Before our son came along, it was easy to spend an entire weekend painting every room in the house or installing a new walkway, because we were doing it together. But now we want to spend the time together as a family. If we want to complete a project (like the basement, for instance), one of us has to watch him while the other does work....and vice versa. Not only do we miss out on that time with each other or as a family, but it also takes 10 times longer. I know it should probably just be twice as long (I tend to exaggerate for effect), but I feel like we motivated one another to get stuff done when we were side-by-side. Things just seemed to get done so much faster.
It's just not as much fun as it used to be either. Pace is #1 (of course) and I have found myself doing the unimaginable (well...at least unimaginable as of 2 years ago).....calling to get quotes for our upcoming projects (lawn care, trim painting, etc.). Now I'm not saying that we are going to give up on DIY completely, I think we are just going to tone it down a little. Whereas we used to jump at a new project possibility, we might stop and think about our options before doing that in the future. Just the big projects....I think.
Does anyone else feel this way about DIY?? I have to say I am a bit disappointed in myself for even thinking any of this, let alone writing it, but its the truth. I am just as surprised as you are. And maybe its just a temporary thing. B has been traveling a lot lately (and I mean a lot.....like the last 5 weeks!!!) and being home alone has really got me thinking about all of our outstanding projects. I really thought I could make a dent in them while he was away (ha!), but its so much harder than I thought to be productive with a crawling/teething/active/wonderful/curious/nosy 8-month old. Maybe I'll get the hang of it soon though.....right as he starts to learn how to walk.
Surprisingly I have actually managed to do some spring-cleaning/organizing throughout the house in the last few weeks, so I'm slowing whittling (sp?) away at our long to-do list for 2012 (which I'm not sure I even talked about yet).
Well, in case I didn't, here is a quick run-down:
- Tile the basement bathroom shower
- Install the vanity and light fixture in the bathroom
- Caulk and fill nail holes in molding
- Paint trim and doors in basement
- Touch-up some molding and trim in the kitchen (it contracted in the winter and there are a few cracks here and there.....which probably are unnoticeable to anyone other than me)
- Paint/touch-up railings on the deck (note to self: never let B paint anything)
- Plant some shrubs and perennials around the base of the deck and the basement door
- Add some life to the deck (rug, lanterns, potted plants, etc....hopefully very inexpensively!)
- Replace trim on the house that is rotting/slit/broken.
- Paint the trim on the house white (this might be a hire-able job since I'm nervous to have me or B or ANYONE I know up on a ladder 3 stories high painting the trim in the back of the house...EEEK!!!!)
- Paint the garage doors black - I have wanted to do this since we moved in!
- Decorate the basement with some DIY artwork projects (I saw this whale blueprint at an adorable store in St. John a few weeks ago and I can't get it out of my head. It was $600 and shipping would have been $500 on top of that, so there was no way we could ever buy it. Hopefully I can re-create it though!!)
- DIY a curtain for the kitchen sink window.....it looks so bare. Maybe just a little tailored box-pleat one. Seems easy enough.
- DIY a new bench seat cushion for the entryway - found someone on etsy that will do it for $175 but I think I can make it for a LOT cheaper!
- Find a used project-height table and make it into a desk for the basement office. Could be regular desk height, but I like the higher ones for doing any hand-made things (calligraphy, drawing, sketching, etc.).
- Refinish some side tables that I found on the side of the road (pictures to come soon).
- Re-paint an adirondack chair for the deck......it needs a little love!!
Until next time...