Saturday, August 22, 2009

Progress: Worktable Revealed!

I know it may seem like a small step toward dealing with all the furniture piles in my garage....



but I haven't even seen my worktable since about April... much less been able to WORK on it....



NOW at least I have a place to work... and it is fun to look at, too. I missed it...

{The foot. What do you think it is? Answer at the end of the post.}




hiding behind all of that stuff in the next picture. Even that is better organized than last week. See all the bookshelves lined up back there waiting for their redos.



Here's a question to self: Why did I think I needed 30+ chairs to redo...??????? {Very, very hard to store and stack neatly.}

{Answer to "The Foot" question: The foot is someone's plaster art class project. It is big, very stylized, and has an Art Deco 1930's look.}

75 comments:

  1. I'm already watching.. and learning.. and impressed by how CLEAN your workdesk is.. lovely! I havent' seen my dining table in a few months. It is drowning under magazines and DVD's. Maybe you will inspire me to cleanup
    Have a great one.. x Julie

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  2. Snow? What about that foot? What's up with that? I'm impressed and jealous....I think it would be easier for me if I just got a dumpster...feeling overwhelmed by my own mess and very hopeful that if you can do it...so can I?

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  3. Hey Joan 2 things...no, make that 3...1st & most obvious...the FOOT! where on earth, or elsewhere, did you get the foot? More importantly, what do you plan to do with the FOOT??! 2nd Have you tried hanging your chairs from the rafters, if you've got 'em...or think Shaker "hang up the chairs on the wall after supper". my Mom collected chairs to re-cane & when Dad threatened to have a massive bonfire in the backyard w/ them, cause he couldn't get into the barn, she hung 'em from the rafters. 3rd If you send us all a map to your house,:o} I'm sure we could "help you" with your struggle to be organized! :o} You have an amazing work room with awesome stuff...gets the creative wheels turning just looking at the pics. Have a great weekend *elaine*

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  4. Lookin' good!

    Love the foot!

    XXDenise

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  5. Your work table looks fabulous and I love the cloche. I can't wait to see what you do with it for the cloche party on Sept. 11th. Be sure to join us. Hugs, Marty

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  6. I can only imagine how good that must feel to get your work table cleared off! The one in our garage is covered in junk, AND I can't even get near it, because of the junk on the floor in front of it. Why do we live like this?!

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  7. Oh good luck...hopefully winter will be forgiving and give you a little extra time..I cannot wait to see all this come to life...what a fun adventure

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  8. You are making progress! Looks great! It must make you feel ready to tackle a new project!

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  9. You are making progress. I had to clear my dining table to make room for dinner last night.

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  10. Great work space! Looks great. Lucky you!
    xo Roberta

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  11. Snow snow stay away, WI is a little nippy this week but I am not giving in yet. Boy could I use some of those pieces you have good luck I am cheering you on.

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  12. Love your worktable and your very organized space there. The flowerpots really grabbed me. It's nice seeing and hearing about other peoples garages...good to know I'm not alone out there in my sea of wonderful junk!
    Debra

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  13. If someone couldn't find inspiration in your work area, they'd be lacking the inspiration gene.

    Pleasant weekend!
    Julia @ Drawn to the Sea

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  14. Looks like such a great place to get to work! The foot would be inspiration alone :).

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  15. Loved discovering your blog.. You are a scream. You put a smile on my face..hope you're having a super Saturday..hugs ~lynne~

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  16. Your worktable looks great! Don't you get inspired to start a project when it looks ready for one!!

    Love those bookshelves. I'd have a blast playing with them!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  17. It looks like heaven in there! That is exactly what I'd like to do with my empty Shop(closed my Paper Arts store last summer but still own the building)-of course my husband has other plans.

    How fun would it be to put that foot under a bed(or a sofa)-sticking out enough to make people wonder?? LOL-I'll be watching your progress.

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  18. You have really been working to get so much done on your mess. What you have finished looks very nice and a big improvement. Do not overdo it and work too hard.

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  19. Wish I could come help you out. Looks like fun to me...now that I can finally see some of it! LOL Great job!

