Do you remember that movie “The Money Pit” with Shelley Long and Tom Hanks?
I saw it for the first time in my late teens and laughed my head off. I think I might have laughed so hard that I cried. All of the problems this poor couple ran into as they were attempting to turn the “pit” into their dream home were just so crazy and far-fetched and hysterical!
Then we became home-owners. And watched the movie again.
But this time, I didn’t laugh quite as hysterically. I still cracked up over their mishaps and wackiness but something had changed. Suddenly I felt a kinship with this unfortunate couple. Oh sure, I’ve never had a bathtub fall through the ceiling (Dear Lord, please don’t let that ever happen!), but sometimes being a home-owner feels like you are truly just throwing money into a “pit”.
This has been a particularly “pit” filled year for us…and it’s only June! New flooring, having to replace two major appliances, cracked stucco which must be patched to prevent water damage, painting the entire house to cover up the patched stucco, tree removals to keep roots from going into the foundation and the list goes on…and on…and on.
So, when I found myself wishing for a little coffee table for the sitting area on our deck I knew it would have to fit only one criteria. CHEAP!
A $10 TV stand from the thrift store definitely met the criteria.
The base got a couple coats of spray paint and the top? Well…the top needed something a little more fun.
So I turned it into a chalkboard.
And wrote out a line from one of my favorite Summer-y songs.
I loved it right away.
It “made me feel fine…blowing through the jasmine in my mind.”
Room to store my beverage tub was an added bonus.
After the paint dried and I wrote out the line from my favorite Summer-y song, I sat on the bench and realized that the summer breeze wasn’t just blowing through the jasmine in my mind.
It was actually blowing through the jasmine growing up onto the lattice behind me.
Which is so much better, of course!
And sitting there with my little $10 chalkboard outdoor coffee table in front of me, I remembered just how thankful I was for this “pit”!
It might not be perfect…but it’s our pit after all.
Today is the official first day of Summer!
And I’m so excited to be Stop Number 10 at the Fun in the Sun Blog Hop!
Have you seen all of the AMAZING projects shared so far?
Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia showed how to make Pom Pom Lanterns
Kim from Sand and Sisal showed off this Simple Summer Centerpiece
Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage made a fun Aloha Summer Pool Noodle Wreath
Becca from Adventures in Decorating shared her gorgeous Summer Porch
Heather from Setting for Four shared her lovely Summer Mantel
Debbie from Debbiedoos shared 5 Quick Summer Craft Ideas
Courtney from French Country Cottage shared a lovely Summer Table Setting
Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline made this gorgeous Beach Inspired Dessert
And Maryann from Domestically Speaking made the Ultimate All American Sundae
AND we can’t wait for YOU to share your Fun in the Sun projects with us at the Giant Linky Party on June 27th!
PLUS you can also enter to win a KINDLE FIRE!
Be sure to head over to visit Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road on Monday to see her beautiful Summer Mantel.
Here’s a little sneak peek!
So glad you joined me for some Fun in the Sun today!
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