switch on my Stove
During our busy summer the large burner on our GE drop-in stove quit working. While our stove is old, we weren't ready to spend money on a new one, so I headed across town to get a replacement burner. To my surprise this was not the problem as the eye still would not turn on. After calling the technician at the store where we purchased the burner, he said I would need to replace the burner switch. According to him, I just needed to remove a couple of screws...123...I'm done!
My husband was busy with other projects and hadn't had a chance to work on it, so after a couple of weeks I decided to try to put it in myself...but first I thought I'd go online and see exactly how to install it. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anywhere that showed me how to open the control panel on this drop-in style stove but I did find a few sites on how to switch the terminals. I also found the instruction manual that came with the oven but it didn't provide any info on replacing the switch or how to open the control panel.
Tools I Used
-small star screwdriver
-2 pairs of pliers
Turned Off the Breaker
First and foremost safety is always on my mind. I went to the breaker box, found the breaker labeled "range" and turned it off...otherwise, I would've definitely gotten electrocuted!
Removed the Screws From the Stove
I started by removing the four screws on the front of the control panel as seen below. They were small screws that required the star bit. After taking the screws out I kept them together so they wouldn't get misplaced. I tried lifting the control panel upward but it wouldn't pull out completely. After trying several times I could tell something else needed to be loosened.
Loosened Side Screws From the Stove
There's four screws on the left and right sides that held the control panel in place. They too had to be loosened in order to pull out the control panel.
Removed the Knobs From The Stove
This was the perfect time to clean behind the knobs so I took them all off...doesn't take long for grease and grime to build up. I removed the two screws holding the switch in place before I removed the control panel cover.
GE Control Panel
After removing the side screws the control panel lifted out with ease. I realized later that the four side screws needed only be loosened and didn't need to come out completely. The side panels just needed to be loose in order for the control panel to slip forward.
Removed the Metal Plate on Control Panel
There were many screws holding the metal plate that protects and houses the wired components. They all had to be removed in order to replace the switch kit.
Once the control panel was open I could see all the wiring and connectors that were attached to each switch.
I'd already removed the screws that held the switch in place so I simply slipped the switch out from the control panel. The terminals were labeled and I was able to easily switch the connectors from the old switch to the new one.
Connected the Terminals on Switch
There wasn't any corrosion and no need for cleaning. Once the terminals were in place on the new switch I positioned it back in place and secured it to the panel from the front of the stove. I attached the knob and checked the stove to make sure it worked before I closed up the control panel.
Re-Fitted the Knob
The stem for the knob holder was too long for the knob so I used a pair of pliers to break off the excess and another pair to hold the stem in place so it didn't break off too short. I attached the knob and checked the stove to make sure it worked before I closed up the control panel.
This was a fairly easy DIY project. I had some difficulty getting the side screws back in the right position while trying to close the control panel but other than that it was a good learning experience. My stove is like brand new and it only cost about $25.00 for the switch kit.
Yard Sale Welcome Sign
I enjoy going to yard sales in search of vintage and antique items to decorate the old farmhouse that I'm restoring. I found this little wooden sign for .25 and knew it would be perfect for the side porch.
I love Zig markers and use them whenever I need to touch up the color on something and they work great on almost any surface.
They work great on wood projects and ideal for my flower pot welcome sign. Even though it was badly faded I knew this cute little sign could easily be brought back to life with Zig markers...I started with yellow.
Red glided on just as easily as the yellow and looked awesome!
Orange was as pretty and vibrant as red and yellow!
...and green brought the dull leaves back to life!
I used a terra cotta Zig to color the pot and purple to welcome all those who come to enjoy life at my old house!
From Trash to Treasure
And so, my dull little flower pot welcome sign that cost a mere quarter became a bright and noticeable treasure for the side entrance to my old craftsman bungalow! Sometimes it's the smallest of things that will catch your eye and make a great flea market find.
DIY - Barn Wood Birthday Party Sign
Deere Antique Sign
My three year old grandson, Jakob loves all things John Deere. It's no wonder, his whole family has something John Deere in our barns and sheds...or a JD sign on a wall...or somebody is usually wearing something JD. We're JOHN DEERE Lovers!
When my daughter asked me to make an old, rustic sign for Jacob's birthday party, I knew using a piece of barn wood from our farm would mean a lot to her.
