Happy New Year!
I know… here I am, once again, a little late to the party. I could give a million reasons excuses as to why it’s been awhile since I’ve checked in, but in reality, it’s because sometimes that’s just what a girl has gotta do. I’ve stepped away from most social media more lately, and that’s included this blog. I love blogging. Writing is a passion of mine and blogging is a wonderful opportunity to do that in a constructive way. Yet, too often I’m caught up in the production of it. Pinterest perfect. Instagram worthy. Keeping up with the Jones Family. I need big reveals, exciting content, more than just boring everyday life. I’m sure I’m not the only person in that boat.
It’s been no secret that our home remodel is going a bit a lot slower than I hoped. Part of that is because we changed our outlook for this house fairly early on in the process. When we moved here, we weren’t convinced this was going to be a long term home for us. We thought to fix it up and sell it for a profit in the near future. Now that we’ve settled in though, and in spite of the curveballs (link) we’ve had thrown our way, we have decided that we just might want to stay here. That means instead of quick fixes to make the house better, we want to do the real deal. The real deal takes more time though, and of course more money. It’s a longer process. One that some days I really, really struggle with. Despite those struggles though, it really is okay. It is what we want. It’s just easier some days than others!
So, where are we going with this whole remodel? Thanks for asking! ;} I know I said we want to do real deal, and that’s true. Realistically speaking though, certain areas of our home that won’t be tackled for a few years, at least. I struggle with temporary fixes, but as we creep towards the one year mark of being in this house, I’ve learned that there are going to be areas that I need to embrace temporary fixes for my own sanity.
If you follow along on Instagram, you know that we pretty impulsively decided to paint our kitchen cabinets. My in-laws gave us nearly ten gallons of paint that they weren’t going to use. I immediately knew that the cabinets were going to get a facelift. Painting them is something we have talked about doing before, but I hated the idea of spending money on cabinets that we knew we would be replacing one day. Since the paint was free, it totally took off the pressure.
Once we started painting, it was like the creative floodgates opened. I have so many plans for this room now! Our goal is to spend just a couple hundred dollars to make it better for “phase one.” I am referring to it as a makeover instead of a remodel. Putting lipstick on a pig? Maybe. Hopefully it’s an improvement though!
The cabinets are now all painted and just patiently waiting to be put back in place. After that, we’re going to be doing a lot more painting- walls, floors, appliances… pretty much if it’s a flat surface in the kitchen it’s getting a coat of paint! Okay, not counter tops. Those are unfortunately not in decent enough shape to warrant a coat of paint. We still have plans there though! Stay tuned; I’m so excited to pull this together on the cheap!
Our second goal is to at the very least start the dining room remodel. This room is interesting, in large part because, when you look at it, it seems like it should be an easy, straightforward project. And then you start listing everything that needs done… sigh. It’s all a process, ya know?! The dropped ceiling needs to come down, a new ceiling needs put in, drywall needs added between the current dropped ceiling and the actual ceiling, painting galore must happen, trim work that needs worked on, the floor needs refinished, the fluorescent light has to go, and that’s really just the beginning. Not as simple as it looks!
The last big, for-sure goal really should have been numero uno on this list… finish our dang upstairs bathroom! Y’all, apart from trips we’ve taken away from our house and the occasional shower at my parents, I’ve taken nothing but baths to maintain personal cleanliness for ten months. Ten. Ten months. Sadly, I’m at the point where I don’t even really think about it anymore. Fun fact- when we started our bathroom, I thought it would be a couple of weeks at most before it was finished. Ha. Ha ha ha. Oh, the joys of DIY.
Why has progress stalled? Well, I think it’s a combo of being paralyzed by the quantity of things to do and the skill level they all require, and just being burnt out. We are more than capable of finishing. It’s just a lot. They aren’t quick, finish in a day projects that need done. They’re time consuming, better with at least two people and three kids at Grandma’s all day kind of projects. Tile work. Trim work. Putting a new floor in. Storage. Finishing the drywall. Painting. Obviously there’s a theme around here! #wehavealistthatneverends #yesitgoesonandonmyfriends
So, there you have it. In the next few days I want to pull a few posts together to detail our plans for each of these areas. On Instagram I posted some of my own personal goals, and I might do a blog post on those too, although I may or may not have already left a couple of them behind. I also have plans to post a peek into our homeschool life, too. I want to get back to writing for me, not worrying if it’s “blog worthy” or not.
What about you? Do you have 2018 goals? Big projects looming? Struggles with the pressures of social media? Make a girl feel like she’s not the only crazy out there! ;}