Reader Redesign: Get Board

When Lyzz sent along her awesome DIY chalkboard door project we couldn’t wait to share the goods. Here’s her letter:

I found your blog about 6 months ago and have been addicted ever since. I read it every single day and always find so much inspiration. I wanted to share a quick before & after that we took on. We’ve seen many homes painted with chalkboard paint and loved the look but unfortunately most of the homes in California have textured walls, so it was never going to work. Instead, I took the door connecting the house to the garage and used it as a large canvas for chalkboard opportunities. We added a chalkboard calendar by taking a little more time to measure out the appropriate size for a calendar. Since we didn’t want to use blue painters tape for the grid since it’s so wide, my car enthusiast of a husband suggested we used vehicle pin stripe tape (1/8 inch width) and it worked wonders! Two coats of paint and a couple of hours later, we got a great message board that’s perfect for our busy household. The amazing part is that the project only cost about as much as purchasing a modest size message board from the store (approximately $14 including chalkboard paint and pin stripe tape). Keep up the amazing work on your blog! – Lyzz

Isn’t that awesome? We love everything about it from the amazingly graphic and functional calendar boxes to the extra space on top and below for everything from love notes to grocery lists. Great job Lyzz! And to learn more about her awesome chalkboard DIY just drop in on her blog! Meanwhile, we’ll just be dreaming of a door to chalkboard-ify ourselves…



Fab Freebie: Finishing Touches

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We thought we’d finish off this year with a prize all about finishing off a major remodeling project (or even just a quick furniture upgrade) the right way. For instance, although we’re spending major time on tile and paint when it comes to our bathroom project – we haven’t forgotten about the little things like fixtures and molding. And when we completed our kitchen in 2008, we went to at least four stores just to find the perfect knobs and pulls. So, with that in mind, we bring you a fun little year-ending giveaway from Builder Resources (i.e.

While their URL certainly suggests a specialty in knobs and pulls (from tradition to modern and everything in between)…

… they’re also a great resource for other finishing touches like mirrors, closet accessories, molding, vanities, sinks and even kitchen islands.

And since we couldn’t bear to narrow their selection down for this week’s prize, the folks at are graciously offering up an $100 gift card, so one lucky winner can snag anything their little heart desires from their entire site. Here are the deets:

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