Painting With Chalk and A Giveaway

renter's fireplace makeover

I’m interrupting this summer vacation because sometimes you just need a change.

Today I’m joining Centsational Girl and a slew of creative bloggers for the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and The Home Depot‘s Ready, Set, Paint. Challenge
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Almost four years ago I had an “aha” moment and realized that I could hide my builder grade gas fireplace surround with vinyl chalkboard sheets. They’ve held up great, we burn our little pretend fire all winter long. Actually, it’s a real fire but still seems pretend to me since it’s not burning up real wood. And actually, those logs in there are just for show during the summer. And actually we take them out in the winter. Actually.

easy fireplace makeover

So the other day it hit me. What’s the fun in having a chalkboard fireplace surround if I leave it exactly the same for four years?!  I originally drew bricks with chalkboard markers and I haven’t touched it since and it’s lasted through magazine shoots and book shoots and boy shoots.

fireplace surround

It’s wonderfully imperfect which is exactly how I like it. No one has died yet from all that glorious imperfection.


But suddenly the other day I had a spur-of-the-moment thought that it needed a change. And within 10 seconds, without even knowing exactly what I was going to do with it, I had a wet paper towel and was wiping off the surround. Turns out a little magic erasing does the trick really well.

fireplace makeover

I knew I wanted to use ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape to make a pattern and I knew that I wanted to use chalk again. I keep both ScotchBlue Tape and chalk in my stash of stuff to always have around for projects. Do you keep a stash like that?

My stash isn’t super organized but I have hot glue sticks and glue guns, plate hangers, command hooks, upholstery tacks, velcro, duct tape, chalk of all colors, and chalk markers all at the ready in a bottom drawer in our kitchen. It’s so helpful to always be ready when the mood hits to get creative.


I knew I didn’t want to have to color in all the stripes with my thin chalk markers so I used a little trick I learned in elementary art class. I painted with chalk by dipping my chalk in water to make it semi-permanent. As you are putting your wet chalk onto your chalkboard it will look like a mess and really light and you will want to swear and give up because you will be sure it’s not working.


But give it a few minutes and it will dry darker. Or lighter, actually. You can tell that I started on the left side–it’s drying really white and the right side is still wet so you can’t see the white chalk yet.


renter's fireplace surround

taped fireplace

I love the dueling stripes in the little corner they play nicely with all the black and white patterned pillows I have all over the room.  And the imperfection of this project is what makes it so fun, I’m not expecting any deaths. The ScotchBlue Tape allows for just enough perfection to keep me sane, but the variations of the chalk add a little playfulness to the entire fireplace.  Because you know, my planter head with the two necklaces, antlers and eye-patch were just way too serious.

chalk painting

If you don’t want to get your hands messy you can use a little brush and dip it into the water and then smear it all over the chalk to soak up the chalkiness.

wet chalk painting

Again it goes on like water. But dries white like chalk.


renter's fireplace makeover

Almost every home I’ve been in over the past year has a chalkboard of some sort. When’s the last time you changed yours up? Grab some chalk, ScotchBlue Tape and some water and see what you can create. What’s that?! You don’t have any supplies your house?  Don’t you hate that when you get a hankering to do a quick little project and you don’t even have the basic, inexpensive tools to attack it?


The Home Depotand ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape are giving away a $200 gift card to The Home Depot–so now you can stock up on supplies or buy that one big item that will jump start that project you’ve been putting off forever. Or maybe you’ll be inspired by one of these projects featured at the Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop:


Centsational Girl – Textured Panel Dresser Makeover

Thrifty and Chic Framed Stencil Wall

The Design Confidential DIY Concrete Color Block Painted Tables

Sand & Sisal Faux Etched Glass

The Girl Creative Summer Chalkboard

PB & J Stories Dipped Effect Outdoor Bench and Front Patio Makeover

In My Own Style How to Paint Outdoor Furniture

Making this Home Embellish with a Paint Border

Rustic Bench Gets Modern Moroccan-Inspired Makeover

DIY Game Table

Fun with Fireworks

Charles & Hudson – Wood Block Planter

Love of Family and Home – DIY Striped Curtain

LollyJane – Mailbox Makeover

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All you need to do to enter the giveaway is to leave a link to your most FAVORITE DIY project created by any blogger, OF ALL TIME. You just thought of it didn’t you? Yes, that’s the one you leave. Quickly google it, grab the url copy and paste it here into a comment (be sure to leave your name and email address in the little comment form so I can find you when you win the prize!)

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This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.



  1. Andrea L. says

    Literally impossible to pick just one project but I love these DIY rustic bookcases done on the blog of a friend of mine. I would love to do something similar. :)

  2. Hard to pick one, but Miss Mustard Seed’s butcher block countertops that she DIY’d are STUNNING!


    I have a poster that I have been wanting to frame for over a year but don’t want to pay $200 for a custom frame. This is a simple, quirky fix that will fit in with the rest of my decor and still be kind to my wallet. Heading to Home Depot this weekend!

