Free Your Inner Artist With A Sharpie Floor

Sharpies are such a versatile item. Sure, they’re an ideal office supply (and a must-have when it comes to preparing for a garage sale.) But Sharpies also have nearly unlimited DIY potential. Just ask my husband who, after becoming inspired by a C&H post I wrote a couple years ago, decorated one of our loft walls with a Sharpie mural of the NYC skyline. Three months and four boxes of Sharpies later, the masterpiece was complete. I contributed by drawing a few lines, then my attention span disappeared.
When I saw the Sharpie floor featured on Apartment Therapy’s round-up of bold kitchen floors, I knew I had to post it for you! You could certainly attempt your own Sharpie masterpiece. From my (extremely) limited experience? Make sure you really, really want to finish the project. Or have my husband’s discipline. Because it takes quite awhile, especially if you’re doing a detailed design!
How amazing is that floor? And can you imagine the conversation it must inspire when people come over? I think I could stare at it for hours! You’d have so many options, too, when picking your Sharpies. Black and white is classic, but you could also inject pops of color–or maybe even go metallic?

If you want to make your own Sharpie floor, be sure to stock up on lots of Sharpies! Start with a clean floor. You may want to sketch the design onto the floor before starting, or you could use stencils, too. Feeling adventurous? Then just wing it!
It may be best to test this technique in a smaller room, like a kitchen or bathroom, since it will be time-consuming to create the design. And once you’re done, consider sealing your floor with a clear sealant, which will protect the design and ensure it doesn’t smear or fade over time.
What’s your take on DIY Sharpie decor? Are you ready to unleash your inner Picasso?
Photo: Apartment Therapy via Olle Hemmendorff

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    Thanks so much.

  • channallocks

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    Our thermostat is from 1983, and usually runs even when the inside temp is either 10 degrees above or below the set temperature. We need a new thermostat!!!

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    Who couldn’t use a new thermostat? I was just mentioning to my husband the other day that we should look into a programmable one.

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    I always have the best intentions about turning down the thermostat when we leave, but sadly, it rarely happens!

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  • This would work very nicely with our old Trane furnace.

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  • amiramoon

    great contest! and key for taking the guesswork out of saving energy on heat!

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  • heatherzilla

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    This would cut the gas bill in my house; hands would not be changing the temp all day long.

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  • Allison Gillette

    I really need a new thermostat.

  • Joseph

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  • Erica Cooper

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  • ShariD

    I would love this as hubby and I tend to do the dueling thermostat thing. Much better it its pre-programmed.

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    Very nice thermostat

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  • Estelle

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  • mckim

    We put in a programmable thermostat a few years ago and love it. My son really needs this. His heating bill is really high, and of course he never remembers to turn the thermostat down before he leaves for work.

  • tina9157

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  • mikem13

    This would be a nice replacement over the manual one that I have to change the settings on every day in the fall because we have to run the A/C during the day and the heat at night

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  • Thomas Frink

    I would like to win a programmable thermostat to improve my home’s energy usage.

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  • angelaj

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  • Dante

    My old programmable unit is on the fritz and looking for a new one. (Crosses fingers for the contest!)

  • Distinguished

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  • Janice Pfund

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  • Janice Pfund

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  • Ruth Bousquet

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    I would like to have this to save a few bucks this winter. We have snow six months of the year and it is really cold.


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  • martint100

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  • Jeff Palmer

    I think that I still have the original thermostat installed after my house was built in 1908. I probably will see a savings after installing a Trane programmable thermostat.

  • Lori

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  • CJ

    Oh, do we need this. Our old programmable thermostat died the other day. This looks to have all the features we need. Thanks and GLTA!

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  • jillmyrick

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    I am following via Twitter as jlsc123 and have retweeted.

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  • Colleen S

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  • heaventrees

    I have a programmable thermostat now but it is too hard to program. I forget from season to season just how to do it and then have to hunt up the little manual. I think it’s lost now for good. I would love one by Trane.

  • sjbarman

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  • MelodicMom

    Thank you for the chance!

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  • tomandmolly

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  • smc380

    We would love to save money and help the enviroment by installing one of these.

  • Daniel M

    looks great, ours is on it’s last legs and kinda flaky

  • Liz

    We are about to buy the 1930s bungalow that we’ve been renting for past couple of years. A programmable thermostat is high on our wish list. No more frosty mornings!

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  • mikes

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  • Carol G

    I have a programmable thermostat now, but it is definitely old and could probably use an upgrade.

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    Our thermostat is ridiculous. I’d love a nice, new one!!

  • Valeen Nielson

    We would love a programmable thermostat, especially since we are trying to finish our basement and definately need one!

  • Justine417

    Wow this would be super awesome to win, we really need one as we’re remodeling an old house πŸ˜€ Thanx for this great giveaway!

  • Justine417

    I tweeted the giveaway, thanks again!

  • MartinJ

    I can’t think of anyone that a programmable thermometer wouldn’t help. Anything to help lower bills, save the planet, and look cool has to be a good thing.

  • R.Blanchard

    Can I play my Wii games on it?

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    What a great giveaway! Who couldn’t use a brand new progammable thermostat?! Love it!

  • Ellie W

    My house really needs this. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

  • kittielvr

    I’d love to upgrade to the digital age! I love the idea of saving energy with this programmable thermostat.

  • Courtney

    Thsi sounds wonderful. DH and I have been looking for one of these for the house.

  • dor

    Wow, I could sure use one. Thanks for the chance.

  • caracripe

    Does this work with oil heat? We could use it if its compatible.
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    what a great prize

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  • maryward

    Our thermostat is on the fritz and we’ve been looking into getting a new one and which would be the most energy saving. This would be a great win for us.

  • Dawn

    I would love to switch our old thermostats to a new digital one.

  • Dawn

    I tweeted about the contest under Tweet username dawn408.

  • Aisling

    I know that Trane products are always well made and effective. We could certainly use a new, efficient thermostat.

  • michaeldupree

    I want to win!

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  • DaveDylis

    I really need a new thermostat!

  • jr

    Trane is a trrusted brand

  • bridgetcombs

    Great giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance. Remodeling my boyfriends home now and this is on the list!

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  • jstetson

    A great prize that not only saves money/energy but is more convenient than manually resetting the thermostat every day.

  • Erica C.

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  • Susan K

    My thermostat is about 20 years old all wonky so it would be the perfect time to replace with a programmable

  • Susan K

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  • Thanks for the chance!!

  • risanjax

    We were looking at one of these for our house too.

  • shawnaobrien

    What a wonderful product. I would love to have this because I see how wonderful it would be in saving my very busy family money on our energy bills.

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  • camper223

    What a great way to save money and be a little greener by using less
    I’m tweeting this giveaway

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  • shawnaobrien

    I love to have this as I can see the benefits of saving money for a very busy family.

    Shawna O’Brien

  • triciaco

    Going greener and saving money is my New Year’s pre-Resolution. A programmable thermostat is a great step in that resolution.

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  • reneeg

    Would love to try one of these in our home.

  • zanvia

    These look awesome. I have the perfect spot for it in my house ;). Green!

  • This would be awesome to win! I bought a condo in May and switching out the thermostat to a programmable one is on the list of upgrades that I want to make!

  • nesta67

    Wow. This looks great!

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  • pamelas

    I’ve always wanted one of these. I know we could save a lot on energy costs if we had one. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

  • degood

    I would like to win this

  • egare

    We could really do with this! Our thermostat is *ancient* – It’s so old that it’s marked in Roman numerals! πŸ˜€

  • gkran

    Please enter me πŸ™‚

  • Tara Hill

    We could use it…ours has got to be from the 70’s!

  • Tara Hill
  • naynays1

    I would love to save some energy/money with this!


  • jackpalmer

    Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway, I could really use a programable thermostat.

  • samuelkurtz

    great prize especially considering the state of the economy, these should be in every home now a days. I really want to win one of these.

  • lilyk

    Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

  • ehhogan

    We could really use this prize – our thermostat is the original on ethat came with our 22 yr old house.

