Before we begin, I want to make some ground rules. Well, maybe just ONE ground rule. The ground rule is, we have to remember we’re all here voluntarily. I mean, here, as in here reading this blog.
A thought that keeps me awake at night is ways to not make people feel worse. I have silently urged enough people on line to shut their pie holes to know blogging about house projects could be just what it takes to annoy a gal back to bed. I really do not want to do that to my friends, to strangers or even the person I wanted to shut their pie hole. We need things that help right now, so I want us all to move towards those things, please.
I needed to say this so you know my intent and what’s going to go on here so you could steer clear if that’s better for you. I want you to do that for yourself, and I promise I take no offense. Or, if reading about house projects for the purpose of telling someone to shut their pie hole brings you joy, stay. You have my blessing with that too.
We’re all just trying to figure out the most meaningful way to exist right now, and I’m doing this: trying to give life to things that need it…and, I guess now I’m writing about it too. For 30 years I have committed an obscene amount of my waking hours to sitting in gyms…watching people coach wrestling, watching kids wrestle and/or playing club volleyball. I had no idea how much of that I did until there wasn’t any of it to do.
On top of not having my 2nd full time job as a sports fan, I also find myself with a calendar free of extra work commitments/networking/conferences and what I had of a social life (okay, fine, I didn’t really have one of those, but I always meant to.) It is all gone. Oh, and let’s not forget I am working a little from home, so we can take out the hours of getting ready and commuting each week. Oh, and church is still on line. That is a couple more hours in drive and getting ready time I now own.
I’m not sure about you, but one of my favorite lines pre-pandemic used to be, “We’re doing good, just really busy.” I’ve tried that line out once recently, because, I mean, honestly, we’re still moving all day until we crash, but I need new words, as my old line feels a bit insincere. What are you busy with, Miki? You’re busy with made up tasks that absolutely no one will know about or cares about you getting done. It’s super hectic.
Here is what we’ve been doing this week. Scott has always had this joke about how our home feels more like a tree fort than a home. Some times we don’t feel like actual grown ups. Like, when we have company and have to pull out folding chairs with paint splatters on them. One of my projects was to paint our beat up dining room chairs black, and to add a couple more wood chairs to the mix.
Now, here is the fun part. I was negotiating with two people on FB market place and going to buy their old dining room chairs. Then, one morning on my way to work there were two old dining room chairs sitting by someone’s garbage, ready to be hauled away by the garbage truck. Did you even think for a minute I wouldn’t save those chairs’ lives? That was fun. I felt very nervous about taking someone’s garbage. That is a new thing for me, and you’re probably going to tell me it’s illegal. But, I won’t lie. I’d do it again. It was a rush.
If ladies on Youtube talking about home decor are to be trusted, then it is okay to have mismatched dining room chairs, in fact, they really seem to like this. So, that’s what we’ve got.
We kind of love this big fat monster of a chair. It weighs a lot. I was having flashbacks to the 80’s and could see it in its original glory, living perfectly in some dark paneled country tavern somewhere in Wisconsin.
Next thing up is a quick shout out to a vase. Olivia and I went to St. Vinnies and saw this cool vase that needed nothing. I paired it with the branches that fell off our neighbor’s pine tree and it looks like Christmas. I’m very happy with this find, especially sitting on our “new” table with a full set of chairs around it.
The last thing before I go is a hallway. I am going to be more strategic about taking before pictures if I keep doing this, I promise. I wish you could have seen the hallway before. It was orange. I don’t know. It was a mood I was in one day. I’m sorry. The orange was dark and paired with our 19-year-old carpet, the whole thing screamed, “These people have never kept a job.”
We had the carpeting installed when we first moved in to our house. I remember well these two young guys who installed it. They were not having their best day. One of them kept stopping to smoke and to tell me about his marriage problems. The carpet was loose from the start and ripped, eventually. Let’s just say it we’ve seen finer craftsmanship.
Here are pictures of the carpet, and I’m ashamed to show you what was under it. We had the makings of a sandbox below the carpet. These photos are not for the faint of heart. Prepare yourself. I guess we’re just rolling around in filth over here.
We painted the hall way white, laid peel and stick vinyl plank tiles and Scott installed a more modern light (sorry, we did buy the light). I finished the hallway off with a nod to the color that I love (but maybe don’t need to cover entire walls in) with a print I ordered off Etsy for $6 and had printed at Walgreens in a frame we already had.
I figured out something important when I was doing this floor. I told Olivia and Scott that these kinds of projects are not really for the perfectionists in the family. You can’t get bogged down in details like, I have no skills for this. These projects take a mindset that allows to jump into a project you have no business feeling confident you can complete. That is more my specialty around here. I’m not afraid to ruin anything and I have piles of failed attempts to prove it.
Here’s a picture of my business partner enjoying our new hallway. We’re just gonna keep walking up and down this thing and enjoying our handiwork.
That’s it for now. I’m going to try to take a little break and focus on some other things. Or, I’m going to try to do that, I should say. I find this difficult to do. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Thanks for stopping by. Keep me posted on what you’re doing and if you have a hectic made up schedule too. These things interest me.