Our Halfway House

>> Thursday, September 8, 2011

I've come to terms with the fact that my house is pretty much in a constant state of halfway finished projects. My poor husband. My poor baby. Here is what we have on the docket these days, the projects narrating for themselves.

Remember my chairs? I made a white slipcover for one and then they discontinued the fabric. Then I decided I was too lazy to constantly wash slipcovers anyway. So I bought some outdoor fabric, ripped my hands apart stripping the chair, and here is where we are today...
Can you believe the one thing that is holding me up is staples? Only available online...annoying. Sourcing all of the componets has been the toughest obstacle. I could not fathom renting an air compressor and staple gun for $100 for a day when I could own both for $150. So I am now the proud owner of this...
My husband jokes that I need to start a tool renting business in our building. Who lives in a high rise and owns an air compressor and pneumatic staple gun? This girl.
Remember my swagged Ikea chandelier? Well I decided I hated  that too. So I made this contraption.
The main fixture is West Elm, but the shade is made of two giant, oval embroidery hoops and a piece of strathmore paper. Best part? It covers the swag and allows the fixture, as a whole, to be centered over the table. yay!

And lastly, remember my new tv stand? Not 100% finished, but it does currently hold the tv.
I decided I liked it better sans doors. So I had to sand down some imperfections on the green, thus the discoloration on the bottom. I still need to touch that up. And this pretty little number is on it's way to adorn the drawer, which I'm pretty pumped about.

And that is the current state of projects in the Sabbe household. To think we joked that I would have nothing to do since we were moving into a practically brand new space....ha, ha, ha. Like Jenny said, it's a sickness.


Kate {domestikatedlife} September 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM  

embroiderey machines, pneumatic staple guns... I think you should make a Sabbe Workshop sign for your front door!

...and the chair looks fab, you're a pro already!

Emily September 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM  

i love this post! this summer i've been working on two chairs that i acquired with an upholstery class. the chairs look amazing (also had to buy the gun and compressor) but now i have to sew the cushions which is stressing me out. just an fyi....diyupholsterysupply.com has great resources. also hate that the staples have to be bought online! let me know if you have a secret resource!

Brittany September 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM  

Love the chair and TV stand You are so talented! Looking forward to girl's night out tonight!

courtneyoutloud September 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM  

we need to live closer b/c i was telling my other half, i wish i knew someone with a staple gun :)

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss September 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM  

This post cracked me up... love your tool stash. And everything is looking great!

paula September 8, 2011 at 5:20 PM  

loving the chair. You are so creative and have such talent.

Dayka (Life +Style) September 9, 2011 at 8:34 AM  

well the chair is stunning & you have some great projects on hand! can't wait to see until everything is done.

and i mean, seriously--that chair is jaw dropping!

Erin (Out on a Limb) September 10, 2011 at 8:03 AM  

I feel so much better, knowing that I'm not alone and that I'm in the good company of seasoned professionals; ) The chair is already gorgeous and the t.v. stand too. Totally inspiring.

Cat September 11, 2011 at 10:12 PM  

I feel the same way about our house. ;) Everthing looks great, especially that chair. YOu're getting to be a pro.

Kirsten Krason September 12, 2011 at 1:43 AM  

It looks like you've been busy! Awesome work!

kh September 12, 2011 at 5:09 PM  

Oh I'm glad I'm not the only one!

And, man, I wish I were your neighbor. How handy to have all those things.

Marianne {Style For Living} September 12, 2011 at 5:40 PM  

I love all of your little projects! You have quite the tool collection. The air compressor is very impressive!

Amanda September 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

oh wow!!! That chair is amazing! and kudos to your for doing it yourself. I tried that route and it ended in tears. Your is just lovely and I have power tool envy! That thing looks awesome!

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