Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Progress, not perfection

The lovely Amanda from Serenity Now is having a "Show Me the Progress!" party today. I love this idea for a blog party. Too often I get sucked into feeling that I should only write about projects that are finished . . . and it's a short trip from there to feeling that my projects could never measure up to others' projects. This party celebrates progress rather than perfection, which is a good goal for home projects as well as life in general.

This summer I've made some progress on my screened-in porch. It's been so slow that I almost didn't notice it. About this time last year I decided to create a sitting area on my porch. I did that on a shoestring, and I was happy with the result. But things were still very much unfinished. The bench looked like it had seen better days (which was true), and I wanted a coffee table or ottoman or something for the seating area. My budget for further work on the porch? $25. I knew I didn't need to spend more than that.


So I painted the bench black using some paint I already had on hand. Then I made some new pillows using $7.99/yard fabric I found at my local discount fabric store. So far, so good, and I'd only spent $8.

Then I made an ottoman from a styrofoam cooler, using foam and fabric I had on hand. I did spend $13 to purchase molding corner rosettes that I fashioned into feet for the ottoman. You can read about that project here.



Now my sitting area is looking pretty good, and I've spent only $21. That's progress, and I'm grateful to Amanda for reminding me that progress is worth celebrating!


14 comments:

melody-mae said...

such an adorable sitting area! I read about your ottoman idea and LOVE it...off to rethink my front porch. ;)

Paula said...

You got a lot of bang for $21!! I would love sitting out on that porch. I hope your family is getting a lot of enjoyment from it this summer.

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

Just lovely! I love that bench! :-)

FrouFrouBritches said...

Oh wow! What a difference a little paint makes! That looks GREAT! Love the fabric on the pillows too! That ottoman is too cute too! Aren't you smart to use a styrofoam cooler?!?! What a fabulous idea! Great job!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Yay!!! You summed up the idea of the party perfectly--I couldn't have said it better. :)

LOVE the bench in black. What a simple change that makes a big difference. Pretty pillows too. I love that you had a budget and stuck to it. Now you have just enough left over to treat yourself to something at Starbucks. ;)

Thanks so much for linking up!

Debbie said...

I like this whole idea of showing the progress. It always seem like I have half done projects. Amazing what you've done for that price.

Mary Joy said...

You decorate on my kind of budget with such beautiful style, lady!!! I love what you have accomplished. I am very curious about how you managed the ottoman...I must check that out. I could use one in our living room just like that!!!

Thanks for stopping by and celebrating with me too...you are so sweet!

Just love Amanda's party idea too!!! I am all about celebrate progress along the journey...after all, when we think about it...isn't all of life a journey? :-)

Mary Joy said...

P.S....I am your newest follower! I love what you are doing here and must read more!!! :-)

Candy (Mama Lion) said...

wow - it looks so much more sophisticated with the dark colors. im loving it. awesome job. im here thru serenity now and am ur newest follower :)

Denise said...

It looks amazing, I love the bench now, and that ottoman is just so neat how you made that. I'd like to try and make two of them for my game room so I can put a tray on there or put our feet up... but alas, I'm being frugal and cutting back spending, so it will be a while before I can try it.

HeathahLee said...

LOVE it! You go, you frugal girl! : )

Barbie said...

Hello! I found your blog through Faithful Bloggers and I absolutely love it. I already feel so welcomed and hope gleam from all you have to share. Beautiful front porch by the way!

Breanna said...

Wow! This is fantastic...and all for under $25! The bench looks so much better with a fresh coat of black and the pillows are adorable. I am definitely going to try that ottoman idea.

Karen said...

This special spot looks so inviting and cozy. I enjoy being a follower. Karen@placesofmyheart

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