A Grace Full Life: Summer To Do List Project.....Like I Need Another To Do List


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

Happy Tuesday! How was your Memorial Day weekend?

It was also our wedding anniversary weekend so Mike and I got to spend eight hours away from our children. We haven't done that in ages. 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 in to our day from Hailey and Annie saying "take your time, go out to dinner and Happy Anniversary!"

Went out to a really nice dinner, got some ice cream, then took a long walk......heaven.  We laughed, cried and talked about upcoming life projects and changes. Loved every single minute.
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?


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.
I wouldn't have to go out and purchase any materials.
And really, it wouldn't take me much time at all to create.

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

I got this for my 26th birthday from my mom and dad.
I loved it so much and it was up in my home for the last 12 years or so but I took it down a few years ago because it just didn't go with my decor any more.
These types of art were HUGE in the 90's.

Berries with baskets.
Twigs in baskets.
Twigs with berries near baskets.
Baskets lined with berry filled twigs.

You get the main 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.

See if she ever buys me a piece of artwork again after she reads this post.

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 then I needed 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 chalk pen but I only have one left and it is white.  I wanted mine 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 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 friends 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 was almost giddy when I thought of this.
I can finally use the chalk I took out a loan to buy!
Just kidding.
I only had to cash in my piggy bank at Coinstar for them.

Sorry for the blurry picture.

Above is my note to myself.
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 bah 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, 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 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 prob don't have as much but I do have it.

Yes those are flip flops on the counter.
They are on a towel.....

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

                                                                      Cost to make?

So here is what ya 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 get 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 writes 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!


  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. Looks great! I love the honest pictures that show the real life.

  3. 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!

  4. Very cool! Inspires me to finish my summer to-do list!

  5. 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. :)

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

  7. neat idea...turned out great! love all the colors you included!

  8. LOVE this! I love how colorful it is! I need to work on our summertime to do list as well...pinning this post to refer back to later!

    I'm hosting a brand new link party called {living the width} over at my blog, The Terpblog. The party is focused on intentional living and all types of posts are welcome. I hope you'll link up! Thanks!


  9. p.s. we might be kindred spirits because I am constantly making lists that I may or may not ever get to ;)

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

  11. That turned out so cute!! What a fun idea! You should enter this into the Project Pinterest Challenge going on right now on my blog!!! It would be perfect for that:)
    If you are interested in entering, here is the link:

    Thanks for sharing with us at Thursday's Temptation.

  12. Your chalkboard came out darling. I love how bright and cheerful it is.


  13. Thanks for coming over and entering this into the Project Pinterest Challenge!! Best of luck to you!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. Absolutely awesome! I love this--it's one of the cutest summer lists I've seen!

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home!

  18. 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!

  19. Thanks for stopping by to link up your summertime list! I am still smitten!

  20. 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

  21. 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!

  22. I'm featuring your list here today!


    Thanks for sharing!

  23. 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!! :D

  24. Is it weird that I have that exact same picture hanging in my bedroom that I got from an antique store?!

  25. It looks really well. Thank you for linking it up to my blog

  26. 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! :)

  27. 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!


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