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It has been surfacing on social media for some time now. So why is everyone using chalk paint? Not having to prep or prime your surface (beyond cleaning or smoothing out peeling surfaces) is a major bonus. We’ve gathered a sample of furniture projects and a sweet DIY chalk paint guide for you to see for yourself why the paint is so popular.

1. Chalk Paint Piano

Leigh Anne inherited this piano when she and her husband purchased their family home in 1986. Once her children grew up, it no longer served as much purpose and became a dark spot in her living room. A fun chalk paint update was just the cure! The piano is now a statement piece everyone can gather around during the holidays. See how she did it over at her blog, Your Home Based Mom.

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Image Via: Your Home Based Mom

2. Vintage Buffet

Pairing a vintage mirror and buffet table is a fun project in itself, but Beth took it one step further with a quick sanding and an application of chalk paint. In her tutorial, Beth adds the optional step of glazing. If you’re looking to add more dimension to your work, you don’t want to skip this step!

Gray painted buffet

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3. Baroque Makeover
This once sun-bleached writing desk achieved new life! Metallic gold accents and fiery red chalk paint work together to master this shiny/matte combination. Clear and dark wax finishes highlight the smooth surface. Stephanie’s review of the Southside Furniture Revival revival is witty and full of helpful hints.

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4. Perfect Patina

With an original plan for a more nautical look, Nancy was inspired by a metallic furniture challenge and decided on a chalk paint and gold finish look instead. Head over to her blog Artsy Chicks Rule for the full tutorial. She explains how to overcome the struggles of painting with metallics, the process for her patinaed hardware, and the easy nature of painting with turquoise chalk paint.

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5. Distressed Fridge

There’s a lot of things we like about this fridge. It’s integrated, it delivers ice without opening the door, and it’s distressed with chalk paint. Chalkboard Fridge has an awesome tutorial on how to do this and similar projects. Learn how to make door panels, the distressed paint technique, and tricks for dry brushing.

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6. Custom Velvet Color

This pair of Victorian chairs started out with pale-green velvet. The cushions were in great condition, so rather than reupholstering them, Amy of Maison Decor decided to give the seats a chalk paint update. Tip: Multiple light layers of paint are better than a few heavy ones. Because of velvet’s nap, a light sanding needs to be done between each coat. When all the coats are dry, be sure to finish the project with a light waxing. It will leave the surface feeling like leather and looking like new!

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7. Hitchhiking Headboard

Heather picked up this hitchhiking bed frame from the side of the road and got to work on a fun DIY project. She redid the cutout on the headboard and fixed a few other minor repairs. A few coats of green chalk paint, a layer of wax, and a good sanding led to this beautifully distressed bed frame. Check out how she did it here!

DIY chalk paint poster bed makeover from www.heatherednest.com

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8. Techniques for Carved Surfaces

Paint and Pattern blogger Melanie Royals wrote a fab tutorial on four different ways to chalk paint those fancy carved surfaces on you vintage furniture. She’ll teach you how to dry brush, sandpaper distress, gold leaf, and highlight with metallic creams. Added bonus: Melanie has two pages worth of chalk paint color recipes. Check out Part 1 and Part 2!

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9. DIY Paint Recipes

If you’ve made it this far in the post, it’s clear you’re interested in chalk paint projects. But perhaps you’re sitting like me thinking, “I’ve already got so much paint at home! Now I have to buy another?” Honest answer? No, you don’t. You can still achieve a similar look with the paint you already have plus a few additional ingredients you might have laying around! Salvaged Inspirations creator Denise gathered the most popular DIY chalk paint recipes and gave them all a try. See her four favorites — and how to make them — here!

Image Via: Salvaged Inspirations

The stylish, matte finish of chalk paint is calling, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s not too late to get in on the hot trend. Do a furniture flip, or even coat small decor items with chalk paint, and let us know some of your favorite finishes.

Until then,

~Bri


It’s the new year, and I’m ready to get organized! Every January I feel the need to clean my home. I dig deep and go through drawers and cupboards, and I definitely go through my closets. In preparation for my January deep-clean, I have found some great ideas to organize bedroom closets. I hope you enjoy these 10 clever closet organizing ideas!

1) Spray painting your hangers different colors is a great way to organize your clothes! Hangers found on Design Love Fest.

Spray paint your hangers different colors to organize your clothes! Hanger found on Design Love Fest.

2) Make mornings easier by planning your outfits for the week and using these free printable daily tags. Find these on Make Life Lovely.

Make mornings easier by planning your outfits for the week and using these free printable daily tags. Find these on Make Life Lovely.

3) Everyone has a few clothing items that REFUSE to stay on a hanger. Create no-slip hangers with pipe cleaners! It’s a colorful and low-cost solution. Found on In My Own Style.

