Thursday, November 17, 2011


To those of you who let me know you received this THANKS!

This was one of my summer vaca projects.  Take a look at the before pics of how I kept our family's schedule and you will see why I needed something  just a squinchy bit more appealing to the ole eyeballs. Scroll down through my mind-numbingly long post to see pics of the individual pieces if you like.
I pretty much used the same painting technique for all the wooden pieces which consisted of spray painting with Rustoleum painter's touch ultra cover 2Xwhite primer and satin heirloom white paint.  I really like that stuff, it covers well and leaves a nice smooth finish.  I also distressed the edges with fine grit sandpaper and finished off with a coat or two of Fiddes and Sons wax in brown and then clear.  It gave everything a nice shabby vintage look. 
This was my organization center before.  Pretty classy huh? And no we really don't ever have any free time.  Don't let sunday fool you, I just don't have enough space to write in all the chores I have to do that day. 
This is the bulletin board we had been using. I repurposed it for this project by first removing all the crumbling cork from the top.

I painted the wooden frame as per the instructions above. 

At first I thought I would cover it with fabric then I remembered I had this gorgeous BoBunny paper pack with just the right feel and colors I wanted.
I assembled the papers on the floor first to see how I wanted them to go together then glued them to the board. So purrty doncha think?

I had a roll of dry erase that I purchased from Pat Catans for another project, woo hoo, I didn't have to get out of my cruddy sweat suit to go to the craft store.  I used Sharpie Markers to make the outline of the calender and punched a half inch circle out of paper to use as a template for my date circles. 

So, the Sharpies are pretty good with staying put on the board when I erase for a new month but it has come off in spots.  I just reapply and try not to rub so hard with the eraser. I didn't glue this to the board, I got some fancy tacks at wall mart and used them cause I wasn't sure the whole sharpie thing was going to work well.

 I also had some thin cork (again yah for not getting dressed or showered) so I cut a strip to go on the bottom of the board. I decided it was too plain for my fancy smancy board so I used some Stampin up stamps and brown ink and gussied her up a bit.
I needed something for the months that wasn't part of the dry erase, sooo
I got out my Spellbinders oval and scalloped oval dies and made some out of the same paper as the background.  I printed the months on paper first then die cut around them.  I also added a little shading around the letters with brown ink.
I used a small square of self-adhesive velcro both on the backs of the months and the board. I do plan to make the days of the week  look better than my crappy handwriting but I haven't gotten around to that yet.

The following pieces were again painted in the same way.

I forgot to take a before pic of the letter holder but the one on the left is what it looked like before painting. I didn't even sand them, just put on primer then paint.   I got both of them at Goodwill for a couple dollers each. 

Ahhh much better.  Used the same Bo Bunny paper and added a few Prima flowers to the bottom.
If you squint you will see that this is our new grocery list space and marker keeper. The wood was another GW find. It started out as a candle holder but I removed the candle part and painted over it.  The papers for this project were from Prima not the BoBunny stuff.  The marker container is big enough to hold a bunch of markers and an eraser.  Bet ya can't guess what it is made of....ok i'll tell, it is a drink flavor container. Pink lemonade if I remember correctly. 

Of course we need a place for our keys. One for me, one for my husband and yikes, one for my newly licensed daughter.

I can't even tell you how much better this is than what we previously used.  A place for everything and everything in its place.  At least in this tiny corner of our house.  Certainly not anywhere else.

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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You've definitely made your organization area very pretty, Kim! I love that paint, too. The coverage is great.

Amy Johnson said...

Absolutely amazing! Love the shabby chic look!

Pitter and Glink said...

Very efficient organization and cute on top of that! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my snowman! Have a great day! :)

szbacn1 said...

I rec'd this post along with 4 other posts dating back to Sept 29th.

Ruth said...

very cool. I really like it. I wish I were that organised.

Crafty Mischief said...

We so need this at our house! And your's is so cute! I found you through Skip to My Lou. Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

Are you available tomorrow? Could you set this up at my place? PLEASE! hehe

Marilyn (stampwithMJ) said...

How pretty! I love how you re-purposed the items to make your space organized & efficient and fabulous looking!

Angie Holden said...

Very pretty!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!! :)