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Project Procrastinators Party:
The BEFORE Photos

by | Apr 29, 2009 | Creative Before & After, Creative Inspiration & Projects, Decorating Inspiration

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Project Procrastinators Party: <br>The BEFORE Photos


Tell me I am not the only one who procrastinated on making a decision on WHICH project to do for our Procrastinator Party? I had so much trouble deciding.

If I decide to paint something, I want to make sure I am picking the right color. Just because painting something black (let’s say) might be all the rage, it doesn’t mean I will choose black (even though I love it)! I’m a rebel.

I have to consider all the options first. I walk from room to room imagining what I want to see when I come to that piece. And because I am just moving in, there are a lot of new things to consider and projects still to do. Oh, THE OPTIONS!!!

I was on sensory overload trying to design my entire house in time for this party. No wonder I was procrastinating!

Finally,  I have decided to makeover my dining room chairs.

I’d love to start on the walls or the cupboards, but until I officially sign my papers in two weeks to buy this house, I am not changing anything other than furniture — yet.

Being that I am still trying to get organized in my new place, I may not even finish the chairs in two weeks, but I’m taking baby steps. First step, I am removing those woven seats. What color did I choose? You’ll have to wait and see!

Stay tuned…in two weeks I’ll reveal how far I get.

Project Procrastinators Party: <br>The BEFORE Photos
My first baby step. Oh, I am so proud.

Now, it is your turn.
What are YOU going to work on?

Share your project (big or small, it doesn’t matter!) in the comments or via a Mr. Linky link to your BEFORE photo, LET’S GET BUSY, PEOPLE! Don’t leave me hanging out here alone.

Let’s use the comments on this post for some chit-chat along the way, shall we?

Pop in now and then to tell us how you are doing! Come back to this post to chat about the projects or ask questions (or to cry), so we can all know where to find each other! If you aren’t working on something, for goodness sake at least bring over some cookies to keep us energized.

This is procrastinator party central for two weeks so get your grubbies on and let’s get to it!

The after photos can be shared via Mr. Linky on Thursday May 14th.


  1. Shilo

    Nice work, Melissa! :) I’ll have to join the next round of procrastinators parties (how’s that for procrastination?) when I get settled in Paraguay! :)

  2. We are THAT family

    I can’t wait to see what you do with the chairs! I despise sanding and that’s why I’m procrastinating….well, that and moving my toddler out of her crib! I *hope* to see you in a couple of weeks with a completed project!

  3. The Magic Brush

    I could have put 20 projects out here! I am having trouble getting motivated (as you can see in most of my posts lately). Hopefully this will help! Blessings, Jennifer

    The Magic Brushs inspiring blog post..Cheap Thrills Decor!!!!

  4. Shannon

    Thanks for the push to get a project done! Can’t wait to see your chairs, and everyone else’s projects!


    Shannon @ Silver Trappingss inspiring blog post..

  5. Angie

    After a year of going back and forth on whether or not to paint my wall of french doors- i’ve finally decided to do it! There are 9 panels altogether- 3 sets of working french doors and 3 fixed panels. That’s 90 squares to tape off!!!!! I got a little head start and taped off 3 of the panels yesterday. I’ll probably do a couple more tomorrow. By the time the paint deadline is up I might be ready to paint! ha! ;)

  6. Amber

    Wow, how did I miss this?
    I always forget the before photos though, but I might have a shot with my stools. I have hated my dining aged brass chandelier for 22 years, so I finally painted it. LOVE! And finally did a bold mural on the dining room wall. Redid dining chairs and made the table. Love love! Now the bar stools. I have one left that I haven’t started on so I might get a before photo tomorrow. How fun!

  7. Susie

    Hi Melissa…
    Okay, I did it. I commited. I am going to finish this project. I am going to finish this project. I am going to finish this project.

    With the help of this Procrastinators Party, I am going to finish this project!!!

    Good luck to the rest of the procrastinators out there!!!

    Susies inspiring blog post..Procrastinators Party Project!

