The Unfinished DIY Post

Garden shelf-1 basket


Here I am on a Thursday, thinking about what post I could have up for Friday (what- you thought I always had them done way in advance? I am SO not that person). I like to have some sort of DIY article for Fridays (though obviously, that’s not a hard-and-fast rule around here…uh-hem), but most of my projects are only partially finished.

But now I’m thinking, why not share all the things I’m NOT getting done? Just to give you a little glimpse into the reality of life here at AOC. Which I’m hoping resembles some of your lives (see? It’s really about you encouraging me by letting me know I’m not the only one…).

Like the shelf pictured above. Brian made these shelves for the garden area of our mud/laundry room more than a month ago. I was able to fill and organize them a few days ago.

And so you’re thinking, “doesn’t that mean you DID accomplish something?” Well…sorta. I did fill them so I could organize our laundry cabinet (which I posted on Wednesday), but the cabinet below these shelves is not painted. So the area is NOT done, and I can’t write a post about it yet.

Sigh. Half-finished things are the story of my life.

And I SO wish I were exaggerating.


Then there’s this thrifted bench that’s been sitting in my workroom (and this photo on my desktop) for three months. Or more- I can’t remember now. I think I could probably update this with paint and new fabric in a couple of hours, tops.

But there it sits. Granted, I’ve been waffling on fabric choices, even considering trying my hand at transferring a cool French graphic for the top- is this a good excuse?

Darn, it would make a good post, though, huh?



This photo’s been on my desktop as well. I took it when I updated our mantel with this old window. But a post of me painting a window frame is not very inspiring- in fact it sounds pretty boring.

I actually think I took this as just one step for the final version of this window after I transform the glass into mirrored glass. Which hasn’t happened.

Gah. Another unfinished project (though this one’s being used in the meantime!).


But the worst of all is this baby. Across the daybed, in back of the sewing and ironing pile, sits this forlorn cushion with the pieces cut and waiting to be sewn together. Dare I say how long it’s sat here?

Maybe I’ll just give you this information and let you come to your own conclusion- the cushion is the final touch for this bench I wrote about almost a year ago:


Oh, I’m so glad I can’t hear the audible gasps. Honestly, I don’t know how this has taken so long. The bench is finished and painted and resides in Brian’s office and is just waiting for the cushion.

I swear, these half-finished things haunt me. I guess I should post the finished bench and then do a separate cushion post, huh?

OK, you’ve convinced me {smile} – next week look for a post showing the finished bench…minus the cushion.

Unless some miracle happens and I complete that cushion over the weekend.

This is linked to Weekend Wrap Up Party and Saturday Nite Special.


  1. says

    Oh how real life gets in the way of our best laid plans! I have quite a few unfinished projects lying about as well so join the club. The sudden onslaught of sunny warm days here has completely rearranged my schedule but who can resist the grand outdoors calling?!

  2. says

    Your unfinished projects are nothin’ honey! A few weeks or months for some of your DIY projects? Only a year for the bench?! HA! I have a quilt that I started for a dear friend for her wedding 10 YEARS AGO!! Now, that’s an prolonged UFO! And I have many more stashed here and there. They are really hard to finish once they have been put ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
    Love your thrifted bench! It is going to be a real beauty ~ nowever you cover it! And I love the two Duncan Phyffe chairs (I have a dining set just like these!) turned bench! How creative! I think you are amazing with all the stuff you do ~ canning, gardening, crafting! There is only so much time in the day and I don’t always have the energy or feel the creativity to get them all done!
    Keep up the good work, Jami! Things half done are better than things not even started!
    Looking forward to your finished projects, whenever they happen to get done!
    A kindred spirit!

  3. says

    Lol! I’m so glad I’m not the only one with unfinished projects! I have all these grand thoughts when I’m at work and when I come home……laundry, vacuuming, etc….. always have to get in the way! 😉

  4. says

    We’re going on month 4 of a bathroom reno, and it looks a lot like it did at the end of month 1. We’ve decided to just be OK with that. We’ve done some other things in the middle of it, and I’ve got at least 3 things going on right now. It’s not the some are left unfinished, it’s that others have been started. There’s lots of reasons for that, but it’s not because we’re lazy or anything like that. We’ve just got short attention spans! It’ll all get done eventually. Doesn’t make for great blogging, but does make for better living, we think :-)

  5. says

    I have so many unfinished projects… the biggest one that I would like to see finished is my antique chair and settee. This Mother’s Day will be 2 years! My kids gifted this set to me WHICH THEY BOUGHT AT A FABULOUS PRICE…because it needs re-covering.

    2 YEARS!
    I have others… I just do what I can when I can, like you cooking, gardening, and I tend my Grand kids and the chickens…
    You do get so much completed. Don’t beat yourself up…because if all those task were completed–it would be something else. It’s how we live.

    take care now, Pat

  6. says

    Looks like I’m in great company here! I have so many unfinished projects I had the doctor check me for A.D.D. (I failed the test, don’t have it)

    Both your beautifully finished projects, gardens, menu’s and the beautiful yet not so finished projects are all inspiring for me!

  7. says

    I wish I had a blog to share all of my “unfinished projects”! My problem is working on too many projects at one time and not finishing them. Reading your post got me to think about what I am not doing…finishing those projects!

  8. Gina says

    Thanks for your honesty. I could do a post of my unfinished projects too! I have finally came to realize that I will always have more ideas than time!

    And now you have given us much to look forward to…when you do finish some projects!

  9. says

    I have SO many unfinished projects! I’m trying to work my way through some of them! One that I was determined to get done was reupholstering an ottoman. The fabric was chosen & sewn to shape, the piping was covered, all that was left was stapling it all together, and there it sat. Last weekend I got out the staple gun and almost finished…and ran out of staples. So now it is more done, but still not finished! lol Check out what it started as here:

  10. Mickey Baron says

    It helps to read that I’m not the only procrastinator. You’re ALL right! LIFE gets in the way. But don’t you notice that something you feel strongly about, you finish immediately? *Funny*

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