I started with an interior piece of wood from the old smokehouse my great-grandparents used to hang their meat in...back in the day!
Cut the Wood
I used one of my favorite tools, a miter saw to cut the board to equal lengths of 24 inches. P.S. Always use extreme caution when using power equipment.
Ready For Assembling
The board is cut into three separate pieces and is ready to be seamed together.
Glue the Barn Wood
The board is tongue and groove...after using a liberal amount of glue in the grooves, I tapped it in with a hammer.
Sand the Wood
I sanded over the wood to smooth out some of the roughness and to get rid of splinters.
Brace the Sign
I used scrap pieces of wood on the back to reinforce the sign. It weighs about 10 lbs.
Barn Wood Sign
My daughter liked the damaged end of the wood and wanted it to be part of the sign. I thought it was a good idea...it adds a lot of character to the sign. I wish I'd had more just like it to add to the other ends.
Choosing Letters For a Sign
I picked out a font that looked like a child's handwriting and used the banner feature to create the words. Three pages were wide enough for the width of the sign
Cutting Out Letters For a Wooden Sign
I used a paper cutter to cut out the letters as close to the edges as possible. That way, it's easier to align on the sign.
Distressed Antique Sign
I distressed the sign a little by adding just a hint of green paint to the edges. I liked the natural color of the wood so I opted not to use any other colors or distressing to the sign.
Position Letters on a Wood Sign
Position your letters exactly where you want them and simply use masking or painter's tape to secure them to the boards.
Transfer Letters to Sign
To transfer the letters to the barn wood sign was simple. Place your transfer paper under the section of lettering you're going to be working on. You can use a stylus, a pen with the cap on or off. I used a black pen so I could see on the transfer paper what letters I had written out. There are several colors of transfer paper you can purchase...I used red because I was out of white and yellow.
The letters transferred a little light, but heavy enough that I didn't need to go over them again.
Paint Barn Wood Letters
I love using Zig markers! I used the posterman marker in yellow...it's super wide and you only have to paint over the piece once or twice, depending on how distressed or aged you want it to appear.
Paint Words on Antique Wood
I didn't have a Zig marker in John Deere green so I used a small angled paint brush with acrylic paint for the "Oh Deere" letters.
Outline Letters on Barn Wood
The antique sign really came to life when I added the outline to the letters. The zig marker in yellow came in handy again.
I outlined the yellow letters in the green acrylic paint using a small tipped paint brush.
Erase Transfer Lines
A pencil cleaned up all those noticeable transfer lines.
~I hope my daughter liked the sign as much as I enjoyed making it~
We're looking forward to the baby girl that's OTW
...she'll be a pink/green DEERE baby!
Barn Wood DEERE Sign
After I finished decorating, I decided to do a short Christmas blog. I used to go all out with the decorations but now that our kids have moved out and have their own homes (all but one), I haven't done as much as in years past...but this year I've been in a very festive mood and wanted to share a few of our favorite Christmas pics.
I use the same wreath on my front door year round. It's a wreath my cousin Tammy made for me at her florist, The Squash Blossom. She used some of my favorite flowers, calla lilies and vines. But over time I keep adding a variety of neutral colored flowers to the bottom because I love the look of a wreath with trailing flowers. With each season I simply switch out the color scheme to coordinate with the upcoming holiday and/or season.
Decorate a wreath on a budget
I love going post Christmas shopping for the next year's decorating. Without even realizing it I stumbled onto a 90% off sale on all Christmas decor at Hobby Lobby last year. In previous years I managed to get to Michael's and save anywhere between 75%-90% off their Christmas decor.
I really, really love topiaries! My absolute favorite are the three ball round ones. I've had those by my entrance for several years. My front porch gets the brutal afternoon sun and over time the leaves began to dry rot and fall off. I've kept them down on my farmhouse porch and plan on making a blog of their makeover next spring...stay tuned for that project...I can't wait!
Since I couldn't find the three ball topiaries I really wanted I settled with the spiral topiary. I like them okay, but not easy to find a way to attach or hang any decorations. I simply draped some 90% discounted mesh ribbon around each one and attached a homemade bow. Sometimes simplicity is best!