  8. Sarah

    Oh I have SO many projects, I don’t even know what I would post…

    Oh, yes, I do. Priming the wall in the guest room. Yuck!!!

    Sarah @ thriftydecorchicks inspiring blog post..God made iPhones for bloggers

  9. Noelle Tomco

    My proctrastination project is this: my husbands gear room. Since we are renting and moving in two months my project is just to go through everything and organize and de-crud. My good will pile is growing. huge.

    Noelle Tomcos inspiring blog post..Lady Dating

  10. Red Writing

    Oh, this is so exciting! I guess all I’ve ever needed is some accountability… Who knew? I am planning to transform my drop leaf table into a painted checker board table. Hope it works out! (fingers crossed) Looking forward to seeing all the other completed projects!

    Red Writings inspiring blog post..My Kind of Party!

  11. Michelle

    My procrastination project is finishing my sink skirt for our bathroom. I blogged about how I mucked it up and needed to fix it….and then never did it. My sewing machine has been staring at me since, taunting me to do something with the skirt. It needs to be hemmed and fixed on the side. I’m not sure why I don’t want to do this one little project but now I’m committed to it!

    Michelles inspiring blog post..Full Swing

  12. Julie

    I have been gone from home for two weeks, just got back last night. I had a friend/decorator do some painting for me and make a couple of window treatments during my absence. It all looks great! The procrastinate part is/has been getting started with ANY of it. Now that the painting is done and the “stuff” is piled everywhere, I have little choice but to dig in. Sort out, eliminate, clean and put it back where it belongs in with freshly painted walls. Thank you so much for the gentle nudge, hopefully in two weeks it will look very different around here. Another help is that I am having company in Sept. for two weeks and THE closet from that place HAS to be done before they come, can’t get in it. :) Good luck to all of us who always can find an excuse.

  13. Amy

    I’m not worthy! Drapes and painting and artwork?

    I’m sticking with the eyesore that is my kitchen “pantry”. And maybe as a reward I’ll paint the office when I finish.

    Amy @ Feasibly Fit Moms inspiring blog post..Party Girl: Project Procrastinator’s Party, that is

  14. Melissa

    YOU GO GIRLS! We can do this. So excited to see all your projects!!

  15. Karen B

    Hey there! I didn’t realize that you had linked me until after I had already jumped in! You just knew I had a ton of projects to finish. Well, I’m in. I think I’ve taken on too much given my schedule, but I NEED to get rolling on these. Your chairs are in much better shape than mine. But, just think of the finished projects! Thanks for throwing the party. It’s a great idea!

    Karen Bs inspiring blog post..Paint Project

    • Melissa

      I love and hate MYSELF right about now. LOL.

  16. J.J.

    I can’t wait to see what you do!

    Now I have to take pics tomorrow (no I am not procrastinating…it is late and I should already be in bed) and link up then. :) how exciting!

    J.J.s inspiring blog post..Extreme Makeover {Me edition}

  17. Jenn

    Just found you from THAT family. What a fun idea! I had actually written a post earlier today about a project I want to start to FINALLY finish my master bedroom remodel, so I guess I was ahead of the game (if only a little). Now I have a due date!

    Jenns inspiring blog post..The Bedroom

  18. Linnea

    I found out about you on Tam’s blog, The Gypsy’s Corner. I decided this is the perfect thing for me to join to get my unfinished project done. It is long overdue and time to do something about it.

    Linneas inspiring blog post..Project-Procrastinator’s Unite.

  19. Chie

    Can you imagine my situation now? I just undergo a surgery precisely 2 weeks ago, but then my fingers can’t stop touching my on-going projects.

    Mel, you’ve been inspiring me since I met your blog a year ago. This is one reason that my home rehab is faster than light? Naaahhh… it’s beyond expectations.


    Regards from Stockholm…

    Chies inspiring blog post..SICKIE? + PROJECTS? MARIE & ME?

  20. Slices of Beauty

    Always love before and after pictures.
    Looking forward to your magic Melissa!

