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Whether you’re looking for chalk paint furniture ideas, unusual ways to use chalk paint, or how to apply the paint and distress it, this article will cover all your chalk paint related questions. We also have a whole range of inspiration for you, from painting dressers to tiles – who knew chalk paint could be used in so many ways?

What is chalk paint

Chalk paint is a type of paint which creates a chalky appearance. It’s great for creating a rustic, aged look, and lends itself particularly well to being distressed. Chalk paint is also great if you’re feeling a little lazy, and you don’t fancy going through all the motions of stripping, sanding and prepping your surface. Chalk paint adheres very well to surfaces, so you can get a great finish without all the steps.

Chalk paint is great for beginners, as its very forgiving. If you do make any mistakes, it’s supposed to have a ‘distressed’ look, so these can easily be blagged away! Although chalk paint is popular on furniture, it can be used on a range of surfaces, inside and out. The thick quality of the paint means its great for stencils, as it doesn’t bleed out of the sides.

If you’re looking for ‘shabby chic’ or rustic, vintage style decor, chalk paint could be what you’re looking for!

How to use chalk paint

  1. Clean your furniture with a damp cloth, and wait for it to dry.
  2. Mix up your paint: if you’re using a pot of paint, shake before opening, then stir with a painting stick. Make sure it’s mixed thoroughly for the best finish. If you’re making your own using powder, mix according to the packaging.
  3. Paint your furniture, following the grain.
  4. Apply as many coats as necessary.
  5. Lastly, put on a clear coat of clear wax over your paint in a thin coat, wiping off the excess. Apply a second coat if desired. Alternatives to wax include water based top coats, and polyurethane.

Distressing chalk paint

We recommend distressing your piece as the final step, after you’ve completed all of the above. Given the nature of chalk paint, it’s best to distress it after waxing painted furniture, as the paint is very chalky and dusty otherwise.

Take a sheet of sandpaper over the areas you want to distress (usually it looks best to distress places that would naturally get wear and tear, such as the corners.)

Chalk paint furniture ideas

1. Dresser

You can give any dresser a completely new look with just few coats of chalk paint, and perhaps even swapping out the handles, if you’re feeling going the extra mile.

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2. Filing cabinet

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3. Tiles

Although painted tiles may sound difficult, it’s actually very simple to execute. Take your template, and tape it securely. Paint over with a few thin layers, and peel off the stencil before the second coat has fully dried.

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4.  Dressing Table

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5. Storage boxes

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6. Wood stain

Adding water to a chalk paint can also act as a wood stain, and can be a little cheaper and easier than using a genuine wood stain. It means you can also adjust the colour of your stain. Brush it on, all the way from one way to another, and immediately wipe off.

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7. Fabric paint

This technique is great if you don’t have the time, resources or budget to reupholster a piece. It can give it a fresh lease of life, and is very easy to do. Simply mix your chalk paint with a little water, mark your area with painter’s tape, and paint on a layer. Seal once finished by tumble drying, or putting in the sun for a little while.

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8. Piano

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9. Jars and pots

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10. Chairs

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We hope you found these chalk paint furniture ideas inspiring. If you try any of them out, we’d love to see! Send us your photos on our Contact page, or via our Facebook.

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It’s Mother’s Day on the 11th of March, and what better present is there than to make something for the woman who made you. String art is becoming increasingly popular, and is a fun way to make an art piece, whether you’re an artistic expert, or you just want to have a little creative fun. Using string, twine or yarn and nails, this is a little different from painting or drawing (and very forgiving). If you’re looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas that are fun, personalised and thoughtful, you’ve come to the right place.

Tools and materials

Cost, time and difficulty

This DIY can totally be done by beginners. It also lends itself to customisation depending on your level of DIY/how much time you can invest in the project (see the end for more details!) In terms of time, it should take a few hours, depending on how you decide to make your piece, as well as its size. In terms of cost, it should be around £30 (much less if you use pallet boards, and a little more perhaps if you use a sheet of wood).

Nail and string art, step by step

We’ll go through how to do this thread art DIY with wood, nails and a hammer, and go through the customisation afterwards!

1 – Prepare your wood

Firstly, prepare your wood. Decide how large you want your piece to be, and cut your wood to size. If you’re using pallets, you can line up the pieces and attach them with a few longer, perpendicular pieces at the back. Once you have the right size, sand down the edges to clean them up, and varnish or stain your wood (this is totally optional!)

2 – Get your stencil

Decide on what you want to go on your wood piece. You can either draw something to size or print out your design. If you have a projector, you could also use this to project your design onto your board, wrapping it first in paper, and tracing it with your pencil. When choosing your design, be sure it is something that will work in string. Smaller lettering for example, may be difficult to make clear using this technique. It’s best to go with a bold, clear stencil to get the best effect.

Once you have your shape drawn on, it’s a good idea to put points evenly around your design, where you want your nails to go. Figure out the distance you’ll want between each nail, and ensure this is even across the design.

