Posts tagged ‘vertical space’

September 23, 2011

chalk talk

Revisiting the chalkboard in the home idea today.  The first post regarding chalkboards can be found in the ‘wall works’ category or here:

Not sure what we’d do without our kitchen chalkboard!  They’re also super fun in kids’ rooms:

To find cute chalkboard options in the Kansas City area, try Vintage Market in Zona Rosa, Found (Parkville), Marshall’s or TJ Maxx.  Of course, there’s always the option to make your own!  Go to the link above for general instructions.

August 29, 2011

artist angles

The bulldog clip post in wall works from May 16th  ( wins the clicks count.  So, check out the new picture angles below + ideas for where to place art displays in your home.  The fridge is begging for mercy.  Before (yaaaawn…):


The wall space is in a landing area – a few steps down, square landing, then turn right for the remaining flight.  The pictures above are taken from the main floor, a person faces the display as they’re coming up the stairs from the basement.  The area is approximately 5 1/2 ‘ x 9 1/2’ – what an excellent use of dead vertical space!  (if I do say so myself…)

Other art display location ideas:

  • behind doors in kids’ rooms
  • garage walls
  • laundry room walls
  • transition areas, similar to example above
  • any blank wall – but don’t go crazy…keep some walls empty for the zen effect
August 25, 2011

magnet board +

The piece below has been in operation for nearly 8 years, moving from toddler to tween with ease.


  1. find a large frame (shown -thrift shop, $7) with approx. 3/8″ deep inset
  2. cut a piece of  1/4″ plywood to frame size
  3. attach french board portion using batting, fabric, ribbon, staple gun &  glue
  4. nail or glue separation wood strip or trim
  5. use construction adhesive (caulk gun tube) to adhere a piece of sheet metal (sized to remaining area) to plywood, make top edge flush to wood separation piece
  6. secure into frame, attach to wall – finished product is heavy!  Use appropriate hardware for a safe usage.


  • use wall space behind a door – floor to near ceiling
  • other possible combos – dry erase, bulletin board, bulldog clips
  • if ribbons get saggy, glue them at intersections & disguise with button, or use a deep, unmovable tack
August 3, 2011

lean look

Resting framed photos or art against a wall creates a casual, relaxed feel.  Plus, there’s no hole commitment threatening to last for years.  Shelving options abound, or simply use the top surface of a piece of furniture. 

Directions for pictured shelf:

  1. purchase 3 boards at whatever length (shown is 2′) – back board 1/2″ thick & 3 1/2″ tall, ledge board 3/4″ x 2 1/2″, front lip board 3/8″ x 1 1/2″
  2. using nails or brads & wood glue connect the back board flush with the ledge board’s top surface, let dry
  3. attach front lip to ledge facing, raising the lip piece 1/4″ up to be used as a “stop” for display items
  4. sink front nail holes & fill with wood filler
  5. prime & paint shelves
  6. secure directly onto wall through back piece & into studs
July 19, 2011

knob job

Have any old wooden levels collecting dust?  Wainscoting pieces, table leaves, old boards, etc.?  Attach knobs or hooks for instant vertical storage with character.

  Supplies for pictured project:

  • old wooden level (found at antique store)
  • 5 crystal knobs
  • five 3/4″ metal bushings
  • five 2″ screws (length depends on thickness of level)
  • two 3″ (length could vary) brass wood screws


  1. determine knob placement, drill pilot holes
  2. thread screw through knob, then bushing, then screw into level (squirt a dab of wood glue in hole for added strength)
  3. secure level to wall through the front & into studs


May 18, 2011


A place to write the week’s schedule, reminders, kudos, messages, etc..  In case one thinks the chalkboard is simplistic….. a schedule on display shows respect for all ages, mommy ceases being the human calendar (pretty much), & weekly quotes or scripture communicate priorities & give life direction.  Plus, chalkboards add character to any room!


  1. find a frame, make sure it is deep enough to hold a board
  2. cut a piece of hardboard to size (big box home improvement stores will typically cut for free)
  3. prime & paint (I used Benjamin Moore), let it dry & cure
  4. secure into frame with enough backing that the board is solid when pressed
  5. attach frame to wall 
May 16, 2011

bulldog clip art display

Kids’ artwork is amazing.  We now have a special spot for hanging the masterpieces.   Putting up and taking down art is a cinch, plus it has a modern, timeless look.   


  1. cut and paint boards of your choice (shown:  glossy cream on primed .5″ thick, 1.5″ tall wood (found at Home Depot))
  2. nail the boards to the wall into studs, sink the nails, fill the holes and touch up with paint
  3. screw bulldog clips into the boards (hint:  use blue tape to figure out where to place the clips prior to drilling holes) 
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