  21. June

    What a great party to be joining! I have started on my chairs for my kitchen table and have ran out of primer so I need to get that and more paint for my table. I should definitely have it done by the 14th. :)

    Junes inspiring blog post..A Long Project

  22. The Pleasures of Homemaking

    Yes, I had to really think about which project I would do for this! I’ll be very glad to have this project done or even just started! Thanks for the virtual kick in the rear LOL!


    The Pleasures of Homemakings inspiring blog post..Project Procrastinators Party!

  23. TidyMom

    Good luck with your chairs Melissa!!

    Thanks for doing this! This is just the push I needed to get my office painted and hopefully my desk as well!!

    I hope I have a finished project to show you in 2 weeks!


  24. Emily

    Leave it to me to do everything wrong. I thought we were supposed to be doing our projects and showing them off today. Blah. Oh well, I’ll do that and then get to work on a couple others ones I’ve been dreaming up and share those later. I am a silly blogger.

    [email protected] inspiring blog post..Strawberry Spritzer

  25. Diana

    I have a china hutche that I bought last summer for our front porch. My intention was to paint it . . . but that hasn’t happened just yet! It is out on the porch – just in its original state.

    I’ll join this party and paint the porch hutch – however, I won’t be able to do it for at least a couple of weeks. We are just finishing up some remodeling and I have out of town guests coming in for my hubby’s 50th birthday party that I’m planning. SO, it will be a while but I will get it done.

  26. Heathahlee

    My husband is so gonna kill me! But I needed this push to get going. Mine is not a very big project, but one I’ve needed to do for so long! The hardest part is over…I’ve already sanded it! Now all I have to do is the fun stuff! Thanks for the inspiration, Melissa!

    Heathahlees inspiring blog post..Procrastination Party!

  27. Jodi

    I’m joining in my first blog party.

    It was a difficult decision on exactly WHICH project to work on!

    Thanks for making me be held accountable. ;-)

    Jodis inspiring blog post..Project Procrastination:

  28. melissa

    Thank you, Melissa! Can’t wait to see the chairs!!

  29. Janis

    Wow what a great idea…………I’m looking forward to seeing all the wonderful projects!!

    Janis @ An Inspired Rooms inspiring blog post..You’re invited

  30. Linnea

    I have decided to join in after seeing Tam’s post. I thought I left a comment here last night. Don’t see it so I am trying again. I look forward to seeing everyone’s finished project.

    Linneas inspiring blog post..Project-Procrastinator’s Unite.

  31. Linnea

    I found your blog through Tam when she posted about her procrastinator project. Thought I would join in too since I have a project I have put off for too long. More than one actually, but I will do one for this event. I look forward to seeing everyone’s progress.

    Linneas inspiring blog post..Project-Procrastinator’s Unite.

  32. Sue

    Ok – I was scared to hit Enter and link up there, but I did it! I already started sanding my armoire and I’m going to try to finish that before this weekend so I can start priming.

    Has anyone done a crackle finish before? I’m a little scared! And I’m putting wallpaper inside panels on the doors. I was going to use Hard Coat Modge Podge. Anyone have any other suggestions?

    Sue @ My Party of 6s inspiring blog post..A cautionary tale

  33. Jenifer

    SO… I am giving one of my best friends a bridal shower on June 7th. Let’s just say that I’ve picked a wallpaper for my kitchen, it’s stunning, love it love it love it… however I just can’t stomach the $80 + they want for a single roll and wouldn’t you know that it only comes in double rolls. So, I’m back to the drawing board trying to find something I like that’s cheaper. And, I currently have 2 swabs of paint in the corners of my bedroom, because I can’t seem to make the decision of paint colors. My procrastination further goes that I guess I need to take some pictures of my projects and get them on my blog. But, that would be a contradiction in terms.
    Thanks for the challenge. Please don’t be too cruel if I fail. lol.

    Jenifers inspiring blog post..The Smallest Blessings… Memories

  34. Virginia

    Thanks for the motivation. I’m turning off the blogging and GETTING TO WORK!

    Virginias inspiring blog post..