The fireplace is the focal point in our living room. We wrap the mantel with garland, ribbon, clear lights and candles. Unfortunately, my logs would not cooperate and our stockings are MIA.
I love night lights and electric candles...I would have them lit by the handfuls if I could!
Yard Sale Wreath
I found this wreath at a yard sale a couple years ago for $3. I knew it would be the perfect size to hang over my fireplace and did not have to add any decor to it. It was perfect as-is.
Santa Claus Collection
Woodland Santa Claus
I've had my Santa's for several years and love using them every year in my decor. I found them at a post Christmas sale at Michael's for a great discounted price.
Around the World Santa Claus
Traditional Santa Claus
Oh, Christmas Tree!
I love the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree, but I don't always have the time and energy for a live tree so I enjoy the benefits of an artificial one...I love the tall and slender tree we purchased many years ago...it's so simple to put up my daughter does it by herself.
Christmas Tree Top Hat
My daughter has been asking me for a couple of years to update our Christmas tree decorations and this year I finally gave in.
I normally use the traditional angel as the tree topper but when I was shopping and saw the top hat on display I had to have it. It was the last one they had and a section on the top had been bent but the store owner was gracious enough to give me a 20% discount.
Christmas Tree Elf
The Christmas tree elf is brand new to our decor. I saw them displayed last year and knew they would be part of a new collection. They are so cute and all the kids are trying to find the rest of the elf in the tree.
Some yard sale finds are pulled together with garland, bulbs and cording.
Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
Sometimes you can find the best things at the dollar store. This plaque was only $3 and shares the real meaning of Christmas...Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
3 Ball Topiary
I really do love topiaries! I use this one all year in my living room and when I had a couple of berry wreaths and an extra ribbon left over, I hung them on my favorite faux plant.
Burlap Door Wreath
Here's another wreath my cousin Tammy made. When I bought it I didn't realize how well it would blend with my Christmas decor...all I added to it was the Christmas bells!
I hope you enjoyed our family Christmas pics and from the Amendola family we would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
Pelmet, Cornice & Box Valance -Styles & Designs
Several years ago when I began decorating the farmhouse I inherited, it never occurred to me that I would one day have a DIY blog. With the majority of projects I completed I never took step by step photos detailing each step. But fortunately, I do have photos and I'm very happy to share those with you.
- 1 X 4 boards cut to size
- miter saw/circular saw/jigsaw
- staple gun
- spray adhesive
- kraft paper
- batting or foam
- nails or screws
- lace, fringe, ribbon or cording
- hooks for hanging
No Sew Window Treatment
These are all no sew window treatments. Each piece of wood was cut with a miter saw and/or circular saw and jigsaw. Spray adhesive is used to adhere the batting and fabric to the plywood. All fringe, ribbon and cording were attached with a hot glue gun. These are all easy DIY projects.
A basic rectangular shape covered with toile fabric and batting; trimmed with black cording and fringe. This cornice covers two windows.
Living Room Window Treatment
Using two complimentary and vintage styled fabric and batting; creating a design with ball fringe.
Bedroom Box Valance
For these cornice boards I used brown kraft paper to design a shape for the window treatment and transferred the shape to the plywood. Cording outlines the top and half circle design.
There are many styles and designs of cornice and pelmet window treatments that you can create that will enhance your beautifully designed living space.
Earring Display For Your Store, Shop or Booth
I travel around to various craft shows, festivals and fairs to sell my handcrafted gourd and wood art. When I started my gourd jewelry collection finding a way to display them created a challenge. The first problem I had was finding the right sleeve. My gourd earrings are large so they didn't fit properly on a standard earring sleeve found at craft stores. I designed a sleeve that complimented my gourd jewelry and discovered a 4 X 4 post would be the ideal size to showcase the custom designed earring sleeve. I use a couple different holders I've made but for this tutorial I'll be showing you the one made with a salvaged piece of 4 X 4 post.
4 X 4 Post-cut to size
1 X 4 wood-cut to size
over sized wooden finial
1 large washer
2 smaller washers
double threaded screw
Reclaimed 4 X 4 Post
This was a piece of a 4 X 4 post I found in my barn. It appears to have broken in two and was only about three feet in length. It was pretty beat up but I wanted to use it because it was the perfect length for the earring display I'd be making for my booth...and it's always great to recycle wood.
