Help me pick the next DIY project ~ vote!




Help me pick the next DIY project… vote for the one you want to see me finish! If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram you know that I have been struggling with how I should tackle the many projects I seem to have piling up around here, not sure exactly how that happened.Β  I mean I’m not a hoarder, not exactly… I think I am better described as a, vintage collecting procrastinator.Β  What ends up happening is a project gets started and I don’t finish it, I get bored, or distracted… squirrel. Then I’m off to the next thing… I tend to believe it’ll be a fast project and once I’m into the process of it I realize that this isn’t quite so fast… the little voice says, “I’ll come back to it later”. In the mean time, look a free window on the side of the road, I NEED to bring that home. Or, a broken vintagey thing in that auction, NEEDS to be mine, it’s a great deal and I will never EVER see one again, like EVER. I know, I have project amnesia! That sounds right, project amnesia, it’s a real thing, don’t judge.

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So here goes, this is how I will be picking my next DIY project… or should I say how you guys will be picking my next DIY project? πŸ˜€Β Β  Why am I having you guys pick? As mentioned above, procrastination coupled with a short attention span… I think you guys will provide that extra bit of motivation and focus I need to finish all of these awesome projects and knock them out of the park! And it’s super fun to have company! What are friends for?

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I will also be able to put all of the projects listed here in priority by the number of votes each receive, and we will begin with the project that gets the highest votes! πŸ˜€ If this works well, I have so much more to show you… I’m letting you into the seedy underbelly of my, “collecting condition”, please don’t judge too harshly! πŸ˜‰

Β I stole borrowed this quote from my adorable friend, if the shoe fits…

“I have a collecting condition”. ~ Cynthia Weber

My criteria for picking the following items… I wanted to focus on projects that will cost little to nothing for me to do… I want to source all of the products I need to complete these from home and buy minimal materials to fix them. With the exception of some paint, I think I can do that with all of them. So here goes, you tell me what I’ll be doing first!

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Broken Tripod. I want to make this vintage bad boy into an industrial lamp. The very top piece is broken off so there will be some welding required… it needs a good cleaning, some paint and I need to figure out how to add wiring, and what kind of shade of course.

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Chippy, broken lamp. I just want to bring this little beauty back to life… I love this little vintage lamp, her base is my favourite!

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Dirty, broken cheese box. I have an idea for the top and the bottom of this guy. Obviously, it’ll need a deep cleaning and the sides will have to be fixed. I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag with what I have planned for this wooden vintage cheese box, I will give you a hint… or a non-hint. It won’t be an end table! πŸ˜‰

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Getting real laundry.Β  This, my friends is my “beautiful” laundry/pantry. There are huge plans for this awful room, but until that can happen I’d like to have a door! :( This lovely door frame had two swinging saloon style doors, they were hideous!!! The colour of that trim, I call it the smokers look. Ewww. We have a beautiful panelled antique door from our 1854 farm house that we brought with us… this is where I want to use it. That door is in major need of a total strip down and repair.

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I call this one, globe no base. This vintage globe is without a base, she just lays sadly on a shelf… I need to figure out how to make her stand up and be noticed.

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“Hard done by” Ikea stool… this little guy has been through hell and back. I lug him to every room and as you can see paining has been involved, sawing, cutting, gluing, you name it this stool has been heavily abused. So I’d like to make it pretty again, it sits in my kitchen and I still use it… but it’s not kitchen worthy right now, lets change that!

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Headboard bench. I adore this bench!!! When I bought it my intention was to make a fab seat cushion… Mr. Meticulous didn’t love that idea, so we’ve come to a mutual agreement on how to finish the seat. Many years ago we dissembled a barn, the beams we took out of that amazing barn have since been milled and are dried and aged to perfection… we will be making a seat out of those antique barn boards and we will also be adding a finishing top for the arm rests. The plan is for this beauty to sit on our covered porch.

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Ikea clock. This clock is in perfect condition… what kind of DIY do I want to do to this? I want it to be more industrial looking, so a new paint job is in order. πŸ˜‰

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Moss. I harvested all of this yummy moss off of our property… now what? Well, I’d like to use it in a vignette or two, in some milk glass or under a cloche. If you pick this one and I will be forced to come up with something super creative! Yikes!

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The lovely beige range fan. Eww! Our appliances are stainless, I am thinking this eye sore needs to be a better colour, how about you? I’m thinking black.

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Retro stool. Isn’t this adorable? The colour, not so much… this guy just needs a new finish.

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AS-IS Ikea coffee table. Poor fella got too close to the fire place one evening and well lets just say that the laminate was somehow longer when I tried to iron it back onto the edge. :/ The plan has always been to add some of our barn wood and make this into an industrial-ish looking coffee table.

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Uggo thermostat wall. This little wall with the expertly placed painters tape (my pretend shelf) is one of the first things you see when you enter, once you hang up your coat that is. I am obsessed with hiding the uggoness of this wall, not sure who approved putting all thermostats on a focal wall? Who ever did, you are fired! My concept for here… to dip into our collection of beautiful wood and make a partitioned open back shelf with an awesome paint colour behind.Β  Can you picture it, or am I crazy? Don’t answer that! πŸ˜‰

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Keep on rocking! This rocking chair is pretty solid… other than the obvious cane backing being destroyed. And the fact it doesn’t have a seat, pfft no worries! πŸ˜‰ This one would, if picked get a whole spa day. New paint, new seat, and new backing.

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Nanny’s table. This one is very embarrassing. This beautiful little table has been hanging around not finished for years, I’m not even sure how many years. All that is wrong with it? The drawer needs fixing and it needs a new top and some paint. This little table really is so adorable, I even have the little glass knobs for the drawer. More barn boards slated for the top.

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Vintage dresser. This upside down dresser was a freebee. The reason it’s upside down, our workshop flooded and we propped her on her head (so to speak) on top of some icky bi-fold doors to save it from damage. This is an adorable dresser. What, you can’t tell from the “amazing” picture? No? Take my word for it, all that is needed is a strip down and a new paint job with new drawer pulls. Little secret, I’ve never painted in public… so any painting project you pick will be my interwebz debut.

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Here are some of our windows… I swear the more I blog about my “collections” the more I think I need an intervention. Shhh, don’t tell Mr. Meticulous! Two of these windows are slated for one impressive medicine cabinet, the very first one with the three round air openings and it’s twin. Some of the others… well you’ll see, some local peeps might be kinda happy with what we have planned for those.

And last but not least… meet Judy.

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Take a stand Judy, she was a great deal at one of my favourite salvage spots… she was a great deal because she doesn’t have a stand. Help Judy take a stand!

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Here is some of the wood that we will use if you pick any project that might require it… and there are many more wonderful projects in my head for this aged to perfection wood, if you should pick something else, don’t worry you will see this pile again. I’m not the only one here that loves barn wood, right?

Thank-you very much for helping me decide what project to do, this really has been a fun post to write. I’m very curious what you will pick! I failed to mention above, the DIY that wins will have a full tutorial DIY blog post done… so if you want to learn to paint with me, or if you want to see how I will wield, or refinish antique wood… lots to think about.


Please leave your comments too, I read every single one, they truly do make my day! <3


Whoop, voting is over and I know what order my projects are in! Phew, most of this week all projects were neck in neck, the top 4 finally started to stay the course, but as you can see the rest are all still pretty close! Thank-you all so much for voting!!!! <3

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  1. Okay I picked the wall since you already have it taped and it sounds like it would be very cool looking!!

    • Thanks so much for picking one! I apparently can not! Some of these things are neck in neck. :) That wall drives me crazy as it is with all of those thermostats.

  2. I voted for the chippy white lamp, but if you do the range hood I’d get all excited too. Mine is black and my appliances are stainless, but after paying for all the appliances my husband about had a cow when I wanted to buy a new hood. So I’m stuck with the old, black, greasy unattractive one for now. You know you could kill two birds with one stone if you turned the tripod into Judy’s legs???

  3. Lisa Knowles says:

    I love EVERY project…and although I want to pick Judy…hehe…I have to say the laundry room makeover, as it seems to me this is the one that will bring you more peace if fix it up to your liking :)

  4. Headboard Bench!!! Think of all the wonderful porch posts! Blog Gold! :)
    The truth is they are all great projects and I know you are going to amaze us all with whatever you do… thanks for the shout out BTW! “Collecting Condition” is a real thing and I am sorry ( not really ) that you also suffer from it!!

  5. Laundry room door (part or your old placed married to your new place) then thermostat wall… These will make you love your house more… I am looking forward to seeing the industrial lamp as well and of course the globe!
    Have fun creating…

  6. Email me and maybe we could get a group and organize a weekly or monthly challenge and share. Would you like that? I’m looking for others that would like to do that with me to keep me not only motivated, but sharing what I’m accomplishing. Would love to hear from you!

  7. I can’t wait to see whatever you choose! But I’m with Cynthia…I voted for the headboard bench. :)

  8. Were we separated at birth???? You are making me feel guilty about all of the DIY’s I have stacked up around this place … every one of these reminded me of one I have to do!! I’ll have to pull up my socks and get moving now!!!

    As for my vote … hard to pick one, but I’m with Heather – that taped wall! I love your idea – I think that would camouflage those hideous thermostats perfectly! And to top it off you’d have a great place to display your “collections”! I am so lacking that type of space in my home. Along with DIY guilt, I’d then have a severe case of “shelf-envy”!

    And as I came across Judy – I thought …. maybe she needs a tripod …. just an idea and you know – 2 birds…1 stone …

    Look forward to seeing whatever you do!

    • LOL, I think we must have been Donna! :) That wall is driving me crazy, Hubs doesn’t EVEN care, can you believe that? He doesn’t see what’s wrong with it. Men! πŸ˜‰

  9. Hi Laurie,
    Love all your projects. For me I would love to see the Headboard bench done for your first project, #2 the Rocking chair, I would love to see this on your beautiful porch overlooking your pond! #3 The windows, Ps: What ever did you do with those beautiful church windows you got a few yrs ago? I fell in love with those.

    • Hi Queenie! That bench is pretty popular… it will have to be done soon, the weather is being nice finally! The church windows, you can see a peek of this in the blog post, the pictures of the windows. We just cleaned up our shop (it flooded) and we have just stored all pending projects in the barn. Oh don’t you worry… a few ideas for those beauties!

  10. I picked your Nanny’s table just because it is obviously special and you are good to go with it! I do love the above poster’s idea of using the tripod as Judy’s legs. Looking forward to seeing which is the big winner.

    • Thanks Karen, ah Nanny’s table has been around forever! Now I could finish it fast, with chalk paint these days, it doesn’t have to be stripped down to bare wood. :)

  11. No fair!!! I could only pick one! I think you should take the tripod and the lamp and put them together as one project. You go girl!!!

  12. I picked the coffee table because I really want to see that one and think it will be good motivation to keep going. But I ALSO wanted to pick the clock because I have that clock and would love to see what you could do with it.

    Can’t wait to see what you pick!

    • LOL, thanks Janet… we do have one project that is just squeaking into the lead. πŸ˜‰ My fear now is that I will have 5 first place projects! Gah!

  13. Tripod lamp! Tripod lamp! Tripod lamp!!!!!!

  14. Love the headboard bench! Brilliant

  15. Gah! It only let me choose one! OK I selfishly pick the vintage stool since I have a thing about them. But can’t wait to see what you do with the IKEA table. I have the same one dismantled and packed away, waiting… And that tripod… I’ll take it off your hands :) I love it just the way it is!!!

    • Yep, only one! πŸ˜‰ I love that stool! That tripod is something I’ve been searching for, for a long time! I like it like it is too, but I need to see it as a light, some function.

  16. I picked the dirty broken cheese box. I have no idea why. Just super curious what you will do with it.

  17. just love the headboard bench. I think it would look great with a cushion if you two could agree on something. Also love the rocker. It was a hard choice. Good luck!

    • Thanks Denise, it is hard to choose! I thought cushion too for over a year… but we’ve both decided to do wood now, perfect for the porch, a quick wipe and it’s good to sit on. Thanks for stopping in. πŸ˜€

  18. I wanted to vote for more than one! πŸ˜‰
    I chose the headboard bench… it’s already gorgeous and I can see the potential that a little more work will add to it! I also like the tripod and the laundry room doorway… I think you just might have more projects waiting than I do… of course mine are all furniture though. Can’t wait to see what the winner is!

  19. Hi
    I picked the laundry\pantry room door. Very hard to only pick one. I know you like to be organized, and I think if you had this room done up the way you want it you, it would leave you feeling ready to get to all the other great projects. My second pick would be the thermostat wall. Can I come over to help? So many yummy things to transform!

    • I know, very hard to pick just one! That’s how I got here in the first place. lol You can totally come over to help, I would love that! xo

  20. I was going to get all practical and go with one of the in-progress or easier projects to wrap up… but I just couldn’t do it. No, when I saw the little grid of treasures on my phone the tripod caught my eye, and then when I finally got to the big screen event and got to read about each one, well the tripod lamp stole my heart! Go Laurie!

    • Hey you! Pfft, practical, we can be practical any old day! That tripod stole my heart too. Thanks BTW for the pinterest inspiration, nice Ikea stool and hanging planter… excellent use of moss! :)

  21. Marguerite says:

    I just love all of them but I picked the wall!! So excited to see what you do with any of these projects! Hope to see you again soon! xoxo πŸ˜€ Shared on our page and hopefully some of our friends will come on over and get involved too! Yay!

    • Thanks so much for sharing… I’m starting to get a little nervous… it’s a close race! Yikes! I hope to see you soon too, super busy time of year for everyone. Are you getting out in your garden yet?

      • Marguerite says:

        So excited to see how all these projects turn out! No gardening yet…just some clean up so far! There are lots of tulips and daffodils popping up though πŸ˜€ Soon! Can’t wait for a full week of sunshine πŸ˜€
        Looks like you are going to be a busy beaver :) I will eagerly await your updates! πŸ˜€

  22. Kelly Quarterman says:

    It was difficult to pick a project but the bench would be lovely to see done. I do have a weakness for them. I also have the Ikea step stool and it looks very much like yours. πŸ˜€ Good luck with the next project.

    • Hi Kelly! Thanks, that’s exactly what I need, luck! It’s a pretty close race, that beautiful bench is in the top for sure. Thanks so much for voting, really do need some help. :) In more ways than one. πŸ˜‰

  23. I definitely agree with the statement of Marrying the old with the new thru the laundry room door. Great symbolism AND functionality! And the thermostat wall of course! You have it taped, just do it!

    • I hadn’t thought of the symbolism part, until I read that in the earlier comments too… it’s in the top for sure… a very close race, glad to know that I’m not the only one having trouble picking. Thanks so much for your vote!

  24. I am super impressed with your vision and skills! I love the headboard bench!!!

  25. Well, since coming to my house and helping me with my very own collecting condition wasn’t on the list, I chose the laundry room door. Closing doors on the stuff is apparently my only diy solution to hoarding.

  26. I vote chippy lamp. Start small and work you way up the food chain of amazing projects that you have to eventually choose from. Cheese box would be my second choice.

    • Hi Amy! Start small, hmmm that is a very strange concept for me. πŸ˜‰ I should have starting small to begin with, this collecting condition is really snowballing. Love that little lamp, thanks so much for voting! xo

  27. Cathy Scott says:

    I’d have to say, do the headboard bench. We finished ours and are very happy with it. Already on the front porch. Finish the bench, put it on the porch, grab a drink, and think about your next project. It’ll make you really happy.

