Wednesday, July 27, 2011

And the List Goes On....

I mentioned here how I have this crazy-long list of half finished projects, projects I've bought the supplies for and haven't started, projects I have in my head that haven't gotten beyond the planning stage. Along with that list I have a list just as long as to what my excuse is. In the name of my own sanity and perhaps even getting a bit organized to get some of this stuff done, I'm going to do a brain dump. Yep, right here, the entire contents the crafty project corner of my brain.

1. Finish spray painting and hang fleur de lis sconces (ha, this is a cheat, I finished painting them last night and only need to hang).

2. Pet silhouette portraits - have most of the scrapbook paper, small change in inspiration need to get a few more patterned sheets; need some black spray paint to fix up the cheap-o frames. Hoping to get this done in time for the Pinterest Challenge being hosted by Sherry of Young House Love, Katie of Bower Power, and two of their blog colleagues.

3. Line back of LR bookshelves in fabric - have fabric purchased for another project I've changed my mind on; just need to cut it and get it up. Might also try to get this done in time for the Pinterest Challenge.

4. Spray paint Lowenstein caned chairs I first mentioned here - did the upholstery on them awhile ago; dreading dealing with the peeling laquer on the legs.

5. Spray paint ice cream parlor chairs for balcony and plant planters that go in them - you can see this project here when I first added the planters to replace the missing seats last year but I still need to get them painted.

6. Construct canopy frame for balcony - this is still in the planning stages - I have a rough sketch and a good idea in my head, need to figure on the measurements and supply list - hate the math projects

7. Sew the canopy for above frame - have the fabric, need to hook up the VCR and rewatch the video that came with my sewing machine on how to pattern match - I used this tutorial to match a toile pattern on my Christmas tree skirt and it came out fabulous, you can't see the seam at all. Also need some dowels, hooks and other hardware.

8. Paint or wallpaper the toe kick beneath the MBath vanity and add furniture legs - have everything except maybe stain for the legs (might also just spray paint them); need to decide which way I want to go.

9. Dye living room curtains - does nobody make a decent peacock blue dye?

10. Dye bathroom towels to match Smurfy the candlestick and hide bleached out spots (who knew whitening toothpaste would do such a thing - duh).

11. Hem raspberry and white linen dresses before linen wearing season is over. They're pressed and pinned, just need to get the sewing machine threaded up ... and done.

12. Get thin wooden trim to glue around frameless, magnetic closure china cabinet doors to make them look like framed doors. Paint with leftover trim paint.

13. Paint and rewire? china cabinet light fixture.

14. Figure out china cabinet shelving situation (sticking with the glass or change to wood) and get shelves styled.

15. Make some pillows for outside - have fabric, need to find the old pillow forms I know I have around here somewhere.

16. Recover sofa pillows in new color scheme - have some of the fabric; need to order one other for pillows and to make padded top for trunk/coffee table.

17. Make skirt/slipcover for trunk/coffee table so it looks more like an ottoman.

18. Do something (anything) with the kitchen ceiling fan/light fixture. I changed out the shade awhile ago, but something must be done about it's brassy-classy(less)-ness. Also want to paint the blades, but not sure yet what color.

19. Paint or something kitchen hardware so it matches (hinges are antique brass, which I can live with, knobs/handles are shiny brass which I cannot live with). There are 212 screws involved in this project. I counted. And I am not looking forward to unscrewing and rescrewing them all. At all.

20. Finish painting MB curtain rods and figure out what to do about blinds/shades. When the siding crew showed up last summer I threw up emergency curtains (old vinyl blinds came down when the windows were replaced and were donated to the local ReStore) because the windows were naked and I had only gotten as far as painting the brackets and finials. Problem is the Ralph Lauren Edwardian Burgundy paint sample I was using is almost all (I painted a small chest of drawers with it, here) and Home Depot doesn't carry the RL paints anymore. I understand they can color match for you, but wonder if they will do it for just a sample? I also need some brown paint in our "official" community brown to do some exterior door trim and touch ups so I may just go with that and if the color is too off from the finials/brackets, just repaint those as well.

Well, I think 20 half-done, sort of started, supplies at least purchased projects is a good stopping point. I still have some other long-range goals like wallpapering the bathroom ceiling, adding architecture to the hallway, redoing some of my bedroom furniture, maybe adding crown moulding to the bed and bathrooms, and getting my office straightened out and organized, but that list could go on for days.

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