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. I mean I’m not a hoarder, not exactly… I think I am better described as a, vintage collecting procrastinator. 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.
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? 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?
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! 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!
stoleborrowed 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!
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.
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!
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!
Getting real laundry. 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.
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.
“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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Retro stool. Isn’t this adorable? The colour, not so much… this guy just needs a new finish.
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.
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. Can you picture it, or am I crazy? Don’t answer that!
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! This one would, if picked get a whole spa day. New paint, new seat, and new backing.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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