I have something special to show you!! This project makes me so happy and it really got me thinking about how to solve a problem like family communication in a creative way. Watch this video to see my home improvement project- I hope you enjoy it. Big shout out to Krisstina Wise at Good Life Realty in Austin TX for the inspiration.
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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book and on-line program, and I wanted to share with you my fun project that I just did in my house. I call it my “creativity wall.”
I have this wall leading up into my main area of the house that is this big stairwell blank wall, and I wanted to think about some art work for up here, and I thought, “Well, why not let my guests and myself make the art work and make this almost like a communication station– as we talk about in my program – for family messages and things like that?” So, I decided that I would look into whiteboard paint, and I did some research and found that if you use the whiteboard paint that’s sold at the hardware store, it’s not very good quality. If you buy the right commercial grade, whiteboard paint is probably going to cost about $400 just to buy the paint. Then you’ve got to prepare the surface, and it is time-consuming and messy.
And then I realized, “You know, if I just put glass up here it operates the same as a dry erase board and it’s less expensive and it looks more like a home environment anyway rather than a big office wall. So, you can go to a store like Ikea. I got these at Ikea. They are coffee table glass tops. And these were $30 a piece. It depends on what size you’re going to get. You can get them for $20 a piece if they’re shorter. And you just mount them up with some mirror clips and you’re done. So, you can get the frosted type if your wall color might be a stronger wall color. This is just kind of a beige, so that worked for me. But if you have the frosted type you want to take the frosted side and put that behind so it still operates as a dry erase board.
Anyway, that’s it. You just put the glass up with the mirror clips, and you can write all over it. You can write messages like this. You can draw anything you want, and assuming that your markers work – you know – this is a brand new marker, I don’t know what happened. But anyway, people can write their autograph on here, share a joke, draw a picture. You can write a note to yourself, just have fun with it. I think it’s a really cool project, inexpensive, and brings a levity and fun into your home that a piece of art work probably wouldn’t do.
So I hope you enjoy that and we’ll see you next time. May you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.
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