Design*Sponge Feature: DIY Vintage Upholstered Speakers

I am simply over the moon.

Design*Sponge featured my tutorial on how to upcycle vintage speakers.

I'm pretty proud: D*S has been a favorite site of mine for many years. I never thought that I would make it onto such a big platform, but now that I have, I feel like the world is my oyster. Now if I could just find the time to put together posts with pretty pictures for every DIY swirling around in my brain...

If you have a minute, check out the tutorial and leave a comment to show the love! I hope it inspires you to lovely up your ugly electronics. <3


Photos by Jocelyn Noel

How To Make Chalkboard Paint

Whenever someone comes in to the shop asking to purchase a chalkboard, I'm always a little shocked that no one knows how easy it is to make one! If you have a piece of wood or other chalkboard-worthy surface and some paint, you're already halfway there.


  • Paint in any color (I have used so many different types of paint and have had zero problems with any of them--acrylic, latex, leftover 5 year old house paint, you name it!)
  • Unsanded grout (Pick up at any hardware store. For about $9 you can get a box that will last you a lifetime!)
  • Piece of wood or other surface you want to add chalkboard paint to (wall, furniture, etc.) 
  • Large measuring cup and measuring spoon
  • Spoon or stir stick
  • Paint brush
  • Chalk
  • Rag


(1) Gather your materials.

(2) Sand down your chalkboard surface if necessary.

(3) Grab your big mixing cup and for every 1/2 cup of paint, add in 1 tablespoon of unsanded grout. In my experience, this doesn't have to be exact to work. I usually just eyeball it.

(4) Mix thoroughly.

(5)Tape off your surface if necessary so you don't get chalkboard paint where you don't want it.

(6) Apply to surface. I usually do 2 medium coats of paint, letting each coat dry thoroughly before the next coat.

(7) Prime your chalkboard by running your chalk lengthwise over the surface. 

(8) Rub in the chalk with a dry cloth.

(9) You're done! Go to town on your new chalkboard!


  • Only make what you will use for each particular project as this paint will not keep. 
  • When choosing your paint color, keep in mind that most chalk colors show up best on dark surfaces. 
  • Know any other DIY savvy friends? Go in on a box of unsanded grout and split it up. Seriously, you could do every wall in an entire house and still not run out with the amount that comes in one box. Plus, it makes it more cost efficient for everyone. You a DIY lone ranger looking to do just a couple projects? Stop by the shop: I'm more than willing to share! 
  • Once you see how easy this is, you'll want to paint EVERYTHING with chalkboard paint. (Trust me!) Restrain yourself if you can. 
  • Have fun and hashtag your DIY chalkboards #thenestdiy on Instagram for a chance to be featured!

All photos by Jocelyn Noel

Brunch at The Nest: An Abstract Painting Class

Brunch at The Nest: An Abstract Painting Class

I am so excited to announce that one of my favorite local artists Casey D. Sibley will be teaching an abstract painting class at The Nest, featuring mimosas and delicious brunch snacks by Tournant Pop Up Restaurant.

Casey will be sharing all of her abstract painting secrets and favorite techniques for creating one-of-a-kind abstract artwork. You'll learn how to pick a complementary color scheme, mix custom colors, lay the foundation for your painting, and develop a beautiful composition. You'll leave this class with your very own original art piece and a set of skills that can be easily reproduced on your own at home.

Painting by Casey D. Sibley

The Deets:

When: Saturday, March 12th, 2016 11:30am-2pm

Where: The Nest. 201 Keystone Ave. 89503

$40 in advance or $45 day of.

Buy tickets here or in store.

All supplies and refreshments are included in the class price. Just bring yourself and your imagination! Class is open to all skill levels, and adults age 21 or over (because, mimosas!).

Questions? Email or

Tell your friends and share the event...better yet, bring a friend! Follow @caseydsibley and @thenestreno on Instagram and Facebook for more event updates and future happenings!

Casey Sibley Painting "Hatched"