I’ve never been great at staying on task. When I clean or organize, I tend to flitter around from one thing to the next – halfway finishing something and then being distracted by another, then eventually returning to the first after I’ve stopped a few other places in between. These last few months have been pretty crazy. We decided to take on our master bed and bath, along with some smaller projects in preparation for something happening the end of this month, and that felt like a good amount of work. But then I was selected as a contestant for Creating with the Stars, throwing a big but beautiful wrench into the works. Now that the contest is over for me (probably a blessing in disguise) I’m racing against the clock to finish the projects I had originally planned to complete this month.
The biggest project left, at this point, is tiling the bathroom floor. I knew I was getting myself into something time consuming, but I didn’t realize how much time that actually was. At the rate I’m working right now, I’m looking at about 40 hours of hand buttering hex tiles and slapping them on the floor. Help.
But I know it’s going to be everything I’d hoped, so I feel motivated to do it. I’m already about 15 hours in, and Spotify is getting me through it.
I found a really beautiful dresser at Red Racks a while back for $30. It’s solid wood and has some wonderful details, but it was in pretty rough shape. I’m blessed to have a woodworking father who loves to help his daughter out, so my dad replaced a leg and took some warping out of the top for me (I have no idea how, but patience was definitely involved). The dresser was painted a creamy white, but once we got some of it sanded off, I fell in love with the wood. I need to get the paint out of all the nooks and crannies and get her stained. She’s going to be lovely.
I’m a huge fan of painting old things to give them new life (within reason – there is way too much painted furniture out there right now, and sometimes I want to cry for the gorgeous wood that has been covered up) but I’ve never bought something new with the intention of painting it. Our bedroom is coming along, but I needed new lighting for the bed, and I also wanted to add a bit of color. I searched high and low for some great swing arm lamps that didn’t break the bank, and while I didn’t find any in a color I liked, these lamps were a nice shape and a great price. I’ve been really into powder blue lately, it feels fresh but still calm – important for me in our bedroom, so I grabbed a few cans and mustered up some patience. Trying to get even coverage with all of the moving parts wasn’t easy, but I did my best to spray very thin coats and give lots of drying time in-between. I’m letting them cure for a few days before I try and move them, just to be safe.
While I won’t be able to show you most of my current projects until May, I am excited to be able to share the tutorials from my Creating with the Stars rounds with you in the following weeks.
I painted this wall in our living room and sadly painted back over it a few days later, so I’m hoping someone else will give it a try in an area where it can last a bit longer.
Do you complete one project at a time, or flitter around from one thing to another? Are you working on any projects at the moment? I’d love to know I’m not alone in the depths of DIY.