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If you’re in need of inspiration, we’ve put together some ideas:

A single shape

This is probably the simplest to trace out and fill in – you can’t really go wrong!

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Words, quotes or letters

Although a little more complicated, this can have a lovely effect, and you can pick any word that could hold meaning for your mum.

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Simple images

These are all built up from only a few shapes, keeping the design and creation of the piece relatively simple. You could do something your mum likes (for example cats, or the city she grew up in), or hand prints of the family.

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3 – Hammer time

Hammer in a nail at each point along your design. Remove your stencil once finished.

4 – String it along

Take string, thread, twine or yarn and use this to build up your design. You can switch out the colours along the way, just make sure the end of each string is tied tightly around a nail. If you decide you don’t like any part of the string, remember you can just loosen it, and start it over.

You should have a finished piece of art!

Now, we promised to tell you some ways to make your life easier…

To save yourself some time hammering, you can use a thick piece of cork (or layer thinner cork boards) and simply push your nails into it. Use hanging strips or command hooks to attach this to the wall, and you’re finished! To make this even easier, you could use push pins instead of nails. Be aware this will mean the ‘nails’ become a much bigger part of the design, due to the area at the top of push pins.

We hope you give this a go, we’re sure it’ll make an amazing Mother’s Day gift. For more ideas, be sure not to miss out on these articles:

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Wooden Bath Tray – DIY Pallet Project

It’s Mother’s Day on the 11th of March, and what better present is there than to make something for the woman who made you. We’ve put together Mother’s Day gift ideas, all doable before this Sunday. There are a range of levels of difficulty and length of project – so no excuses!

1. Macrame Plant Holder

To make this, all you’ll need is rope and your potted plant. Split the rope into pairs and tie it in sections to create the structure for your macrame holder (you can tie it around the pot to make your life a little easier).

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2. Reclaimed Wood Photo Display

This little photo holder will be a great addition to any house. It’s great as it can be customised with the types of photos or prints your mum likes, whether these are photos of the family or quirky postcards. It’s a pretty simple make – just get hold of some planks of wood (you could even use pallets, we have a guide on how to find free or used pallets here). Attach binder clips to your wood, either using nails or hot glue. Fix hooks to the back of the wood, and hammer in corresponding nails to the wall. Now, just select your photos!

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3. Modern Candle Holder

If your mum is a fan of modern and unusual designs, this will go down a treat. You could even use scented candles to take it to the next level. Start with a cardboard or plastic mold (something like a yoghurt box would work well). Wipe your mold with oil will help with the removal process later.

You can usually find metal circles of wire at the craft shop that would work really well for this. Mix your cement, and pour into the mold, adding your wire part way. Once you’ve added the desired amount, push your candle into the concrete. Wait for it to cure for 24 – 72 hours before removing the mold.

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4. Upcycled Vase

This one is a great way to give a nice present on a budget. If you have any glass containers lying around, such as wine glasses or mason jars, take these and clean them (after making sure they’re not being used for something already!) Put masking tape or painter’s tape around your container in the pattern that you want. Now just to paint – you can use any type of paint but we think spray paint will give the cleanest finish. <if you do opt for spray paint, be sure to fully cover any areas you want to remain clear.Mother's Day Gift Ideas Homemade Gifts presents mothering sunday the handy mano manomano modern upcycle plant holder wine bottle mason jar

 

5. Quirky Key Organiser

This is not only has a fun and interesting design, but is also highly functional. If you’re sick of your mum telling you off for leaving things lying around on the landing, this may be the first step forward. To make this, you’ll want to take a thick dowel, and saw lines part way through it, spaced out evenly. Next, get hold of some wooden spheres (these can usually be found at the craft shop). Take some pieces of twine or leather, and attach this to your sphere. You can do this by either using a strong adhesive, or by drilling a hole in your sphere and threading your twine through. Now all that’s left is to thread it through the keyring, and tie it tightly to form a loop.

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6. Hanging Side Table

We actually have a whole article for making a hanging side table. It’s very simple to customise and easier than you think to make – we promise!

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7. Wooden Plant Holders

If your mum is a plant lover, this could be the perfect present for her. These holders can be made pretty simply, using thin wooden sticks, and either a hammer and nails, or strong wood glue. Make sure your pieces are of even size, and screw them into the wall when finished.

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8. Concrete Bookends

A simple triangular mold can be made from thick cardboard (cut using a blade for precision) and lots of tape (the more the better – you don’t want any concrete leaks!) Pour in your concrete, tap it against the floor to remove any air bubbles, and remove the mold after 24 – 72 hours.

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9. Gilded Golden Mirror

For this DIY, you can either buy a new mirror, find a second hand one in a charity shop, or breathe new life into an old mirror your mum may have resigned to a dusty corner of the house. You’ll need to get your hands on painter’s tape and paint (preferably one designed for glass or metals). Lay the painter’s tape in the design you want, and paint on your paint, applying more than one coat if necessary. Remove the painter’s tape when the paint has almost, but not quite fully, dried.

