Saturday, October 20, 2012

Four Fall Goals

I'm feeling a little betwixt and between right now. I was busy all summer with projects and little excursions and most of September and the beginning of October was taken up with travelling and entertaining and finishing the front walkway. It was all fun and had my mind abuzz with ideas and lists and inspiration. When our friends from France (who were visiting us over the weekend) left I suddenly realized I had no more projects on the go and no more events to look forward to in the near future. I have to say it left me feeling rather adrift.

As I drove to and from work this week I thought about what I would like to accomplish over the next few months before Christmas and I came up with four projects.  I may not do them in this order ... I may not get them done at all, but at least I have some inspiration, something to get the creative juices flowing.

Here're the details:

1.  I've been wanting to paint our dining room table for ages and this would be the perfect time to do it with only my husband and myself around the house.  I'm working on a post with inspiration photos to help us decide what colour to paint the table (and chairs???). 

2.  Our friends who own a farm gave me an authentic gorgeous weathered barn board to use as a surface when taking pictures of food.  I have begun working on making it into a surface I can use, but I have run into a few problems - like that the board is warped and little pieces are coming off.  I'm going to make the board into a square so it will look amazing as a backdrop for bowls of soup and crusty bread and other tasty goodies.

3.  I have some wooden bed slats from the base of an IKEA bed that I have been saving and I have big plans for them.  Plans that include nailing them together and painting them white - honestly it looks much better in my head than it sounds when I try to explain it.  Stay tuned as I just might start with this project.

4.  I've been slowly gathering frames and art to put together into a gallery wall above the sofa in the family room.  Now I just need to actually assemble the art and determine if we finally have enough and how to hang them so they don't look like a hot mess on the wall.  

That sounds like it should keep me off the streets and busy, don't you think? What projects are you working on this fall?


  1. Wow, all interesting ideas...the bed slats has me the most interested...I have 2 sets of those we don;èt use.

  2. Well now, that is a big list, but you can tackle it! Love those barn boards. They will be perfect for photo staging. What color are you thinking about painting the table? When I painted mine white I thought at first that I would leave the chairs alone but then changed my mind and painted the chairs black. So, I would wait and paint the table first and see if the chairs speak to you. Have fun!

    Susan and Bentley

  3. Sounds like you have some great projects lined up, and I look forward to seeing the finished products! We have painting to do, and I would love to get our kitchen backsplash finally finished!


  4. Very reasonable list - these tasks shouldn't be too hard to accomplish in the next few months. Looking forward to the during and after pics!

  5. Those sound like great ideas, and a much more realistic list than I usually make. Looking forward to seeing your results.

  6. Oh please don't paint those chairs and table. I think they are beautiful the way they are.

  7. Hi Grace,
    Thank you for dropping by today!
    What a great project the worn barn board and the natural aged colour! I do love a good piece of barn board as well. I also have a project this fall to introduce some into our kitchen.
    Have fun with your list, I agree it should keep you off of the streets for a little while... :)
    All the Best,

  8. Super goals! I don't really have many goals other than helping Shelley study and paint more! I need to get in the studio more often.

    I can't wait to read your posts once you finish each project!


  9. Nice list of projects Grace! Looking forward to see your projects :) Happy monday!

  10. I am not sure how I missed the last few posts...

    Anyway, love all your ideas & can't wait to see what you come up with. I love your table & chairs, as is, but a coat of paint always makes a heart feel a bit fresher.

    Your pumpkin looked great, too!