Crafts, Decorating, Humor, Summer

Summer To Do List Project. Like I Need Another To Do List


On to the latest installment of What Can I Mess Up Now?



Last summer, I found all these cool summer “to-do list” artwork pieces on Pinterest and thought how outstanding it would be to make one for our home.

I even had the perfect piece to create one with.

But do you think I did it?


I guess I was too busy enjoying summer to make a summer to-do list.

So I started seeing them pop up on Pinterest again this spring and was inspired yet again.
Because I had all the ingredients in my house to make one and really, it wouldn’t take me much time at all to create.

So every project has a starting point or a suspect and in my case, the suspect in question was this bad boy:

Imagine a 90s inspired art piece where a picture should be. It got lost in the 2019 migration of my blog.

I got the above for my 26th birthday from my mom and dad.
I loved it so much and it was on the walls of my home for 12 years before I took it down a few years ago because it just didn’t go with my decor anymore.
These types of art were HUGE in the ’90s.
Berries with baskets.
Twigs in baskets.
Twigs with berries near baskets.
Baskets lined with berry-filled twigs.
You get the idea.
This was sitting down in my basement for four years when I finally brought it up last weekend to reinvent it.
At first, I was afraid it would make my mama sad I painted over this piece but then I thought she would totally appreciate this as she changes her decor style through the years like me and at least now it would be a focal point and not banished to the cellar.

Here is what I did:

Spray painted the frame Heirloom White by Rustoleum.
 Then taped the frame, and spray painted the glass with chalkboard spray paint.
It took about four to five coats.
In my experience, it takes a lot more coats for chalkboard paint on glass than it does on other surfaces.
Or maybe that was just karma for painting over a beloved birthday gift from my mom and dad.
Then I took the tape off the frame and had to decide:
How was I going to execute the whole to-do list, and what was I going to use for the chalk?
I could have used a chalk pen, but I only have one left and it is white. I wanted my to-do list to be colorful like my Pinterest inspirations.
I also know that color chalk pen is pricey AND hard to find other than online.
26 bucks for four-color chalk pens?

No. Thank. You.

So then I started brainstorming.

regular classroom chalk?

Too chalky.

sidewalk chalk from the garage?

Ours has mulch, dirt mixed in with it and is broken into 1/4-inch pieces.

homemade chalk from a recipe on a blog?

I am not Martha Stewart.
Then I remembered something.
I have special chalk.
Really special chalk.
Magic chalk, if you will.
Remember back in March when I told you about doing that hair chalking experiment on my daughter and her friend’s hair at her birthday party?
Act like you know what I am talking about.
Otherwise, go here and scroll to the bottom of the post.
I can finally use the chalk that I took out a loan to buy!

Sorry for the blurry picture.


Above is my note to me.
A blueprint if you will.
I even had to practice drawing a pennant bunting.
Because I didn’t know how to before today, apparently.


And then I wrote my “to-do” list!
I thought of all the fun things we do every summer and added a few more that were new to us this summer that we wanted to try.
By the way, those curtains in the window to the right (the red valances) are going bye-bye this summer.
I have had them forever and am sick of dark colors bringing my bright kitchen down.
I am lightening things up and will paint the kitchen a neutral color this summer too.
I love the teal but it really makes this room a lot darker than it needs to be and it shows every single mark, dent, spaghetti sauce splatter, etc.
The above picture is so tranquil, right?
Here is what was going on in the background:
Snack bowls, lemonade in glasses, a hook I took off the wall to fit said summer to-do list, my vacuum system on the floor, all of that was strategically moved for the picture.
And I am not the only blogger who does this.
It’s all a mirage peeps.
So don’t feel bad when you look at your piles of laundry lying around.
I have it too.
I also have OCD so I probably don’t have as much, but I have it.
Yes, those are flip-flops on the counter.


And just like that!
Pretty as a picture.
I moved all the junk to the dining room.

The cost to make?

So here is what you do if you want to make this kind of piece for your house.
Get a framed piece of artwork you don’t really use anymore or go to the thrift store and buy one (usually never over five bucks).
Spray paint it with chalkboard paint… could even mix it with regular black spray paint if you are a) out of funds b) too lazy to go get more at the store or c) you are stuck under some really heavy furniture….chalk write on any painted surface.
 Then write your to-do list.

This could be fun for any time of year too.

Summer is our favorite here, so that’s why I picked it.
Have fun!

See the updated kitchen here!

29 thoughts on “Summer To Do List Project. Like I Need Another To Do List”

  1. Kari, the chalkboard turned out great! Love the idea of a fun summer checklist. Not just a "to do" list. Blah! I also read through all your posts I've missed. LOVE the little hutch you painted. It's lovely and the lamp, too cute! Have a great week. And Happy Belated Anniversary! =) ~ Catie


  2. Love how the chalkboard turned out and especially how bright your "chalk" colours are compared to the usual pastel colours! I also like that you didn't overload your checklist…much less stressful!


  3. Thanks for the nice comments ladies and Hilda- I do love the vibrant colors as opposed to the pastels too! I think it makes it more summery! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  4. Very cute vibrant kitchen and the chalks you used fit in nicely! The whole thing is really cute, real and all!


  5. Love this! The bright colors really make it pop and I enjoyed reading about the process, too.


  6. I came over from thriftydecorchick and I love your pastel list of Summer to dos!When you repaint your beautiful teal walls, perhaps you could leave a wide stripe of it somewhere, at the ceiling, or floor or in between? That is a beautiful color, and it would look great with a neutral wall color.


  7. We just made our list last week and I've been undecided on how to create a board to show it off… I love what you did!!! I a bunch of 90's amish pictures in my attic that need a makeover!!! Thanks for sharing!


  8. Just want you to know that I made a board this evening and it's adorable… even though I mistakenly used the wrong kinds of pastels. I am going to post it and link back to your blog. Thanks again.


  9. Absolutely awesome! I love this–it's one of the cutest summer lists I've seen! Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home!


  10. I'm stopping over from Leslie's A Spoonful Of… this is a gorgeous, genius idea! I so want to try this! I'm your newest follower! Thanks for the great idea!


  11. Hi Kari, You sure are a favorite here at Pixie Dust. I'm so in love with your darling summer checklist! It's my pleasure to feature you in my Fabulous Friday Favorites today. Please do come back next Friday!Warmly, Michelle


  12. You are too cute! This post made me smile BIG. I might also have flip-flops on my kitchen counter at this present time. Hey, it's real life. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I adore this idea and your execution is beautiful!


  13. Oh wonderful!! The pastels really pop on your chalkboard! {And great job drawing the bunting!} 😉 I hope you get to do all the things on your list! {I love the camping out in the backyard option!} Have a great weekend and thanks for linking up to our Summer Lovin' Link Party!! 😀


  14. That looks awesome. We made a similar list last year. On a piece of bristol board that was laying around… so not as pretty. Still fun though! 🙂


  15. They DO wipe off! Well, you would need a strong wash cloth with water to wipe but it is not at all permanent like the chalk pens you see out there. By the way, I still have that chalk!It is pricey but it is worth it because it lasts!


  16. From one non-Martha to another, great sign! I need to be better about writing down goals like this instead of them floating around in my head. Here our summer is halfway over and I’m not sure we accomplished much!


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