Ever since returning from Europe, I'm feeling unusually motivated to finish the loose ends around our home. Two weekends ago, we installed recessed lighting throughout the dining room (finally!), cleaned out and organized both garages (finally!) and installed baseboards in the laundry room (finally!!). We may have overdone it, since we were both exhausted come Monday. But, last weekend I decided that while Kyle was on call, I'd finish our cabinets.

I can't pinpoint where all of this motivation is coming from, but I think just the feeling of knowing things are finally done (as opposed to lingering) is encouragement enough to keep up the pace. It's also nice to just take advantage of calm weekends when they come around (but I suppose one could argue it isn't so calm if you do work the whole time. I digress.)

Now that I'm feeling all productive and accomplished, the two projects that have been sitting in the back of my mind have resurfaced with full vengeance. Do you ever look at do-it-yourself websites and feel invincible? Pinterest as a funny way of doing that to you. I have fallen prey to the DIY approach. We'll see how this turns out....

Here's my two pet projects for your Friday musings that I have my eyes on:


DIY Headboard. It just seems too easy to not build it yourself (says the woman who has never built a thing besides a coat hanger). I planned to do this in the summer, and got as far as making a list to go to the store.
I'd love to stick with cream colors, since our bedroom paint color is a deep steel blue and the contrast would be amazinballs. I keep going back and forth on making it tufted, but I'm leaning towards this top picture.

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Another big project that I'm overly enthused about is redoing a dresser that has been downstairs since we moved in. It's a gorgeous dresser that my grandmother had given me years ago, but the wood color never fit well. I want to use it in our guest bedroom or office, so I've been exploring ways to restore/redo it.

This navy and gold always catches my eye, so crisp and classy! I also have an obsession with all things blue. My only reservation being that we have black furniture in our bedroom, and I can't handle how it shows every dust mite. Maybe the navy will treat my ocd a bit better than black.

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Then there is this grey color that I keep returning to...but that may also mean we'd need to repaint a room to fit the dresser. Sort of like buying an entirely new outfit to fit the shoes. Not opposed.


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Those two should keep me busy for a while. Let's hope they go just as smoothly as other bloggers make it seem.

For all of you DIYers out there, any projects you have up your sleeves as Fall approaches?!



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  1. I REALLY want to build a tuffed headboard once we buy a place. I'd do it now except moving it in a few months (or 10) would be a pain. I want to just build it in the room it's staying in so that I don't have to move it :) I want a tuffed couch too... someday...

    Love the blue & gold on that dresser, I've been really into navy lately too. Pretty much every piece of wood furniture in my house I've painted. The only exception is our coffee table, which I built, and stained. So if you need any help/tips let me know :) Painting furniture is my favorite!

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    1. Sarah, you're my hero! I'll have you look at the dresser and give me some insight. We could have a painting day, complete with beer and pizza ;)

      (I'm with you on the tufted couch, LOVE!)

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  2. I'm going to be a painting a bathroom vanity a gray in the near future! I'll let you know how it goes. Its one of those old builder's grade oak vanities with a white marble top. What kid of paint am I supposed to use?! What did you use on your kitchen cupboards?

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    1. Definitely let me know how it goes! We have the builder grade oak in our bathrooms too, so I know exactly what you're talking about. I'll get back to you on the exact paint specs - I learned quickly that the kind of paint matters tremendously!

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