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Posted by on Nov 30, 2011 | 13 comments

The Many Uses for Chalkboard Paint, Part II

The Many Uses for Chalkboard Paint, Part II

Back in August we shared some ideas for using chalkboard paint in your home. Well, we’re back with more ideas — chalkboard paint is so versatile and so fun! I love chalkboard paint so much I used it as my kitchen backsplash. I was afraid it would make the small kitchen look even smaller and darker, but so far it hasn’t. In the corner by the stove there is an entire wall for the kids to doodle. (Don’t worry,  the kids aren’t allowed back there while the stove or oven are in use.) And if I’m cooking and I need to leave myself a note, I can just write it on the wall — comes in handy when you are inventing a new recipe. One tip: Let the first coat dry completely before applying the second coat otherwise the first coat rubs off. You’ll need 1-3 coats, but each coat dries pretty quickly. We mentioned these gift tags in our last post and I’ve been itching to make them ever since. I...

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Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 | 0 comments

Don’t Draw on the Couch! How to Erase (or Embrace) Your Kids’ Graffiti

Don’t Draw on the Couch! How to Erase (or Embrace) Your Kids’ Graffiti

When my brother and I were little, we snuck and drew all over the underside of my parents’ marble coffee table. We never got busted. I wish my children were more surreptitious, especially my youngest. She scribbles on furniture (and herself) with total abandon and even goes so far as to blame it on the dog. My friend and Del Ray neighbor, Dana, often expresses her desperation on social media about her children’s latest scribbling “masterpieces.” She has become an unwitting expert of sorts on how to clean up “graffiti scrawls,” as she puts it. Dana has four young children, each of whom is bright, exuberant, creative, and has at one time or another drawn on the furniture and walls. Josephine, one of the middle twins, decorated her big sister Esme’s bed with curlicues. She also wrote her name in red in the hallway. Tobias, the youngest, scribbled with Sharpie on the white couch. But those marks have dulled over time. Or, as Dana says ruefully, “perhaps it’s all...

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 | 1 comment

DIY Teen: The Duct Tape Craze

DIY Teen: The Duct Tape Craze

I don’t have a teenager (yet) but I’ve always been fascinated with the teen subculture – music, fashion, and one of the latest fads, DIY duct tape projects. Take Claire and Samantha. They spend hours making accessories with duct tape that they buy in an astonishing variety of colors and patterns. Each roll costs about $5. They figured out how to make their creations by experimenting and making some “disasters” in the first few attempts. One afternoon after school, Claire and Samantha showed me the steps for making a duct-tape wallet and bracelet. Claire starts with recycled paper and makes the pattern. She then duct tapes the paper. She uses a different color “to add a little pop of color.” She traces a square and adds duct tape to create a small pocket inside the clutch. Samantha uses a strip of duct tape and folds it in half. She folds the tape into a circle to make a bracelet. Claire says that “you can pretty much duct tape anything,” which...

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