I did that thing I always say not to do. Of course, I thought “I can handle this” and “I’ve got it planned perfectly!” But then, life happened. And I’m in the middle of about 5 million projects. Instead of having tons of posts this week with all the finished projects, I can show you what it looks like to be caught in the middle of approximately one-billion.
First, my front door.
This project has been on my to-do list since we moved a little over a year ago. The front door faces the setting sun and it is a mess. The builders didn’t put a UV resistant coat of poly(urethane) over the stained door!! Seriously, the door is in direct sunlight. I was hoping to show you the entire transition, but right now my door looks something like this …
Next, my kitchen cabinets.
I started re-doing the kitchen cabinets last August before we even moved our stuff in last year. They’ve been mostly done for months, except this one little strip below the countertops and I still need to do the final buffing. Last Saturday I stained the strip and I haven’t added poly yet. Such a small thing, but I know how bad it smells. And the buffing job is sooo easy, but it will take a long time. So the procrastination cycle continues, but I am one step closer with the stained strip.
(Below, you’ll see the raw wood trim just below the countertop. When the counters were installed, there was an awkward gap due to leveling, so the contractor installed this strip.)
Then, my kitchen island.
When we had the remodeling done and they added ship-lap around my island, the side against the sink is still the old dark-ish oak looking cabinets (a lighter shade than the cabinets I’ve refinished). So there are dark cabinet and drawer fronts next to the bright white shiplap. I’ve been wanting to paint the entire island, shiplap, and dark cabinets, into a unified color. So, I painted on some sample colors to do a color-test and those are sitting right there.
And there’s the painting in the girls’ rooms.
We’ve started prepping my girls’ rooms for painting. You may ask, why would I do that instead of just finish all the other open projects? Well, my husband took Monday off (same day the kids are off) weeks ago so that we could do this. And I’d rather have my husband’s help with the intricate complicated painting we’re going to do, when I can do the other projects by myself. So, there are paint swatches on the walls, because painting starts tomorrow and I still haven’t picked the final colors!
(Below, my girls emptying their room into the garage tonight. We are pre-prepping tonight and tomorrow night so that we can get right to painting on Saturday … after 3 awkwardly timed soccer games and a volleyball tournament.)
Of course, there’s my son’s “new” bed.
I’m much further along on this one, but I can’t seem to get the bed in a place where I really like it before I take “REVEAL” photos. (Let’s be real, with so many blogs and so much content, better looking AFTER photos can make a big difference in blog traffic. Ugh!) Anyway, when I find the right placement for the bed, I still need to update everything hanging on his walls to coordinate with all the furniture movement. These are such simple things to do, but I haven’t had the time to really focus on just this with so many other things swirling.
(The walls are a metallic gold sheen, not vomit like it may appear in this picture. This is the night we set up my 4 year old in his first big-boy bed, which was made by his great-great-grandfather. I just refinished the bed.)
And sooo many doors to paint.
It doesn’t seem to matter that I found a quick way to get lots of doors painted. Because there is still the work of painting all the rooms the doors are connected to (working on it) and all the trim around the doors (working on it). With so many other projects always taking priority, this is a project loop I can not wait to close and I’ve done very little work on it! Do you ever have a project that feels HUGE and weighs on you and it feels like it is taking a ton of your energy, but you’re not actually doing anything actively to work on it? Yeah, that’s the feeling I feel about wanting to paint every.single.door. in my house.
(Below, from when we painted the office a few weeks ago. We left the doors un-painted until we’re done painting more rooms. I want to paint a whole bunch of doors in one go instead of one at a time. This picture was during prep – the office is now the same color as the wall through the doorway.)
I’ve shown you mine, now you show me yours!!
The crazy thing is this list is of the on-going projects, and it doesn’t include all the things I’ve actually gotten done in the last few weeks. And imagine if we all counted all the laundry and meals we prepared in the week as projects. I imagine we all do way more than we give ourselves credit for!
Okay, I’ve showed you my in-progress projects, let me hear about yours. What are you in-the-middle-ish of working on!!