    • I like the way you think woman! I wonder what will come in first? It’s in the top running for sure, thanks so much for your vote, no joke, I need the help! xo

  28. Do we have to only pick 1 Oh my well I’d love to see the headboard bench done because I love that type of stuff but I’d love to see the shelf wall because it’s sort of started lol …To be honest any of these projects is awesome I love seeing the start and finishes of your projects I honestly live vicariously through you for this stuff . Good luck choosing and can’t wait to see pics as you go .

    • Yep, only one! lol You see my “issue” now? πŸ˜‰ What a sweet thing to say, thanks for sticking in there with me! xo <3 I can't wait to see what wins.

  29. So fun! I want to see them all…but I chose the tripod as my number one choice. I think the laundry room door or the thermostat wall are my next churches.

    • Hi Sharon! Thanks so much for your vote, it’s really crazy that I have so many awesome choices… I wonder if professional picker can be put on my resume? πŸ˜‰ That tripod is getting so much attention, isn’t it adorable! I couldn’t leave it behind.

  30. Hey Laurie!
    You have so many wonderful projects ideas here it was really hard to pick. I can see why you would want to crowd-source a decision :)

    I went with the Headboard bench because I think it will really be stunning when done. My second choice is the Thermostat Wall because I think we’ve all had to wrestle with something like that at one time or another and I would love to see how it comes out.

    Whatever you pick, I’m sure it will be fabulous and I’m looking forward to the results.

    • I know, right? Usually I can prioritize in a snap… it’s kinda what I do. For some reason I am having trouble deciding and I’m finding more little projects are getting put ahead of this list that has been around for ever. So I’ve gone to the experts! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for voting!

  31. You have quite the list! I’d love to see those windows turned into a medicine cabinet. Neat!

  32. Woah, these are all awesome! It’s hard to choose, but I think the laundry room door would be the best choice. Functionality + prettiness!

  33. what a fun post! and I’m a *ahem* collector too. I have so much salvaged wood and non of it is stored as neatly as yours… feeling guilty. While I love some of your objects … I’d say for return – tackle that range hood, next I think I (and I don’t think I’d be alone here) wouldn’t mind seeing you do something with those windows. But as I looking to start propagating it and maybe out of pure selfishness. I voted moss. happy home improving. ~jb

    • It is fun, I’m super excited to see what everyone will finally pick. I’m closing the voting down on Thursday evening… eek. That means I’ll have to get to work. πŸ˜‰ I adore moss, funny we moved to a property where we are surrounded by beautiful moss covered rocks. It’s wonderful! Oh, I’d love to pick through your salvaged wood pile, I bet you have tons of awesome stuff! I could pick and tidy at the same time? πŸ˜‰

  34. I adore the base on that chippy lamp too! I’d love to see what you do with it

  35. How fun! I can’t wait to see each and every project as you get to them.

    • It is fun Shauna, I figured I’d ask the experts what they want to see me do next, takes the guess work out of it. It’s very cool, it’s been close.

  36. I would love to see something done to the windows/Doors AND that rocking chair!! We have an old door as well that we plan on using for our Pantry door!

    • I love that door, we have two. One is for the pantry and the other, I haven’t figured that one out yet. Oh, is your pantry door project on the horizon, I’d love to see that!

  37. I voted for the thermostat wall because you said everyone sees it when they come in and it is an eye sore.

  38. I voted for moss (since it seems time sensitive!) but can’t wait to see what you put together on the thermostat wall!

    • Hey there! Moss isn’t time sensitive, it’s all dried out and ready to use, but it is just sitting there on the porch mocking me. πŸ˜‰ That wall is driving me mad!

  39. There are so many choices! No wonder you are having trouble picking!

    • I know, Dana! Usually I have no issues picking what to do… not this time I want to do them all at once, can’t so I’ve enlisted help. I sure hope you voted! :) thanks for stopping in.

