DIY projects this week

We have been knocking out project after project this week and it feels GREAT!  This morning we had about three or four complete renovation projects going on in our garage and as of this hour we have completed one entirely, and have a small little bit of work left to do to finally be finished with another.

It’s tough to be a DIYer with a toddler who is at home full time (rather than many toddlers who are in preschool or daycare), not even to mention being 39 weeks.  EEK!  I have to squeeze in time when Elizabeth is asleep or when her mood and the weather align perfectly for her to wander around the work area while I’m working/keeping her out of the project.  I’m really going to miss how “easy” it was to deal with only one child when this second one is also getting in the way of these projects. 😉

This morning our project to-do list included an old Victorian dresser (we think?), the IKEA Latt table and chairs set, a glider and foot stool combo, and the IKEA bekvam step stool.


While three of those same projects are left unfinished, one of them is completely finished, and one is just about at the finish line, it’s so close I’ve even shared it on my facebook although there is still one thing left to do.  The two IKEA projects are still being worked on but I’d say the latt table and chairs set is about half way, and the bekvam step stool is maybe 1/3 of the way to being completed.

I’m really really hoping that I can share with you a second completed project tomorrow!!  Until then, here is my second DIY reupholster/stain/paint glider job:


Charlie loves gliders which basically means that she is either in or begging to get into a glider if she’s around one.  This glider was initially a light blonde or ash wood color which I’m not crazy about, and a dark blue almost-corduroy fabric on the cushions.  We purchased it secondhand with the intention to redo it like we did with Elizabeth’s, which you can read about here.

I would love to take on another glider project sometime in the future (next baby, maybe?!)  because I’d like to try some other techniques throughout the process.

Have you been feeling productive lately?


Author: Katrina

My name is Katrina and I’m married to the love of my life, William, who is a first lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Together we have the most precious little girls, Elizabeth Lorraine and Alodia Claire. I'm so glad you're here!

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