Monday, April 27, 2015

Changes Happening This Week!

I'm so excited to share that this week, Blogelina is helping Fun Home Things make the transition from Blogger to WordPress. The past (nearly) 3 years on Blogger have been fantastic. But this blog has grown so much that it's time to make the switch. The web address won't change, but the blog will have a new design that I know you will love. 

Also, next Thursday (May 7th) will mark the first Fun Home Things Create & Inspire Link Party! So be sure to come by and link up your latest project, craft or recipe and check back on Friday for features. They'll be a fantastic giveaway to kick off the link party so don't miss it. I'm so excited to begin this new chapter and thankful to all of you who have been with me and helped me get to this point. The best is yet to come!

I'm linking up at some of these great parties and Savvy Southern Style

Friday, April 24, 2015

DIY Chalkboard Activity Tray

My daughter draws on everything. So instead of getting her a character activity tray, I went with a plain pink one. For her it was like a blank canvas. She wanted to use Sharpies to decorate it but I wanted something that would last a little bit longer. I bought some Folk Art Chalkboard Paint and figured if it didn't work, I was only out about $8.00 for the tray and the paint. But it did! And she loves it. Here's what you need:


Plain activity tray (Hobby Lobby $6.99/ sale $4.24)
Folk Art Chalkboard Paint ($4)
Painter's Tape
Sponge brush or sponge roller


Tape off the edges of the tray. Using a sponge brush or sponge roller, cover the flat surface with chalkboard paint. For the best coverage, try 2-3 coats. 

If you want a smooth surface, try sanding with fine grit sandpaper after the final coat has dried or painting with a sponge roller. (Honestly, my daughter didn't care. So I didn't make mine smooth).

As soon as I told her the paint was dry, she started drawing. She loves her chalkboard tray and I love that she'll get a lot of use out of it!

I'm linking up at some of these great parties and Savvy Southern Style

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Closet to Office Makeover {Reveal}

We're a family of 5 in a 3 bedroom house. Personal space is pretty much non-existent. For the past few years, I worked at the dining room table and was fine with that, but there were definitely times when focusing was hard. I got distracted by the piles of laundry on the couch and the dirty dishes on the counter. I longed for a quiet space to work but knew it just wasn't in the cards, at least not until we add on to the house.

Then I came across  this clever project by Emily at Elizabeth Joan Designs, where she converted her game closet into an office. 

I had a closet that would be the perfect space for an office.  This is what it looked like before:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Closet to Office Makeover--Part 1

I had an office/craft room once. Then I had 2 babies in 14 months and that was pretty much the end of any personal space ever again. Now my craft room is a 3 ft. x 3 ft. craft closet and my office is my laptop at the dining room table with a paper pile next to it. We are adding on to the house in a few years, so I knew eventually I would have a workspace again, but not anytime soon. 

Then I saw this brilliant closet to office makeover by Emily at Elizabeth Joan Designs. Check this out: