Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Procrastinator's Party: The Reveal

Well, today was the deadline for the Procrastinator's Party. I will say this: having this deadline definitely gave me some motivation! I'm pretty happy with what I got done. Still some thing to finish up, but it's pretty darn close.

To refresh your memory:


And.....drumroll please.........

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Better? This project was like therapy for me. It's something I've really been wanting (NEEDING) to do for a while, so it felt good to get it accomplished, but it also really got the creative juices flowing. I had a lot of fun choosing the fabrics, spending WAY too much time at Joann's and then doing the actual sewing, etc. These were my inspirations:

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I think my favorite part is the chair cover. I fell in love with this fabric when I saw it at Joann's. It's not fancy, just cotton fabric, but I loved the colors and I knew I needed to get out of the yellow-blue rut in the kitchen. We got this chair at IKEA for cheap, but the cover was totally trashed (mostly from my 4-year old who loves to play at the computer).

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Making the cover was actually pretty simple. I had tried (and failed) one other time to cover it. This time it turned out decent. I just sewed the two rectangles together (after hemming the bottom edge first) and then added the ribbon on the bottom to close it. The seat was easy - staple gun! :-)

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I also loved the fabric I used for the memo board. It was upholstery fabric that was half-off and it helped me accomplish my goal of getting away from floral a little bit (it's a problem for me). :-) It was easy to cover the old one I had - again, staple gun! And some leftover ribbon from the chair.

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The storage boxes were from IKEA and I found some vinyl stickers for embellishment (though taking me back to flowers!). The file folders / hanger I already had, and I used one of my favorite flea market tins to hold a rescued-from-the-cold impatien fomr the backyard. We got a brand new in-the-box keyboard tray on craigslist for $35 - score.

AND, I did tackle that cabinet and the drawers as well. Now, some of that stuff is in a bag and a box and still need to be sorted, but it's progress. All but the bottom drawer are empty; I'm thinking of putting the boys' craft supplies, etc. in there. My best helper for this project was my trusty label maker. I got it a couple years ago and am addicted. :-)

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This has been great fun! Melissa, thanks for throwing the "party," let's do it again soon! Visit the post at The Inspired Room to check out more "afters!"


Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

what darling fabric you used for the chair!! Great job

Jan said...

gasp...Look what you did. Wow. That's a great transformation. Love the fabric. Everything looks so very pulled together now. Nicely done, Sara!

Amy Kate said...

I am totally with J an! GASP GASP GASP and I (Michael) will make you fabulous dinners if you can figure out how to make my house as cute as yours (half as cute)! This project lived up to the blog title: Pretty, Pleasant, and Practical! Well done!!!

Pearl Maple said...

Fabulous do over, it must be a joy to work at your desk now, gets me all inspired to clean up my space.

Katie@Yoga Gal said...

That chair cover is gorgeous! And you said that you bought that material at Joann's? I need to recover a bench.

*Katie heads to Joann's right now*


Joanie @ The Bright Side said...

Amazing makeover!! I love the fabrics you chose, especially for the chair. Very, very nice. It never ceases to amaze me how inspirational a project like this can be.

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread said...

Terrific makeover! I LOVE the fabric for the chair. It would almost make me want to pay the bills just to go in the office and see the pretty new space. ~Kathy

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

I can see how much work you put into it- it looks fantastic! Also, that fabric is too cute!!

Elaine said...

Wow, looks so much better. Love the chair!

Sara said...

Thanks, everyone! It was a lot of fun. Glad you all agree with me on the fabric. :-)

If you're looking for it, it was just with the other quilting fabric, in the section with the blues (at least that's where it was at my Joann's).

Thanks, again!

Christina said...

Wow Sara!! I love it! I love the fabric covered chair with the ribbon ties. So so cute! It looks great. I bet it feels great to have it done and so organized, too!! Did you add cupboard doors, too?

Love it!! Great job!!

Erica said...

I LOVE this office makeover, Sara! I'm so impressed!! I think it's time for me to A) Purchase a staple gum, B)Purchase a label maker and C) Add a little creativity to our desk area here.
I'm going to have to look at JoAnn's online (do they even do that?) since I have NO idea where there is one here. I love the fabrics you picked out!
Thanks for the inspiration!

deborah said...

Sara, thanks for stopping by our blog & being so sweet! I LOVE your office chair re-do! Absolutely darling. Our office is in need, desperate need of a clean out and make-over. I have been procrastinating!(who da thunk it!) Now I am starting to get excited about the difference some of your ideas could make in our office too!
Thanks for inspiring! Deborah

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

BEAUTIFUL makeover!!! Standing O for you!!!

Thanks for playing along!

"m" said...

How refreshing! Love the clean, cheerful color palette you chose!