Everyone has a couple of clothing items that REFUSE to stay on a hanger. Create some no slip hangers with some pipe cleaners! It's colorful and low cost. Found on In My Own Style.

4) Did you know you can easily make a double hanger by using a soda can tab to connect two hangers? Found on The Shabby Creek Cottage.

Did you know you can easily make a double hanger by using a soda can tab to connect two hangers. Found on The Shabby Creek Cottage.

5) It’s hard to organize scarves and belts, but this sliding storage will help! Check out the full DIY on View Along the Way.

It's hard to organize scarves and belts, but with this sliding storage will help! Check out the full DIY on View Along the Way.

6) Organize your shoes with this clever cardboard triangle shoe holder! Find out how to make it on A Piece Of Rainbow.

Organize your shoes with this clever cardboard triangle shoe holder! Find out how to make it on A Piece Of Rainbow.

7) If you need to store items in baskets in your closet, you can label them with these free printable labels! Found on In My Own Style.

If you need to store items in baskets in your closet you can label them with these free printable labels! Found on In My Own Style.

8) I love this idea of raising a closet rod! Check out this closet makeover on Urban Acreage.

I love this idea to raise the closet rod! Check out this closet makeover Urban Acreage.

9) Do you live in a house that lacks actual closet space? You can transform a little nook into clothing storage with some copper pipe! Check out this lovely makeover on SF Girl By Bay.

Do you live in a house that lacks actual closet space? Maybe you can transform a little nook into clothing storage with some copper pipe?! Check out this lovely makeover of SF Girl By Bay.

10) I have a drawer full of tights and I can never find what I’m looking for. This clothespin idea is great! Check it out on Lana Red Studio.

I have a drawer full of tights and I can never find what I'm looking for. This clothespin idea is great! Check it out on Lana Red Studio.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Something about a new year and a new planner makes me want to tackle everything on my to-do list ASAP. However, without a proper space to get things done, it can be challenging to accomplish anything (and all too easy to throw in the towel).

If you’re looking for an area of your home to create an art studio, a space to write, catch up on work from the office, or do some crafting, here’s how to construct a creative work corner. You don’t need a spare bedroom or lots of square footage; you just need a little creativity and inspiration to make a workspace work for any space.

For Master Crafters

Sometimes a single wall can accomplish all you need for the perfect workspace! Create a crafting haven with a small tabletop and a fun pegboard to stylishly store and display tools and inspiration.

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Daring Doers (Who Do it All)

Laundry? Check. Craft supplies? Check. Sewing space? Storage? Computer desk? Check, check, and check. If you have a lot on your plate, consider finding a place to settle in and get everything done.

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The Cozy and Accomplished

Fluffy pillows, furry accents, and sleek modern style make this home office amazing. If your key to getting things done is making sure you’re comfortably situated, this is the way to go. Give yourself space to relax and brainstorm as well as an area to get down to business (while still staying cute and comfy, of course).

Via Miss Kyree Loves

Tucked Away Task-Tackler

A tiny bit of space can go a long way. For example, this little corner is now an amazing mini office. For those who need a little more peace and quiet, try tucking a workspace into an area that’s sitting empty.

Via Chris Loves Julia

The Studio Space

I love this little studio because it looks so homey and authentic. It’s a space where I would love to sit down and be able to just create, fling some paint, and find my happy place.

Via My Blank Paper

Office Overseer

Sometimes it takes multitasking to get things done. That’s why a little nook to work in near the hub of your house can be so useful! Edit photos while keeping an eye on the little ones, plan out your week while you’re preparing dinner, and more.

Via Monika Hibbs

Customize your space to meet your working needs, and keep going strong on your New Year’s resolutions! Your to-do list will be checked off in no time once you have the perfect workspace.


Rolling ladders aren’t just for libraries anymore. What was once considered a classic, the library ladder is making its way back into mainstream design in a big way. Not only is it a functional element but an architectural one as well. It brings purpose to any vertical space along with a nostalgic edge and cool vintage vibe. There is fresh appeal to this timeless piece, and here are a few reasons why.

This look can be used in any room of the house in need of vertical purpose and assistance. From the kitchen to the bathroom and every room in between, this simple concept brings a chic appeal and a willingness to work with just about any style.

The design details of the hardware and installation can be altered to fit your style. If you have more of a traditional feel you can go with ornate fittings or go for a minimalistic approach if you have a more modern sensibility. There is also plenty of flexibility in mixing and matching metals, finishes, and textures.

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The main idea with the rolling ladder has always been function. You can make the most of your vertical space by adding the ability to access the taller areas of your home. It also aids in making your open shelving and storage more decorative like a work of art.

