via big-design.blogspot.com Love this fearless tutorial on how to apply and grout pennies to make a cool looking floor
via www.improvisedlife.com Roofing nails are the secret to these leather pulls. Freakishly cool.
You can buy chalkboard paint in green or black, but why limit yourself to those scholastic-y colours? Maybe you want to make a chalkboard wall in the kitchen for a family communication center, or maybe you're making a kids' art table like this… …and it would be fun to use a colour other than black or green. So get a quart size can of flat paint in any shade you like (I used Olympic Premium Zero VOC because it dries in an hour, has no odour and carries a lifetime warranty) and pour the amount of paint you'll need into a separate container. Then add unsanded grout powder (available in the tile aisle) with the ratio of 1 rounded tablespoon of unsanded grout to 1 cup of flat paint. Stir it up well and then roll out 2 or 3 coats on the surface you want to transform into a chalkboard. You can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time if you're rushed. Cool eh?
Take about 10 minutes every day to be conscious of the shapes, colors, themes around you. Take pictures of those things you see when you are taking a walk outside or while browsing in a funky little shop you love. Clip articles and pictures from magazines. Draw the shapes you see in the plaster on the ceiling or cracks in the sidewalk. Don’t worry too much about how these will fit together by theme… This is more about capturing things that you are drawn to. If you ever created a vision board this process may seem similar.