Friday, September 28, 2012

Where do I even start?

    This new house has inspired me to start making (or refurbishing) things myself instead of looking for new pieces.  The house just needs to be filled with a certain type of furniture, I can feel it.  The problem is, buying something new that would feel right in the house is expensive.  Non particle board furniture is ridiculously overpriced!

    Luckily I read about 50 crafting blogs, and one day followed a link to Ana White's DIY website.  If you haven't been there, you should check it out.  Unless you want to avoid getting sucked into a never ending BUILD ALL THE THINGS vortex, then I would probably avoid her website at all costs.

    I'm really excited about building something and making it our own, instead of finding a piece of furniture that we sort of like and going with it just because it's the closest option.  We haven't actually started on any of these projects yet, as we're coming to a close on actually MOVING ourselves into the new house.  I am constantly hoping each day will be the day that D.Soup says "Okay, lets go get our supplies."  I'm ready, the list has been made (and made, and remade, and made again). 

     As I've already shown you, I have a ridiculous amount of projects that I would like to work on to make this house exactly what we want.
    1. Find antique TV stand and refinish it.
    2. Build bed frame.
    3. Build matching night stands.
    4. Refinish dining room table.
    5. Refinish bedroom furniture to match bed and night stands.
    6. Build computer desk for D.Soup.
    7. Refinish wing back chair.
    8. Build floating shelves.
    9. Build outdoor planters.
    10. Install cabinets with clothes folding space into laundry room, with cat door.
    11. Paint L.Soup's bedroom.
    12. Paint foyer.
    13. Sew pillow for L.Soup's bedroom.

    2.  Build bed frame. 

    I have been drooling over this bed for over a year.  I love almost everything about it.  I love the way it looks, and how functional it is.  I love that I won't lose things that I store under the bed anymore because they end up in the middle where I can't reach.  I love that I will know 100% that my cat's aren't hiding underneath the bed when I try to shut the door...
    The Stratton Bed from Pottery Barn
    With drawers
    I don't love 2 things:
    1. The fact that the way it is made in this picture, I would have to move the nightstand every time I want access to that first basket
    2. The price tag.
    In comes Ana White.  I was already in awe of all of her other plans, but when I found this I almost cried.  There it was.  The bed of my dreams.  And I can make it myself, for just the price of materials?!  I'm sold.

    This is totally not my bed (yet), or my dog.  I will post again when we finally get started.

    So then I proceeded to click through and snatch up every set of plans that I found for projects around our house...


    3.  Build matching night stands.

    To match our bed, we're going to make these.

    It is based off this plan from Ana White's website.  I'm pretty sure these are going to be our first project.  It seems to be fairly easy, and it will help ease us into the whole process.

    My only dilemma with this (and the bed) is what color to paint them.  This is the comforter set that I've purchased for in the bedroom:
    So I'm still debating color options.  I originally wanted gray furniture, but now I'm thinking that might be too much.


     6.  Build computer desk for D.Soup.

    This is a later project, after all the others are finished.  D.Soup's old computer desk got left behind for his brother at the old house.  It probably wouldn't have survived another move anyway.  He doesn't desperately need a desk at the moment, so he has time to pick out exactly what he wants before we move ahead.  We were discussing it the other day though.  I recommended that we look into building a desk that would span the entire long wall in the computer room (I may have also mentioned that it would be nice to have a little bit of that desk space for crafting).


    8.  Build floating shelves.

    I love these shelves.
    I originally saw them on Shanty2Chic, and loved them.  Of course the plans were also from Ana White (how had I not heard of this website before this month!?)  I plan on making quite a few of these to go around the house, but they are probably going to be more like in between projects type things.


    9.  Build outdoor planters.

    The last "build" project on the list is planters for the back yard.  I want to start growing some veggies, and now that I have a yard that's large enough to do something with, I want to build up some planters and get to it (well, in the spring). 
    Also not my dog.
    These are going to serve double duty in my back yard.  They are going to serve as planters, obviously.  But they are also going to serve as covers for the piping sticking out out of the ground sporadically throughout my yard.  We are on well water, so we have a inspection pipe for that, as well as an array of inspection and clean out pipes for the septic system.  They are kind of ugly, so I think these would be helpful in covering them up.  The only thing I'm worried about is the random placement around the yard, but I think we could figure something out.

    Well, that was an excessively long post.

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