The Project List.

It’s like a bucket list, except I’m always adding to it, and it probably won’t be completed by the time I die in 60 or so years.

I know we discussed posting our project lists and our ideas, so I’m going to roll this ball forward and show you all of mine. (And once we get to the end, everyone will see why my husband did not let me buy a $40 wingback chair off Craigslist yesterday. To which Tasha today said, “There will be another wingback chair.”)

The list (with pictures!)

1. The table. Josh and I got this bad boy in January 2007 when I moved to LA. Josh’s friend Scott knew somebody who was getting rid of it, and when I showed up in LA, there it was.

I disliked it. When we bought our house a year ago, we discussed leaving it behind. Two things saved it: 1. It’s solid wood. 2. It has some character. And so, it traveled across the city to the suburbs in our U-haul and made its home in our garage while I transformed it from wood to white.

Then, last November, I FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY bought some dining room chairs. One problem. Of course. They’re off-white fabric (I couldn’t tell for sure when I purchased) and clashed with the chairs. So, after Christmas dinner, the table made its way back to the garage (and by that, I mean Josh and I carried this sonofabitch–it’s got to weigh at least 100 pounds–out the door and into the garage). We opted to sand, restain and refinish it in a reddish hue to match the chair legs. IN PROGRESS.

2. The hallway. After the bank approved our short-sale offer, I had this stupendous idea that stenciling a room in a damask print would be so, so cool. Tasha and I have a friend from HS who had done it to a room in her apartment and posted to Facebook.

I wanted this.

I tried to not be so ambitious, so I opted to do it to our entry hallway.

I bought the stencil on Etsy before we ever moved. I was laid off, I found a new job, I started other projects and this one didn’t take off. I’ve done two panels. IN PROGRESS.

3. The chair. Do you read All Things Thrifty? What? You don’t. Oh, you should. The site’s led me to believe I could totally reupholster a chair. But I didn’t really want to buy a chair to test the theory. So, when I saw this chair sitting in front of a neighbor’s house (the style I wanted!), of course I had to con my friend into helping me carry it home. Didn’t I? ON DECK.

4. The roman shades. Most of the windows in our house have custom blinds. That’s great and all, except some of them don’t. One of the main ones that creates a problem is the window in the master bedroom facing the street. We taped wrapping paper over it our first night in the house. It’s still there. We’re going for clean lines, so we didn’t really want to do blinds/curtains (plus, some windows in that room have blinds and some don’t, so we’d have to buy new custom made ones for every window). I volunteered to make roman shades. It’s been a long process of buying materials–including this IKEA fabric and black-out lining–and figuring out how to do it. Just recently, I ran across a simpler technique (I can’t find it again) for a design using a dowel rod and hooks and eyes… I decided to switch to this approach. STALLED.

5. The yard. Where do I even start? Oh, yeah, with a gardener. I’ve realized that I can’t do this one, so I’m hiring someone to get me to a base (actual grass, no weeds, plant removal) and then I’m going to take it from there. IN PROGRESS.

6. The mirror. I wanted this mirror from CB2. But let’s face it. I really want four of them, all put together. I definitely don’t want to spend $600. And so, the idea for the tiled mirror happened. I bought the board. I primed it. That’s all. STALLED.

7. The mushroom wall. Oh, the mushroom grouping in my hallway. Yes, I *am* obsessed with mushrooms. Tasha gave me this picture as a house-warming present. And so, I purchased a frame and hung it up. But it looked lonely. So, then I had another friend show me a picture she’d take of a mushroom. And an idea was born.

Currently, I need to paint mushroom designs on two tree cross-sections I purchased at the craft store. And then I need to hang them up. I also need two more photos of mushrooms. Plus, a mushroom plate. And then, my mushroom wall will be complete. IN PROGRESS.

8. The pressed flowers. Opposite my mushroom wall, I plan to have other nature-theme photos and items. One element is pressed flowers. I pressed some last year, but I need to put them in their frames. STALLED.

9. The dresses. Oh, the dresses. I bought a dress in December with a great shape. After discussion with Tasha, I set my heart on dip dyeing it RIT Dark Teal. Then I bought two other dresses, with the hope of dyeing them other beautiful colors. Must. do. this. It’s easy to dye dresses and I already have the supplies. IN PROGRESS.

10. The side tables. After reading a post on Design*Sponge, I decided I MUST have these tables. I have a mostly unfurnished living room (not to be confused with my family room, which is furnished) and I’ve decided to make two of these for that room. ON DECK.

11. The homemade dress. I started making a dress six months ago. It’s actually an easy pattern (1 hour it says! yeah, sure. for masters.), but I lost momentum when I realized my sewing machine needed serviced. My nice husband did that for me for Christmas, but I still haven’t come back to the dress, yet. STALLED.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Tasha says:

    See? Clearly you did not need that $40 Craigslist chair.

  2. Stephanie says:

    No, I really, really do. It could live in my garage. My garage has plenty of room for a chair. I also didn’t post my future project “wishes”…. I’ve got a lot percolating in my head. Also, I have some things finished that I could post.

  3. Tasha says:

    No way. No room for “someday” projects. That’s how you end up with a garage full of crap that you have to move to the next place.

  4. Tasha says:

    And I repeat: there will always, always be another chair.

  5. Stephanie says:

    I miss some of the items I’ve passed by throughout the years, though. I think this chair will be on that unrequited list. I was thinking some color of vinyl with nail-head trim. When I get my other things under control, I’ll have to add another chair to the list.

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