Cut the Wood
The first thing I needed to do was clean up the ends of the post. I used my miter saw and cut both ends to the desired length; which was about two and a half feet.
After cutting the posts down to size it was time to clean up the salvaged wood.
Clean the Wood
I loved all the cracks in the wood and knew it would give the earring display a lot of character. I used my belt sander to smooth away all the concrete dust from the posts and smooth out the rough spots. I used the sander around all sides of the wood until it was clean and smooth.
Adding the Base To the Earring Holder
I have a lot of wood pieces left over from other projects, a scrape piece of 1 X 4 was used as the base for the earring display.
I used a square to get the measurement and draw a line for cutting.
The 1 X 4 was the perfect size and I only had to make one cut in order for it to be even all the way around the post.
I purchased some large washers at Walmart but check your junk drawers, you're bound to have one lying around from another project. I found some in my She-Shed after I'd already bought these.
I determined the center by measuring around all four sides and marking the center position. I always pre-drill holes; I learned the hard way that if you don't your wood will more than likely split.
I pre-drilled the hole with a counter sinking bit so the screw would sit flush in the wood; otherwise, the earring holder might not have set level and probably would've wobbled a bit.
I used a blue masonry screw for securing the washers to the 4 X 4 post. It was 2" and the only one I could find that was long enough.
I used two smaller washers in this step and sandwiched the large washer between the two small ones in order for the earring display to swivel
Attach the Finial
To add the finial I centered the post and pre-drilled. I used a double threaded screw to secure the finial to the post.
I thought about using a smaller finial but I think the over sized one adds a little drama.
...it's clean, smooth and ready for paint.
Painting the Earring Holder
I wanted to distress the wood...so inexpensive white paint would be the color of choice!
Distressing wood is the easiest paint technique to do...if you add too much, just sand it off.
Adding Hardware To the Earring Holder
I measured two opposite sides for adding two hooks and I measured the other two opposite sides for three hooks.
I used the awe to puncture each pencil mark before I started pre-drilling each one.
Adding the Hooks
The hooks were easy to screw in by hand but I had to use pliars for the last few turns.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and hopefully will make your very own earring or jewelry display using salvaged or reclaimed wood.
Earring Holder Display
...and there you have it! A custom made, one of a kind swivel earring display holder for your hand made and handcrafted jewelry. Thanks for any comments and/or feedback!
Easy DIY Project
Replace Your Shower Head
I went shopping for a new shower head from Lowes Home Improvement store. There are many shower heads and hand held showers to choose from. They come in a variety of finishes, lengths and a varying number of spray heads to make your every shower enjoyable.
-New shower head
We are preparing for a complete overhaul of our outdated shower soon, but the shower head would not hold up any longer. This head is at least seventeen years old and has worked so well I never really wanted to replace it. But a couple of days ago the sprayer started shooting water outside the shower & I knew it time to get a new one.
Select Your Shower Head
Once I began looking over the shower heads at the store I realized I wasn't crazy over the long hose anymore. It was nice when the kids were little when I washed and rinsed their hair but now it seemed like it was in the way and it always hindered the shower caddy from hanging straight.
...so I decided to try a standard shower head that offered different spray heads. It was priced at around $18.
Remove Your Old Shower Head
Replacing your shower head is a very easy DIY project and requires basic plumbing skills. It's only a couple of steps to complete and only takes a few minutes to install a new shower head. If you're new to DIY this is a simple project to get your feet wet.
Begin by turning the shower head counter clockwise, if necessary use a wrench to disconnect from the water supply. Hold the water supply line while unscrewing so you don't accidentally jar and break the supply pipe. Also, check to see if you have any hidden screws.
Don't Forget to Tape
Your new shower head will screw on the same way but first you need to tape the threads on the supply line. Use PTFE tape, also known as Teflon tape.
Thread it around 2 or 3 times, two times seemed sufficient for me. This will ensure you don't get any drips from your new shower head.
Then it's as simple as screwing your new shower head on.
I used a wrench to tighten the new head and a rag so that I didn't mar the chrome.
Enjoy Your New Shower Head
You're now ready to enjoy a nice, hot invigorating bath!
