Days 12, 13 & 14- The Writing is on the Wall- A craftastic declutter

14 Feb

This weekend my family went away and left me at home to relax.

I could have just sat down to a marathon of  “Cupcake Wars” and painted my toes but…

Sadly, this sounds more like me:  I could reorganize the laundry room, and weed the flower beds, and make a scrapbook, and can some jelly, and do the last 6 lessons from my photography class, and, and,  and…

paint a wall.

Well the wall did need painting and there wasn’t going to be a 18-month-old grabbing the backs of my knees, climbing the ladder, painting the dog…you get the point.

So I ended up painting a wall and decluttered a 3-year-old can of paint in the process.

Here is a little back story. We had one wall in the kids room that needed painting. It had huge holes all over it (apparently when we hung art in the past we felt it was best to use railroad spikes). I didn’t have any of the original paint left and have had really crappy results from trying color-match in the past. I didn’t want to paint the whole room. Who want’s to paint a whole room, when you can get away with doing just one wall?

I headed out to the garage to see what we had around and I came across this:

Umm.. that’s just a picture of an adorable bunny.

Yeah, I forgot to take a picture of the can of paint.

I did remember to take a picture of my lunch, but the paint?

No, of course not.  That would be ridiculous.

Ugh, Megan.

Anyway, I found chalkboard paint. I thought, “Hmm. Would a whole wall as a chalkboard be cool?” Then I thought, “Heck ya, it would.” Then I called my mom to double check this idea and she said, “Heavens yes, it would.” (she doesn’t say things like heck ) and the plan was on.

Heres how it came out:

Here is how the project progressed:

The railroad spike holes


And here are two kids enjoying it:

There it is,

One  3-year-old can of paint off the shelf and used up, and two happy kids as a result.

I still can’t believe I forgot to take a picture of the can of paint.

I scored on three counts here:

  1. I decluttered my shelf by 1 can of paint
  2. I did not have to spend money on paint
  3. I did not have to send an old can of paint to the landfill

The tip is your little golden nugget for staying in this far: When you have to get a project done, go shopping in your closet/shelves/ garage first. You may be able to declutter and save some $$$.



I linked this to: and

I also have to account for 2 more items for the weekend of course. Since a paint can is small and I like to declutter big I got rid of one plant stand and one big, outgrown, baby toy.

3-ish sq. feet of my home/patio-reclaimed! Ah, it feels so good.

Tomorrow: Oh.. I don’t know , probably a lot of Valentines day goody bag crap.

Come back and see.

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9 Responses to “Days 12, 13 & 14- The Writing is on the Wall- A craftastic declutter”

  1. Jay February 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Draw circular targets with chalk and then buy bologna and then play bologna darts. Chuck bologna on the wall and try to get a bullseye!

  2. Megan February 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    That sounds very “King of Queens” to me. People are going to start to wonder who this freak-show Jay is that is keeps posting crazy talk. 😉

  3. paula February 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Awesome! The kids have got to be thrilled!

  4. Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy April 19, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    Great idea!! I bet your kids LOVE it!!
    I am going to have to check out that chalkboard link party. I’ve not seen that, and have a couple projects I’ve done lately with chalkboard contact paper.
    Thanks for linking this up to my Organizing link party!!

  5. Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy April 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    I wanted to let you know that I am going to feature you tomorrow on my Organizing Mission Monday post. I’d love for you to come by and you can pick up my “Proud To Be Featured On Organizing Mission Monday” button for your blog.

  6. The Bearded Iris April 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Wow, this is awesome! I love the idea of a whole chalkboard wall! Hmmmm…. where could I do that?

  7. Jenn Hoff May 6, 2011 at 3:49 am #

    Oh, great, now when I look out in my yard I’m just going to see 15 paint cans hopping around eating my strawberries.


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