How was your Memorial Day weekend? It also happens to be our wedding anniversary weekend so Mike and I got to spend eight hours away from our children. We actually couldn’t even remember the last time we did that. Originally, our oldest was going to go with us as she got married with us that day six years ago, but at the last minute decided she wanted to stay home with our sitter/adopted family member, Hailey. We went to a lake town we love up in Wisconsin and got a text about two hours into our day from Hailey and Annie saying “take your time, go out to dinner and Happy Anniversary!”
We went out to a really nice dinner, got some ice cream, then took a long walk. It was simply heaven. We laughed, cried and talked about upcoming life projects and changes. Thank you to those two angels in disguise for giving us the gift of time alone to recharge our relationship. They will never ever know how grateful we are for that day.
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 awesome 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 possible 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.
At the time, I loved it so much and it was on the walls of my home for 12 years or so 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 that 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 make a decision:
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?
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.
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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 began to write 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 in the process of lightening things up and will be painting 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.
So in the process of being a real blogger and showing you all sides of me…..good and bad……I thought you would appreciate this.
The above picture is so tranquil, serene, pretty, 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 laying around.
I have it too.
I also have OCD so I probably don’t have as much but I do have it.
Yes, those are flip flops on the counter.
They are on a towel…..yeesh.
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…..you 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 pretty much 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.
See the updated kitchen here