Category: DIY

Engineer ‘art’ print

My nest doesn’t have a lot of wall space. I’m a girl that likes art on the walls. So, I decided that I would make an effort to only have original artwork in my home…kind of my way of using the little space to its best potential.  A couple of things have evolved from this. One is that I’ve gravitated to using a lot of photographs to decorate and the second is that my interpretation of ‘art’ has gotten pretty loose!!

So, combining photography and art, I came up with this: a 3′ by 4′ engineering print of a picture I took of London Tower Bridge.image

Here’s the original photo. It’s a poor quality shot, taken with my iPhone from inside a moving double decker bus. I like it anyhow and it’s very sentimental to me.


Now here it is jumbo size, grainy, blurred with lines running through it…due to the quality of the copy. It’s dark, moody, imperfect and I couldn’t be happier with it! Now I realize this isn’t everyone’s taste but can you imagine a wedding or baby photo…lovely!


 I got this copied at Staples where I was heavily cautioned by the clerks about the quality of these big prints. All I did was take my image in, order the largest engineer print they offer, wait 24 hours then hang! In keeping with the industrial feel, I hung it with pull back clips on straight pins. I added clips along the bottom, just to add a bit of weight.

Oh, and the price for this……$8. Hello original art on a budget!

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!