November 9, 2011

Guest Post Wednesday: PB&J Stories

It's Wednesday! You know what that means, another wonderful guest!
Today we have my friend Pamela from PB&J Stories. Pamela is very creative!
  I started following her blog  when I read about her stenciled curtains and we've been 
"bloggy friends" ever since! She also has a new etsy shop where she sells gorgeous 
signs such as one I shared with you all on my facebook page and
 I will share here once my bedroom is all finished!
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I am beyond giddy to be guest posting on Cinsarah!!  Cindy and I have been “bloggy pals” for quite some time and she’s my go-to gal for a lot.  First she was a sweet supportive reader of mine always leaving enthusiastic comments, then she was a lucky winner of a giveaway, then I asked her to use her amazing creativity and skills and had her redo my blog design.  Since then we email back and forth quite frequently just friendly banter, and I just absolutely adore her.

If you are unfamiliar with who I am let me take a moment to introduce myself, I am Pamela and I write over at PB&Jstories usually about DIY projects & tutorials.  I mix in the occasional story about life, family, and things on my mind but typically I keep myself busy with endless projects around the house, not to mention my newest adventure my Etsy store PB&Jcreations that I opened up!  On top of all that, I am a mother of Jackson Jude who is the love of my life.  He is turning three in about a week so I wanted to do a fun kids tutorial that is great and so easy to make!

I wanted Jackson to have a special “kids area” in our living room that would be his domain when we moved into our new home a year ago.  A space that was his, where his toys would collect in and he could kinda do as he pleases there.  I picked up a table from a thrift store that came with two kids chairs for $5 and spray painted the top with chalkboard paint.


Now he had a fun “his size” table that he could play on, and scribble on the top with chalk! It was perfect and really inspired the artist in him as he constantly kept asking for his “colors” so he could draw.  Initially I tried keep the box of crayons, box of markers and the box of chalk on his table but they never managed to make back in the box and I was left with tons of tiny drawing goods EVERYWHERE. 
That’s when I decided I wanted to make him a little “artist center” to match his new fun table, a spot he could easily clean up his own “colors” without me having to constantly tidy up after him.


The How To:
I started with a long piece of wood that I had on hand {yes I actually do have lots of random wood constantly on hand, comes in handy} Smile
I sanded the entire piece of wood with a 120 grit sand paper, ensuring that there is no splinters since my little loved ones hands will be handling it.
I stained it using MinWax Dark Walnut, and as the picture points out I always wear protective gloves when staining, keeps the mess off your hands as stain is very difficult to just wash off.  I also like using a staining pad when I stain, helps eliminate brush strokes and just really easy to use. 
Let the stain sit for 5 to 10 minutes, the longer you let it sit the darker the color will be.  After about 10 minutes I wiped any excess stain off with a lint-free cloth. 


After the the stain had fully dried I used my drill and made four holes evenly spaced which is where I’ll screw in the hooks to hang the buckets. 
Pre-drilling your holes makes the entire process so much easier.  Not even sure if these little hooks would be able to be just screwed straight in without pre-drilling.


Once the I pre-drilled the hole, I just easily screwed in the hook until it was flush with the board.


Then I just attached a two saw tooth hangers on the back, one on each side to ensure it was balanced and hung it on the wall above his table. 


I bought the buckets from the $1 bin at Target, and they randomly have them in stock so be sure to check often because they are the PERFECT size to hold all their crayons, markers and chalk!



I think my favorite thing is how independent it lets him be.  Whenever he pleases he can just head over this his corner and color away, rather than having to ask me for the markers and crayons and never getting them back into their tiny boxes.

All and all this little artist corner cost me under $20 for everything from the table to the holder and even the markers and crayons. 

Thanks again to Cindy for letting me come by and share this fun project!

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Thanks so much Pamela for guest posting today!
I always love your projects! :)



  1. Great idea! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Love this idea! I step on crayons and markers all day long. Ill have to check target for these the next time Im there :)

  3. Isn't it a great way to store things?
    I actually also have these little buckets I've seen them twice in the dollar section in the past couple of months. Hope you can find some!

  4. Oh, I really love this idea! Funny how just last night I bought chalk board spray paint AND wood stain. Guess I know what I can do with them now. All I need is the wood... :)

  5. Thanks to everyone for the sweet comments!! You can find precut boards at Lowe's or Home Depot in the lumber section for super cheap, like $2 for this size.

  6. Love this! So going to do this in my sons Big Boy Room!

  7. Pamela I love the little bucket idea. My daughter is one and she is always searching the kitchen drawers in search of her "kayons". I know she will love something like this. Thanks for sharing Cindy and thanks Pamela for the inspiration!

  8. LOVE this idea! Thanks Pamela, this will definitely be added to the project list! Cindy I'm a new follower... found you through Pamela :)

  9. Awesome idea!! I love Pamela's blog :)

  10. We love Pamela! Just a great little place for her baby! :)

    Carrie & Angie @twofriendstwocities


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