2.07.2013

Project Procrastination, Take One

Today my friends, I'm going to make you feel so much better about that little project you've started and need to finish up.

Linda at My Crafty Home Life started a Pinterest board at the very start of the new year as motivation to take your projects from start to actually finito.  The board is called Project Procrastination….Finish The Unfinished.  Take a photo of an unfinished project, pop it on the board and commit to get.er.done. If only I had just one to get done!

I have so many started-but-not-finished projects lying around this house that I have even procrastinated writing a procrastination projects post!!!  But the time has come.  Maybe, just maybe, if I post about these unfinished projects I will actually feel committed to getting them done before the decorating ADD kicks in again.  So here we go….

Furniture Projects I Need To Finish Before Starting Anything Else.

1. My first Craiglist purchase (which, by the way, ended up being for sale by someone I knew in another town!  What are the chances?)  Bought, stripped and stained with a vengeance in December.  Waiting for.ever for a finish coat before it's debut in our living room.  Look at the pretty wood hiding under many coats of brown paint!

2. A thrift store mirror for my kids' bathroom.  Currently they have a medicine cabinet that is unopenable without a screw driver.  Need some toothpaste?  Calamine lotion?  Band aids?  Too bad.  They're all locked inside the cabinet.

3. A plant stand my brother bequeathed to us when he moved.  It's about to get a whole new take on life, as something other than a plant stand.  Oooooooh mysterious.

4.  This table is from Bombay Co. about a million yeas ago.  It was the best cheap-piece-of-furniture-that-is-supposed-to-look-like-an-expensive-piece-of-furniture that I ever bought - the top lifts open to become a card table, which I have used for extending our dining room table many times.  In various houses it has lived in our foyer, dining room, and living room, and now it is joining our master bedroom, which is in the throes of a wild makeover.  Wait 'til you see this petite table's newest incarnation.

5. This side table hails from Mark's pre-marital condo, and it's crying out for release from it's honey-finished captivity.  It has apparently been used as a racetrack for Matchbox cars over the course of it's life.

6. A Pottery Barn side table that we've had forever.  After living with those three Matchbox car-wielding munchkins, this top had also taken a beating, so I had the ingenious idea of giving it a coat of Polyshades (stain and poly in one).  Hated it, painted it with homemade chalk paint, hated it, and now it's awaiting a good stripping in our basement.  Poor neglected unloved little thing.

7.  My new little Facebook Yard Sale table just needs a quick refresh.

8.  My most recent purchase for a whopping $7.99 at the Habitat Restore, this was the straw that broke the camel's back.  The item that made my poor husband silently hang his head in despair when he came home from work to find it, amongst many other castoff pieces of furniture, in our garage recently.

The woe this last piece of furniture brought to my long suffering husband, who is a really good sport about all these crazy projects I'm always dreaming up, is what made me decide to finish every single furniture project around here before starting ANYTHING else.

Do you think I can stay on track???

OOOOh!  I did accomplish one thing!  Remember this beaut?  The bamboo chair my awesome parents-in-law gave to us last summer?  I quickly painted the frame black……and then proceeded to take 5 1/2 long months to make up my mind on fabric for new slipcovers.

And - believe it or not - I actually stopped procrastinating and chose a fabric.  Are you ready???

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SURPRISE!! DO YOU LOVE IT??  I KNOW - IT'S SPECTACULAR ISN'T IT????


BLEACHABLE white cotton duck - prewashed and waiting to fit into the busy schedule of a local seamstress.  One of my inspirations that made me finally decide on white…so versatile!  And did I mention, bleachable??
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It didn't hurt that Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home, whose home is a favorite of mine, has black framed chairs with white slipcovers (as well as an alternate set) and wrote about the merits of slipcovers the very day I decided on white.  Check out this post if you're considering going the slipcover route!

One procrastinated item down, EIGHT MORE to go.  I need a nap.

Hopefully I'll have some "afters" to share with you soon….before my hubby kicks me out!

What projects have you been procrastinating on??

14 comments:

Tiffany said...

Ok, that's a lot of projects. I have you beat by a mile though so don't feel too bad;)

pam {simple details} said...

I'm dying laughing ~ obviously you have a thing for little tables! Wouldn't it be so much more fun if we could do them together? You have me so curious about the new life of the iron piece, are you cutting off the legs and turning it upside down? Have fun!!

My Crafty Home Life said...

Thanks for the shout out. Anyone who wants to become a pinner on that board, just shoot me an email. I love your choice in fabric. Marry Ann's home is one of my all time fav's too. I am really jealous with a lot of your finds. I would have grabbed them and taken them home too. I have my eye on that Bombay table of yours. I have been looking for exactly that.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so many fun projects.... just do it already! ;) i love the white for the chair- i love solids like that for pieces like that. any time i have chosen something funkier i ended up getting sick of it a year later, of not sooner!

Lobster Meets Peach said...

If it makes you feel better I still have not finished M's desk that i added to Linda's pintrest board. So much to do so little time! ;)

Karen of Little Red House Designs said...

I recently refinished some Bombay Co peices (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). They came out amazing! Can't wait to see yours!!

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Oh girl I would DIE if I listed all my projects unfinished! The hubs would die too if he knew ;).

Adelina Priddis said...

Oo so much fun! I've got a number of projects I want to get started on, but it's too cold outside to do anything...and they all need to be done outside, or at least in a heated garage.
Your husbands old side table looks exactly like an unfinished version of our side tables! They were a yard sale find ($5 if I remember!). Anways, ours has a nice dark brown color on top and then the legs and drawer are a dark forest green.

Privet and Holly said...

Girlie, I need to take
a nap after reading this
post.....there is A LOT
of work that you are taking
on. That said, I'm a huge
fan of all the projects that
you've done in the past and
I'm sure these are going to
look awesome when you
tackle them! I think you
have it just right when you
say to finish what's on this
list, first. That is my motto
for 2013: finish!!!

Happy Weekend and don't
work too hard...have some
fun!

xo Suzanne

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

Love this idea! I'm inspired to make a list of all my procrastination projects. You've got some work ahead of you, lady! :)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

OK..well, now I don't feel so bad :) Just kidding, I have started and not finished so many projects lately. Ugggg hey, but at least I don't feel so bad :)
Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
XOXOX
Kristin

Calypso In The Country said...

Wow - that's a lot! But I must say - you cannot go wrong with slipcovers! The chair looks great! Now I feel like a lazy slob because I have basically done nothing except plan to do a lot of things. Darn that Pinterest!
-Shelley

Nancy said...

Wow, you are so ambitious! I wish you the best in doing all of this! You're so adorable..
xo Nancy
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Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

I think we all have a list like yours! I love that Habitat piece. And Polyshades? Yuck! Good idea in theory but it's terrible to work with. I was wondering how your chair was coming along, I love the black! You may be convincing me to paint mine!