I don’t know about you guys, but here at the Retro Ranch there is always a project to be done. With Labor Day weekend coming up (three days off from work!) I think a project is in order. My only problem: which one?

That’s where you come in. Help me decide which project I should tackle over the three day weekend!

Here are the contenders:


PROJECT 1: Make a retro-inspired TV stand

I have never loved our TV stand. It is a bit too traditional for my mid century taste, plus it is not ideal for our space. I have also never made a piece of furniture myself, but do you think that is going to stop me from trying? Plus our local home improvement store is having a sale on wood that looks like it might work perfectly for what I have in mind…and what might I have in mind?  Something like this:

This is the Adams Media Console from West Elm. It retails for $349 (plus tax and shipping) and it is still not exactly what I have envisioned for our TV.

Let’s use the magic of PhotoShop to show you how I would build it:

This model is more my speed. Perhaps a little longer with three compartments, perhaps stained instead of painted (not sure about that yet) and no drawers.
(Remember I have never built furniture before so I doubt it would be a good idea to start with drawers!


PROJECT 2: Refinish the Broyhill Brasilia headboard I scored over a year ago!

If you think you might be seeing double, you’re right. I have two of these headboards. The above headboard was purchased for $10 about a year ago. It isn’t in the greatest shape. I bought sandpaper, stain, varnish, etc. to try to refinish it (for use in my guest bedroom) but I haven’t had the time to do it yet. The sooner I get the headboard ready for the guest bedroom, the sooner I can decorate it and share the process on this blog. I am also slightly terrified that I might mess this headboard up (which could also be why I haven’t done anything with it yet) but it is pretty messed up already so there isn’t much to loose.


PROJECT 3: Install the edging on the corner garden.

Remember this project?

Well it isn’t quite complete. I have all the composite edging in the garage just waiting to be installed. It could be a lifesaver come spring to have this project completed. The edging would help contain the mulch. I could also try to acquire some large rocks from my Uncle to place amongst the flowers.


PROJECT 4: Make some awesome shelves.

A couple of years ago, I became obsessed with these mini chairs. I had them on cube shelving on a small wall at my last house but I haven’t found the right way to display them on the giant walls here at the Retro Ranch.

About a month ago I unpacked them and put them up on the shelf in my office, but it is not a great way to display these awesome little chairs. Too much clutter!

I started brainstorming for a better way to house them and came up with these:

How cool would it be if I made the mini chairs some mini ranch house shelves for them to “live” in!

These are still in the rough planning stage, but if I got cracking on them, I could probably get at least one built this weekend, right?


So there you have it. Four projects of varying difficulty. I could possibly get at least one of them done this weekend (or close to done) if I could just decide which one to focus my energy on. What’s your project-tion?


12 thoughts on “WHAT’S YOUR PROJECT-TION?

    • Thanks Jill!

      I checked out your blog! Looks like you have been busy doing yard work! Sometimes people don’t realize how much work it takes to make a little change in the yard. Good job!

      As much as it would be nice to do more yard work around the Ranch, I am dying to try making the shelves!

      Thanks for the feedback!

  1. Ranch house shelves. It would seem less like work, don’t you think? And you do work awfully hard. Besides, what if you get all ready to tackle that outdoor project and it rains? Or gets too hot? Or too cold?
    Don’t thank me for the excuses. I could come up with them in my sleep.

    • I don’t know if the Ranch House shelves would be less work, I have a lot of angles to figure out in order to build those, plus I need to figure out the scale in relation to the mini chairs (lots of boring math stuff…ugg!).

      The weather for the weekend here looks like a little bit of everything-humid, hot, chance of rain, then cooling off into the 60s by Monday- but that’s only if you think the weather guys are going to be right, which they are about 50% of the time around here.

      You are too funny! If I ever need a really good excuse, I am going to ask you what I should say! 🙂

      Thanks for the input!

  2. start by tackling your existing projects .. crossing stuff off my list (like refinishing furniture or finally putting the finishing touches on projects) gives me the most satisfication.. I’m like “finally! I did it” The retro inspired TV stand can wait. Try rewarding yourself with the “new” project” when you complete the others

  3. I was going to suggest refinishing the headboard so you can then be “free” to tackle the guest room when you want and it would get it into a place that is functional. Between working on that, if the weather is conducive, you could install some edging on the corner garden and get that out of the way for the year and it will be all set for Spring. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself and just relax. The mini ranch shelves idea is very cool as is the new media cabinet, but they can wait a bit methinks. 🙂

    • Mid Century Mom,

      Is there a personal reason why you want me to refinish the headboard for the guest room? 😉 Perhaps a decorated guest room would make your future stays at the Retro Ranch Resort a little more awesome? Kidding. But seriously, that is a good idea…although the thrill of the “new” projects is enticing….

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