Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Me and my big ideas....

So for the last few months, I've been saving my $$$ to remodel the laundry room. I knew that in April I'd be getting paid for all the extra hours I spent tutoring after school, so I finally decided on an idea and gathered my supplies. I'll post a complete before and after, well when it's finally finished. Our laundry room was crowded with a computer desk, pantry, shelf with food staples, washer/dryer, and general catch-all. I didn't get any before before pictures with all the junk in there, but I did get some of everything but the desk. The walls were wooden paneling (B-E-A-UTIFUL). I bought the border I wanted back in the fall and have just been saving it for a time when I could afford to do the rest. I'm pretty satisfied with the way it's turning out, but my house is a complete disaster in the process. This was supposed to all take place over Easter break....that didn't happen, not even close. There are three coats to the painting. The first has to dry for 24 hours. I started this coat at about 8 pm on Friday night. Trenton took the day off and we spent time catching up the laundry since the washer/dryer would be unhooked for a few days. We also spent the day "de-junking" the laundry room. Holly and Logan needed a computer desk, so we moved it out to the porch for them to pick up on Saturday. Trenton put the puppy outside to move to the big pen, cleaned up that area, and we were finally able to get up to the attic again. He moved both computers up to the attic as well as some other stuff. Saturday and Sunday were chaotic with Easter and dinners and whatnot, but Monday was going to be the day to finish. My mom had said she would help me finish the painting. The 2nd coat needs to dry 1-2 hours and then the last coat has to go on within 4 hours. So Monday comes, Mom can't help and I have to meet Trenton in town for a meeting. Finally get home, but it's too late to start the painting.

Trenton hates my projects. HATES! Mostly, b/c....he always gets roped into helping no matter how much I insist that I will get it done on my own. So, last night, I got home from work about 5:30 and started the clear crackle coat. When he got home it was dry enough for us to start the top coat. News flash: I suck at painting. I get mad b/c it doesn't look right and pout. This is what always happens. This is why Trenton always ends up involved. So I painted one tiny little bit last night and then just stood by for moral support as he painted. He's my hero. He always saves my butt on these projects of mine. I get so frustrated b/c I have creativity, it's just trapped in my head. I have all these beautiful ideas floating around in there, but not enough talent to get them out and actually have them turn out. That's why we're a good team. I seriously think designing our house will be fun b/c he can take my ideas and turn them into real life. So, long story short, we got 2 of the fours walls done and will hopefully finish tonight. I have to re-touch the trim and am hoping Mom can help with border Thursday. For now, here's a snapshot of the semi-finished product on the walls. It's supposed to look like barn board. That's what I envisioned anyway.....thoughts???

Thank you, baby, for your help! I couldn't do all these wonderful projects without you! You're my saving grace!

***Edited to add*** I can't get the picture to post right now, but I'll keep working on it!

4 comments:

Miss Jenn said...

My husband is the same way so I totally know what you mean. I dream it, he makes it happen! I'm too impatient! (& I'm a stinky painter)

Andrea Frederick said...

Dying for the picture....I'm the complete opposite, I want no one around when I'm working on something b/c I don't need anyone around to take my frustrations out on.

Bree Shaw said...

i like to just do it myself too. i like for help, but i want someone that knows what they are doing.

Corin said...

Oh, Erin you make me laugh. I'm the exact same way. I see things in my head so perfectly and then I get mad when the reality is less perfect. I'm the same way with shopping for things for the house. I'll get this idea in my head of the lamp I want and then I get mad when I find they don't make said lamp. I can't wait to see pictures.