Cabinet Doors to Chalkboards

Cabinet Doors to Chalkboards

We lightly sanded the doors and got any stickers off the fronts. Then we chalk painted the outside. Next, we applied 2 coats of chalkboard paint on the panels. Wait, what? What’s the difference between chalk paint and chalk board paint? Okay, here’s the skinny.

Chalk paint is a type of paint that gives a matte, chalky finish. It goes over just about anything and when done right has a really smooth finish.

Chalk board paint makes any surface into a chalkboard.

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Chic and Strong- A Heavy-Duty Shelf

Chic and Strong- A Heavy-Duty Shelf

As part of the garage- to-Chics With Tools Makery transformation, I decided that I needed a craft paper dispenser. Now, that is not a felt need for most but I use it to cover the tables at my workshops. The thing with really large rolls of paper is that they are heavy, So just hanging a dowel rod on some pegboard was not going to cut it. Ideally, I wanted the unit to hang on the wall. But after pricing that kind, I decided the countertop version would be just fine, as long as I made a wall shelf to hold it. So using all scrap wood, this what I did.

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Drop Leaf Carts

Drop Leaf Carts

The reason I decided to go with the drop-leaf idea was because for most of the time, we want the garbage cans in a convenient place. But they aren’t pretty so I move them outside for my Chics With Tools workshops, which leaves a massive, also unattractive, gap. So now in normal mode, the leaves are down but when I want things prettier, I move the cans and raise the leaves, filling the wall while adding counter space for merchandise.

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The Garage Shed Part 3- Storage

The Garage Shed Part 3- Storage

For those just joining us, we have been transforming our garage into the Chics With Tools Makery. The most recent project was building a shed inside the garage. Okay, some people may call it a closet but since it is about 40 square feet, I am sticking with “shed”. You may ask why we are doing this. Well there is a lot of ugly that goes into most garages, such as lawn mowers, dirty tools, and blowers.

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Industrial Chic Hanging Rack

Industrial Chic Hanging Rack

 

If you have explored our website, you know that we have a small cottage on our property which is listed on Airbnb. We built the structure as a pool house and secondary guest space. We decided not to put in a closet so in order to accommodate hanging clothes, we have just used a standing coat rack with hangers on it. Not the best, but functional. A new hanging system went on the project list. 

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