I’m posting again! HI TO ANYONE THAT CARES!
I’ve been pretty active on Instagram, for me, and I might be bordering (or fully surpassed, idk) on annoying with my insta stories. They don’t really have anything to do with DIY or projects and are more about me/life.
But, I don’t have a different Instagram for that? And my momma told me that it’s ok for me to be more of a person on it. She doesn’t have Instagram, but I would totally follow her if she did.
If you’re not following, and annoying stories about my cat interest you, you can follow me. Tempting, I know. I really enjoy the messages and conversations from them!
Speaking of Instagram, I had to unfollow a lot of well-known DIY home bloggers.
Most real people cannot keep up with the pace they set for DIY projects and large home renovations. Then they write a post with a budget breakdown and what? They didn’t actually have to pay that?
No one is going to give me $15,000 worth of appliances or materials or come do the work for free. It feels unrelatable.
And I’m not saying that I DO want any of that. But, it gives an unrealistic expectation of what my house should look like 5 months after moving in.
Then I get frustrated that I’ve been in my house for 5 years and I only see the things that I haven’t finished.
Thennnnnn I pull up ‘before’ pictures and realize that I have made a ton of progress. And I remember that it’s for the best for this process to be slow, thought out and organic. Otherwise, I end up making a lot of decisions that I regret and will change.
And I’m like: lmaoooooooooooooo remember how in the front room, the previous owners had blown insulation put in with big holes/wooden plugs AND THEN LITERALLY PUT SQUARES OF WALLPAPER OVER THE HOLES WITH GLUE!? OMG FUN TIMES.
And moved the original wood door, to replace the horrible steel exterior door.
I forgot my point of this post? omg do I ever shut up?
Right. AFTER TWO YEARS ON MY PORCH – WE HAD THE DOOR HUNG.
Last time I hung (hanged? English language, you so crazy) a door with my husband, it turned into an explosive fight and I vowed never to experience that again. It would likely end up in a homicide/suicide situation. Best to avoid that and hire it out.
It was surprisingly difficult to find a professional who knew how to simply mortise the new door for hinges and install it in the existing door jamb? When I would call for an estimate, they usually told me that they only installed pre-hung doors. So I gave up for a few years.
I called a handyman service and explained to the nice lady what I needed and she told me that would be fine and she would schedule their carpenter.
AND THEN I WAS LIKE THIS IS TOO EASY.
So I repeated the situation about 7 times to make sure I was clear, and she clearly thought I was unwell mentally.
I opted to install the door hardware myself to save money.
He really, really, did not want to let me. He kept asking me if I was sure that I wanted to do it. It wasn’t mean but also fuck off because I said that I did already like 45432124 times and I know that I am a woman but I am still capable of using my hands?
I hadn’t ever mortised a door before, so cue the stress sweating, but it went pretty well and it only cost me $5 for the drill bit.
I am not saying that I am a door knob, but if I were, I would be this door knob and thumb turn combo.
I still haven’t finished scraping off the paint from the glass. I’ll probably do an update post on that in about 2 years. THE ANTICIPATION MUST BE KILLING YOU.
The color is from Ace, OPI ‘Care to danse?’ in exterior satin.
Still a stupid name and I hate asking for it. I quite literally cringe.
I really struggled with lamps? The scale baffled me. That was until I saw these ones from CB2 and I was like YASSSSSSSSSSSS GIMME.
Ignore that bright orange extension cord ok? I almost moved it and retook pictures and then I was like nah. We are bright orange extension cord people in this household. And lazy.
Seriously, how do I use so many words for nothing?
SO, the point. Yeah, it’s taken me 5 years to get this room here. BUT I AM COOL WITH IT. YOU BE COOL WITH YOUR PROGRESS, TOO.
Also, as always, I appreciate all of you wonderful people for your support, comments and inspiration.