Workin’ With What Ya Got- Lang Calendar Frame to a Cute Little Tray, Some Maneuvering and a Lamp

Have you ever heard of Lang Calendars?
I have been saving my Lang calendars since 2002 as somewhat of a diary since I don’t really do diaries.

I started saving them each year.  I love looking back and remembering friends I used to get together with for play dates when Annie was a wee one, reliving old date nights with my husband (who was a then boyfriend, then later, fiance) or remembering the day that I helped my parents move away from us….boo hoo.

My mama gives me a Lang calendar every Christmas without fail and I look forward to getting that one gift more than any other.

I have had a Lang calendar frame in my kitchen for years.

 

In typical Kari fashion, I forgot to take the usual before picture.
But I had it in the same place in my kitchen for six years.
It was time for a change.
 I took it down and replaced it with cork boards.
Here is how the calendar sits on the wall now. Much easier to access than before when it was in the frame.
I then painted it with Antique White spray paint:
Then I spray painted the middle piece with what is also turning out to be my “flavor of the week” paint choice- chalk board spray paint

 

 

Here is what I came up with:
A cute little tray for my 4th of July centerpiece!
And here it is after the 4th on my coffee table.

 

Do some of the pieces look a little familiar?

 

The frame was a Goodwill transformation here
The flowers were also from Goodwill, only $1.99!
The metal star piece I got for a bridal shower present five years ago and is supposed to hold a jar candle but I have a little greenery ball in it now.

 

Right now you are probably asking, why the chalkboard paint?
What happened was this: I did not intend for it to be a tray until I took off the painters tape and loved how it turned out.
I was initially intending it to be a menu board for the kitchen but wasn’t sure where I was gonna put it or how to hang it.
That still may happen but it’s always good to have possibilities, right?
Last summer, I did something very daring.
I flipped my dining room and living room.
And I didn’t even have a reason.
I really loved it the “new” way.
This was the new dining room….formerly a living room.

 

This was the new living room…formerly a dining room..see the chandelier at the top of the picture?
I kept it this way for almost a whole year.

But the other day I got the itchies and I wanted to change it up.

Really I don’t have lots of time on my hands.
It’s just that I like to make time to do these things…plus I always have little helpers too.
First I moved it around to look like this.

I loved it but realized it wasn’t too functional and there was too much stuff in this little area.

So I moved it to this area. I like it much better here.

                           Ignore the couch pillows, I was cleaning the couch cushions.
I wish there were a way to spray paint a couch because if there were, you know I would be all over that.

I moved my little Goodwill table I made here in front of the window.

 

And I created a little, what I like to call, book nook.
The “dresser” is back in the “dining room” again…confused yet?
Here is my “helper” slacking on the job.
Don’t mind the socks (which are mine), she wears knee highs almost every day whether it is 100 degrees out or not. She says they are shin guards.
Just like her big sis wears for soccer.
I love her so much.

She was on a conference call with Santa Claus and Mamie.

 

And here is the dining room formerly the living room formerly the dining room…..

Here is my sweet helper again!

One last thing, I bought the above lamp at Hobby Lobby two weeks ago and although it is not normally my style I do love this thing.

It cost me 20 bucks, shade and all which is great but here is the kicker:
It originally cost 100 bucks.
For a lamp
Sold at hobby lobby
Why???

 

Oh and here are my color options I am thinking of painting in the kitchen.

What do we think?

7 thoughts on “Workin’ With What Ya Got- Lang Calendar Frame to a Cute Little Tray, Some Maneuvering and a Lamp

  1. Bellen

    Just found you thru "Today's Creative Blog" and really like what I see – even tho your DR to LR to DR got me a little confused – it looks great all done up.

    Kitchen color – I like the first yellow color perhaps with accents of the current wall color. I've always needed a wake-up color in my kitchen. You could also tie the LR & DR in with red accents. Looking forward to seeing your decicsion.

  2. Kari at A Grace Full Life

    Yeah, I guess it is a little easier to visualize in person…;)

    That color is my fave too and I even thought about possibly leaving one wall in the kitchen that blue green color as an accent wall since those colors are so pretty together.

    Thanks so much for your input and for stopping by!

    Kari

  3. Kari at A Grace Full Life

    OOh good because after I posted this I wished I had added my summer mantel project to your party. So I will do that next week then!

    I know, I love the blue green too so it may not change but wanted something a little lighter. That blue color is dear to my heart so not sure if I will do anything about it….:)

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