  4. My trash-to-treasure Craigslist rescue dining room table. It’s been my favorite DIY because in fixing it up, I learned SO MUCH (like how to remove and replace wood veneer!) And also my favorite because it gets used every SINGLE day, all day long since we eat 3 meals a day there, plus homeschool in that space. Here’s the before and after:

    Layla’s kitchen molding was the place I started dreaming about actually turning our builders grade kitchen into something more- it took work and convincing my husband, but finally a year and a half later, the cabinets are taller, painted, and still make me smile every time I see the changes:)

  6. It looks like corrugated metal! I could totally do a tin surround!

  7. Right now, my husband and I are building and outdoor sectional for our screened in porch. We are on a budget so we are becoming DIYers. It has been a fun process but I am really excited about painting and saving some furniture pieces from flea markets, antique and vintage stores!

  8. I have always loved Karen at the Art of Doing Stuff and her Christmas decorating. These planters are some of my favorites.

  9. Lynn in DG says

    Hands down BEST ever is the gel stain on cabinets. And I read a lot of blogs!!!

  10. I think this is a very cute and easy way to updated an old side table (or any table) for that matter:

    Thanks for the chance!

  11. courtney d says

    i’ve been wanting to do this DIY project for a while now!

  12. I Would love to make a version of this hex wall art!

  13. Painting is my favorite thing to do to transform quickly and cheaply but I have had my eye on this project for a while: transforming my bathroom cabinets.

  14. this may be cheating because it’s really a whole house, but the entire thing was a diy project! it’s the first house that john and sherry from young house love flipped.
    this might be my favorite house ever! i want to live there so much. it’s my ideal house!

  15. One of my all-time favorite DIY projects is Traci’s new kitchen pantry. The entire kitchen renovation is fabulous, but that pantry is just awesome!

  16. I have a couch I need to fix. Love that there’s hope of doing it myself!

  17. Loved this project!! I made two wreaths for a royal wedding party. Maybe I’ll bring them back out for a royal baby shower :)

  18. I totally thought it was corregated metal! I love it!

  19. Elizabeth F. says

    I love this project: We did something just like it, inspired by this, in our living room and I love it. It’s functional (great for storing DVDs and video games, along with wii controllers, etc), clean looking, and was a great way to repurpose furniture we already had, rather than buying something new!

  20. Kylie W. says

    There are so many great DIY blog posts that it’s hard to pick an absolute favorite! Currently, this post for painted Formica counter tops has me giddy with excitement:

  21. Katrina S says

    One of my very favorite DIY projects by a blogger would be the mantel turned headboard at Love it!

  22. Small and not very DIY-ish compared to others posted, but I’ve been walking the shores in hopes of finding the perfect piece of driftwood for this necklace holder:×9/. No luck so far!

  23. One of my favorite DIY projects is by Traci – Dresser Turned Vanity, it was hard to pick because Traci has so many great DIY projects.

  24. This comment section is like its own Pinterest board. DIY go BOOM. My I-can-think-of-it-now favorite is the treehouse over at Handmade Home. That thing is just stupid awesome.

    Also your plastic spoon wreath is an honorable mention, but you know.

  25. This is my absolute favorite DIY ever! Hoping to find the courage & patience to do it in our daughter’s room soon!

  26. Jennifer says

    I love this stenciled wall! But, I’m still a little intimidated.:)

  27. Simple project but one of my favorites:

  28. I have been dying to make this new console for our tv and the gift card would help tremendously!

  29. Julie Johnson says

    I love the idea of a gallery wall. Like this: and of course, The Nester’s: (especially the framed heart from the jeans worn on the Compassion mission trip–love that idea).

  30. Mine would be creating this little cabin and all that has gone in to it.

  31. LOVE a bold stripe DIY project, especially this one:

  32. I really like this project. I like the color that she chose along with the wallpaper.

  33. I love this DIY upholstered headboard. I want it for my bedroom, but I can’t decide what color. hmmm….:

  34. The most recent one I’ve seen is a favorite – Carmel at ourfifthhouse did a cool leftover flag display.

    I’m Sally – –

  35. Ann Ruggles says
  36. I love this….and did one for my bedside

  37. I totally want to do a frame hallway just like the good folks at young house love:

  38. We are big Doctor Who fans in my house – this is the next project I’m shooting to do

  39. Ashleigh says

    I am so crushing on this headboard!! Maybe because we just rented a farmhouse and we have zero furniture so I need to get busy on building everything! ;)

  40. I really, really want [my husband] to make a wall of built ins like this.

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