Hi all! Thanks for waiting patiently while I finished up this project. I mentioned in my last post that I had tackled two projects over the Labor Day weekend…and I did, but I  only totally finished one of them (which was the headboard refinishing).

The other project I started was building some really awesome mini ranch house shelves for my mini chair collection. The whole time I was sanding the Broyhill Brasilia headboard, all I could think about was building these cool little shelves, so as soon as I was done with the headboard I ran out to get some wood and started building.

The trouble was that I didn’t finish by the end of the long weekend. I wanted so desperately to show you all my final product, all done and hanging on the wall with mini-chars and everything but I had only built, stained and finished one of the three ranch house shelves that I wanted to make. I decided to work on building the other two shelves after work this week…which means my kitchen remained a wood shop from Tuesday until last night.

And then late last night I decided on the arrangement and placement of the shelves and took the time to hang them, but the polyurethane wasn’t totally dry! I didn’t dare put the mini chairs on the shelves until everything was dry, so I played the waiting game.

This afternoon, after a week full of designing, building, staining and top coating, the shelves were ready for the chairs…

Ohhh look, I can see them!

Let me tell you, the sight of my mini chair collection on these shelves that I dreamed up and then built myself is pure joy!

I am so excited about them!

Now my mini chairs have a home! (Well, three to be exact)

The grouping of three shelves fits perfectly in the space over the TV.

But I would need to make about 30 more of these to fill the entire orange wall…

Maybe this winter I will have time to make a painting or something to fill the rest of the space. What do you think Leo?

Okay, okay we can go for a walk now Leo!

While I take him out for a spin, I will leave you with one last look at the lovely little ranch house shelves

…I’m so excited about them!

What do you think?



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?