  • Audrey Morgan

    I have an out dated thermostat- would love to have one that helps save energy! Thankyou πŸ™‚

  • AsTheNight

    I know that Trane’s heating equipment has a great reputation, but I didn’t even know they made thermostats!

  • susansmoaks

    i really could use this too, every morning when we leave we set the thermostat and then again when we get home, i hate it when we forget and the a/c runs all day!

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  • carol~

    This would be great to have an not always have to make sure you turn the thermostat up or down all the time and save us money.

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  • Dianne Arsenault

    This was recommanded to me by a Energy Audit done in my home but as they’re a bit expensive, so far I have not bought any.

  • 665564654654

    I would give this to my mom her`s is old and the buttons always stick and it drives her crazy so she would love this….

  • fangirljen

    Just the Way you Are….

  • Jennifer B.

    I don’t understand why it posted that odd comment in my name, but I would like to say that I could really use this thermostat! Thanks for the chance.Jen

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  • Shannon

    I’d love to try one of these

  • Steve M.

    I need an upgrade.

  • Shannon
  • This would help keep our bill down. Thanks

  • timhughes

    I live in a 70 year old home and I am currently unemployed so I could really use this great product to save any way possible.

  • tim hughes

    I tweeted this….

  • Arla

    Programmable Thermostats seem all the thing now, please enter me.

  • Arla

    These are the in thing so I’d like to be entered.

  • Arla
  • What a great prize. Thanks!

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  • Ardy22

    I would love to replace our very old thermostat with this energy efficient one!

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  • Talitha

    This sounds erfect for my house! Thanks for the contest!

  • Sand

    I’d love one of these!

  • lilshuga2001

    Thanks for the chance!


  • sarah dioguardi

    My programmable is very old and I would love to have a new one.

  • musicman2

    This would be a great replacement to my 30+ year old thermostat!!!

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  • jajils

    I’d like to win this

  • irenenewstead

    What a great way to cut down on home heating costs!

  • gloria
  • Great money saving gadget!

  • jmahurin40

    thanks for the entry into this awesome giveaway πŸ™‚

  • kathleenyohanna

    I would like to win this to turn on the heater early in the morning.

  • OlyveOyl

    We have Trane heatpumps that have crappy thermostats – it reads that our home may be 76 and it is actully 90 or 60 depending upon the day. This would be a terrific win and very NEEDED item – it is on our wish list but there are many higher priorities in our lives. Thanks for this chance to win!

  • Jess

    Would love this:) Great prize, thanks in advance.

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  • gtpgirl19

    I need a new one mine croaked πŸ™ So back to a manual

  • her5boys

    Living in hot AZ. it would be nice to come home to a cool home after vacation and such instead of turning the air on when we get there…great prize!

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  • Angela Winesburg

    I would love to win this, thanks for the chance!

  • phyllisjenkins

    We need to install a HVAC into a newly remodeled house. Trane units look good.

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  • sarahcook

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure our thermostat came with the house, which means it’s olde than I am. And if not, it sure looks and acts like it! This would be awesome. Thanks

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    This would be super awesome to win!

  • Walter A

    This would be really handy for only having the temperature matter when I am home. I just wonder if it can hook up to an older one or not.

  • jr

    My thermostat is from the dark ages and Teane is a quality brand

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    I would love to win this. Could really use it. Thanks a bunch!

  • christinasinger

    I know someone who sure would love to get this for Christmas

  • bigdan042xx

    I could use this programmable thermostat, saving energy is good for the environment and the wallet.

  • mikhail

    gotta save energy this winter!

  • Bill Kuz

    Exactly what my family & my house could use

  • Harry

    Love my Trane heatpump.

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    ive got skill – i want this

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  • Randy Fullagar

    We could realy use a programmable thermostat. We have two 5 ton units and both are running on old style thermostats, our electric bill is sky high! I knoe taht we need to do a lot of reworking on our entire system but finances are tight right now and we simply can’t keep up. I just thought that this might help. Thanks for condsidering us.

  • sfyates

    I would like a Trane programmable thermostat.

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    I want to be programable

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    Time to fine tune my house

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