  35. Emily

    how crazy is this? I am looking on my craigslist just now for a wicker patio set for out front of my house and come across the exact chairs you are going to makeover!! i can’t wait to see what you do to them!

    [email protected] inspiring blog post..Completed Projects

  36. Katie at

    Melissa, I hope that my project is okay. It’s a little different – on a home blog of course, but not exactly home stuff. I’ve been putting this off since I met my husband.
    What a great motivation project for everyone. Good idea!

    Katie at makingthishome.coms inspiring blog post..Learning to Fly

  37. Melissa

    Ok {hangs head in shame} I’ve changed my mind a few times about the color of my chairs. During the night. When I was supposed to be sleeping.

  38. teresa

    Oh I needed this- but really your project seems so nice- mine is truly shameful-
    Thanks for giving me a swift kick-
    Happy Day

    teresas inspiring blog post..Oh the Shame….

  39. Trish

    I’m adding my kitchen table to the list. I forgot today was THE DAY, so no pic on my blog yet, but I promise to add one by editing my post tonight, when I get home from work. (And I also promise to not procrastinate on taking a picture and posting it to my blog.)

    Trishs inspiring blog post..Project Procrastinator’s Party

  40. anne

    I thought you had bought the house already as you are living in it! How does it work over there? When we buy a house here, we sign papers weeks before we move in..:-)

    annes inspiring blog post..Fleurs de Paris

  41. Jill

    those chairs have such great lines… I can’t wait to see what you have in store for them! I have about a million projects I’ve been procrastinating on… how to choose?

    Jills inspiring blog heading…

  42. Amy

    I’m starting my project right now – can’t wait. It’s a quick one so it may be done before my daughter wakes up from her nap.

  43. Jess

    Talk about perfect timing! I have a project that I started on Feb. 13!!!! I might actually finish it now! Thanks.

  44. Kathy

    yay! this is just the kick in the pants I need to get a lot of stuff done around here! sorry I don’t have any before photos, but will take some as I begin each project …

    kathy =)

    Kathys inspiring blog post..May Day – it’s not too late!

  45. cynthia

    i’m in!

    my mantel is on the list…although there is a ton of things i could do, i’ll start there!

    tell me, did you just pop those seats right out of your chairs?

    cynthias inspiring blog can call off the hounds

    • Melissa

      They were screwed in underneath! They came off really easily! :-D

  46. stephanie

    I did it! Thanks for the push to finally get my project done. My family will thank you.

  47. Lisa

    Melissa, I am SO glad you are having this! I am excited to actually accomplish a project! It will make my house more organized which will make all of us happy. Thank you! And can’t wait to see how your chairs turn out!

  48. Pam

    I love this idea. Getting in a bit late for any post so I will just commit here. Ok, My master bath is half redone. Needs baseboards replaced and cabinets, trim and lights painted. OOOOR my art room, just needs organization. Hmmm, dare I promise both. I think I will see what I finish first. Two weeks huh?

    Pams inspiring blog post..A Pink and Green Dream

  49. Gina

    I’m so happy you’re doing this! I get so sidetracked that I put off bigger project and can’t wait to get it done now!

  50. Allison G.

    I’m in, too! Doing the kids’ bathroom… I started removing the wallpaper LAST SUMMER. ugh! Thanks for the push! Maybe I’ll paint two little tables and my mailbox.. we’ll see!

  51. Kimm at Reinvented

    Okay, I’m in, after procrastinating about writing the post for the procrastinators party. What does that make me? Can’t wait to see all of the projects!

    Kimm at Reinventeds inspiring blog post..Trash to Treasure Tuesday–Frugal Frames

  52. Kate at Centsational Girl

    Our natural oak staircase needs a total overhaul – and I am procrastinating, only because I have to tape off everything, cover the stairs, strip the wood, paint the bottom trim, stain the top DARK walnut color, air out the toxins, and keep the munchkins out of my way. BIG project – hope I’ll get to it soon.

    Kate at Centsational Girls inspiring blog post..Cherry Tree in 3-D

  53. Jess

    Okay, I just posted my “before”. So I am committed now! I must finish my project.

