Thursday, May 14, 2009

Project Procrastinators Party-The results

So today is the big "TA DA" day. The day of reckoning. The day we are suppose to show the results or the after photos of our procrastination projects. Did you get yours done? Congrats if you did!!! If you didn't, time to repent and ask forgiveness. Just kidding.

And now I suppose you want to know if I completed my procrastination projects. Well, ummm, did you see American Idol last night? Wasn't it kind of a shocker? Who would have thought that Chris would be in the finals with Adam instead of Danny. Who do you want to win American Idol? My money is on Adam.

What did you say? Am I stalling? Who me? I would never do such a thing. I'm just dilly dallying a little. Ok, I guess I should remind you of the 2 projects that I had hoped to get done by today. Or at least one of them done.

THE BEFORE:

Project #1: Was my dining room chairs. This is the before. I was suppose to finish the chairs by upholstering them. I have 6 dining rooms chairs. My chairs have been this way for 3 years. We painted the chairs black about 3 years ago, but never changed out the fabric on the seats. This fabric has been on these chairs for probably at least 40 years.

Project #2: My blanket chest. See how naked it is? It's been this way for about 15 years. If you want to see my entire "before" post, click here.


And now without further delays, did you notice my little cartoon at the top of the post? I thought it was appropriate for today. It exactly describes me. That's why they call me the procrastination queen.

Was I lolly gagging again? Sorry!

THE AFTER:

Let's start with Project #2: Blanket chest

TA DA!!!! Here is the after. Isn't she purdy? What's with all the whispering? What do you mean it looks exactly like the before? You mean to tell me that the emperor, I mean queen has no clothes? Let me take a look......
Hmm, you are right. She is still naked. I guess I must have dreamed that she was all painted & purdy. Well, I have a really good excuse as to why she is still naked. It's been too windy here to paint. And I had to take my son to the Nixon library a couple of Saturdays ago & this past weekend was Mother's Day and we were out of town. And I work a full time job. You get the picture, life got in the way of finishing my project. I'm so sad. I really thought I was going to get this done.

Well so much for the blanket chest, what about the chairs......

Project #1: Dining room chairs. TA DA!!!! Yay!!!! (insert trumpet horns here)

I got 3 of the 6 chairs done. Here is the after photo of one of the chairs. I guess I should have taken a photo of the 3 chairs as proof. You'll just have to take my word. I (we) got 3 of the 6 chairs done. Which is a heck of a lot better than I thought. Remember, I am the procrastination queen.
Don't you just love this rooster toile? I've had this fabric for this project for 3 years.
I thought this would be such an easy peasy project. Boy was I wrong. First, there was 2 layers of old fabric that I had to take off. Which meant I had to pull out about a million little tacks. Yes the old fabric was tacked on with teeny tiny little tacks, not staples. Secondly I had to add new foam & quilt batting. And finally the pattern repeat in this fabric is 18 inches. I needed the fabric to be more like 24 inches to give enough fabric for stretching onto the back for stapling. So I had to sew on 3 inches of extra fabric to the top & then to the bottom . The seams are just under the edge of the chair seat. So that worked out pretty good, you can't see where I had to add fabric. And trying to center the pattern on the chair was so hard. We (hubby & I) did pretty good though for our first try at this. And since we didn't even start this project until Tuesday evening, I think we did pretty good getting 3 chairs done. My new goal is to have the final 3 chairs done by Thanksgiving. Just kidding. Hopefully we will get them done this weekend. Unless I can come up with some sort of excuse. Ooh, I have a 30% off coupon for Kohl's......
I guess I should have picked a fabric that didn't have a design that needed to be centered. It would have made this project so much easier.

So what do you think? I'm pretty happy that I got at least 3 chairs done. Any one who knows me would have bet money that nothing would have been done by today. So I beat the odds. Woo hoo!!!!

I guess now that I did get part of my project done I am no longer the procrastination queen, more like a princess now. Now go to the Inspired Room to see Melissa's & every one else's results (or lack of).

23 comments:

Kara said...

Sounds like it was a lot of work, but your chair sure looks fabulous now!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

He he... but it's worth trying the transformation of the old furniture, isn't it?

It seems you've a new lovely one this summer.

Great n well done!

BugaBoos Creations said...

I soooo love these! I love the black and toile! They would go perfectly with my table, lol! LOVE LOVE LOVE them! You did and Awesome job on them!

Elizabeth said...

Wow! Those chairs are awesome! It's amazing what a differnce just changing out the fabric made!

And don't ya just hate it when a "simple" project turns out much harder than expected. I'm impressed wih that you got done!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

LOL! I want Adam to win but he'll do just fine even if he doesn't.

The chair(s) came out great! You know you don't have to take the old fabric off. You can just do everything over it .

Good Job!

Manuea

Vee said...

Oh that toile is perfect, but I do see what you mean abou its needing to be centered. You made me laugh with your story about the blanket chest.

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread said...

I love your sense of humor. Much is needed when you are juggling so many things at once. I've seen a number of tranformations that include toile. I think I like yours the best! The centered image is striking and worth the extra effort. ~Kathy

Sue said...

Love the chair! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I agree, we are needing another party!

Cindy said...

Oh wow. That did end up being quite a job! I LOVE the chair seats! Well done! So, when are you doing the other 3?

Michelle said...

Chair(s) are gorgeous!! Thanks for your sweet comments, the frame is driving me crazy...ha!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Love, love, love that fabric! Perfect!

Sorry - VOTE FOR KRIS ALLEN FOR AMERICAN IDOL!

They are both good though. laurie

Carla said...

They look great. Love the toile. I'm sure that rooster print was annoying to try to center.

Donna said...

Your chair came out beautiful! I love that chest too. I've wanted a nice blanket chest for a while but they are so darn expensive. I can't find a decent one at a yard sale either... I'll have to keep searching!

june@craftyniche said...

The new fabric is gorgeous! Great job!

Jessica said...

I love the chairs, that rooster toile is adorable. Now that you've done the first three maybe the next three will be faster. (Ha ha ha, right?)

Barbie said...

I am so impressed. I could never have tackled something like that. It looks absolutely beautiful. You should be very proud of yourself.

homeinthecities said...

Those chairs are wonderful - the toile is great! Nicely done!

The Brannon Family said...

Fabulous! Great fabric. I can see how this was very time consuming! We've only had our dining room set for 8 months and now I think I'm ready to take the "leather" off the seats and find some FAB fabric...

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I love the rooster fabric on that chair! I bet it was a pain to center but it looks fabulous! Good job! I laughed about the blanket chest but I'm so impressed by the chairs I can get over it not getting done!

Glad you joined in!

Amber said...

These are so beautiful. You have to finish the rest!!! This would be so great in your dining room. And I adore the fabric.

starsfault said...

Your chairs turned out lovely!!

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

Wow... those chairs are so pretty now. I love the black and white toile and you are making me what to cover the seats on my chairs. Only they don't have seats like that. Waaaa!

Imelda@Inspired Simplicity said...

woo hoo to you and your sweet helper. your chairs look so lovely. I also love the funny cartoon...I can so relate to it:) thanks for sharing and thanks for the sweet comment on my own procrastinator project post