Years ago when my kids were younger and my Stay-At-Home-Mom hat was bigger than my Interior Designer hat I had a projects for my own house going all the time. Sewing, painting murals, switching the kids bedrooms, painting faux brick walls, etc.
We lived in one home for 10 years and I painted every single room 3 times or more. By comparison, in this house I’ve painted 2 rooms in 7 years.
It was nothing for my husband to come home for lunch and – to his utter surprise – find all the furniture moved to the entry hall, plastic tarps covering furniture or blocking off rooms, me decked out in some of the worst looking clothes you’ll ever see, sporting eye goggles and a dust mask, standing on a ladder scraping popcorn ceilings and getting ready to paint.
I miss those days.
I honestly do.
I readily admit my house will always be a work in progress but these days it is a slower process than it used to be. This season is more about working for others than for myself. And I’m so very thankful.
But the desire to always be changing and doing is still there. Recently Debbie from Debbiedoo’s ask me to be a part of her weekly home tour series. I have to admit this stressed me a bit.
“Nothing is finished! Everything looks the same! I haven’t taken full room pictures in FOREVER! I don’t have time to clean to take new pictures! I need to repaint this, move that, make new this, make new that! How long does it take to make a headboard? These accessories have been in the same spot for years! Where are the photos I put away to make room for Christmas? All the windows are dirty! Can I Photoshop in clean windows?”
Just a few of the irrational thoughts running through my head during the weeks prior to the house tour deadline.
I finally realized I was being ridiculous. “I will NOT live in discontent with what the Lord has blessed! So what! It will never all be done and ready for a whole house photoshoot so get over it! Do what you can and be glad!”
Just a few of the more rational thoughts just prior to the house tour deadline.
But true to my nature I had to do something new to fill the empty spot above our bed so I whipped up a pallet wood project the day before the deadline.
I asked my husband and son take apart the pallets I’d been hoarding in the garage. We screwed the boards to a couple of back braces and cut out as large a circle as we could using a jigsaw. (I wish it was a bit bigger but I’m being content.)
At this point I had NO IDEA what I was going to do with this thing past getting it to a circle shape. This was pure winging it.
I tried to stain the wood but due to how dry it was the stain was too dark (see above – the very bottom board). I decided to “brown-wash” it with watered down brown latex paint to mimic the look of stain.
We experimented with what I wanted to paint on the board, random numbers and/or letters, but nothing clicked. Finally, I decided to use our last name. Not very creative and thinking outside the box here but it made sense.
After coming up with the placement and a font I liked, I printed it off the computer and free handed the letters onto the board. I could have used a projector to make it more accurate but this was faster. I was on a deadline.
(Don’t ask me why there are bags of beans in this photo. I haven’t a clue.)
I filled the letters in with black craft paint, added “est. 1982” (partially over a knot hole), sanded through the paint to age it a bit more, added a wire hanger to the back and…
Viola! New…relatively quick…free…handmade…made to look like “we found an old wood sign with our name on it, how cool is that?”…artwork!
I took the time to make something for myself!
In the end I took a few new pics for the house tour but mostly used ones from a couple of years ago. I’d still like to update my house photos but for now…I’m content.
You can see the before of our master bedroom in one of the first posts I ever wrote when I debated my color vs neutral dilemma. The debate is still on but the Neutrals won this room. Other projects: Lampshade, Pillows, Bench.