I’ll Be Eliza Doolittle; You Be Henry Higgins.

Normally, on an average day of evening blog reading, my Google™ Reader “inbox” will have around 30 updated posts.

Last night when I went to sleep, my Google™ Reader looked like this:

Crowded Google ReaderEighty—bad, right?

Tonight, as I lay my aching head on the pillow of my sister’s guest room bed, my Google™ Reader looks like this:

Crazy Full Google™ Reader

More than double my load of last night.  Oi.

I don’t know; I guess I just assumed that if I stopped internetting, the whole world would shut down right along with me.  I’m so vain.

The good news is, while my e-life crumbles around me, my real life is at least coming together.

Cluttered CornerIt may not look like it from this picture, but trust me: progress has been made.

Like how this $5.00 Goodwill™ chair finally changed from this…

$5 Goodwill™ Chair Start

…to this…

$5 Goodwill™ Chair During

…and finally, this:

$5 Goodwill™ Chair Done

Or how the chair, donated so generously by my cousin Kyrie {who knows a noble cause when she sees one}, went from this…

Kyrie Chair Before

…to this:

Kyrie Chair DoneI sort of think my heart just leaped for the first time in its beating life. Before-and-after photos have that effect on me.

That’s progress. Multiply that times seven, each chair more intricate than the last, and you get a real wench of a paint job.  But the hard part is done, and tomorrow is going to be more fun—we get to hang pictures, finally.  Maybe we’ll even get around to hanging some plates, if we can channel Eddie Ross just right.  C’mon, Eddiesend us your chi! Send us your karma!  Send us some designer vibe!

I almost ended this post just like that, but then I thought, “No, I’ll throw ’em a bone.  I’ll give ’em something to really look forward to.  I’ll give ’em a solid sneak peek.”

But then I changed my mind.  Suckahs!

Just kidding.  I would never do that to you.

Door Project Preview[Here’s me throwing you a bone.]  See that door, that red door?  And that bracket, the red, swirly bracket?  Together, those elements will make one of the most amazing shelves you will ever behold (or at least I have ever beheld—it might not be your style, but as for me, I sort of want to make out with it because I’m a floozy and tend to get turned on by anything with swirly brackets).  Just you wait, Henry Higgins.


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I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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15 Responses to I’ll Be Eliza Doolittle; You Be Henry Higgins.

  1. kat says:

    I can’t wait to see more befores and afters! I feel so inspired now!

  2. Lindsay says:

    i LOVE IT!!!! it’s looking so beautiful camille! i was so sad my goodwill search didnt prove fruitful, i would have liked to aid you in your search for chairs. But picture hanging is my favorite….things will come together in a matter of minutes when that fun starts! cant wait to see it finished!!!

  3. Holly Decker says:

    you have far more patience than i do… i think that is why i settle for mediocre so often.

  4. niki says:

    i’m lovin it!

    before and afters are my favorite!

  5. I don’t get what Eliza and Mr. Higgins have to do with this post….

  6. Chloe says:

    I don’t get it either…
    but anyway, I love how everything is looking!! You’re doing a great job!!

  7. Jami says:

    such a wonderful idea to put a shelf above the door like that! You guys are brilliant!

  8. anna says:

    I really like those chairs…

  9. raygon says:

    Its looking good. Cant wait to see it all. Looks like you hired the best handy-men.

  10. OH! It IS coming along so nicely! And looks even better in real life (what I saw that is) :o)

  11. HeatherPride says:

    Nice work!! I’ve got a table and chairs that is on its third life right now, from 1970s horror, to adorable sage gingham with cream/yellow paint, to chic glossy black paint and red/yellow plaid cushions. It’s so much fun to put new life into something old!

  12. You would be ashamed at my Google Reader. It always says 1000+ unread items, which is my own fault for signing up for thousands of design blogs. At any rate, it’s very overwhelming.

    I need some more before/after pictures! Mostly after.

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  14. ann marie says:

    When I have been away for a while, I can’t do catch up. I go to a few blogs and go back.. but I just can’t be on the net all day.

    The chairs are DARLING! I love the color and I look forward to the results of it all!
    Bring it on.. Quit teasin!

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