  40. Wow! You do have a problem! I love love love the globe. If you’re looking to get rid of it…. πŸ˜‰

  41. Hi Laurie! I would like to see a door on your laundry room/pantry. The possibilities of antique door you described can be endless. Glad I helped! LOL

  42. I’d be in your shoes if I had access to all the great stuff. I just realized what a city girl I truly am because I never thought of “harvesting” my own moss. Dah! I really think the bench would be marvelous if you have a spot in mind for it.

    • I do have the perfect spot in mind for that beautiful bench! I didn’t realize you could harvest moss either, I tested that theory when we moved in. We are surrounded by beautiful moss covered rocks, it’s just a matter of peeling the moss off of the rocks (it’s very thick) and letting it dry. It keeps it’s beautiful colour! I am a happy girl! I should also add a strange girl too, moss makes me happy? lol

  43. The bench!

    If you can make something beautiful with it, you will have a great seating area for this summer. AWESOME.

  44. Hi, I found your blog through Barnfull O Goodies. I vote for the chippy white lamp. It is a small project that may get you motivated to tackle the bigger ones. I picked some moss from my yard but am wondering ,do I just let it dry out on it’s own.? I will be a blog follower from now on as I am curious to see what you pick to start with.

    • Hi Alice, thanks so much for stopping in! I love Barnfull! <3 I laid my moss on parchment and left it to dry outside. Once it's dry I removed any back dirt and it's a beautiful thin piece of moss it keeps it colour and is so pretty!

  45. jennifer aitken says:

    I picked the bench, im sure you guys will do something awsome. and it looks really cool now ! cant wait to sit on it πŸ˜‰

  46. Oh what am amazing group of projects you have waiting for you! I chose the bench, but it was a hard call because they are all fabulous! I am in love with that chippy lamp and I can’t wait to see what you do with the step stool! With your talent, not matter what you choose it will be fantastic!

    • Awwww, thanks Shanna! You are much too kind! xo I love that little lamp and the bench and the… lol that’s how I got here in the first place too many awesome things to work on. thanks for stopping in to vote!

  47. Such lovely items, so hard to choose! But loving the hutch bench. I’m excited to see what you choose!

    • Hi Sandra! I’m excited to see what everyone chooses! πŸ˜‰ That bench is awesome, I have the perfect spot for it. thanks for voting!

  48. I picked the tripod!! I know you’ll amaze us with all of the makeovers!! I also have a collecting condition too and my hubby just doesn’t understand my love for pillows lol!!!

  49. I voted for the headboard bench. I love it already and I’d love to see it in its finished glory!

  50. I picked the tripod, too, because if you get one small-ish project done, you’ll feel major accomplishment and keep going! I’ve done this project – go for it!

  51. I vote Ikea table, I need some inspiration for mine.

    • LOL, I think everyone has one of those tables! I got mine in the AS-IS section (my all time fav place) for $35, so it’s really paid me back many times, it’ll be a no stress kind of redo. Thanks for voting!

  52. I picked the Uggo wall because I’d love to see what you’d with it – we have one very similar and it always bothers me!

    • Thanks Jo-Anna, I hate that wall, grrr. I have big plans, I’m super excited to tackle it… we’ll see when though. Thanks for voting!

  53. Wow- you have some seriously amazing finds. I need to get out there garage sale-ing again, clearly! I actually love the color of that vintage stool… but it does need to be slightly less “distressed” I think:) Looking forward to what you tackle next!!

    • Hi Krista, thanks for stopping in… I’ll be announcing the winner shortly! :) PS I love that little vintage stool too, he’s so adorable!

  54. Voted for Nanny’s table – somehow, it got into my soft spot!

  55. So exciting! You will have to share what you end up doing with Stand Up Judy when she gets her makeover :)

  56. I don’t know which project you should do next, but I DO think you should send Judy to ME!!

  57. I see that the headboard bench won – gorgeous piece! I liked your idea about the cushioning. Can’t wait to see what you do with it to make it ready to use on your covered porch.

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