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  20. I'm actually not junking today, I'm painting furniture for my new space at the shop (more on that later on the blog). Anyway, while doing it, I had an epiphany: I don't like painting furniture. I'm too impatient, I want it to look good after just one coat and it NEVER does. So I'm letting things dry, having lunch and checking in with my blog pals. Hope your sale goes really well tomorrow!
    xo
    Pam

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  21. I just love those gourds on your banner! Can't make it to the garden show tomorrow,however, I will try to get to grayslake for the flea/antiques market. Would love to have some of the STUFF in your garage!

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  22. look at all of your cool stacks of stuff. GASP! it's like a candy shop!

    xo

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  23. I just found your blog and I think I've read through every post! Love it all! and can I come and shop in your garage?

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  24. Oh je ferai bien un petit tour dans ce garage!!
    amitiƩs

    manon

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  25. You know what I really love about your craft space is that I didn't see any plastic bins! It's an unavoidable item but I just hate the way they look. All your old shelves and containers look wonderful.
    I was a chairaholic for awhile til I realized I had way to many. I've gone cold turkey!!!

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  26. I'm working against the weather clock too, also in the Chicago area. My ToDo list always seems so long but somehow it all gets done!

    But 30+ chairs is a tall order! Good luck!

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  27. 30 chairs? Yikes! I am loving seeing everything you uncover in there

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  28. OK, give me 10 minutes in your garage! I see some treasure! Hee hee hee. Love the work table - really nice! Linda

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  29. Wow I love your work space. It looks great. Can't wait to see it all. Have fun

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  30. Love the obvious BEFORES :)

    Like many others I think you should tackle the FOOT... i would love to see what you were thinking on that one.

    :)
    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

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  31. I can't see all your pictures-crazy google-so I can't answer your question.
    It's looking better-baby steps.
    I hope you will come over and check out this weeks Knock off and I bet you have some things you could post to the KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT Party.
    Cheri
    Its So Very Cheri

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  32. Hello!
    I have read your blog a few times before and finally decided to get off of the sidelines and into the game!!!!

    I'm a follower!!!
    I love your blog!!!

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  33. This looks great!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  34. I don't have near the room a garage would have, mine is one small bedroom....but it seems that once a week I have to go in and clean, rework the storage, and move things around....but with luck I can always find my work table! And I only have ONE chair to redo...have fun and thanks for sharing.
    Pam

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  35. Wow! Very neat and organized...I am jealous!...Christine

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  36. Good luck!!!
    Regards from Chile, South America,
    Val

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  37. Love how nice and neat you made your work space! I have so many "to-do" piles that need to be done!

    And our garage finally has been cleared enough to drive my little mini in! (courtesy of my wonderful hubby... he is so diligent at getting through the boxes in the garage!... his only request? that I let him do it himself...otherwise, I tend to think "aw...that could be used for..." or I'll get all sentimental with the "but that was so-in-so's. from "you-know-who", "way-back-when"...

    ...so, I willingly let him have at it... :o)

    You are a talented and determined woman to be able to re-do all your wonderful finds!

    Blessings & Aloha!

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  38. Why are work tables always buried! It's because we are so creative. I want to see what you do with the foot.
    -Angela

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  39. Yay for unearthed work tables! I know what you mean...I have one covered as I type!

    Love the foot, hehe!

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  40. Great job!!
    You keep it up girl!!

    I'm still plugging away on my cleaning garage and new room at the store projects too.

    Almost ready to paint floors. =)))

    Blessings,

    Barbara jean

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  41. Oh you are brave taking on the garage! I have a garage...I have a work table, I have chairs galore, cabinets, and a bit of this and that...somewhere out there, I think! It was there when I closed the door!

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  42. Hey Joan,
    I love what you are doing...
    You totally amaze me.
    I'm sorry I haven't been keeping a close eye on your blog, but life seems to be pretty unreal, these days! I love what you do, and admire you for it.
    Keep up the the beauty...
    Barb C.

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  43. I want to clean up a work space in our garage. It is so overwhelming I jut don't try. I need your energy and inspiration. I love your workspace, even if it is loaded with projects.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  44. Your garage is so lovely! A treasure trove!

