Remember last week when I said everything was going swimmingly with this challenge? Remember that I felt low-stress, calm, cool, and collected? How I was checking things off the to do list with easy? Yeah, well that was short lived. Mainly because I’ve spent a majority of this past week stressing my head out about reupholstering the new chairs. The vision is to incorporate a mudcloth look to the chairs. Or rather, originally it was to try to do some diy mudcloth like this:
Via: Almost Makes Perfect
and then I was having trouble finding the right fabric to use, so it turned to using authentic mudcloth like this:
Via: Urban Outfitters
Then moved back to diy-ing the mudcloth after I realized how dang expensive real mudcloth was and how much of I’d need. And then, after actually attempting to diy the mudcloth look, and I realized how it would be a long and painstaking process- I opted to switch back to real mudcloth. Totally exhausted with mudcloth. I think I even had a dream about it the other night. I feel like I’m living a self fulfilling prophecy with this project. *sigh* Time to make some decisions and move forward – times a tickin’ here – it’s week 4 and all.
And speaking of time (cheesy transition), I’ve also decided to unwisely pile on the stress by adding another unplanned diy project to the list. I’ve had crazy hard time trying to find just the right clock for above the mantle. It has to be big (like 30″ big), have a clean looking white or black face (why do so many clocks have an ‘antique’ look??), and have actual numbers and not roman numbers (best for the kiddos). That combination is apparently like finding a needle in a haystack – and I’m totally over wasting time searching for it – remember, times a tickin’ (and now a cheesy pun).
So enter the decision to rework my current clock into what I want it to be. I dismantled it and it came apart pretty easily (hopefully it goes back together just as easily). I think with a little spray paint, some new numbers (and being precise about their re-placement) and it will look great. It’s just finding the time (boom, cheesy pun again!) to get it done while in the midst of obsessing over mudcloth. You know, there was a time when I vowed to quit diy-ing things and just fork out the cash instead, that was a good time….I should go back there.
I did make some progress this week (if your wondering if I’ve done anything other than obsess over mudcloth). I stained, or rather ‘oiled’ the media cabinet with danish oil. Danish oil is kind of like stain, but goes on much easier and sort of works with the wood’s natural tone and grain instead of covering it like stain can. I was tentative to change this cabinet in the first place, since when we bought this vintage piece it had a layer of paint that we (read: my husband) spent countless hours sanding off. It’s been left unfinished for the past few years on purpose, and I think we liked it that way primary because of the work it took to get all the thick brown paint off. But, change is good, right? It really needed a stain or oil to help protect it a bit, and I felt like it needed a bit of a new vibe.
Truth be told, it’s reading a bit reddish for my taste (although it doesn’t look it in pictures), and I may be slightly panicking a bit over that. So I might have to see what I can do to tone it out a bit – but that time thing might be my nemesis here.
The best part of my week though was totally scoring the best (and best priced) vintage country flag EVER! I’d been searching for a vintage flag that will go on wall with the tv, but was not digging what I was finding on Etsy. And some of the prices were INSANE! So, I recalled a store I had stopped in to during a vacation to Galveston, TX about a year ago. It call Nautical Antiques & Tropical Decor, and it’s a ship salvage company that sells the items they salvage to the public. I checked out there site (which is the best site name ever by the way – www.piecesofship.com) and they had an entire section dedicated to flags. At first I was going to get a nautical flag – but I opted to go for a country instead based on the look I was going for.
You have to contact the to see what they have in stock- so with a few email exchanges and a phone call to purchase, I was the proud owner of a vintage Denmark flag for me, and a vintage Netherlands flag for the Mr. I opted for Denmark solely based on the colors and design style, but I decided to grab the Netherlands flag as well as my husband has a dutch heritage that he is very proud of.
The second best thing to the website name, is that both flags only cost me $35 + shipping costs of about $14 (2 day priority mail). That is AMAZING compared to what I was seeing on etsy or other sites for vintages flags. They have signs of wear, but that is what makes them vintage and special.
This little find make my week happy amid all the stress of chairs, clocks and cabinets. Gotta celebrate little victory’s wherever possible and just keep moving forward. Generally, there was not as much progress as I’d like this week – and a whole lot of second guessing myself and my design choices. But, I’m going to work with what is in my control as of right now, refocus on getting this room completing and shiny bright for the big reveal in a few weeks. Here’s the to do list as it stands this week:
Build DIY floating shelving Decide on and purchase a new rug Locate a pair of vintage chairs,
- Find fabric and reupholster the vintage chairs
Complete the DIY marble coffee table Change out the current feet on the sofa for new feet Purchase clock and DIY the leather strap lookRework existing clock and DIY the leather strap look
- Create a two part typographic print for shelves
Stain the media cabinet
Purchase floor lamps
Install goose neck sconce lighting above the bookshelves
- Purchase table lamps
- Purchase misc furnishings:
- bar cart
- side table
- Purchase Decor – Going shopping for some of this stuff today!
- Flag for wall
- Misc. display items for:
- Coffee table
- Top of Media Cabinet
Thanks for hanging in there with me through this One Room Challenge journey! Be sure to head over to the One Room Challenge page to check out all the other fabulous bloggers who are busting their butts for this challenge!