Mini Chalkboard giveaway

GIVEAWAY! Free Handmade Mini Chalkboard

Is this not the cutest little chalkboard?

Mini Chalkboard giveaway
Win one of these mini chalkboards, handmade by A Happy Hue.
You have no idea how hard it was for me not to keep this little gem for the gallery wall in my kitchen. Seriously, it is the perfect size and shape for an eclectic gallery wall, a stylish accent for a vignette, or as a balanced accent when used in pairs (like Him / Her signs for a bedroom or Baby A / Baby B signs for twins!).

This handmade mini chalkboard is painted in cream-colored mineral fusion paint (Limestone to be exact), with light distressing that reveals the most delicate peaks of gold. So, so cute. And the best part is you can write or draw anything your little heart desires, how often you desire. So many possibilities. And it can be all yours if you win my #followhappyhue sharathon!

Now for the details. This giveaway is all about sharing and following, and there are lots of ways to get multiple entries. You can enter this contest three ways: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Each social media platform you enter on gets you additional entries.

How To Enter

  1. Instagram
    1. follow @ahappyhue
    2. tag three friends in the comments
    3. share this post with the hashtag #followhappyhue
  2. Facebook  
    1. like us
    2. share this post with your friends – Be sure to tag A Happy Hue so we can give you credit for it
  3. Twitter 
    1. follow @ahappyhue
    2. tweet this post with the hashtag #followhappyhue

The sharathon will run for 2 weeks, at the end of which, I will draw a random winner, confirm the winner’s contact info and announce it within 48 hours of contest closing.

That’s it! Share on, friends.

Official rules and disclaimer: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are not affiliated with this sweepstakes and cannot be held responsible. You can tag new friends and share the post once per day for additional entries. Eligible contestants must be 13+ years of age and must be able to provide a continental US mailing address in order to win. By participating, you are agreeing to the contest rules. 

Upcycled Hutch Becomes Beautiful Storage Bench

You may not know it by looking at my house right now, but I despise clutter. Even though my floors are currently strewn with toys, crayons, shoes and kids clothes (the toddler is awake afterall), there is a special place in my heart for minimalist living. It’s head-clearing. It’s peaceful. It’s beautiful.

That said, it’s easy to pollute the beauty of minimalism with wastefulness. This is especially true for DIYers because we see the ordinary and unused, and we reimagine it as extraordinary and purposeful! Not to be confused with sentimentality, the idea of holding onto things to repurpose them can be a huge money saver. It’s green. It’s good…to an extent. So, I’m constantly finding a balance between upcycling what I can, donating what I can’t (or don’t have time to), and trashing only what I must.

I thought this hutch was the latter.

It came from a desk I purchased years ago when I began working remotely. It was a bad purchase: cheaply made laminated press board. My husband and I ended up removing the hutch, and I kept it because it had a nice shape, and I envisioned it being repurposed as a wall shelf for my outdoor herbs and succulents. But, when it became clear there was no way to make pressboard sustainable outdoors (duh!),  I got it ready to go to the dump.

And then it hit me. It wasn’t destined to be a wall shelf. It was a bench — a storage bench!

To transform this hutch into a storage bench it needed:

  • a new back (the original was a thin, torn piece of cardboard)
  • a base
  • legs, and
  • a couple coats of paint

Since I was working with laminate pressboard, there was a real possibility that this would end up in the failed pile. So I didn’t want to spend a lot of dough. With two kids under two in tow (say that three times fast), I headed to my neighborhood Lowes and bought:

  • 1/4″ plywood for the back, cut to size
  • 1″ pine for the base, cut to size
  • tapered pine legs with accompanying hardware kits
  • 2 yards of fabric (technically, I actually made a late night, kid-free trip to Walmart for this)

Supplies gathered, my work began, but I ran into a couple of  snags. Even though I predrilled holes to screw on the pine base, I still managed to do this:

Just one of the perils of working with pressboard. To repair the damage, I used a combination of wood filler and wood glue. Then I sanded it back down, though it was nowhere close to perfect. It wasn’t too obvious, though, and it would hold a coat of paint.

Speaking of paint, that was the other hiccup. In case you haven’t heard, one of the best properties of chalk paint is that it works on nearly any surface without sanding. Well, folks, I’m here to tell you that wood laminate is one of the only surfaces chalk paint will not adhere to properly. Rookie mistake. It took me hours longer than it should have to paint this piece because I had to add layer upon layer attempting to cover up the gaps and streaks. Thankfully, it adds an aged effect.

Yikes. But now we both know.

I’m really pleased with the end result despite its imperfections. The fabric back really makes it pop, and it’s the perfect size for my toddler’s room. So glad I didn’t give up on this cute little hutch remixed.

Time, Materials, Cost

  • plywood – $8
  • Pine, legs and hardware – $30
  • 2 yards of fabric – $8

In addition to the materials above, I also used:

  • leftover CeCe Caldwell chalk paint (from this project) in Destin Gulf Green,
  • leftover CeCe Caldwell wax,
  • an assortment of wood screws from my existing stockpile,
  • power drill, various drill bits and screw heads,
  • hammer,
  • sand paper (fine),
  • Wood filler and wood glue
  • mod podge, and
  • tacks that held the original cardboard backing

Difficulty: moderate

Time: 7 hours (I estimate about 2 hours longer than necessary due to complications)