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!

Sunday rituals – Monday oatmeal

There are a couple of childhood rituals that have never left me. Every Sunday the sheets get changed and I always have a bath before going to bed (in the clean sheets). Don’t get me wrong, I hit the tub plenty of other nights and change the bed linens at other times as well, but I must on Sundays. Recently I’ve added a new ritual that ends the weekend – pulling out the slow cooker to make steel cut oatmeal. I set this up in the evening, let it cook on low all night, then wake up to piping hot, super healthy oatmeal that lasts me all week! Here’s what I do:

Spray the bottom and sides of a slow cooker with cooking spray or wipe down with margarine. Add:

  • 1 cup of steel cut oats
  • 4 cups of liquid (I use 1 cup of milk and 3 cups of water but all water works just fine too)

That could be it. This is the basic recipe which will give you creamy good oatmeal in the morning. Here are some additions that perk up the basic recipe. Use them in any combination you like.

It's not pretty but this crockpot has served me well...and store it out of sight!
It’s not pretty but this crockpot has served me well…and I store it out of sight!
  • chopped, cored, peeled apple or applesauce
  • generous sprinkling of cinnamon
  • brown sugar
  • maple syrup
  • nuts: almonds, walnuts, pecans
  • dried fruit: cranberries, raisins, apricots

Simply add your favourites to the slow cooker, put the lid on and turn the power to low. Leave it for 8 hours or so. Give it a stir and serve. I leave my cooker on top of my stove rather than the countertop as a precaution….safety first, right?!
I make the basic recipe on Sunday night, wake up to breakfast waiting and store the rest of the batch in a covered glass container in the fridge. Each morning I serve myself another bowlful, add my toppings of choice for that day and microwave it for 90 seconds. An easy warm, filling and healthy breakfast…yes, please. How about you, any weekly rituals you must practice?