Tara's Cure: Little Project Victories

Liveblogging the January Cure 2014

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We're in the home stretch, people! How is your Cure going? I'm having little victories over here, but I must confess that the tufted headboard is not yet done. So today, I'm going to keep it real and share what I did accomplish so far, headboard and otherwise. Here's where it all stands:

I knew this headboard was going to be A LOT of work, but I still underestimated just how much. This is by far the most complicated project I've ever attempted. I really felt the strain on Friday night when I was cutting out holes in the foam for the tufts, which Jenny calls a "fun and easy" step that "you'll fly through." My experience was none of those things. Maybe it was because I got the high density foam, or maybe it was the knife I used, but it was physically and mentally painful. My fingertips were still numb the next morning from trying to clear my holes of foam bits. Owwies.

I am, however, still determined to finish the headboard (which in my head I've been saying like "headbort," Beyoncé style), and will share the full results when it's done. I mean, I didn't cover FORTY-FIVE buttons for nothing.

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On to things I DID finish this month! I found my dream dresser at Boomerangs earlier in the month.

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Now that it's in my bedroom, I moved my 8-drawer Hemnes out into the living room to replace the low TV stand, which meant I needed to take down the IKEA shelves that filled the wall behind it (and I didn't much care for).

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And now here's the Hemnes, creating tons o'storage in the living room.

Guys, I am LOVING this change. The drawers hold DVDs, my brother's video games, all the tools, extra blankets, extra candles, you name it. The room feels much more open, despite there being a larger piece of furniture in the old one's place.

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Another nagging thing I tackled was replacing the horrible IKEA curtain wire in the Jewel Box with curtain rods. Above is what it used to look like.

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The award for wonkiest wire ever goes to me. Total sag city up in here. And here's a sad beige curtain that's held up by said evil curtain wire:

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And here's the Jewel Box, glimmering brighter than before.

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The wire held three panels of my handmade curtains, so when I switched to rods, I had an extra panel for the closet. I'm planning on hemming the curtains now that they're not hung as high and there's a lot of fabric pooling, which is just too tempting for the cats to claw at.

So although I have yet to finish my big project, I'm glad that tabling it for the short term made space for me to complete a couple of these nagging things that make a big difference in how my home feels.

How's your project looking?

MORE OF TARA'S JANUARY CURE:
Tara's Cure: Off to Goodwill
Tara's Cure: Practicing Unplugging
Tara's Cure: Landing Strip, One Year Later

Tara's Cure: Tackling the Tupperware
Tara's Cure Project: This One's Gonna Be Tuft
Tara's Cure: Take Two

(Image credits: Tara Bellucci)

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