I’m the self-proclaimed walking definition of a girl who starts too many projects and takes forever to finish the ones that bore her. I’ve been working on improving my follow-through on projects that could have been done months ago (or, in the case of the kitchen island, a year ago), though none really demand a full self-fulfilling bloggy post.
What have I checked off my list (and not told you about?)
1. I finished the second driftwood lamp and coordinating paper lampshade. After I built and wrote about the first, I had to get in the right mindset to do the second lamp. Fortunately, I crossed it off my list at the beginning of the month using the other half of the driftwood block and a selection of darker stock from the same Anthropologie coloring book that I hacked apart for the first paper lampshade experiment.
Balanced on a makeshift-and-temporary end table (really, it’s one of those shoe storage units sold for $14.99 at Target on it’s end), it balances out the living room lighting situation.
(Sidenote: That photo looks stretched vertically, right? Weird. Camera-slash-eye tricks.)
Illuminating the living room nicely, they’re a pleasant alternative to the overhead chandelier when we’re watching TV at night.
2. Speaking of the chandelier, I replaced its (dumb) dimmer switch. It somehow combusted after less than a year of use, failing to dim, but was still functioning the lights on and off… meaning, it wasn’t urgent on my to-do list. I have no explanation for its failure, but it meant getting around to buying a new $10 switch and wiring it into place. For someone who’s at Home Depot every week, it shouldn’t have taken 3 months to get around to perusing the electrical aisle. And FYI – once upon a time (last fall) I showed you how I swapped out the switch in the dining room, if you want to refer to this post for a how-to.
3. I finally painted the kitchen island. Last fall when we reconstructed the kitchen island, I was eager and excited and all over sanding and priming the base of the table before the snow started to fall. That’s as far as I made it though, and it’s sat primed and unpainted in the kitchen since November. Despite having gotten around refinishing the tabletop (that we made out of clearance-priced tongue-in-groove floorboards), I only dragged the base onto the porch this week to give it the finishing touches it demanded.
Color (or paint) me embarrassed. At least began to clean up easily.
I used exterior paint, actually. I’m not sure that’s kosher for a home decorating situation, but I’m trying it anyways in hopes that maybe it will wear better than any interior paint I had on hand. The Silver Lining paint by Behr was leftover from when I painted the garage trim and door earlier in the summer.
After drying on the porch for an afternoon, I moved it back in. Nothing new functionally, just cleaner, and looking like it’s not a work-in-progress. Yes, I keep planters on the kitchen island. Now that it’s clean, I can probably upgrade to something classier. And kitchen-y.
4. And speaking of the paint I used on the garage… I finally finished painting the cinderblock. Getting the job done required buying an extra quart of Behr’s Porpoise, which was the color that best matched the Mastic victorian gray house siding (I segue, but you can read about that painting project with the extra poofy roller right here). For a few weeks after I finished painting the garage door, it looked like this. Not terribly obvious, but the right side of the door is definitely incomplete.
The fresh coat of gray leading up the right side of the garage helped to clean up (and disguise) the embedded ivy vines that had made the garage their home.
5. I sloppily half-assembled a gallery of frames behind my entryway door. Earlier in the summer, I painted that wall blue and immediately wanted to extend the now-gone stairwell gallery into the entryway for that cohesive look. So up went a game plan (right on down to the same newspaper templates that I used when I worked on the first gallery), and there it stayed.
Really, it’s gotta come down. Not today. Maybe tomorrow. Or next month.