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10. Bath Tray from Pallet Boards

Check out how to make this DIY Bath Tray here!

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We hope these Mother’s Day gift ideas helped to inspire you. Mums are pretty great for loving whatever you get them, and we’re sure if you try to make something, they’ll appreciate the time and effort gone into it (and love it even if it turned out… differently than planned). If you make any of these projects, we’d love to see! Feel free to send us mail via our Contact page.

Can’t navigate a room for books littering the floor? Using old cardboard boxes and strange storage containers for your beloved literature? You don’t have to live this way! There’s is a solution, and we’ve put together this list of interesting and original DIY bookshelf ideas to get you inspired. Give your books the home they deserve!

1 – The organic library

2 – Use recycled pallets for a vintage effect

3 – Pipes can give an industrial and minimilast look to any space

4 – Wooden boxes can be very inexpensive, yet still very stylish

5 -Concrete blocks and wooden slats

6 – Transform an old ladder into a bookcase

7 – Get creative and think outside the box!

8 – A great way to reuse old plastic boxes

9 – For the car lovers

10 – Raw edge finish

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10 Cool DIY Bike Storage Ideas

Bikes can be a little cumbersome in an indoor space. Given their slightly… bulky nature, it can be difficult to incorporate them into a space naturally, and having them simply leaning on a wall often isn’t a viable solution, as they can be knocked very easily. These inventive solutions can be easily DIYed, and are not only practical, but aesthetically pleasing bike storage ideas.

DIY Bike Storage Ideas

1. Simple and affordable

This quick solution involves attaching two large dowels to the wall. You can then use these to hold the frame of your bicycle.

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 2. Bike Wall Storage using Hangers

Make a sleek and modern storage stand using none other than simple hangers . You’ll need to use a strong adhesive to hold them together, such as gorilla glue or E6000  This would also work with wooden hangers, just make sure you use a wood glue. It may also be an idea to reinforce your stand with screws or nails.
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3. PVC bike storage rack

This, again, uses very few materials and is therefore a great option if you don’t want to splash out. Simply take a large PVC pipe, and cut down at an angle using a hand saw or a jigsaw. Smooth down the edges with sandpaper so it doesn’t scratch your bike, attach to the wall, and voila!

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4. Multi-functional shelf stand

There are so many variations on this simple idea. In essence, what you need is a cube shaped wooden shelf, with a cutout to allow your bike to sit. It can also be made of one initial shelf, and a wooden extremity underneath for your bike. This bike display stand is great as it functions as a shelf, meaning it doesn’t look out of place or strange when your bike isn’t inside the house. It’s also pretty customisable (depending on your experience, skill, or just personal taste) which is nice!

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5. Pallet bike stands

You can use pallets in many ways for bike storage ideas. If you’re looking for a indoor bike storage, you can mount a pallet on the wall and attach hooks to this to support your bike. Alternatively, for a bike floor stand, simply lay down two pallets (you can attach them for reinforcement) to support multiple bicycles upright.

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6. Wall hooks/animal heads

Like the look of animal heads but don’t want to commit? This is one of our more quirky bike storage ideas as these bike stands allude to this style, while also serving a practical purpose. For the first, you’ll need a wooden plaque and a handle contraption. For the second, take free reign with strong wire or cable, pliers, and a few pipe saddle clamps.

7. PVC Bike storage rack

PVC is incredibly affordable as well as being flexible. Depending on the lengths and fixtures you buy, you can customise your stand to fit your needs – whether that be one bike or five.

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8. Wooden bike floor stand

These two stands both look very sophisticated, and the first two even allow you to use your bike like you would an exercise bike. They can be constructed from scrap pieces of wood, and the construction is relatively simple. For the first, the main complication is in carving a semi circle for your bike to rest on (if you own a BMX bike, that is).

10 Interesting DIY Bike Storage Ideas bike rack indoor display stand hook cool wooden woodThis ‘Z’ structure is slightly more complex but makes for an interesting design. 

This wooden stand can be made with layers of plywood, bent into the correct shape. You’ll need a connecting piece underneath to hold your stand together. This has the added bonus of being space saving, as it’s very small, and can be moved around easily.

9. Wall mounted wooden storage

This first stand is made from layers of wood, cut into the desired triangular shape. The layers are glued together, and the sides sanded. Alternatively, this could be made from wooden planks eg. 2x4s, which may be a little less time consuming to complete. Either way, the design is cool and unique!

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10. Homemade bike work stand

This is ideal if you need a bike floor stand or bike repair stand but don’t want to splash out on something you may not use very often. To build this, you’ll need a base piece of wood, some piping (an iron plumbing pipe will work well), connecting fittings and fixtures, and a clamp (or a pvc piece cut with a latch attached).

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We hoped these helped in your hunt for a bike rack, and provided some options that may direct you in some way.  Not in the DIY mood? We have a simpler option too if you’d rather the easier way out!

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