If you would have asked me mmmm around 2 years ago if I would ever consider including macrame in my home decor, I would have laughed in your face and forced you into a ghost chair but today, it’s a bit of a different story. You see, I’ve deeply dove into this dark bohemian look and I’m having a hard time looking away. There really isn’t a need to look away per se, yet I’m hoping that adding some macrame to my home will work in my “mix”. My “mix”is super important to maintain. High end to low end, hippy with prep and retro with modern. It’s all about balance. I am however happy to gloss over the ultra hippy, dippy appearances that macrame tends to appear in.
I’ve expressed my love for our previous chalkboard door here so once we moved into our loft I was excited about our next chalk “space” if you will. The back of our front door seemed like a natural place for it and even though I know you aren’t supposed to paint over wood – we went for it! Painting chalkboard is really easy, just the same as regular paint BUT in case you were looking to do the back of your front door too, I show you how I did mine.
1. Supplies – I used Benjamin Moore’s Latex Chalkboard Paint and other than that you just need painter’s tape, a paint roller, paint tray and sanding block.
2. Tape your perimeter – Since we were doing the backside of our door, it was easy to create a border with tape.
3. Prepare your surface – I simply wiped down the door of any dust or sticky substances. Then you need to allow it to dry and sand down the existing shine or coating.
4. Paint away – Leaving the border of the door for a smaller paint brush so I could be more precise, fill in the centre of your door with your handy paint roller.
5. Keep painting – The paint doesn’t take too long to dry so I did two coats to make a more stark black.
6. Have fun with it! I love having the chalkboard because there really is the potential to do anything! The weirder the better.
7. Leave space for guests – I was sure not to add too much as we are having some guests on the weekend and I wanted to leave a room for the love notes we tend to get.
It’s amazing how it feels like we have been moved for a while now yet I feel as though we’ve gotten no where in the final details of our place. Sure, we’ve made a couple of purchases but we are still missing some major key elements – like a rug! At the beginning, I knew it would take time because I wanted to acquire pieces that were unique and not just filling the spot but somehow now, all of that understanding has gone to the wayside. Life has been busy as I’ve started the search for my dress and visiting friends (read: wine touring) but I’m happy that I have a weekend coming up with little plans other than a concert with Andrew and some DIY time. It’s going to take a while before I get there but we have made some progress by adding life to our living room and light to our den.
This fiddle-leaf fig is my latest love in our place – I’ve yet to find a plant pot that I like (and am open to suggestions!) so right now it’s sitting in an old storage basket. Our old place never had any daylight, (the worst!) so it’s nice to have something living and stay alive, feels good.
Unfortunately, there is one dark spot in our place and that’s our den. We’re still figuring out the lighting and I’m hoping to paint our desk white – but this work lamp from IKEA helps shed light while looking like a saucy minx. White, gold and black and white cord perfection!
Hopefully I can show more progress soon. I’m looking to tackle a gallery wall, chalkboard door (again) and apply some some wallpaper to my stark white bathroom – wish me lucky