A crafting bender is better than a drinking bender, right?
So, I’ve been on a bit of a crafting bender as of late. And it’s so much more than paper mache and popsicle sticks.
A few weeks ago Matt and I decided that our house is too cluttered because, yes, it’s too cluttered. And I hate clutter. But my house is cluttered. So I guess that means I have to declutter it. Which is a lot of work.
Now, I’m no where near close to being a hoarder, but I have a lot of crap. Not necessarily worthwhile things, but rather I have a problem with tossing a kid’s drawing away because they said it was for me. But in any given drawing session done by the kids, I get between 2 to 10 drawings. And each one is special! And unique! And the only one they’ve ever drawn for me! (Well, that’s what Claire tells me.)
Every so often, I’d go through a bout where I’d just trash a bunch of stuff. Random toys that are missing pieces, drawings and dried up dandelions that the kids pick for me.
But that wasn’t enough.
I decided to start with the playroom. Simple enough. It’s a horribly cluttered room that really serves no purpose. It was constantly messy and I got into more arguments than I care to remember with the kids about it. And I wanted an office. Or at least a space for Matt and I to keep our stuff that’s out of the kids’ reach. Or a desk space for the kids to sit, too.
That’s when I concocted an idea for an 11 1/2 foot desk. I got the idea from a blog that has some fantastic designs.
So, I was on a mission to find something that could serve as a base. This then brought me to Construction Junction, a place that goes into homes and buildings that are about to be demolished, and save as much as they can for resale. After spending two hours searching, all I found was 10 square tiles for a dollar and a wooden chair that was missing its seat for 8 dollars.
Then I saw it. Sure, it had nothing to do with my 11 1/2 foot desk, but it was beautiful! It just needed to be scrubbed and painted and it’d be as good as new. What was it? It was a 5 foot tall, 4 foot wide dresser from the 1940’s. It was made out of solid wood and had a 225 dollar price tag on it. To buy something like that in a retail store would cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars. I had to have it.
So I got it – for 165 dollars. Negotiation is a wonderful thing. I, of course lack that skill and was happy that an old friend works for the place and got me a discount.
So yesterday, after 5 COATS OF PAINT, it was done! It just needed to be brought upstairs, to which I say, thank GOD for amazing neighbors. Matt and Steve got that sucker upstairs and here it sits:
The mirror on top is only temporary, because my shim sunburst mirror will go on the wall above, but until then that’s how it looks.
165 dollars worth of awesome.
While that was going on, I was sanding, staining and sealing 12 foot boards for my desktop and going to Ikea.
And we all know how much I love Ikea. So I dragged my best friend Ian along, because, that’s what friends are for, right?
I got my bases for the desk and proceeded to put them together:
I had to sit on it to get the sides to line up. Annoying Swedish-made furniture.
And Ian was ever so helpful:
(Note, this was taken AFTER he rolled over from laying on his back. He upgraded from dosing off to texting.)
No, he really did help.
A zillion hours later, we had two bookshelves and a four drawer thing that will serve as the base for my monstrosity.
So KATIE ETT, that’s why I’ve been missing for 6 days. Because I decided to do an annoying amount of decluttering which has taken over my life.
Yesterday I was at Lowes at 7:30 in the morning buying 12 foot long boards and stain.
Today I used a circular saw and didn’t lose an appendage.
And I started refinishing and reupholstering a chair.
So no worries, kids. Blogging will ensue.
Hopefully it won’t take me 6 days to get it written.
And yes, I didn’t loose my children or something. They still do exist while I’m doing all these projects. Mud, hockey, walkers and Bubble Guppies are wonderful.