Monday, June 6, 2011

DIY: Send Help!

You know how when you start one project,
you can't seem to stop yourself from moving to another one before the first one is complete? 
Well, welcome to my house for the past 3 weeks:

I don't know if you heard but,
we will be having a wedding soon.
Eryn would like to have a simple affair at our home:

But even if it's 'simple', it's still  big!
And upcoming events like this make you take stock...
Things that you've been wanting to do in the house all of the sudden become imperative.
And you realize
There is just not enough time:

You have to understand that I am terrible at making color/decorating decisions.
I once bought a hideous floral couch that was so awful that Tony made me keep it for 15 years just so that I would never buy furniture by viewing a fabric swatch only.
I have gotten better over the years, but 
that sort of experience keeps you insecure and apprehensive about any decorative decision:

Having said that, 
I wanted to get started on my living room.
It hasn't been painted since it was built.
There was still builders paint on the walls and it's made me crazy since we moved in:

We had some paint that was neutral and that we liked in another room so, away I went.
Tony was a little (okay, a lot) surprised when he came home on that Saturday afternoon to find our living room torn apart and a paint brush in my hand, but he went with it:

While we were waiting for the first coat to dry I asked him
'what are we going to do with the gallon of red paint that we picked up on a whim at Lowe's'?
(yes, sometimes we do go wild and buy a gallon of $5 red paint on a whim)
Tony already had a brush out so he attacked our main floor bathroom with it:

I don't think we thought this one through the whole way,
but okay...

Pedestal sink out - check
New counter and mirror - check
(in a flash of brilliance, we used a cabinet and mirror that I got from a yard sale)
New lights, light switches and towel rod - to be installed
Faucet and sink - MIA
Did I mention that the $5 gallon of red paint is semi-gloss?
not good...

While we were waiting for the 2 and 3 coats to dry in the bathroom,
and for the sink and faucet to arrive via mail
I thought I would fill in some nail holes in the entry and stairway:

Hello? Did I not have enough going on?

 I have:
  A living room torn apart.
There are no curtains or pictures hanging.
In fact, all the rods, pictures, nails, screws, curtains, etc...are in my dining room table and floor,
which means that that room is a mess too.
A bathroom that looks like a massacre happened in there,
which is actually causing my daughter and dog to have accidents because they are so nervous.
And now I need to touch up the entry and staircase paint, 
which is, of course, not faint maple or red.
It's yellow:

I still have no idea what I'm doing.
Tony left town
(I'm sure to get away from all this chaos)
and I'm left with a complete mess on my main floor.
He made me promise not to touch anything until he gets back...

There is still so much to do and I've created such a huge mess.
I know we have some time, not much, until the semi-royal wedding but,
we haven't even finished the kitchen (which was started about a year ago).
Nor have we even started The Major's Backyard DIY:

Which is where the actual reception will be:

But at least the bathroom is mostly finished: 

I have to totally give props to my husband,
The Major.
He really pulled this bathroom out of the toilet!

And, yes, that is a rooster:

In my bathroom:



  1. That antique looking cabinet with the bowl sink on top, with the perfect faucet to go with it-- love it!


  2. Trina- that is so cute! Guests will love to use the loo at the royal wedding.