As I confessed on Wednesday, I have picked up nary a paintbrush or hammer in the past week. The Hubs has breathed a little easier knowing he can come home without walking into a “guess what’s different in this room!” game (guess which one loves that game and which one hates it! Here’s a hint: I’m the one that loves it). All may be quiet on the home front, but in my brain, a frenzy of activity is brewing. I know I mentioned that there are some projects in store for while The Hubs is away, starting mid-next week. Unfortunately, my non-contractor, non-carpenter, anti-DIY husband has vetoed one of my more major plans, and for once I agree with him. So, for the time being, our ceiling is going to stay a nasty popcorn white, instead of being transformed into an edgy, industrial, rustic plywood & beamed piece of modern art. And I am le sad.
Rather than feel too sorry for myself, I’m also a teensy bit relieved. Of course I’d love to knock it off my list without enduring a single masculine pout or trudging sigh over a Saturday morning “honey-do list” – but I think I’ll actually need his help on this one. I’ll probably also need the help of an additional 2-3 strapping young men (don’t we all!). But anyways. Before I completely derail myself on that thought (and wasn’t it a nice one?), here are some of the pictures that are going to be fueling my springtime home update:
Project 1: Paint the living room grey
Painting the living room will give me the perfect opportunity to patch all the holes from my pre-command strip picture hanging adventures. I’m also going to move the wall-mounted lamp to a different room and install some brass picture lighting from Lowe’s instead. This also leads straight into my next project, which is to-
Project 2: Re-think the gallery wall (one word: gold)
This last project is the only one that I’ll need help/supervision on, and and for that I’m planning to invite one/a few of my younger sisters over. They’re great fun to be around, and work without complaining as long as I keep them plied with cheezits
and wine (they’re underage, so… lemonade? Tea? What are all the kids drinking these days?). As an added bonus, when I turn on a Pixar DVD for background noise and subsequently recite every single line of Finding Nemo or The Incredibles, instead of looking at me as if I’ve grown a second head (*cough* Mark *cough*), they obligingly join in. Sister power! This last project is also the most expensive, because I am taking down our hugely hideous/cracked/broken turntable/unevenly heating above-range microwave and buying a $59 .9 cubic foot (think tiny) microwave to stash on one of the pantry shelves. It’s the most brilliant idea ever. Now if I could just figure out how to get an outlet plug into the pantry…
Project 3: Take down my upper cabinets and add open shelving
There you have it! All of my nefarious plans for the upcoming weeks. My thought is to hang a gold-framed picture above the stove and also install a picture light above it in order to tie the living room & kitchen together, if you were curious. I’m going to have to carefully time my projects since a couple of them involve drying time (painting the frames gold, staining the shelf boards). Whenever I mess up my scheduling I start to panic towards the end of my projects (case in point, dinging the finish on my newly-painted refrigerator because I decided to put the top cabinet up before it was fully cured). I usually spend the last two hours before The Hubs is expected home frantically running around gathering up DIY project accoutrements and stashing them in random places. Once I hid a level in my sock drawer at the last minute and promptly forgot it was there. It kept my socks company for an entire week until I realized it was missing. Anyway, this time will be better. If you’re reading my post, baby? Don’t worry, I got this!