Projects and a Poem

I've recently fallen in love with CeCe Caldwell's Chalk Paint.  It is by far the easiest "fancy" paint I've worked with yet.  I gave my best efforts with http://www.missmustardseedsmilkpaint.com/  but my controlling, Type A personality just wouldn't let me enjoy it as much.  Don't get me wrong, I love the chippy look of the milk paint but you have to be willing to let the paint do what it does.  With chalk paint, I control exactly how the project will turn out.

Here are three examples of recent projects I've tackled.  I wanted to start small, but I am officially ready to tackle my first piece of furniture!  The first was a magazine basket that we were given when we got married. It started black and it is now yellow.

Next I decided I would repaint a cheap shelf that I bought from Hobby Lobby a few years ago.  I never liked the color but I had to settle for it when my months of searching for the perfect shelf proved fruitless.  I don't know why I never thought of painting the thing!  The bright red looks really nice in the newly painted half bathroom.

Today I decided to tackle the ugly gold mirror that has been in the same half bath since we moved into our house.  The gold mirror and grey walls just looked horrible together.  I'm still up in the air about the finished product but it looks better than the gold for sure.  I may end of adding more red back to the mirror, but I'm going to think about it for a few days before I get my paint back out.

finished mirror before the tape was pulled

So, yes.  I have been enjoying my mornings while Jack has been at preschool.  Closets have been cleaned out, cabinets organized, curtains hung and lots of dinners have been made.  I just feel a little more energized when the children get home from school and it makes our time together so much sweeter. 

I wanted to leave you with the poem I told you about the other night when we were sprinkling confetti under our pillows.  

Lucy's teacher placed confetti in little ziplock bags and stapled them to the inside of the poem.

Back To School Magic Confetti

The night before school is exciting and fun.
There are always so many things to be done.

Your clothes are ready, your backpack is too.
Your classroom is full of fun things you will do.

There are so many questions that go through your mind,
All types of thoughts of every kind.

But sometimes we all get the jitters down deep
Ans that makes it hard to fall fast asleep.

So I've made you some magic confetti, it really is cool.
It will help you be rested and ready for school.

Just place the confetti next to your bed.
On the night before school starts where you lay down your head.

The confetti will help you sleep through the night
And you will wake up in the morning fresh and bright.

I'll place the confetti near my bed, too
And remember, I just can't wait for school so I can see you!

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  1. Thank you for posting the poem Kate. I really like it, especially the ending as the children don't think about teachers being nervous about talking school but we often don't sleep well (if we tell the truth) the night or few nights before school begins. What a great way to try to help children's anxieties around the first day! And, how I wish I had your energy right now to tackle my cupboards!

  2. I love the poem!! I use to teach 1st grade, but now I stay home with my kids. I am for sure going to have to steal this idea for when I go back to teaching!! I love it!! Sounds like the kids have some pretty awesome teachers.

  3. Love that red shelf and the mirror! Great job:)

  4. I recently used chalk paint to finish an old armoire. It is now task and I love it. I think it is Annie Sloan chalk paint. Have fun with it!

  5. Great job on all the painting! And I too, am looking forward to my one morning a week when both of my kids are in school. I don't know what I'll do with myself!!! Ha :)

  6. I'm sorry to leave this under comments....I am trying to contact you via email however, it keeps sending me to Outlook when I click the "Contact Me" button. I am a long time follower of your blog and one of my sweet students was just diagnosed with Medulloblastoma. I would love to speak with you about the best way for our community to help this precious family. We want to do anything and everything we can to help but aren't sure where to start. Any help is greatly appreciated. My email is amilynn22@insightbb.com
    Thank you!

  7. Aimee, If you write down Kate's email and then open up your own email account and type it in a new message it should work. I don't have Outlook and whenever I click on email links I always get the message about opening an outlook account. It is one of those defaults in the way our computers are preprogrammed. I don't use Outlook because I like the security of email account. Hope this helps.

  8. Love this, I have passed this on to my daughter whom can not wait to do this for her girls, Thanks so much Kate for passing this on. I am happy to hear your children had a great first day and you had a very productive weeks while they were gone.