Wise Owl paints help freshen up a wall paper organizer

upcycle wall organizer title with WM

Hi guys! We established in yesterdays post that it is ok for me to say this. We are making ti through the week, kicking a** and taking names. I mean that literally, I was taking names from one of my kid’s classes for a craft I am organizing. I was literally taking down names, that is what that expression means, right? See I knew I was wise, which brings me to the topic of today Wise Owl paints help freshen up a wall paper organizer. See what I did there with the transition? I am wise and I am talking about Wise owl paints, yep I am getting this blogging thing down for sure! This is not just about paint, but about a fun and wonderful group of my closest blogging friends coming together to share some fun ideas. We call this Create and share challenge and I have another edition for you! All of the talented ladies posts will be linked in the bottom and you can blog stalk them to your crafting hearts content!

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The links to these projects are at the bottom of this post!


before image

I have been wanting to redo this paper wall display, I adore the idea of it and my kids are constantly filling it with notes and pictures. But the color and feel of it for my home was all wrong. However, it is a metal type finish so the standard furniture redo is out. I used my Wise Owl chalk paint in the Limestone color with the shades of gray wax. I felt it was fitting, clean and sweet for the foundation but a little fun and spunky for the top coat.


wise owl chalk paint and wax

Here is what I had to work with.

before picture

This is the piece I am painting. The prep work consisted of me wiping it down to get rid of dust. Not that I ever have any, EVER in my home….

painting with chalk paint

painting frame

The paint is a little thick so be sure to not glob it on the paint brush. Slow and even strokes from one side to the other.

one coat chalk paint on frame

The above picture is with one coast of paint on it. You can still see the lines and brush strokes. I did two coats of the paint and it covered everything beautifully with not one brush line showing.

wise owl glaze

This is the wise owl Wax, and I picked the shades of gray.

50 shades of gray paint

Dale is the hand model for this portion of the programming. I was the photographer and director. Rub a wash cloth into the wax, because there is a white and black side to this I can select the darkness of the wax finish. I wanted a light gray. Dale rubbed the rag into the wax mixing the two colors together.

rubbing in chalk paint glaze

The rub like no ones business the was into the surface. Wax on- wax off. I have been holding that little nugget or a joke for a while now, your welcome!

putting on glaze

The key here is to start blending the two colors together before the ax even ends on the surface, blend it into the rag. Then when you rub it in long and quick strokes to get the wax rubbed in.

chalk paint glaze

Here is the wax after it was applied.  All mixed up with even amounts of black and white used.

before and after chalk paint

You can see the right portion of the wall organizer has a gray tint to it and the left does not. This is the subtle finish I was going for. The wax needs to be rubbed in, and if there is still a sticky consistency to it wipe more away.

washi tape craft ideas

The next step was simple, I wanted to add a little fun and pop to this piece. We all know I love my pops of color. Using decorative tape.

washi tape craft

Cutting it down to size.

paper clips

Attach it to the clothes pins. I used two different kinds for a two tone look.

painting metal frame

That is it my friends! This Wise Owl paints help freshen up a wall paper organizer is done. I have a way to display my kids artwork and it fits in well with the rest of my home now.

wise owl paints

The effect this paint had was stunning! When I was done I wish I had painted something bigger because I am loving the look of it.

wise owl paint project with WM

paper wall organizer

chalk paint gray color

I did not add the wax to the inside of this. I thought it looked good to have the two-tone feel to the metal as well as to the clothes pins, have them all blend together.

DIY paper wall display

washi tape on clip

I am worried I have gone to the dark side of busy patterns. I love them so much and want color and patterns everywhere! Someone please stop me if I take it too far. Message me, email me, send a tweet, a, professional , anything to make sure I do not take it too far.

wise owl with paper title with WM


using chalk paint title

This process was really simple to do, and I always say I like the instant results of redoing something. I see the before, the in-between and the afer right away.

upcycle wall organizer title with WM


Now for the moment we have all been waiting for…. the giveaway for you to win 1 pint Wise Owl paint, 1/2 pint of paint, choice of wax, and cling on brush and the chance to enjoy the other projects! I enjoy blog hops and challenges like this so much because I have an easy way to see tons of inspiration!



A Shade of Teal ~ Night Stand Makeover
Old House To A New Home ~ Chalk Painted Accent Table
Pocketful of Posies ~ Old Door Dining Table
Domicile 37 ~ Faux Marble Top
Refashionably Late ~ Dining Room Re Do
The Twin Cedars ~ Chalk Paint Furniture Flip
Our House Now A Home ~ Wall Paper Organizer
Lehman Lane ~ Cedar Chest Makeover
Green With Decor ~ Old Cabinet Drawer Makeover
One Mile Home Style ~ Drab to Fab Table Makeover
The Weathered Fox ~ Charging Station
Casa Watkins ~ DIY Aztec Art



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48 Comment

  1. Look great Emily! It’s so much fun to see everyones color choices! And that swirled wax looks like a ton of fun! Pinning!


    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks Cat! Everyone did an amazing job!

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says: Reply

    What a great DIY project this is. I absolutely LOVE how it came out.

    1. Emily says: Reply


  3. This is cute DIY project. I love places to hang things that the kids make me.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! I do too, I cherish all of their work.

  4. Athena says: Reply

    That came out lovely. I just love paint. A little louder now – I just love PAINT! We constantly have some sort of project going – get bored – paint it.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      I love painting things too, it is the instant gratification of redoing something, it becomes new again!

  5. Looks great!!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  6. it looks great and the shade of grey works perfectly in your home.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! It does fit much better in my home now.

  7. Great job! It sure turned out wonderfully! I can see using this to keep all my coupons and recipes organized!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Oh that is a great idea to use this!

  8. Love! The Shades wax adds such cool dimension! What a cool up-cycle to display goodies from the little ones! I just adore! Thanks for sharing and for being a part of this cool blog event!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      The wax added a great feature and texture to this!

  9. I love the new look! The covered clothespins are super cute. I think that is a really cute way to keep track of school papers, etc.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! This would be a great way to keep track of papers.

  10. I have never heard of that brand…but I love the name. Your project turned out great!!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      This brand of paint was great to work with, it went on smoothly and covered so well.

  11. Wow you did a great job with that. I’ve never heard of Wise Owl before this and will have to check them out.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! It was a new brand for me and I love it!

  12. I have never heard of this brand! Your project turned out great!! Congrats!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  13. Such a cute DIY idea. First time I learned of this brand. Kudos on a great project.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks! It is a great paint to use!

  14. I love this and I so need to do a paper board like this. That Wise Owl paint looks amazing! Pinning.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! It was amazing paint to work with!

  15. The washi tape on the clothes pins is genius! I love this and have never seen wise owl paints

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! That was a last minute addition, I wanted to add a little fun to this.

  16. It looks so much better! What a great idea to update the clothespins with washi tape. That wax looks so cool – I might have to get some of my own!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! The wax was easy to use and the results are amazing!

  17. This is so cute!! And I love how you used the tape to update the clothespins!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you Meg!

  18. Amanda says: Reply

    LOVE this idea! I really need a wall organizer for my home.

    1. Emily says: Reply


  19. That paint looks awesome and I just love the whole idea of that wall organizer! LOVE how you jazzed up those clothes pins!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  20. I love that wax, it brings an extra layer of detail thats so simple. Definitely want to try it.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      I love the wax used too! That gray is so dreamy!

  21. Love this! Sooo good – and makes me wish I’d picked the shades of grey wax…a little goes such a long way and you’ll be able to use it over and over again! The washi tape is a really cute detail too!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Yes, I am eager to use the wax again. I can see me going overboard with it in my home.

  22. Such a fun wall organizer Emily!!! Looks great. Have a great weekend and take care, Tara

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks Tara!

  23. Ruthie says: Reply

    What a fun update! The colors look great and the washi tape on the pins are adorable!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  24. Too Emily! Love how you even covered the pins! The paint choice was great for this project! Pinning!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much Stephanie!

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