Monday, June 14, 2010

More DIY projects...yet none of them finished!

Do you ever get into a rut where you start several projects at once, only to lose steam half way through? Over the last 6 months I have re-painted, re-stained and re-arranged up to pussy's bow, and now I'm plain tuckered out. I thought I'd share with you my projects hoping you can spur me on to finally finish them and show you the end result. 

Let me begin this journey with...

The dreaded blue couch

I loved this blue couch when my husband and I first got married (10 years ago) and bought this for our home. Two kids later and I cringe at the stains and dirt that have turned this once fine looking couch into a uni student special. On the up side, its foundations are really solid, the cushions are stuffed with 100% duck down and it's like a sleeping pill to lie on. My children are still too young to lash out and buy a brand new couch as they'd trash it within a day. So, the next best thing is to recover it - however for the cost of reupholstering it, I'd be better off buying a new couch. A conundrum I hear you say! Yes, but I have found a solution. I’ve sourced some material to drape over the couch. 

For the cushions, I found this gorgeous print at Spotlight. 

As you can see from the photo, have tacked the material to the frame of the couch but cushions are yet to be done. Trouble is, I’m not even a novice sewer – I have a sewing machine but haven’t yet given it a spin. So, have sourced a local to assist but it’s still pretty expensive so will aim to get 3 – 4 cushions re-covered each fortnight.

Kitchen stools

I brought these two kitchen stools a few weeks back. Lovely husband of mine has sanded back and painted stool to the right. Need to source some more foam for the seats as they are too hard to sit on. Once this is done, I have material ready to cover it.

Telephone Table

I brought this telephone table from a friend months ago. I’ve finally recovered the cushion but have been undecided about whether to paint or re-stain it. I posted about this back in April and many of you provided great suggestions on how to liven it up. We’ve decided to sand it back and re-stain. 

Thanks to my lovely husband, the sanding is almost complete. Now I just need to re-stain it. 

So that’s the honour roll of all DIY adventures rendered incomplete! Wish me luck in delving deep within my creative soul to muster up enough energy to complete these worthy projects.


BOB & MABEL said...

You are a very busy girl and it sounds like Hubby has been roped into a few fix it jobs too!

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

I know exactly what you mean about embarking on projects and abandoning them - temporarily of course. I hope you can reignite your creative spark. I'm sure you will. Love that flowery fabric btw.

Cherie said...

I'm with you, so much to do so little time! Hey tackle that sewing machine - you're clever it'll be easy.
Bacnk in the days of no sewing machine I once covered a lounge by folding fabric over the cushions, then securing it all with safety pins ... looked gorgeous ... no-one ever knew unless they lifted a cushion!
Thanks for your fab comments in my finds ;) Have a great week and keep on doing what you're doing - LOVE it ;)

Beach Vintage said...

I had 2 stools almost the same! Did you see my makeover of them last month...or maybe the month before..they are just great. Have fun with all your projects. I too have too many on the go, but thats half the fun dont you think.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

you sound just like me.. always starting... sometimes needing a push to finish!!! love that telephone table!!! so cute... I had some gorgeous vintage furniture I gave away a few years back... still miss them!!! Have fun with it all.. xx Julie