Home Decor

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Old Window Repurposed into a Chalkboard Calendar

the altered past blogspot

Ever since I saw KariAnne's huge chalkboard over at Thistlewood Farms, I've wanted one.  So, I was really excited when my father-in-law mentioned that he had a big, old window frame behind his shop.  He also invited me to pick through his workshop for any junk I might want.  Why, yes!  Thank you, I'd love to!

Here's the supply list for my chalkboard calendar:

Old window frame
hardboard, cut to size
Plaid Chalkboard Paint
Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane Spray
1" wood screws
2 picture hanging brackets
2 small cup hooks
junk piece for chalk holder
chalk

Equipment used:

cordless drill and screwdriver (used to attach hardboard to frame)
hammer (used to attach picture hanging brackets)
screwdriver  (used to pry out old glazing)
paintbrush

Let's get started!



Here's the window before I began working on it.  It's a little bigger than 4' x 3' and has lots of great chippy white paint.  Since I wanted to make a chalkboard, I removed all 12 of the individual panes of glass, gave the frame a good scrub, and sealed it with Minwax's Fast Drying Polyurethane Spray.  Easy peasy.


Since there was little structure to the frame once the glass was removed, I decided to use 1/4" tempered hardboard.  It's light weight but sturdy enough to use as a chalkboard.  I purchased my hardboard at Home Depot, which they kindly cut to my exact measurements.  I love when they do that!  It saved me so much time and was much easier to transport than the 4'x8' panel.


The actual chalkboard paint is by Plaid.  I painted 2 coats and then seasoned the board with chalk before attaching it to the window frame.  



This project is pretty easy once you find the window frame you want to use.  The hardest part for me what finding the right spot to hang it.  


I finally decided on this wall in our family room.  I also added two cup hooks on each side because I thought it would be fun to hang seasonal garland or banners on it for celebrations.  I couldn't help but sneak a little fall for this post.


I can't forget to show you the chalk holder.  You'll never guess what this is.  Give up?  It's a metal plate from an old 60's iron.  I deconstructed the iron when I was making my JoBots years ago and I still had a few of the leftover pieces.  I did bend it to make the "tray" part perpendicular to the screw.  It fit perfectly! 






This is a little sneak peak at some of the other goodies I picked in my father-in-law's shop, a ring of skeleton keys.  More on my picking finds later.

I hope you've found inspiration to take the old and make it new again.  God bless and thanks for stopping by!

Angie


I'm linking here:
THE STYLE SISTERS
JENNIFER RIZZO
HOME STORIES A TO Z
FROM MY FRONT PORCH TO YOURS
HAVE A DAILY CUP OF MRS. OLSON
COASTAL CHARM'S NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY
STONEGABLE
UNDER THE TABLE AND DREAMING
continue reading "Old Window Repurposed into a Chalkboard Calendar"

Monday, August 18, 2014

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

"It's in the Freezes Beautifully section of my cookbook." - Annelle, Steel Magnolias.




Well, the recipe is actually from my sister but this dish does freeze beautifully and it's super easy.  We love Mexican food at our house and this recipe is one I can whip up quick on a busy weeknight.  This post is heavy on the photos but I've added this printable recipe card for you.

Here's the recipe (printable version):




Chicken ready for shredding

The ingredients for the mixture (ignore the olive oil...it's photobombing)

Chicken mixture ready to fill the shells

Just a couple of spoonfuls, then wrap

Pan is full and ready for cheese

Everything is assembled and ready to bake

25 minutes later and it's ready to eat

Drizzled with a little hot sauce for some heat and
serve with chips and Mamaw's Homemade Salsa!

I hope you enjoy this recipe.  For an even quicker version, you can purchase frozen, pre-cooked shredded chicken from most major grocery stores.

What's your favorite Mexican dish?  :)


Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

Angie

I'm linking here:
THE STYLE SISTERS
JENNIFER RIZZO
HOME STORIES A TO Z
FROM MY FRONT PORCH TO YOURS
HAVE A DAILY CUP OF MRS. OLSON
COASTAL CHARM'S NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY
STONEGABLE
UNDER THE TABLE AND DREAMING
continue reading "Easy Chicken Enchiladas"

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Can Tide Oxi Handle a Hard-working Utility Sink?


Can you believe I posted a photo of our disgusting utility sink?  Me either.  This sink is a workhorse when it comes to my husband, the hobby mechanic, and myself, the DIYer.  


Whoa! Look at that sink!  That's really bad.  So bad that, when I was recently asked to review the new Tide Oxi, I was willing to try it on the hardest working item in our home...and to reveal these frightful before photos to all of you.  First, can I just say that I went to Home Depot to get the Tide Oxi...who knew they had such a great cleaning products aisle?!  (I bought more than the Tide Oxi...well, I was already there and they were on sale!)

So, if this is just a utility sink in our basement garage, why do I care about getting it clean?  Because, like most of you, my friends and guests rarely use the front door.  They come through our garage, probably because the doors are always open and we're in there working on projects.  

By the way, my second most used entrance??  You guessed it...the laundry room door, where friends have actually had to step over piles of laundry to get in.  Those are true friends, bless their sweet, non-judgmental hearts! :)



Here's the new Tide Oxi.  It's a powder and smells fresh and clean.  Using the enclosed scoop, I sprinkled 2 ounces into the sink mixing it with a 1/2 gallon of warm water.  For most of the dirt, it didn't take anything more than a good wiping.  




However, in the photo above, you'll see a glob of dried on paint, probably years of paint.  I did allow the Tide Oxi to soak on this area for about 5 minutes.  Then, I took a scrub brush to it and to some of the stubborn grease stains.  


Ready to see how well it did?



What do you think?!  I was pretty happy with the results.  Some of the dirt could have been removed with a basic cleaning but the grease and paint needed something more.  



Tide Oxi tackled the dried on paint and most of the grease stains.  This is a plastic sink with a slight texture on the bottom making it difficult to get into the tiny crevices.  So, there is some grease visible in that area.  


Would I purchase Tide Oxi again?  More than likely.  I'm pretty frugal but I am brand loyal to a few items because they are worth it.  Tide is one of them.  Tide Oxi is pretty versatile and can be used on many things from clothing, upholstery, patio furniture (both plastic and metal), stuffed animals, the kitchen sink, and more.  Be sure to check the label for exceptions on fabric and upholstery as well as proper use.  I was provided with the product for this review but the opinions are my own.  

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!  I'm off to Home Depot...again :)
Angie




I'm linking here:
THE STYLE SISTERS
JENNIFER RIZZO
HOME STORIES A TO Z
FROM MY FRONT PORCH TO YOURS
HAVE A DAILY CUP OF MRS. OLSON
COASTAL CHARM'S NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY
STONEGABLE
UNDER THE TABLE AND DREAMING

continue reading "Can Tide Oxi Handle a Hard-working Utility Sink?"
The Altered Past

Promote Your Page Too