Monday, January 31, 2011

"Recent" Yard Sale Finds: DIY-AF!

You'll notice recent was in quotation marks - as in it depends what you consider to be recent. I'm guessing the local church's Fall Bazaar may not count...

One of my goals this year is to do more DIY-AF, aka Do It Yourself And Finish. The two chinese style little tables were purchased for $2. My sense is there used to be three that stacked on each other but I've glued the two together to make a small table. Next step: paint them a glossy white.
This chair was given to me for free as they closed-out the sale. It's going to be recovered in left-over Schumacher's Fern Tree.

My 2011 goal - finish these and post about it! (oh, and the dresser drawers I bought a while back too)

22 comments:

Hartwood Roses said...

It's so difficult to muster the energy and dedication to finish a project! I get to about 80%, lose interest, and I have to beat myself up to put on the finishing touches ... did this just last week with the kitchen backsplash. Whined profusely every trip up and down the basement stairs to the wet saw in the garage to make those final cuts. We should start a support group.

My Notting Hill said...

Hartwood Roses - Love your idea for a support group!

pve design said...

A DIY support group...love that!
I support your efforts! How's that for motivation...
Insert "clapping" noise!
pve

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Great finds, as usual! Can't wait to see the finished product.
Have a wonderful week, Michelle.
Teresa
xoxo

Karena said...

How exciting. I love your idea, sometimes even tough I am inspired, getting started on a painting or project....well!

Michele, come and join my amazing giveaway from Splenderosa! You will love it!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

dovecotedecor said...

I don't have a DIY bone in my body, but watching everyone out there making things, makes me feel like its possible. I want to paint my dining room chairs in a high gloss finish. I'm afraid I'll ruin them. Perhaps this should not be my first project. Maybe I'll stick to the kitchen and the garden.
Best,
Liz

SHERRY HART said...

My goal this year is to go to more garage sales!!! That seems to be the best place for cool stuff and bargains!!!

Carla@DesignintheWoods said...

Funny, dovecote decor, me either! I love having my bevy of contractors do my projects for me. I have a problem finishing DIY as well and then I get all upset with myself. I'm having an old dresser of my grandmothers painted for a Showhouse bedroom, but I'm taking it in to a refinisher! I tend to like perfection and my painting is far from perfect! Can't wait to see your projects!

Birdie Pearl said...

I am so glad to know I am not the only one with a "finishing" problem. I like to think that it is our insanely creative minds constantly working that cause this unfortunate side-effect. I'm in for the support group!

teaorwine said...

Though time-consuming, the end product will prove to be gorgeous. Love the detail on the chair.

Stitchfork said...

Can relate as I have a few UFO's around here too...
UnFinished Objects!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Finishing is just so difficult!!! I get so excited about new projects and then....nothing! (c: I'm so excited to see those little tables refinished, the detailing is just so awesome, great finds!

The Antiques Diva™ said...

SO excited to see the finished project!!! It's going to be GORGEOUS!
Toma

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

ha, you can do it!! Great pieces to work with...and love your fern fabric! Janell

Boxwood Terrace said...

Those are great finds, Michele. I hear you on the subject of DIY. My excuse is that I'm waiting until spring when I can paint furniture outdoors.
Deborah

Ideezine said...

How wonderful. I know how long these projects take. Vision + Conviction = Beautiful finish. Enjoy it you can do what you say you can!

scrapbook-melissah said...

I just discovered your lovely blog. I'm just new into blogging & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design.
http://scrapbook-melissah.blogspot.com/
I had a lot of fun putting it together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.
x
Melissah

Jenny Castle Design said...

Can't wait to see the finished prodcut!

quintessence said...

I'm afraid I'm not much of a DIY girl but love to see others' projects! Can't wait to see your transformations.

Lila said...

You're hilarious. It's so true. The goal is not only to start the project but, finish as well! Can't wait to see the finished products!
xoxo
Lila Ferraro

Grant K. Gibson said...

I think that I need to come to where you are going to yard sales...

Danielle said...

Totally can't wait to see the afters! Fabulous finds at incredible prices and I totally know what you mean about unfinished projects...you should just see my basement! Agree with Hartwood Roses...there needs to be a support group.
Me: Hi, my name is Danielle and I have too many uncompleted projects. Group: Good morning Danielle! How has this infringed on your life?
Me: I can't seem to control myself, my basement looks like a warehouse and it is supposed to be a play area for my son.
Group: We understand, so what kind of goodies do you have...can we come over to see? ;)

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