Schoolhouse Chalkboard Wall and New Light


I finished this project back in November.

I always thought about painting this wall in our hall for a while and I decided to go ahead and do it. I went with school house green because I wanted something different then black.


Here is the before. Just a plain wall with the emergency oil switch. This hall leads to bedrooms, mudroom and garage and to the living room and kitchen. So a lot of traffic comes through here.


I used the rustolium chalkboard paint at Home Depot and had them mix the color schoolhouse green to it.


The light fixtures were found at Walmart and part of a vintage collection. They were a clearance find from $20 and I paid $8 for each. I bought four of them so two went in this hall and the other two in the mudroom.

i like the industrial look, much better then the boob light.


Harper likes to write on this and I put announcements or birthdays for that month on it. I really just like the look of chalkboard paint.

This is a easy diy project and changing out light fixtures is a great way to update a space.


Harper & Weston's Room Updates


Over the past year I have changed Harper’s room and decor around because Weston is now her roommate! For a little while anyway.

Please excuse the Christmas decor, some of these were taken a while back.


The biggest change was replacing the rug.

I have wanted to do this for a while. I happen to come across this opalhouse rug on clearance for $89 at Target one day. I did not buy it when I first saw it. I went home and thought about it and went back to get it later that day. It was $189.

They do not carry this rug anymore but they do have a huge collection of the pretty rugs here.

Before new rug and curtains

Before new rug and curtains

I changed out the butterfly curtains for light neutral ones. It has made a huge difference in the room. I also picked these up from Target, I really like the material. These are the line of curtains here.

The only thing is in store they were called white something, I’m not sure if they are the same as sour cream online.


Here is Weston before he could walk. Harper and Weston love playing in their room. I only keep a few toys in here and lots of books.


We found this adorable lamp guessed it Target on clearance for under $9. It still sells for $30 online. Target is truly my favorite place for decor. Especially when it’s on clearance.


This nightstand is also new to the space. It use to belong to me when I was a teen. It needs a fresh coat of paint and I’ve been waiting on nice weather to do that and change the hardware.


This cute wolf wall decor ( that Weston loves ) was also a Target find and only under $6. Its no longer available but they have a few adorable ones available. I had to take the print off the wall, Weston was able to reach it.

Also Harpers bedding is new. She had a black and white cat print and I found this blush pink opal house set on clearance.

You can see the post I did few years back on the wall art by Pixers Here.

In February of 2016 I shared this room after we completed it for Harper, you can read that here.

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Diy: Rope Lampshade

Another way to update a lampshade is by adding rope! This is a great beachy and nautical look.  This is more time consuming then my previous

lampshade redo



it was worth it! It turned out amazing. 

I made this into a pendant light by adding a light kit that I found in the free pile. It is adjustable to fit a small lampshade hole or a larger one. You can buy them online easily.

 Its not the prettiest cord. 

Here are the photo collages so you can see how I made mine. 

What you will need


Rope - I used the

1/4 in x 50 ft Natural Manila

, It took about three bags of this so at $5.60 ea it was $16.80 plus tax for all the rope. A little bit more expensive but I like the style and textured of the rope.


Hot glue gun and lots and I mean LOTS of glue sticks - I went through them like crazy but these are not that expensive to buy.


A lampshade...any shape and size will do. My lampshade is a large drum-shade.I know it looked nice before but I actually painted the chevron pattern on it a year ago and it looked really funny with the light shining through so I didn't like it and it was just sitting in storage.


A pendant light kit or cord kit if you want to hang it

 To start

I worked on this over a few days as it is time consuming.

But simple.

from left to right

Start by adding the glue on the seam of the shade you can use clothes pins to hold it in place to help you start. Adding glue all along the way and then adding the rope. Very simple.

Make sure its tight and no spacing show in between the rope.

You will get a little curve when you go around the second time. It wont be noticeable. Just bend it to fit and continue going around. Once you get half done its easier to to add the rope. When you use all the rope just connect the two pieces together tightly and you wont notice the seam.

 When your done trim off any excess strings and you can use a blow dryer to melt the pieces of glue stings that will be all over the place. Another trick I heard but haven't tried is placing your glue sticks in the freezer....I have to try it sometime.

Then your finished with a nicely updated shade!

 I placed it on a hook so I could take photos of it hanging up...I'm tempted to keep it for myself but this is going to the Vintage Bazaar to sell.

 I also still need trim it and get the excess glue pieces off.

 Up close of the cord kit

It fits nice and snug

I love rope and how easy it can make your decor a little bit more


or a nice beach summer look. There are so many projects out there to use rope for...even making your own baskets! You can see my board on Pinterest for more rope inspirations



I'm hoping to share more makeovers before the big show, I have finished a few pieces including the cabinet I shared the chippy painted furniture tutorial can find that



If I don't I will share everything after! 

You can follow me on Facebook and instagram to see sneak peeks! The buttons are on the top of the page.

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  I will be sharing my diy rope lampshade at these awesome link parties listed