Saturday, June 11, 2011

What Did You Do Last Week?

I've been very busy over this past week with lots of little DIY projects. Some have been on my to-do list for quite some time, others showed up just recently. I guess a normal person would take care of the oldest projects first and work their way to the new ones. That would be logical. I choose which project to work on based on the supplies I have on hand and whatever seems fun at the time.

Here they are in no particular order:
Glued my thrift store Limoges plates to some thrifted candlesticks. I'm not sure what to do with it now, but I've seen from all the blogs I read that I'm supposed to have these.
Bought this cute sideboard on Craigslist for $80. Stained the inside which was unfinished.
Filled the cute sideboard and could probably use another one.
Screwed dollar store citronella pails under the kitchen sink to hold scrubbies.
Used thrifted porcelain door knob on an IKEA box.
More thrifted door knobs make a rack in the downstairs bathroom.
Before: family photo wall in the upstairs hallway.
After: family photo wall with frames painted white. A few more are waiting for their turn with the spray paint.
Before: icky hand crocheted hankie I got at the thrift store for 80 cents.
After: it just needed to be washed.
Tacky terra cotta chiminea turned to "concrete".
Before: an unfinished canvas I've been playing with for a while.
During: Kandinsky's circles had to go.
During: a little vaseline, a little paint, a little sandpaper.
During: just beginning to collage some papers and fabrics. There will be lots of layers on this one and it won't be finished any time soon.
Before: two ottomans (ottomen?) that are neither shabby nor chic.
Before: eggplant microfiber.
After: Garden Ridge remnant.
Before: urban contemporary.
After: your grandma's bathroom.
Picked up these remnants at Garden Ridge for my dining room chairs. There wasn't enough of either one to do all the chairs so I bought both and will do half the chairs in one, half in the other.
The new fabrics next to the current one. BIG change. Do you see why I am freaking out about the pastels?
I haven't actually recovered the dining room chairs yet but I hope to get it done before the weekend is over. When I say "recover" I'm not talking about a professional reupholstering. I'm talking about a scrap of fabric and a staple gun. The last time I recovered them it took about a year.  I think I covered one or two of them then decided it wasn't fun anymore and left the rest for my sister to do when she came to visit. Or maybe I covered them all but didn't screw them back on to the chair because that 10 minute chore was just too much for me to handle. I can't remember exactly what I did but I do remember that I did it half way and my sister finished it for me. I might try that again since it worked to my advantage last time.

2 comments:

donnaj said...

the plate tower looks like it needs cookies or cupcakes on it to be complete :) or these:
http://talltalesfromkansas.typepad.com/tall-tales-from-kansas/2011/05/i-am-not-a-neat-and-tidy-person-i-am-especially-not-a-neat-and-tidy-cookmy-dad-always-said-we-should-clean-as-we-go-but-it-1.html

i plan to make them tonight...

Shannon Green said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I will need a full report on how those turn out.