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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Girl Talk Thursday: Home Projects – The Good, The Bad, The Necessary



There is a love-hate relationship with home projects and renovations around here. Oh how we love when they are done. It is the getting there that we hate.

It is not just the actual DOING of the work that is disliked. No, that is not the hard part. What is? The decision making, the planning, the gathering of the materials, the budgeting.

An example. Six years ago we moved into this house. We love it here. It is not perfect but it is ours, and really with the best neighbors in the world, what more could this family ask for? (Okay the answer to that is another bedroom or two, but I digress.) When we moved in we painted most of the rooms. We stripped wallpaper, patched holes, primed, edged, and painted for a month. Yes a month. You have no idea how bad it was in here. As time ran out on our impending move we made the decision to postpone the painting of some of the areas - like the bathrooms, hallway and basement. We have since remodeled two of the bathrooms, and painted the last. The basement may never get done. The hallway however. Oh how it mocks me. With it's flat marked up beige. Holes and gouges from bicycles, scooters and who know what.

We made the decision to paint it. Rather, I announced I would paint it and Bear grudgingly agreed to put up with me doing it. However we both know he is much better at spackling and patching than I am. Trust me, this hallway needs it. So we hemmed and hawed about what type of spackle to use. What time of year would be best for painting (moderate temps so we could open the windows please). We finally agreed spring was as good of a time as any and BOUGHT SPACKLE! I even picked up paint chips which are taped to the hallway wall for me to stair at while I type this.

That was over a month ago. No spackling has been done. No paint has been chosen. For heaven sake I could have re-dry walled the thing by now (okay maybe not, that ceiling is pretty high).

Am I mad? No. Because when we finally get this project done there is another dozen or so to follow it. Lurking, with decisions and procrastination just around the corner.

So the hallway will get done when it gets done. And I will promptly want to replace the floors.

Oooh flooring...

5 comments:

colleen said...

I love it!

The fireplace removal that we're having done *soon* has taken four years to plan, budget and save for. I've called the contractors, measured for the carpet and tile. And now I just need the hammer to drop and actually DO IT. :)

Chibi said...

Ah, yes: the never-ending cycle of renos. Just when you think you're done, you think of something else...

pastelprincess said...

I have a list of things I need to do, that I have half-started too. Only because there is ALWAYS something!! Budgeting is the biggest problem for me. I always want to spend spend spend money like I have it. Riiiight.

iwantherlife said...

Oh my gosh, I can completely see what you're saying about the deciding part! It feels like you're standing around accomplishing nothing while deciding on things!

Kami said...

I can so relate. Love to spend the money. Hate to do the work...

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