    Jesss inspiring blog post..Procrastinators Annoymous

  54. Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread

    Thanks for the motivation, Melissa! Maybe posting “before” photos will shame me into finally completing my easy-peasy kitchen project. This will be fun! ~Kathy

    Kathy at Shocking Pink Threads inspiring blog post..Keeping it Real

  55. Polly

    I joined in kinda late but I just had to. It’s actually my post for Beautiful Life but it fit so well…

    Happy weekend, Melissa.

    Blessings… Polly

    Pollys inspiring blog post..Gratitude Giveaway

  56. meg duerksen

    ok…i am behind here.
    procrastinators party? that sounds EXACTLY like my kind of party. :)

    i thought you’d like my post today.
    it’s a serious BEFORE.

    sorry you had to say goodbye to your lovely kitchen.
    i totally get it.

    meg duerksens inspiring blog post..the 3rd floor

  57. Tami

    I posted my befores. Yikes… it is a big project. Making over my poolhouse changing rooms. Here we go! I hope I’m not too sore from doing yoga today to work on it tomorrow. Ah, hem… I guess that would be another excuse to procrastinate some more. Now I HAVE to get it going. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Tamis inspiring blog post..Project Procrastinator Party

  58. Meredith

    You have shamelessly guilted me into picking a project. I haven’t done a post about it because I’m a wee bit tired after being up all night with bubs. However, I can tell you that I have a plain bookshelf that I intend to makeover into a display/coathanging/kids art work/place to hang my handbag type thingie. Could be complete disaster….. my kind of project!

  59. Maridith

    This is what I need to get my butt in gear. Now I just need to pick one of the zillion undone projects in my home. I will find one and post one tomorrow!! Thank for having a great Procrastination Party!!!

    Maridiths inspiring blog post..Do something unexpected…make Banana Bread

  60. Jen

    i have even procrastinated on the procrastination party…I’m linking up soon. Going to put it together with my Remodeling Guy round up (that I procrastinated on as well.) Whew….

    [email protected] Beauty and Bedlams inspiring blog post..Kellogg’s Cereal deals everywhere

  61. Melissa

    Look people! SOMETHING NEW! Now you can reply to people right in the comments! Give it a try and see how it works for me!! This will make conversing so much more fun!

    • Red Writing

      I did it! I did it! I replied to Jenifer’s comments about wallpaper a few back. Even more FUN!

  62. Shellie Mari

    Blessed sunny day! I’m SO in!! Projects up the waazoo that are not done for years & years, sad to say but I’m happy as a lark & don’t really care :D But since the dear hubby cares, lol, I’ll finish my…..
    KITCHEN wallpaper :D

  63. Amber

    Okay I even procrastinated the before photo and post. But I am in. Three ugly bar stools, not really an exciting project but a necessary one.
    Thanks for the push and I can’t wait to see everyones project.

    Ambers inspiring blog post..Bar Stool Project

  64. Lauren

    I really want to join the party, but …

    Ok, Ok, I am in!

    First step: Take a ‘before’ picture and post it on my blog.
    Second step: Figure out how to link my blog to this post. (Seriously, how on earth do I do that?)

  65. Momof2hapas


    OK, here’s my problem…..I’m painting a coffee table and the top was badly scratched and gouged. I filled all of the damage with wood putty, then sanded it down and things were looking good….until I used a damp cloth to wipe away the dust. The damp cloth melted away the putty that was in the shallower scratches (too numerous to ignore). This is my first time painting furniture so I’m at a loss as to how to remove all of the dust without a damp cloth. If I wipe it down really well with a static dusting cloth, will that take off enough of the dust to paint over???

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Momof2hapass inspiring blog post..It’s a "Project Procrastinator’s Party!"

    • Melissa

      Oh you poor dear!! I would say a tack cloth (you can buy them at the paint or hardware store) would do the trick….make sure the dampness is all dry first, before you painting…Let us know if the tack cloth doesn’t help! And if any one else has an idea, please share to help our friend here!

