Weekend Update: Going off-list …

I like making lists.  I like ordering things, categorizing them, creating impossible to-do lists with way too many items on them for me to ever get through in a day.  Or a work week.  Or a weekend.  This often leads to anxiety and stress  (the very thing the list-making helps in the first place!) because at some point in the life of each list I realize I will NEVER get through everything that’s on that list and I get mad at myself for either creating such an unrealistic list or for there not being more hours in the day.  I have about the same amount of control over those two things, too — I can’t stop making unrealistic lists just like I can’t add more hours to the day.  But the lists go on.  I can’t help it!

So I was as surprised as the next gal to find myself going completely off-list this weekend.  It all started when I noticed how dirty the floor on the upstairs porch was.  So I swept it.  Then I thought …  we are NEVER going to get to this room — well, not never, but let’s be honest– buying furniture for it and painting, fixing it up, etc. are pretty low on the list.  So I thought — why not make it look a little cuter in the mean time?  Because there was a little bit of mess on the floor (oops!) and a side table that is a nice little piece of furniture that was left in the house, but it was just (literally) gathering dust.  So I found an indoor/outdoor rug we were using downstairs when we were under construction down there, and I put it on the floor.

cute(ish), right?

cute(ish), right?

Then things got weird.

I was  suddenly and completely inspired to take that little table and fix it up for the guest bedroom.  Why have I not had a nightstand in the guest room?!?!  Our friends have all been too polite to comment on this stunning lack of hospitality, but it’s been driving me crazy.  And here I had a great nightstand the whole time!  So neither of these projects were on my very long weekend list, and yet off I went, sanding and painting….

I took the little table I’ve been using in the guest bedroom and decided to paint it silver — it will live on the porch upstairs.

Hi.  I'm a cute table but I never fit right in the guest room!

Hi. I’m a cute table but I never fit right in the guest room!

I sanded and painted the night stand (still using old quarts of sample paint!) and decoupaged some scrapbooking paper to the top and inside.  I silver-leafed the drawer pulls and ta-da!  Cuteness ensues!

What do you think??

Now, if we could just get that eyesore-front-porch scraped ….

I better make a list!

 

 

Crafty Tale #6: a little decoupage …

In my ongoing quest to make things look bright, cheery and cute, I decided to decoupage some light switch plates.  It was SO easy and SO inexpensive.  The white covers were purchased for 47 cents each at Home Depot.  I remembered I had some paper that kind of resembled the rug in our “new” room, and of course, we at the Larsen house buy Mod Podge by the gallon.

I traced the plates on the back of the paper, cut it with a paper cutter and used an X-acto knife to cut out the holes.  I brushed Mod Podge on the plate, added the paper and then added about 3 more coats of Mod Podge, letting it dry between coats.  The screws just popped through later, with another little poke from the X-acto knife.

They’re certainly not perfect up close, but on the wall, in the room, I think they look really cute.