*Sigh* I wish I had some reveals to share with you. I started repainting (and in some cases retexturing) all the rooms in my upstairs a couple of months ago and not one room is 100% done. But I'll share a bit about what I have been doing, including an epic fail.
There are a ton of reasons, like for example, my body has this weird obsession with needing sleep. It's the end of a school year and that translates into field trips, programs, recitals, etc. I traveled to a blog conference, and things keep breaking (dishwasher, toilet, car). But when it all boils down to it, the main reason I am so slow to get things done is there is just ONE me.
In a perfect world, I would have a team. I would have a super nerdy tech guy with an offbeat sense of humor that would make references to Sci-Fi movies I've never seen and I would do that polite laugh. I would have an assistant who hung out at my house all day and did everything from find the scissors my kids keep carting off with to stroking my hair and telling me I'm awesome. She would of course laugh, hold my white poster board during photo shoots, and keep me in constant supply of chocolate. I would have a videographer who shot amazing video of me doing all my projects. He would be quiet and brooding and wear skinny jeans. And then there would be the burly man that is at my beck and call to do any manual labor that goes beyond even my strength. And a cute lady with a southern accent that calls me Miss Stacy would come clean my house and leave mints on my pillow. And they would all work for free.
But alas, it is just me and my unorganized brain that runs this show :) So the progress is slow and the posts sporadic.
If you follow along on instagram, or if you caught Shane's post on adding interest to your ceilings, then you have seen a sneak peek of my completed ceiling. It took a couple of days to paint after texturing and sanding it.
The next "room" I tackled, was the hallway. Instead of being long and skinny like most halls, it is more like a pentagon. It is central and all the rooms branch off from it.
A section of the baseboards had been replaced at some point (before we bought the house) and were probably added while there was carpet because there has always been this gap. It has always bugged me but I have never taken the time to fix it. This seemed like a good time to do it! I carefully pried the baseboard off, retextured, sanded, added the baseboard back to the wall, primed, and painted.
Pardon my dirty floors. I figured it was stupid to mop right before making a new mess.
I then sanded all the trim and baseboards, primed, and painted them using my Finish Max sprayer.
The walls came next. They were also painted white. The doors got painted the same blue color that my bedside table got painted.
You can get a sneak peek of my finished hallway if you hop over to the HomeRight site! They are giving away a Finish Max too :)
I have a pallet of tile in my driveway just waiting to be installed in the bathroom. I need to remove the two layers of tile (yep, they tiled over tile!) and two layers of linoleum first though.
I also had an epic fail. I made an abstract bowl out of plexiglass awhile back and loved that the heat gun made the plastic have bubbles if I heated it enough. I wanted to take a plastic vase and make it look like seeded glass. I didn't realize it was made out of shrinky dink material.... Kidding. But in all seriousness, all plastic are not created equal. I will try again.
And then one day I knocked over a can of paint on the office floor, and it re-opened the discussion of possibly painting the floors. My husband says "no" and I think it could be fabulous! The office floors never got refinished when we moved in like the other floors did. They are not cute. And I have always wanted to paint a floor.
Have any of you painted your floors? Did you regret it? Love it? SPILL it! (Haha! See what I did there?)
And when the mess gets to be too much, I stare at the one little corner of the house that is all painted and somewhat clean... the dining room.
I have a new rug for the family room, new shelves for both the family room and the office (don't worry, the reclaimed wood ones stay! I just needed more), some new accessories, and a BUNCH of DIY projects!
Another reason I am behind, is it is spring and I am trying to get my yard back into shape and plant a garden. I love spring, but man, it is a lot of work.
What have you been up to?
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Stephanie @ Sandpaper and Glue
ugh... I feel your pain. My living room is torn apart because I suddenly hated it and needed to redo everything (DIy wall art, 2 end table upcycles, a coffee table upcycle, maybe furniture switcheroos...), I'm still raking up leaves from last fall, the garden is a mess, andddd I'm hosting a baby shower at the beginning of June that I want this all done for! ack!
Your "Dream Staff" sounds like perfection except you forgot to add an errand boy to dash out and grab supplies that you run out of in the middle of a project! Does your Housekeeper also cook and buy groceries? I want one, too!
Hang in there... you got this!
I am so looking fwd to seeing the ceiling when finished. wonder why school schedules are not more harmonious with the homes the students come from ?? schedules should take into consideration more of what else is going on in the world.BUT I also recall previous decades stating the same thing. will not be changed anytime soon.
Oh Honey, you have been busy. Don't be so hard on yourself. It will get done, when it gets done. There are only so many hours in a day. We can't do it all at one time. Know what I mean? Take a deep breath and give yourself a pat on the back and be glad it was only one can of paint on the floor!!
I like the sound of your imaginary team! I don't feel spread quite so thin at the end of this school year but now that I've said that something will go wrong. I'm excited to finally be painting my bathroom walls and have a crochet project and sewing projects in the works. They've all got different deadlines so like you none of them are 100% done.
We will wait patiently
Wow, it looks great, what a transformation. Looking forward to seeing the finished article.