Easy DIY Project
How to Transfer Words onto a Chalkboard
Salvaged cabinet door (I purchased mine from our local ReStore Warehouse)
chalk for conditioning
painter's or masking tape
antiquing glaze and/or distressing pad
white transfer paper
sandpaper or sanding block
computer printout with words
I started with an off white cabinet door and lightly sanded the glossy finish on the area where I'd be painting. You will need to do this in order for the chalkboard paint to bond to the surface.
There was some distressing on the door but I wanted a little more so I switched to a coarser sanding paper to remove more of the paint.
I used blue painter's tape to outline the area to be painted...masking tape works equally as good and it's cheaper. Blue tape is used more for delicate areas but my masking tape was hiding from me and the blue tape was handy!
I applied pressure and burnished the edges so the paint wouldn't bleed under and ruin my straight line.
Using a 4" sponge roller made the paint glide on easily. I let the first coat dry for about ten minutes and then applied the second coat. You can paint with whatever you have handy, a regular size roller or a brush will get the job done. I like using a roller because I usually have several boards to paint.
I let the paint dry for a couple of minutes and then pulled the tape off. TIP: Pull your tape off in a downward motion as to avoid the paint peeling off with the tape.
Before Distressing or Conditioning
The chalkboard looks perfect...but if you don't want those icky scratch marks on your new and pretty board you must take the time to condition it before using it the first time...trust me you'll be glad you did!
I used a new piece of white chalk...when you lay it down you can cover a larger area quicker. Yellow chalk will work just as good.
...cover the entire chalkboard area.
After you've completely covered the chalkboard use a sponge or dish cloth to wipe it down. I rinsed my sponge two or three times to remove all the chalk and to get a pretty black chalkboard. I waited three days before I wrote on my chalkboard. This gave the paint time to cure.
I always use gloves when applying any type of stain. If not, the stains are hard to clean off your skin and it always settles around the contours of your nails...yuck!
I used Valspar Signature Antiquing Glaze and then finished up with Walnut Distressing Stain. The stain gave it the darker color I was going for.
Create your perfect design and print it out on your computer. I have an old version of Print Shop I use for my desktop publishing programs. I printed the scrolls using Bergamot Ornaments and Ameretto Extended font for "HOME" and Pristina for "sweet home."
I had to enlarge the font a couple of times to get the exact size for the chalkboard sign but once I got the ideal size I cut all the excess off with my paper cutter. Using scissors would also work; you just need to get rid of the excess so you can position and center it on the chalkboard.
I used white graphite paper to transfer the letters onto the chalkboard. As you can see the paper has been used a couple times before which is why I love transfer paper. You can reuse it many, many times. I've used all colors of graphite paper but the white paper on a black background is by far the easiest of all to use.
The transfer paper isn't a wide as my print so I knew I'd have to move it when I was near the bottom. I used just a small amount of tape to secure it to the cabinet door.
I positioned the print on top of the graphite paper making sure it was square all the way around.
After I centered it around the chalkboard I taped it down using masking tape. This would've been a more ideal place to use the blue painter's tape, the print and graphite paper is much more delicate than the cabinet door.
...and so I began to trace my design onto the chalkboard. The outline actually looks like it was written with chalk; another reason I love using the white graphite paper, it's so easy to see.
I used a regular blue pen without the cap to outline the letters. I like being able to see the pen markings. I can see if I've missed any lines or details.
I love using the Bistro Chalk Marker. It was inexpensive and the tip was just right for this project.
Even though I traced the lettering and design, I still managed to get a lot of smudging on the chalkboard.
...and I really mean a lot!
After I painted all the letters it was time to clean up the smudges. I used Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge on the larger smudged area...
...and a Q-tip for the smaller areas.
I added rubber bumpers to protect my wall and also to keep the cabinet door from moving, especially if it's hung on a wall that have doors opening and closing. Felt bumpers will also work nicely but may not protrude as much as the rubber ones.
I needed to add another hole since the cabinet had only one hole for the door knob.
I measured down from the top of the door...
...to get the exact location to add another hole.
I used a drill bit that was a little larger than the twine so the twine would go thru easily.
I was careful to use protective eye wear and held the cabinet door tightly to avoid any accidents while drilling the holes.
Now I had two holes to support my twine.
I tied double knots to ensure the twine would hold the door.
"Home Sweet Home"
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