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?