Someone threw this in the trash.

I know….right?

I’m as shocked as you are.

This giant over sized window with its peeling paint and chips and scratches and dents and broken sashes and a lifetime of living….

….was actually thrown in the trash.


Good thing I was there.

Good thing I spend my life checking out what other people throw away.

Good thing I recognize greatness even when it’s surrounded by Cheerios boxes and banana peels.

Good thing.

Because we took it home and painted and patched and rebuilt it into……


……a giant chalkboard calendar.

And I know right about now…’re nodding your head.

You’re not surprised….because you knew it all along.   Because you can see all that potential in those broken sashes and chips and dents and scratches……and now you’re thinking…..if you would have been driving by the curb that day….. it would have been in your truck faster than you can say “I brake for trash.”

Good thing I got there first. 🙂


Now if you have read this blog for more than five minutes….you’ve probably seen this chalkboard before.

You’ve seen it decorated with silhouette pumpkins.

You’ve seen it decorated with stockings

You’ve seen it decorated with a twig wreath.

You’ve seen it in room make-overs and room make-unders and  decorated for the holidays and decorated three ways.

It has been here there and everywhere.

And now it needs your vote.


I’m so honored to have been selected by Better Homes and Gardens to compete in their Makeover Madness Challenge.

It’s kind of like the March Madness from NCAA basketball and there’s a bracket and projects competing against each other and lots of creativity and ideas and….well…the bottom line is….

….today I need a favor.

Can you help a calendar out and vote for it to win?

edited to add:  the voting starts at 9am CST and is only for one day. 🙂

Just click here and vote for the one with the extra scratches and dents. 🙂


    1. Image for Thistle Wood Thistle Wood

      Lisa, I'm so sorry! I was so excited that I posted it a little early. :) The actual voting doesn't start until 9:00am CST...and it's only for one day! Yikes. :) Happy day! karianne

    1. Image for Thistle Wood Thistle Wood

      Beverly, * sigh* I know! I was so excited that I posted it a little early. :) The actual voting doesn’t start until 9:00am CST…and it’s only for one day! Yikes. :) Happy day! karianne

  1. Image for sonny sonny

    like the others, clicking on you brought me here and ony option to vote was between a chair n table.. let us know so we can go back .... hugs

  2. Image for Stephanie Ray Brown Stephanie Ray Brown

    Oh my your calendar always catches my eye! I loved your reference to Sanford and Son too! I am confused about voting like the others. But I tried (so want you to win!) and will keep trying. So proud of you!

  3. Image for BrocanteuseRose BrocanteuseRose

    I love this calendar! I will definitely be voting for it! In fact I look in peoples trash all the time to find something similar so I can have my own window calendar. :)

  4. Image for Mary Crozier Mary Crozier

    Anyone who picks something out of the trash has my vote. My friend Susan and I were driving one day and spotted an old chair on the side of the road. It had the most ghastly fabric and was covered in cat hair and animal stains. But immediately I saw the beautiful lines and pulled over and threw it in the back of the car. My upholsterer covered it for free and then we later sold it for $175.00. You are my long-distance inspiration.

  5. Image for erin @ dfmi designs erin @ dfmi designs

    Ha! I totally break for trash! 75% of the furniture in my house has been hauled from curbs and made over. I've never cared for matching sets, I love the interesting pieces I find (not to mention money savings!) Great job on the chalkboard! I will vote later today, I'm in EST. Good luck! erin

  6. Image for Lisa a Concord Cottage Lisa a Concord Cottage

    Karianne, I just voted for you!!! and I tweeted it and pinned it too!!! I still read your blog daily and love it, LoVe it, LOVE it. Thanks for always being an inspiration, funny and real!!! xoxo Hope you win!!! Lisa

  7. Image for Regina Regina

    Done!! Hope you win - I love that! I have some old windows on my HOUSE, that once replaced, I defy anyone to pitch! :) I lost three large double-hung windows when we remodeled our kitchen - they were pitched before I knew it was happening - and it's made me sick every time I think about it. Hubby said, "But what would you have done with them?" To which I replied, "I have no idea, but they were so PRETTTTTTYYYYYYYY!" ;)

  8. Image for Polly Polly

    Just voted without a problem and shared it on Facebook!! You will let us know......won't you? Thought of you over the week-end when Kentucky was suppose to get all the bad rain/sleet/snow, hope you are safe and warm!

  9. Image for Kymee Martinak Kymee Martinak

    WOW that is great! Really I am not surprised, you do a great job on all you do. Love your stuff. I will vote for sure. Do you know what day it is... Thats right Hump Day ;O) congrats and Best wishes on the contest. Kymee

  10. Image for Ashleigh Hall Ashleigh Hall

    Karianne, That was the easiest request I've had all day!! Fingers crossed that you win this!! Your calendar is to die for, as is everything you touch!:)

  11. Image for Linda Linda

    Still obsessed over this calendar. Convinced that a large enough calendar will eliminate the chaos and confusion in my house. So, I absolutely voted for it. Best of luck and congratulations for being part of the competition

  12. Image for Charlotte @ Charlotte's Chair Charlotte @ Charlotte's Chair

    You bet I'll vote for your awesome calendar that you have saved from the depths of a landfill. It looks great, wouldn't expect anything else from you. I hope you win, let us know :)

  13. Image for Debbie @Dewdrop Gables Debbie @Dewdrop Gables

    Oh yes, I've seen it many times, and have always been amazed by your giant calendar! I've voted, I hope you win! Debbie :)

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