the project-per-month PROJECT month 4

Here we are with the Project-Per-Month Project, take freaking FOUR! I really love the effect this project of projects is having on my home. Slowly but surely the problem areas are being replaced with tidy, put-together areas and I look around my house and instead of feeling overwhelmed I just like it here more. If I see something I don't like I think I'll get to that! Taking on manageable to-dos and getting them done, go us!

Project-Per-Month Project HOW IT WORKS... If you want to join in the fun, you totally should! Here are the rules...
Pick a single, manageable project off your to-do list, just one.
- Decide, "I can do it!" ps. You really can. Yes you can!
- Give yourself goals.
- Give yourself a deadline: the end of the month.
- Give yourself a budget.
- Do it. Do it.

I can't wait to see what everyone accomplished in June. I did three micro-projects: replace the pulls on the kids' dresser, finally hang a picture I'd thrifted months ago, and set up a Montessori-at-home inspired tooth brushing station for Otto in the bathroom. I didn't give myself a budget but since almost all the materials were shopped from items already around my house, except the pulls, so the cost of all three came to a whopping $23. That's the kind of price tag I like-a a lot.

Rob and I agree that the new drawer pulls, $1.87/each cheapies, look even better than the originals did (even back before the originals started to crumble to pieces and we lost one). And here's the picture I finally got around to hanging up...
And a few pics of the room and how it's all coming together.
And an awkward one of me thumbs upping a job well done.
The other part of June's projects was setting up a toothbrush station for Otto. I wanted him to have easy access to his toothbrushing supplies and a mirror at his height. The results...

We framed some of Otto's recent art to go with the set up. Yoda, Vader, and Crocopile 

June was a handful of quick and easy projects and I love that they're done and off the list. For July I am going to take on a monster, refinishing our kitchen table...
From a distance it is great, but up close...
Everything from nicks and scratches to a big spot where I spilled nail polish remover (yay me!) and the grooves always look dirty even when I've scrubbed them like mad, which, let's be honest, I don't usually do. I've seen a lot of people singing the praises of chalk paint recently because it's thick and doesn't require priming so I am going to refinish this guy. I just can't decide if I want to stick with black, or do something bold. Part of me wants to do a wham bam color like English Yellow. So at this point, color is tbd. Budget is $70 based on hardly any research so far, but I got the inspiration to do my table this way from the before and after post on I Rock So What where Jess refinished a smaller table using one can of paint, one of wax, and she had leftovers so I'm guessing that should do me too.

What projects have you been up to or are thinking about taking on for July? High five, you! ps. What color should I pick? Our house is pretty Torkleson-y so I can get away with anything but is sticking with black better? 


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