Thursday, August 25, 2011

Project Week- Recap

So, you may be wondering how I did with my self-proclaimed "Project Week" last week. I had a laundry list of things to do, and I was aiming at finishing them off before the end of the week. So, did I make it?

Well, almost. =) I was SO close. Here's the list of things that I had to do:
  • Paint Bookshelf #1
  • Paint Bookshelf #2
  • Finish Curtains
  • Organize and clean music room
  • Prettify music room using things I already have
  • Finish wooden tray (I found an awesome wooden tray at Goodwill that needs a makeover!)
And here's what got done.

Bookshelf #1 got a nice new paint job to transform it from this:

 To this:

Bookshelf #2 gave me a bit more trouble.

After priming it and painting 2 coats, I went to put the polyeurethane finish on and the stupid stuff turned my white bookshelf yellow. I may or may not have cried in angst at that. So bookshelf #2 will probably be repainted sometime in the near future. Grr.

#3 on my list was to finish the curtains I had started a couple months ago. I'm happy to say that they are all done and doing their job quite nicely!

#4, organize and clean the music/craft/office space went pretty well too. It really helped to finally have a functional place to put things! All of my teaching books are now happily housed on the new bookshelf.

#5, prettify (is that a word?) the music/craft/office space, is off to a good start as well. I used things that I already had on hand to try and bring some continuity to the space.

One of the biggest changes in that area was the addition of an oversized print that I purchased a few years ago. I didn't have anywhere to put it for a long time, so it was sitting in the garage! I didn't know if the colors would work in here since I'm going for more of a green and white combo, but I really like the zap of color that the teal brings. 

There's definitely more that I would like to do in that regard, but at least it's off to a decent start!

Project #7 was also derailed by a bad paint job. I found this tray at GW and planned to give it a makeover, but the paint I chose did a really poor job of covering it, and then I decided I hated the color anyway. You win some, you lose some!

All in all, I'm really happy with how the project week turned out. It's nice to know that the Summer didn't completely get away from me before I was able to carve out some time and get things done! Just in time for some Fallish weather, it seems.

Just to jog your memory, here's what that room used to look like:

The wall where the piano is still looks pretty much the same and will need more work, but I think it's definitely come a long way! So, what projects are you finishing up this Summer?


  1. Call it a success! You got a lot done and it all looks great. I'm applauding your restraint at smashing that bookshlef #2 with a sledgehammer as I would have done. Love the teal pic!

  2. Wow- you've been very productive! I'm in awe- I've been really lame at getting things done all summer :(

  3. I'm still in love with the placement of the desk in front of the window. It looks great!

  4. Great job! Now for the real work. . . the teaching :) Can't wait to hear how that goes.

    It's amazing how curtains can make such a dramatic impact on a room.
    Also, have you considered just spray painting that big tray? There may be hope for it yet. . .

  5. Jane- that's a really good idea! I think I might have to do that. =)



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