  66. Sharon

    I would love to join in on your party! Please forgive me as my first link obviously was a goof!! I’ll get started on my projects right away and can’t wait to see all the wonderful goodies!!!

    Sharons inspiring blog post..Join in on the FUN!

  67. mary louise

    I will be so impressed if you can make a decision about the color in the next month! I can carry around my paint fan and fantasize for days!!!
    Love the chairs!
    Love your blog! Inspirational and sort of feels like sitting down over a cup of coffee with a friend. Thanks!

  68. Jaclyn

    20 Little Things to Celebrate in Life

    1. Fiances who do lots of chores
    (without complaining, too!)
    2. Tiny hoodie sweaters for dogs
    3. Rearranging furniture
    (which makes home feel like new again)
    5. New blogging friends
    6. Old blogging friends
    7. Exciting twists on tv shows (like “Lost”)
    8. Crafts & DIY projects
    9. Saving money
    10. Having a job
    (actually, this one’s something HUGE to celebrate)
    11. Home decoration magazines & blogs
    (I’m obsessed)
    12. Exercise
    13. Journals
    14. Trying out new hairstyles
    15. Biking
    16. Planners
    17. Bubble gum
    18. Art
    19. Days off of work & school
    20. Late night reading

  69. Nicole

    Love the Chairs and Can’t wait to see them when they are finished! Thanks for inspiring me to get something done!! Your blog is Awesome! *Nicole

    Nicole @ BugaBoos Creationss inspiring blog post..The PERFECT party for me!!!

    • Melissa

      Glad it worked!! RELIEVED!

  70. Linda

    Ha, I had recently posted about painting my dining room chairs which just happen to be the same as yours. Now they will get done. Thanks for the challenge.

  71. hasley

    You inspired me to paint the wicker furniture on my porch this weekend. All it took was 7 cans of spray paint, one hour and… three years of procrastination! Yes, I’ve got tons of other things on my to-do list but felt great knocking one off. (even blogged about it.) Thanks for getting this party started, Melissa!

    hasleys inspiring blog post..spray paint!

    • Melissa

      Oh, you won’t! YOU CAN DO IT!

    • Melissa

      Oh, there you are! GLAD YOU MADE IT! :-) I’m wondering how long I can procrastinate buying the paint for my chairs. Time is ticking!!!

  72. Jen

    Alright, I’m in.

    I’ve had an old banker’s chair gathering dust in the basement, and this little party is the *perfect* excuse to fix/update it!

    Jens inspiring blog post..that old bankers chair

  73. Melissa

    How are you all doing? I bought my paint and am determine to get it ON THE CHAIRS this weekend.

  74. Libby

    I am SO excited to see what you do with those chairs…. because I have the VERY same ones. We actually just bought a new kitchen table (and chairs) to replace this set as it’s worn and dated, but I’ve been waiting for nearly 6 months for our new one to arrive. I’m thinking maybe when I see your chairs I won’t be needing my new set :-).

    Libby (in Australia)

    • Melissa

      Hi Libby! This set used to be at our family beach house so I have never used it at my home before. I am looking forward to seeing if I can freshen it up a bit to go with my new house’s style! Today I am actually going to put some paint on the chairs so I am chomping at the bit to see what it will look like!

  75. Amy

    Hope your chairs are going great! Once again, I seemed to have picked a project that involved my husband’s efforts more than my own. Oh dear. He’s decided that ordinary shelves in our open-storage pantry area won’t do. No, no: Custom shelves it is! He’s broken two drill bits already. And me, I’ve thrown away a grocery bag full of expired dry goods.

    Amy @Feasibly Fit Moms inspiring blog post..Updates: Pantry Makeover and Angie’s Fitness Journey

  76. Amber T.

    I know I’m really late to the party, but I took some before photos this afternoon and have added the link!The plan is to paint the bathroom- Let’s see what I can get done in 3 days!

  77. Jen

    Too bad I just found you – I definitely need to join the next procrastinators getting things done party. I have a long list. Looks like you are all going gangbusters. Sign me up for the next round.
    Cant wait to see the afters!



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