Just a little Friday night DIY project

We're in our house and construction is finished and I have so many images and stories to tell from the last 4 months. Major construction in finished and the port-o-potty is no longer in the driveway and all our things are out of storage, but there are loads of little details that are not finished. And if you know me, the details are my favorite part and I have at least 50 ideas a day of clever things I can do optimize and beautify our space.

For today, I picked the little project that stares at me 150 times a day.

I bought this IKEA lack TV table on Craigslist 3 weeks ago for $40 with the sole purpose of converting it into a homework/art table for the boys. But it's been sitting under the stairs, collecting trucks and backpacks and shoes and marbles and chess pieces.

So I had a few minutes and the boys were willing, so I got out a screwdriver, took apart the TV table, opened the box with the 4 hairpin legs I had ordered here on Amazon.

Then I gave them the tools...

And viola, 20 minutes later....

I kind of like them under the stairs, but there is no direct light and it's a little cramped for a grownup to sit so I moved it to the space I had initially imagined it for. It might get moved back or moved somewhere else...that tends to happen in our house, but for now, feeling pretty proud of myself.


Day 27: Baseboards are in!

Everything has it's place. This comes before that and that can only after this. I have learned a great deal about the order of things, what can be maneuvered around and what you let take it's course.

I pushed a little to get the baseboards done today. Glad I pushed.

Tomorrow they will get painted.


Day 26: Primed railings

For the last few days there have been guys hanging from ladders and railings trying to prep and prime an extremely complicated exterior trim. Another is sanding with an electric sander with one hand and holding onto the railing with the other. All the while, balancing across layers of deck boards that are just loosing based on the decks support beams.  But they are determined and careful and being as detailed as they possibly can.

And afterwards, I see stuff like this from our new front door.

This is all really exciting.



Day 22: Making decisions

I used to be really good at making decisions. I tended to not waiver. I trusted my instincts and I didn't need the opinions of others to find my way. But my decision making well has been taxed. It is empty and sluggish and teetering toward ambivalence and this is quite possibly the worst time for ambivalence because the decisions we make in the next 5-10 days are the decisions people see. That we will see, every day.

But it's the logical time. It's been almost 3 years of decision making regarding this house and the mental exhaustion of the process and the toll it takes is real. It's really really real. And it's right under the surface of the sparkling new white paint and farmhouse floors.

For us, at times we made decisions easily and quickly regarding this remodel. Like just today, about an hour ago - my husband learned that a new version of Nest thermostat exits. We haven't installed ours. We could still get latest version and sell the 3 we already purchased that we can't return. I asked "What's new in the new version?" He said he didn't know. So he put the kids to bed and then got on his phone and did some research. Turns out new version is narrower, wider and has a clock feature. I said these features don't seem worth it to me to for the trouble. He agreed. No new Nest. Decision made. Turn around time: 1 hour.

Other decisions have been painful and long and arduous. Money and emotions and needs all rolled into a ball. But in the moment and in the process, it takes hold of you. The harder decisions for me have been ones in which I didn't want to compromise. In which I believed my opinion to be the right one. Sometimes it was, sometimes it wasn't but we had to talk through all of them, all the time and sometimes the only solution was to say ok, whether I meant it or not.

It is those moments that have taken the most toll. They are part of marriage and life and house remodeling. But then, there are other moments, like today, when I let myself trust myself again and just go for it. So I bought the lamp for the living room.

Can you guess which one?


Day 21: Plastic divide comes down

We can really truly say that we are at the beginning of the end. The real end.




Day 13: Exterior update

A few more battens!

Siding done!

Wrapping the posts is started!