Monday, March 21, 2016

When projects take years because you procrastinate.

First thing's first: Let's pretend that I haven't been missing for nearly 3 years, okay? And let's also pretend that it was for some really awesome, exciting reason like I had a kid or I took a year long, self discovery road trip or I was volunteering in Guatemala or living off the grid in some hippie commune outside of Palm Springs. The truth is boring which means a lie is probably just easier and more thrilling.

By the way, I got a new laptop and being able to blog from my bed is pretty much the best thing I got going in my world right now.

I don't know what it is about Spring, but dammit, I'm ready for some renovation! I always get so amped up when spring and summer hit. It's probably all the Vitamin D coming back into my system after a winter of wearing a long sleeved, black zip up hoodie to keep the elements off my skin.

We're in the process of renovating our master bathroom. It's been... ohhh... six months since we decided to start this project? Nothing in this house goes smoothly ever. We thought we could do the majority of it ourselves, but that plan changed fast. In two weeks we will have the shower widened, showerhead raised and new shower pan poured. They're also putting up the cement board and prepping it. Then all we have to do is tile... which is where I'm flipping out a bit.

In the mean time, I've been working on some projects that were stalled out.

Project One: Outdoor sofa.

I have been begging for patio furniture since we moved into this house. I wanted to relax with a book while the dogs play and wallow in the dirt. The truth is, patio furniture is expensive. Like, very expensive. DIY was the only way to go.

We used this plan set from Ana White. We went to Lowe's and bought about 50 dollars' worth of pressure treated 2x4s and exterior deck screws.

Then the wood sat in the garage.

For a year.

After tripping over the wood numerous times, enough was enough.

So here it is!

It was quite the adventure. Our house does not have enough amps to run a circular saw and I couldn't use my jigsaw. We were down to a small electric hacksaw. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have wood that is not warped AND pre-drilling your holes. 

BTW, the cushions were from At Home, a fantastic home decor superstore. Downside was the cushions made this project 250 dollars. 200 just for the cushions. Ouch!

Project Two: Bistro Set

This bistro set was left behind by the previous owners. Three years ago I started this project. Here's a little screenshot from my Facebook page.

I started spraying it this cute, aqua color. Two different cans in, and it looked mottled blue. The shades were off. Blech. But... I had already covered the seats with this cute flowered material from Joann Fabrics. I chose a pistachio green. LOOOOVE IT!

Project Three: A kitchen stand

This was just for fun. This one was made from scrap wood I had around the garage. I'm just sharing it because it was the first ever woodworking project that I wrote up and put together myself. The top is warped, but eventually I'll replace it. Go me!

Well that's it! Hopefully that's enough to tickle your fancy for awhile. I can't wait to show the progress of our master bathroom! 

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