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4 Moms Tackle Large Projects

This week, The 4 Moms are discussing how we accomplish large projects that don't need little helpers.

Remember when I recently painted this door with dry erase paint?

Or when I showed you this free ugly dresser makeover? (You have GOT to see what this turned into!!!)

Well, painting is one of those kinds of projects that needs to be done sans itty bitty busy hands. In case you don't believe me, imagine paint on a handmade smocked dress and in hair and on the carpet and the ceramic tile. Imagine footprints of paint leading down the hallway.


You should be. It could happen to you, and there's only one solution:


Oh, lighten up! I'm only kidding!

But what I'm not kidding about is that it is much easier and conducive to keeping one's sanity to do major projects, especially if they involve paint, whilst the little ones are slumbering soundly in their beds, altogether unaware of your covert painting ways, lest they bound from their beds and implore you to consent to their participation.

Do not be fooled, young mother. Acquiescing to their pleadings is from the devil and will only cause you untold grief for nigh unto a decade as you look upon the besmirched hand-smocked garment that you spent hours lovingly working on, only to have it permanently splattered with paint.

No! You must, by all means possible, only paint under the cover of darkness during the wee hours while all of the things that belong to the day are fast asleep.

At least that's how I do it.

Except for this one time when I gave all my kids paint brushes and let them paint whatever they wanted and then framed it.

Whichever works for you.

Now, check out the rest of my 4 Moms/35 Kids team to see how they manage!

And be sure to catch up on all The 4 Moms posts while you're at it!

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  1. I have to hand it to you! While my mom only had 3, she did all her projects, class party baking, sewing, etc. while we slept. I can. not. do. it.
    I am such a morning person it’s not even funny! I have 3 of my own and I will fall asleep in my chair with the laptop before they even take a shower…it’s sad. But I can grocery shop at Walmart at 6:30 am or go get new dress shoes for a child who has to dress up for school and just realized that his shoes no longer fit! That would be a Walmart run too. hey if you wait til last minute to try them on then “you git what you git and you don’t throw a fit!” That’s my motto!
    Keep up the great midnight projects!!

  2. The “while they sleep” strategy seems very popular, and is also often what I resort too so far. The only problem w/that is that I don’t know when to stop and will stay up too late… which tends to backfire.

    Thank you so much for replying to my question. I really appreciate it.

    Your dresser makeover is quite impressive. And I pinned your idea for letting the children paint on the wall so I don’t forget it, b/c I might do that when we move someday… :)


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