Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I'm So Excited and I Just Can't Hide It!

So last week I was whining a little bit about the lack of good thrift store finds in our area lately. I mean, I'm not really a whiner to begin with. Really I'm not....!! Anyway- the thrift store situation hasn't changed much but I've had some other exciting news and finds I just had to share with you. 

For one, I have been trying to get up the courage to reupholster these fabulous orange chairs I bought almost a year ago:

I bought them with the intention to reupholster them myself and even bought the fabric to do it with.

Kravet Haute Este

But I've been a big chicken and haven't been able to build up the courage to do it on my own. I had been searching for a place that taught upholstery classes. (Even back in San Antonio where I bought the chairs in the first place.) I happened to call the local Vo-Tech school here in town where they teach automotive classes and ask if they ever taught upholstery. 

And what do you know?! Here in tiny Altus, OK they are having an upholstery class starting up in about 2 weeks. OMG!! 

The class is new so they're trying to spread the word and get people to sign. I'm telling everyone I know- I hope this class happens because I cannot wait to try it out! YESSS!!!!

My other exciting news is an awesome dumpster find. They are redoing the gym on base and have been tearing out the old gym flooring. I heard through the grapevine that over Christmas the were giving the ripped out flooring away- and I wasn't here to take advantage!!

Well, over the weekend the workers were at the gym again tearing out some more floor. I found the general contractor and asked him if what they were doing with it. He said they were throwing it away that afternoon! And that I could have some if I picked it up myself.

So what did I do? Ran over to the Hubs office, switched my car for his truck and loaded up 3 5'x5' sections of basketball flooring!!

SCORE!! Basketball floor is made of solid maple- and I got it all for free! It's going to be hard to get the pieces into shape to make something with them; but I was looking online and people have done some pretty awesome stuff with reclaimed gym floors.

And who knows what else? I'm super excited!! I know this is a lot to take on when I'm also working on Con-Man's new Big Boy room, and soon a nursery. But what the heck? Let's do this!

Have you ever been excited to learn a new skill? Or been super excited to tackle a big new project?

Oh ya- and I changed my blog header again. I missed my spunky red haired tool wielding DIY chick.


the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, 2 great things! good luck on the upholstery class, and score on the gym floors! can't wait to see what you do with it!

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

Wow! A table out of a gym floor?!?! It looks great! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

How exciting, can't wait to see what you do!!!
Yes, the napkins are from world market :)

Jen said...

You will have to do a post after the class.. I have always been to chicken to re-upholster! Can't wait to see how the chairs turn out! Thanks for stopping by Harrison Home!

Courtney said...

I'm excited for you!! I so hope the upholstery class goes ahead. Then you can post any tips you learnt for us other novices!! Plus you'll have two professional looking chairs, of course!!
Oh the flooring...possibilities are endless!! I'm a little green over here at the moment :)