Saturday, January 15, 2011

I did not plan on all of this:

But this is what happens when I get the urge to make something. It started with "I'd love to do THIS", and snowballed from there. I am now wiring potlights into the ceiling on the long wall...and I tore my old ottoman apart and I'm rebuilding it into a smaller version...and I bought a piece of furniture off Craigslist to hold the TV.
I'll post pics of the finished products but right now I'm in a total frenzy!

The other thing about this: there is a very limited budget. Which is always the case around here, but I've noticed that I'm willing to do totally INSANE things in order to get a project done for no money. Maybe that's what I need to do -- post cost breakdowns for my projects.  The ottoman was smelly and stained and huge and old. but rather than pitch it I'm going to rip it apart and rebuild it, and sew a slipcover. In the interest of saving money, I am even going to REUSE the cotton batting. I put it in a pillowcase and washed it, and I'm going to staple it back on! (Is that nuts?)

I'm also going to use free scrap wood to make the living room wall. The wiring and potlights have cost me $56, and I'm hoping that's going to be the majority of the budget.
 We'll see...
Posted by Katy On 10:07 PM 4 comments


  1. Oh how fun!
    I love projects that take on a life of their own. You are one resourceful girl!

  2. Wow, you don't mess around! When you get something in your mind, you go for it! Can't wait to see your progress!!! :-) Sandra

  3. I cannot wait to see what you do!!! It's amazing how a lack of money can result in awesome projects! Keep at it! = )

  4. I can't wait to see it all done. I love a project that is using what you have and on a budget. Hugs, Marty


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