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DIY dry erase board

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A new DIY today! If you have any old frames lying around that you don’t know know what to do with or scored a cheap frame at a secondhand store, this would be a perfect project for a weekend afternoon.

I have some frames that I found in the hallway of a friend’s apartment a while ago so I’ve been trying to come up with ideas to use them. In their old form, I think they’re pretty ugly. So for one of them I popped the glass and backing out and painted the frame silver and used it as a part of my gallery wall as you can see in this post.

The other day I decided to make a dry erase board with another (since you can never have enough surfaces to write down your to-do list or grocery list, of course). Here’s the step-by-step tutorial.

Materials:
1 can of white primer spray paint
1 can of spray paint in a color of your choice
Newspaper or paper shopping bag to spray on
Patterned paper larger than the size of the frame

1. Remove the glass and backing and wipe down the frame to prep it for paint.

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2. In a well ventilated area, spray on a coat of primer onto the frame and let it dry for about 10-15 minutes.

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3. Spray on the first coat of paint in the color of your choosing. I chose a can of mint colored spray paint that I already had. Let the first coat dry for another 10-15 minutes.

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4. Spray on the second coat and if you really want, a third coat for maximum coverage (let it dry in-between coats!).

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5. After the paint has dried completely, cut your patterned paper into the size of your frame backing. You can glue it onto the backing before you lay it onto the glass but I just laid it against the glass and since the size of the paper is the exact size of the glass and frame backing, I know it won’t budge even without glue. And here’s the final product. Take a dry erase marker and write away!

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Some of my favorite things around the CPL apartment

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Nesting in a tiny city apartment the past year hasn’t been easy as we severely lack storage space (it took me about 3-4 months of moving in to fully unpack and get rid of any traces of moving boxes). But with the combination of some kind friends who allowed us storage space in their basement plus me purging a lot of unneeded items the past year has allowed at least some decent living space in our 300 something square feet apartment.

I’ve been slowly decorating as I go but as we’ve been recently discussing the pros and cons of moving to a bigger place and as it seems likely we will move when our lease is up in the summer, I’ve lost much of the motivation for some of the projects I had planned for the apartment. But before we move, here are some of my favorite things around the CPL apartment!

Living room:

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This gallery wall in our living room are all mostly from frames that I’ve received as gifts or found secondhand from flea markets. The faux Van Gogh on the bottom is from a Paint Nite with some girlfriends.

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The outer silver frame is one of several frames I found in a friend’s hallway that was left out as “trash.” I popped out the glass and the original artwork and painted the once brown and gold frame all silver and tada, instant new life.

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The Kim Sisters

A little bit of Korean history today… Have you guys heard of the Kim Sisters? Korea’s own post-Korean War Dreamgirls!

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I just recently saw a youtube video of one of their tv performances and was blown away that a South Korean female trio were popular enough to be on air on American television in the 50’s and 60’s!! They sang, they danced, and played multiple instruments. They started as children performing for the GIs in Korea and as the word spread about them in the U.S., they got signed on for an “Oriental show” in Las Vegas. From there they went on to perform on the Ed Sullivan show over 20 times, were on the Dean Martin show, and even performed at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. Check out this video:

Their mother/aunt (one of the “sisters” was actually a first cousin) was Lee Nan-Young (or Lee Ran-Yong), who was one of the most famous singers in Korea during the 60’s. How cute are the Kim Sisters singing with their mother here??! Their English is pretty darn good…

The Kim sisters had three brothers that formed the Kim Brothers who they also performed with at times.

This isn’t related to anything “green” but thought I’d share this little gem from the history books with y’all today :)