Thursday, July 19, 2012

Projects, Projects, Projects

Everyone always likes to ask me what I do...what does that mean anyway?  A lot of people think it encompasses your profession.  And since I no longer work outside the home (my mother and I own a small online business, but that's another post) I thought I'd share some of the items I'm currently working on. 

Not too long ago I discovered the website Pinterest.  I swear, that site is like crack.  I've discovered a ton of ideas that I want to incorporate into our home.  A lot of them have come from Pinterest, some more than others.  One such idea came from my friend Nicole, but she in turn got the idea from the cycle goes.

First up...ummm, I need to share that I get a craft room in this house.  Yes, that's right, a craft room.  I've never had that before...and I'm a bit overwhelmed.  I have so many ideas for the room because I love to sew, needlepoint, scrapbook and do the random piece of ol' crafting.  It's a bit of an odd-shaped room and that, therefore, is why it wasn't made into a bedroom.

My first thought was that I needed a regular table (for scrapbooking) as well as a sewing table (for sewing, duh!).  Since the weather has been nice (or, errr, HOT), my lovely husband decided that he needed a project.  David took it upon himself to build my scrapbooking table.  How nice is that? 

Here he is, hard at work.

And, why yes, that is a house for sale catty-corner to our place.  Anybody want to move near us?  Won't you be my neighbor?  Anyone else recognize that reference or am I just old?  OK...moving along...

Because this room is kinda odd-shaped, Pinterest gave me a fantastic idea for the small walls that are at angles (this will all make sense here shortly because I've got pictures, just hang in there).  Here's the inspiration...albeit the idea is for a play room, not a craft room.

Shelves that are thrown on their sides and then filled with baskets!  Now, I won't be doing a cushion on top, but I love the idea.  So, a few weeks ago (with my friend Amanda), I bought the appropriate-sized shelves to fit my odd-shaped walls.  And this week, guess what was 50% off at Hobby Lobby?  Baskets!  Here's the semi-finished status...

Rather than be boring and use the same kind of basket, I thought I'd use coordinating types/colors.  And I plan to buy another two, but I want to keep looking and find some that are accent colors. 

I also intend to purchase a couple 31 Bags baskets that have the super-cute labeling on them.  Amanda, that I mentioned earlier, just happens to sell them and I intend to order them as soon as I can figure out what I want my labels to say.  In the meantime, this is the cover that includes said baskets on it.  The ones I'm referring to state: Ribbons, Stencils, Paper, Magazines.  Cute, huh?  They'll go on top of the shelf pictured above.

OK, now with all that being said, here's the odd-shaped wall...

That little window nook, conveniently, is where the table David made is located.  He made the desk that perfect size through no accident, mind you.  The other shelves on the opposite side of the wall are not big enough to purchase baskets for, it was originally intended for shoe storage.  I'm sure I'll find all sorts of uses for the smaller nooks.

And on the opposite wall stands no furniture, but my tubs filled with my craft items.

Sooo...eventually, this will be a super fun room (for fellow crafters, anyway).  In the meantime, it stands partially completed.  Any thoughts, suggestions or other ideas are welcome!

Some other, rather smaller, projects I'm currently working on are these.  Each of these are a project in and of themselves, I just happened to picture them together because the ideas are somewhat similar (because they involve wooden letters)...

The w-a-s-h letters will look somewhat like this and go on the small wall in my laundry room.

And the "Z" will be covered with copies of our marriage license and hung on the wall.  This idea was inspired by Nicole.  If you want to see how her's turned out, click here.  But, here's the original Pinterest inspiration...

Next, I got this chair from my great-great aunt's house that I mentioned in this post.  I LOVE the style of it, even though it's not David's favorite.  I don't think I'm stretching the truth when I say that David HATES the color either.  So, I will be having it re-upholstered here in the not-so-distant future.  But, just wanted to give you guys a nice "before" pic!


Now, maybe I'm being a little overly nostalgic because this is a (somewhat) family heirloom, but hey, every woman's got her prerogative, right?  Once it's re-upholstered this chair will be my "reading" chair located in our living room.

The upstairs in our home is not used very much, unless we have some guests.  And one room in particular gets even less use than the upstairs guest bedroom.  This one.

Any guesses on what needs to be done to this room?

This Pepto Bismol pink and stencil flower pattern make me want to barf.  And if you look closely, you'll notice that even the CEILING is pink.  Oh yes, I think the previous owners went a bit overboard.

And oh no, look...they did it in the bathroom too.

I don't want to complain too loudly because this was my only dislike for this house.  Everything else was so tastefully done and I've loved everything about this house ever since we've purchased it.  But luckily, the upstairs has a Pullman bathroom (each bedroom gets their own vanity, but share the commode and bathtub) so the other side of this bathroom doesn't include walls that are pink with stenciled flowers.

At some point, in my free time, I will be painting all of this a nice mild yellow.  Because this room will eventually be a future child's room, yellow will be a nice neutral.  Not to mention the fact that I love yellow, it's one of my favorite colors.

Lastly, I picked up this little guy for a song yesterday at an estate sale.

It's a decorative bookshelf and it just needs a little TLC.  As you can see, David has already placed his sandpaper on the top, so it's ready for some roughing up!  I haven't decided yet if we'll re-stain it or paint it.  Thoughts?  Suggestions?

Well, that's about it for now...I think I have enough to keep me busy for the foreseeable future.  I'll be checking back in on these projects soon to let you see how they turn out!

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to see all of it done! You know I just love decorating and crafting! Have fun!



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