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  45. your work bench looks GREAT!!..and i LOVE the foot..it would make a fab doorstop :)

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  46. What a fun place to work! I'd like to snoop around your garage. The foot looks like it could be DAVID's.

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  47. What a great room of treasures! I LOVE your work bench...it inspires me to do something creative...so I have decided to follow along and watch all that you do...especially with those chairs! You have plenty to do that is for sure. I think the next year's worth of posts is sitting in that area!

    Happy Vintage Thingies Thursday!

    Kristine

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  48. I am a happy follower, love to see what unfolds!
    Hugs!
    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    lbratina.blogspot.com

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  49. It's so nice to get organized! Gives ya purpose to get busy with all those projects. Keep at it...we're counting on you! :)
    Living it up at Lakewood,
    Cindy

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  50. That area just makes you want to create something, and I bet all of us wish we could come shop in your garage to help with you organization process. Jackie

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  51. How great to find some organiaztion. Always so good for the soul. Love to see your updates!

    Sherrie

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  52. Well your garage looks just like mine, piled up furniture everywhere!!!...the only diff is that I don't have a cute work table. I want yours!!!!!

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  53. I need some organization around here too, it is hard to get started. Have a great VTT.

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  54. It's always so wonderful when you can clear out a space to work! Love the foot! A class project? Too cool.

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  55. Wow - that is an amazing collection of many wonderful finds!! I love the glass terrarium covers! Good luck in getting through it all and happy VTT!
    Cheers!

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  56. Hey, any little progress is progress, as far as I'm concerned. I get excited when I clear off my nightstand!

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  57. Snow this early!!!
    The foot is cool.

    Ally

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  58. Now that is one cool foot :0)
    Love that you have a place to spread your creativity. Thanks for sharing and have a fab day!!!

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  59. Hi Joan.

    You have organised them. There will be more space then. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. Very well organized. It would take me forever to be able to finish all that work! Great job.
    cindy

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  61. LOL...that foot is kinda creepy. But I DO love the shelving unit with all the clay pots...my kinda work area!!!!

    My show n tell is about the symbol of Native Americans today...the kokopelli.

    Have a great weekend.

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  62. RE: The foot. Totally creepy. It looks like a cadavar.

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  63. What a fun space. So dynamic and I LOVE the foot!

    Please stop by The Old Parsonage anytime, I love Company!

    Enjoy
    Leann

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  64. Yea I agree with all that everyone is saying... COOL FOOT, but is it is a left or right foot...? Tee hee, great organizing by the way...


    Jeannie

    PS I am visiting via Kellies Friday show and tell

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  65. What a fun place to play!! (err, I mean, work:)
    I can see how all that coolness can get out of control and cover a space real quick! Great job:)

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  66. I think those first 3 photos would be pretty framed and hung on a wall.
    Mama Bear

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  67. Thanks for participating in GET R DONE FRIDAY! If you would mention my meme and post the picture at the top, it might be help me get the word out and hopefully gain new participants each Friday! Great photos - love the foot!

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  68. Mmmmm ... wouldn't it be fun if we each could "have a go" at each others' workrooms? You know, just to wander around a bit ... and laugh at the same "stuff" we have and oooh and aaah at the special bits.
    Your workroom looks lovely ... but I know the "lovely look" and "place to be productive" are not necessarily the same.
    Have a good day and Hugs!
    Betty :)

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  69. I should let my husband see this post. We don't HAVE a garage, which annoys him . . . but now I can show him what would definitely happen to ours, if we had it. I, too, would fill it up with orphaned furniture.

    Cass

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  70. Hello Joan...

    So happy to have you join in with the fun of Sunday Favorites, my friend! Welcome!!!

    Hehe...the whole time I'm reading your post and looking at the photos I'm thinking...how much I'd love to go through all that furniture you have stored! Hehe! Looks like some nice pieces there! Ohhh my...I need you to come and clean off my work table!

    Thanks for sharing this post with all of us and thank you again for participating with Sunday Favorites! Hope that you'll join us again!

    Have a super Sunday, my friend!
    Chari

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  71. I still want to spend a day in that garage of yours! It looks like you're making progress.

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