Bathroom Rolling Ladder from Flickr

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The fact that this architectural element can be a statement piece is just another reason to love this oldie but goodie. Let’s talk finishes: you can opt for a weathered finish, a more modern light stain, a traditional rich stain, or paint the ladder a bold hue. Whichever finish you choose, be sure to add some contrast so it stands out.

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Rolling Ladder in the Kitchen

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There are options out there to suit every budget. If you are thinking of doing this project on a small budget, I would consider using a vintage ladder or a DIY; there are many out there to choose from. You can also buy the hardware and combine it with what you have. If affordability isn’t a requirement, then sky is the limit; you can have the entire system customized.

HLM Interiors-Mudroom Rolling Ladder

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Jim Rush Green Builder-Rolling Ladder for Loft

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Thank you for stopping by,

Jen-City Farmhouse


You’ve probably heard the news by now that Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 is a cheery shade of green called Greenery. Reminiscent of bright palm fronds with a hint of yellow, it’s undoubtedly an optimistic hue and it conjures up images of springtime.

I’ll be honest — it wasn’t the color I would’ve landed on for 2017. I feel like a richer, earthier emerald green would’ve been more of-the-moment. But it’s a classic color nonetheless, and there are so many fun ways to integrate it into your home.

If you’re colorphobic or want to create visual interest, go with something small and inexpensive to bring this hue into your rooms. A throw blanket or a few pillows can be the perfect thing to jazz things up a bit. Or even a bit of velvet ribbon as trim as shown on the bed below — it’s unexpected and it looks so chic.

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Don’t feel like you have to go for the exact shade of green at 100% intensity. It can be diluted a bit; just look for the same hue but in a paler version, such as the green fabric on the classic ottoman in this cozy living room.

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However, if you’re not afraid of color, then go bold with a brightly painted wall and pops of aqua. White trim feels so fresh and cheerful against all that color and it gives your eyes a place to rest.

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Aqua is a Greenery’s BFF undoubtedly!

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Another example of “colorful but muted” is this bedroom, which features several different values of the same color green. It creates depth in a monochromatic space.

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This living room is unexpected with its interesting pairing of neutral beige tones with bold green walls. Green is naturally an organic hue, and nature, as always, provides the most perfect color schemes from which to be inspired.

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I adore this velvet upholstered bed. How sumptuous! Overall the room still feels neutral but sophisticated.

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Try color in new ways: painted doors and ceilings are a great way to jazz up a long stretch of hallway and create visual drama.

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This bright green grasscloth accent wall has a rich sheen but white accents prevent it from overwhelming the room. Sloping ceilings and a bamboo bed painted in a snowy hue allow the pops of color to be bold and statement-making without going overboard.

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Finally, if you’re so crazy in love with this color that you’re willing to commit in a major way, invest in glossy subway tile in this happy hue. I adore the Roman shades that continue the color scheme. It all feels chic and sophisticated thanks to the white cabinets and pops of brass hardware.

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What do you think? Are you on board with Greenery for 2017? I’d love to hear if you’re in or out on this particular trend!


It’s wintertime and that means it can be hard to get the kids outside to play. This also means a lot more time spent indoors with bored children. Skip the boredom and bring gardening inside by making terrariums! It’s surprisingly easy to do, and your kids will have fun decorating their own mini indoor gardens.

What you will need:

  • something to lay down over your table (kids are messy)
  • a container to serve asthe terrarium (mine are from Michaels)
  • small rocks
  • activated charcoal
  • cactus and succulent soil
  • succulents or cacti
  • any fun decorations your child wants to put in their mini terrarium garden
  • a spoon and/or chopsticks

What to do:

Step 1: Lay down something over your table to make cleanup easier. Kids can get messy and dirt will probably spill.

Step 2: Pour a layer of pebbles onto the bottom of the terrarium. This will act as the drainage layer.

Step 3: Sprinkle a layer of activated charcoal over the pebbles. The charcoal will keep water fresh and prevent the buildup of mold and bacteria.

Step 4: Add a layer of potting soil. I like to use a special soil that’s meant for succulents and cacti. You can find this soil at most gardening stores.

Step 5: Plant the plants in the terrarium! If you have cacti, you might need to help your kiddo so they don’t poke themselves.

Step 6: This is my daughter’s favorite part. It’s time to add decorations! I recommend using chopsticks to put in your decorations so you don’t hurt the plants. I added white rocks with a little spoon. Note: All decorative items should be waterproof (rocks, glass, plastic, etc).

Step 7: You are done! The great thing about succulents and cacti is they require minimal attention. Just keep them in the same spot in your home and water occasionally. Usually your plants will come with watering directions, or you can ask the garden store you bought them from. We bought ours from Pistils, a very cute garden store (and a favorite of mine) here in Portland.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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