Category: decor

Door monogram – a 5 minute, $5 project

crafty 008I’m a total fan of monograms. Not in an egomaniac kind of way, more because of my appreciation for letters and words. Living in a strata complex comes with a fair bit of uniformity. crafty 009I like to personalize my space a bit and this little project is ideal. I call it a door monogram but you could just as easily hang this on a wall, above a fireplace, off of a bookshelf, you get the idea. Without further ado, here goes.


  • pre-made wooden letter (got mine at Michaels)
  • 1-2 lengths of ribbon, about 30″ long
  • 2 felt pads
  • possibly 2 clawtooth hangers or 2 staples

The letter I purchased is already painted white and has two hangers attached to its backside, so convenient. You may want to hammer hangers onphoto (8) if yours comes without them. Simply tie one end of your ribbon(s) to one of these hangers and tie a knot, leaving a few inches of tail. Or staple one end of the ribbon onto the back. Move to the other side of your letter and your ribbon and repeat the process. You now have a letter with a ribbon loop for hanging. My front entry is a french glass door so I added felt pads on the bottom so the letter won’t bang against the glass when it gets opened and closed. I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, I’m sure you can figure it out! Now you’re ready to hang it on your door or wherever!

Got an extra $5 and 5 minutes this weekend? Why not whip one up?

Chalkboard painted door

When pictures of blackboard walls started appearing in decorating magazines and Pinterest boards, I was immediately smitten. I knew I wanted to try this out myself. Two problems, my tiny townhouse doesn’t have a suitable wall and the blackness made me worry about making a small space appear even smaller. Who knew the solution would be as easy as Benjamin Moore and a door?

Yup, in the spirit of working with what I’ve got, I painted a door with chalkboard paint that’s tintable to any of Benjamin Moore’s gorgeous colors.

imagePaint prep was much easier on the door than it would be on a wall because there were no nail holes to fill and sand and no areas to be masking taped. I just removed the handle and its hardware, gave it a good wipe down with TSP and warm water (wear gloves for this!), opened the door wide and slid a drop cloth under it.

imageThis door has a recessed trim which I cut in with a 2″ sash brush first. Then I used a narrow low pile roller for the rest. It dried for about 2 hours, then I repeated the process for a good second coat. I let this dry overnight then put the hardware back on.

The paint comes with very specific instructions about conditioning the surface before writing on it and even the type of chalk to use. Please be sure to read and follow them if you do this yourself!image

So there you have it. An amazing shot of color AND a functioning chalkboard in just a few hours. Honestly, the most challenging part of this project was deciding on the paint color…there are so many beautiful choices! I settled on ‘poolside blue’ and love it!

Tulips – high and low

photo (1)Tulips truly herald in Spring. I love when they start popping up in garden beds and grocery stores. They’re such a great way to welcome colour into our lives and homes after the grey days of winter. The only downside to these is they tend to droop. Nothing’s sadder  than wilting blooms so here ‘s my super simple way of prolonging the life and enjoyment of these.image

On the right is the classic long stem arrangement, or what I refer to as the ‘high’ display. These are stunning for days. So elegant and regal. This is how tulips start out in my house. Honestly all you do for this look is keep your stems as long as possible, line the bottoms up so all the blooms are at about the same height and plunk them in a vase with water.

imageAs soon as the long stems start to get tired and droop, I hack them off. That’s right, no mercy. Pull your tulips gently from the vase keeping the stems aligned and cut off a few inches of stem. It’s going to seem like a lot of cutting and there will be carnage. It’s okay. You’ll end up with the ‘low’ arrangement on the left. Adding a bit of sheer ribbon to the vase makes these giftable and also ideal for the dinner table.

Did you notice I have leaves wrapped around the inside of the vase? Super fancy, right?! Also super easy. To get this look, remove 4 or 5 lower leaves from the tulip stems. imageCarefully curl them into a loose circle – they actually tend to do this naturally so let them help you. Now gently wrap those leaf curls around the stem bunch. Place the whole works in your vase then add the water.

imageI’ve used Ikea’s ‘Vasen’ vase here but this works just as well with a cylinder or bowl style vase.

So, you are now invited to pick yourself up some tulips and try them ‘high’ and ‘low’. Call it homework!

Enjoy and happy Spring!