My husband is getting home from a year deployment at the end of this week. The question most commonly asked is "How did you get through it without going crazy". Well... the truth is... I didn't. I am crazy. But that's not because the deployment. But I made the time pass more quickly by doing tons of projects around the house.
We bought a brand new house a couple weeks before he left. With white walls everywhere I looked, I almost had to surgically remove a paintbrush from my hand after the first couple months. Then it was on to the furniture. I arranged, rearranged, and arranged again. It keeps my stuff from getting old. I guess boring's a better word than old since most my stuff is, in fact, very old. To quote my husband "If it can't give our kids lock jaw or lead poisoning, you won't like it."
Since he's coming home at the end of the week I spent half the night panicking about everything I had wanted to get done but haven't yet. I figured if I wrote it on the blog, it would motivate me to actually finish my list. So I'm doing 5 projects in 5 days. On the 6th day is a massive deep cleaning since my windows and baseboards haven't been cleaned... ever.... and the 7th day is Sunday. The day of rest. So that worked out.
My first project is one I finished at the end of last week but took FOREVER. I purchased a beautiful orange crushed velvet headboard on craigslist because I loved the shape. I used the extra fabric from my kitchen chair's project and went to town. I also covered 37, yes that's right, 37 buttons. And then my fingers went on strike. I don't have a before picture unfortunately but I'm sure you can imagine it. Here's the after shots.