Last weekend we were over visiting some friends and their new baby and older kiddo (how could you not love this little cutie?)
And we got to talking about the house - how projects were coming along, what we've finished, how we were feeling about it all...those things you really only talk about when other people ask because you're too exhausted to want to think about the question yourself because you know you'll be frustrated with yourself for the answer: we're REALLY good at starting projects, and REALLY bad at finishing them.
Chris and I like to motor around the house starting projects right and left. I love making lists, imagining spaces and compiling the materials it'll take to get it done. Chris is the master brainstormer and comes up with the schedule and is the brains of how it'll get done. But somewhere around 80% both of our brains sorta check out and we move on. I don't know what it is.
We've resolved that we really needed to FINISH some things so that we can finally check them off the list as completed spaces. While we started the back bathroom and laundry room 1+ and 3+ years ago (I know, ouch), we are committing ourselves to FINISHING the TV room, front room and front yard before we let ourselves get really excited about tackling another project. And there really isn't too much to getting those spaces checked off, it's just those final tasks we find so difficult to actually get around to.
We originally thought this room would be quick and easy, boy what a fucking lie that was. But we chugged along and fixed the floors that looked terrible, and spent nearly 40 hours painting and it came along looking splendid. And then we stopped. I LOVE the idea of our sports ticket table, but we've totally stalled on that and haven't worked on it since March! Here it all sits, sad and rejected
We still have to wet sand the tile that I scratched up
And I'd like to print out a Picardy Gothic photo and put it above the fireplace
And then there's the little weight storage unit we want to build so our free weights, etc. don't look so disheveled
For this room the checklist is: FINISH the sports ticket table, wet sand out the tile scratches, build a little weight storage, blow up and frame a photo. Seems easy right?
Then there's the TV room, which we both got really excited to start because we wanted the front of the house to be complete. And this one is really close to being done. I have to replace that roman shade I'm not a fan of
And the new one has been sitting 95% complete on my art room floor for a month (or two)
There is a little residue on the hutch counter, so I need to lightly sand it and then I think we'll put a coat of poly on top because the tung oil hasn't done a super great job of protecting it (though it does do an awesome job of bringing out all the natural wood color and texture)
I also still need to poly the baseboard attached to the bottom of the hutch...
We still need to also build 10 frames for all of our movie posters to go on these two walls
Lastly, we have this piece of baseboard that needs to be installed behind the couch and ottoman
To call this room done we need to: replace the first roman shade with a new and improved one, build 10 picture frames, sand and poly the hutch counter, and stain, install and poly our missing baseboard. Whew.
Lastly, our new front yard still needs a bit of fine tuning. It's looking marvelous (if I do say so myself) but there are still just a few things we need to complete.
I've been planning to make a field trip to Annie's Annuals so that I can get some pretty flowers for our window planter
I've also got a few more ideas of how to spruce up our now awesome porch area (a happy gnome, a planter, and a couple other things)
We still also need to plant our sidewalk strip
Which involves these plants on the side of the house
I was going to dig out more dirt (the sidewalk strip is still a bit too high) and plant things 2 weeks ago, but I hurt my back really bad in soccer when I was in high school and from time to time I hurt it again and our big front yard planting made it not too happy with me.
We also have to get rid of these rocks and dirt (and what will soon be more dirt when I dig out more of the sidewalk strip)
We took a load of rocks up to my dad and Wendy's because they could use it for their yard (we trade bricks for rocks around here), and we'll take another trip soon and that should clear us of all the rocks. But that damn dirt...
Then we've still got to get rid of junk that we didn't use from our old front yard (crappy/ugly stepping stones), leftover mortar we mixed too much of, and pieces of bricks
We've got: plant the annual bed, complete the porch spruce up, plant the sidewalk strip and get rid of the garbage/crap/dirt/rocks. And then we should be done with the front yard.
That's a mighty long list, but it will be nice to call all these spaces DONE. And then we can really move on...to other rooms we've started and not completed... :)