So I posted the end result of my DIY chalkboard project a couple of weeks ago and I am happy to report it is working out splendidly!  I love it and so do the kiddos, however, I am a tad bit discouraged that in spite of the fact that I post the weekly dinner menu, THEY STILL ask me what's for dinner.  I guess it's a lost cause! LOL  Some day I will miss it, right?

I also painted the top of my coffee table with chalkboard paint, which has also worked out great!!  

Well, I went a little more crazy with the chalkboard paint and painted my pantry door as well as Audree's little play kitchen refrigerator!  I am not totally sure if it's my age, having four children or a combo of both, but my memory is just terrible.  If I don't write things down, forget it!  
So... I used my handy dandy chalkboard paint to paint two spots on my pantry door to write down things I am out of!  So far, this has truly helped!!
I had a little help from Eden on the Audree's little kitchen project!  It turned out pretty good!!  
Lastly, over the weekend I decided my dining room chairs really needed a face lift, ergo, I had the kids help me pick out some new fabric (really, they kind of think they helped, but I made the final decision! LOL) I had redone the chairs before by my lonesome, but this time,Garrick offered to help using his high powered air stapler!!  

I was more than happy to let him take over!  It was way faster than I would have had them done and of course, he is a perfectionist, whereas, well, I am NOT! LOL They turned out super!  The only problem was, I realized that my area rug DOES NOT match the new fabric, ergo, I ordered a new area rug.  The one we have is literally 13 years old and has seen better days, so it was time anyway!  I found a really nice neutral one on Amazon for a great price! 
So, aside from buying the new area rug, all of these little projects only cost me around $12 since I had already bought the chalkboard paint for another project!!  

The price makes me even happier than the finished products!!! LOL

I hope this inspires some cheap but helpful and CUTE homemaking hacks for you!

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend
Yesterday, I decided to haul out some trim paint and begin giving my very dirty and dingy white trim a face lift.  

Pretty simple task right?  Well, it seems that living in a home with four children, two dogs and two cats, rarely is anything super simple! LOL

I had to chuckle at God's sense of humor yesterday as he used my very large Golden Retriever, Fozzy, to teach me a humorous lesson.

I had JUST finished painting a section of base trim near the dining room window, when I headed to the kitchen for a offspring interruption.  Mind you, this was the only section of trim I had painted thus far.  The entire rest of the house was paintless..... this was the ONLY spot that had wet paint!

I turned around to head back into the dining room and there he sat.  Who may you ask?  My ginormous, very furry Golden Retriever had plopped his big body down right against the wet paint!!!

Now, in his defense a bit, he does often like to lay by that window, however, for the most part he lays on his bed or the couch!  The window is not his first pick. So of course, I begin my popular preaching, that not only my children rarely listen to, but I'm almost positive the dog couldn't care less about.  

"Come on Foz!! REALLY? You had the ENTIRE house to choose from and you choose the WET PAINT?  For crying out loud!"
Of course, he just looks up at me with those big brown blank eyes, and begins wagging his tail as if I was speaking words of affirmation to him. LOL
And then God spoke amidst my tiny tantrum!  His words were very clear!! I heard this....

Ahhh... now you know how I felt with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden!!  Now you know how I feel when I give you most of the world and you still want to choose the things I did not will for you!!

Well, with my tail tucked between my legs, I had to snicker at His words as I realized how very true they were!

I work diligently at recognizing the blessings God gives me but I very often fail.  They aren't enough.... I want more.  I want the wet painted trim.  

I was reminded that yes, I have come so far in the realm of contentment; God has taught me so much, however, I still fail daily at recognizing, even among life's chaos, how very much God has given me.  

Life will NEVER be perfect!  It will never be everything I WANT, because my wants are never satisfied and God knows this.  

He could give me everything I ever wanted in life and two days later if even, I would want something else.  We see this with our children ALL. THE. TIME.  They beg and beg for something, they finally get it, a week later (not even) they want something else!

As I look at the white paint stuck to Fozzy's fur, it is a reminder of my discontentment and how running after the things God has not willed can leave us branded, wounded or scarred.  

May I choose contentment... today.  

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend 
So.... my very talented husband graciously helped me finish my chalkboard project!  
I wish I had thought to take a photo of the before state of this old window!  Anyone who watched the video clip I did on this project will remember the state of the window! It had old dirty glass and a divider in the middle.  

We painted a piece of plywood with primer and then four coats of chalkboard paint.  Garrick removed the old window and divider and assembled this beauty!  He also painted the wood with lacquer as it had a lot of old dust and dirt seeping from every crevice!

I LOVE, LOVE , LOVE the finished product!!  So do the kids!  It is providing much entertainment for the wildest one (Audree) during school!!  Plus Plus!!  

Since I had plenty of chalkboard paint left, I decided to paint the top of my old coffee table!  I purchased this table from Pottery Barn YEARS ago, Camden was just one year old, if that gives you a hint.  But it is super solid and great for crazy, accident prone children!  I have painted it a couple of times as well!  

It is amazing what you can do with chalkboard paint!  I have couple other projects I am going to take on with that handy dandy stuff!  I am going to paint a section on the front of my pantry door to write down items that are gone and I need to purchase!  I am NOTORIOUS for forgetting these staples at the store as I don't use them every day!
Eden, my 8 year old, had the great idea to paint a little section on Audree's little play refrigerator for her to write on!  

Those will be my next little home projects!  So... I highly recommend chalkboard paint!  The possibilities are endless!!

Tune in for my finished pantry door and play fridge!!!  

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend