Intentions… Plans… Never Say Never! This post could have a lot of different titles!

I’ve got a pet peeve.  Ok, maybe I have a lot of pet peeves but I won’t go down that road today.  I’ll just stick with this one.  I hate leaving something unfinished.  I’m baffled by those who can start something and then stare at it, every day, half done.  It drives me up a stinking wall!  Just ask my husband!  Let me start at the beginning.  My baby girl is now EIGHTEEN MONTHS OLD!  I know… SOB! She’s more toddler than baby these days.  But that isn’t what this post is about.  This post is about the plans we laid down over two years ago when we discovered our bundle of joy was on her way.

We are blessed to live in a fantastic four bedroom house!  It is a house that needs some gentle TLC but really, as a girl growing up in tiny apartments I don’t think I ever dared dream that I could live in a place like this!  My mother raised me well, we always had everything we needed and please do not think I am complaining.  But a four bedroom HOUSE?  WOW!  I mean… WOW!  But, like I said… it needs some TLC.  Gaping holes in the walls, terribly paneling, ill fitting doors, and goodness knows what else are all part of the challenge of living in the abode.  And here is the thing… my husband doesn’t think of himself as handy.  He can wield a mean computer keyboard, but a hammer and saw… terrify him! And, to be fair… we are very very busy people.  It’s a miracle the basics get done around here some times.  Taking the time to learn to do something right… well, lets just say that isn’t always an option.

Let’s talk about that bedroom upstairs.  The one with the gaping holes and the lack of insulation, or lights?  Yeah, we were SUPPOSED to renovate that one so the baby could move in by the time she was seven or so months old.  HAhahahaha!  What a laugh!  She resides in our make shift office/nursery/dump everything in there room.  UGH!  Poor girl doesn’t even have a proper dresser.  We contacted no less than 7 contractors.  No one wanted the job!  Some never bothered to return our calls.  Others just didn’t bother to show up for their appointments.  And yet others showed up yet never called back with their estimates.  What is up with that?  I wonder if there is some sort of black list of potential clients out there that we some how ended up on.  It’s really quite unsettling!

Well in the end my husband finally decided to take matters into his own hands.  I think he is discovering he can wield a hammer, or at least a sledge hammer.  In a week we’ll have a nice shiny room with warm insulation, shiny new walls, and bright new lights.  Can you believe it?  Well, we did find someone who agreed to drywall it for us.  But my husband has impressed me with his other new found handy skills.  Can you believe he wired up the lighting and the new attic exhaust fan all by himself?  Me neither.

Now… just how long will it take us to paint it?  The kitchen, which I’ll tell you more about in a minute, ha stretched out a nice 7 or so months.  Maybe Joyanna can enjoy her new room by the time she heads off to college.  Poor thing.  But now really, if leaving things unfinished is such a pet peeve… why exactly have I allowed it to go on in my very own home.  I think I have some soul searching to do.

How about that kitchen?  The walls were covered with wall paper that had long past its prime, forget the fact that it just isn’t my style.  It needed to come down.  But what was hidden underneath?  A type of paneling like nothing I’ve ever seen before.  The idea of nice clean smooth paintable walls was very elusive.  Short of gutting the entire room (and it’s a big one) what exactly were we to do?  We took the wall paper off, we tried to smooth the walls as it was.  We pondered, we planned, and we researched.  That big party that I wanted my kitchen all nice and spiffy for came and went. And so did the next one, and the next one, and the next one!  It certainly didn’t help that I couldn’t choose a color!  One month turned to two, then three.  Winter hit and wouldn’t you know it!  We had extensive roof damage that cause water to pour down those nasty walls!  Can we say, THANK GOODNESS WE HADN’T PAINTED THEM YET!  Long story short, insurance helped us put a brand new layer of sheet rock up!  That was last spring.  The kitchen is still NOT DONE! It was a project we began at least a year and a half ago.  Maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  We are down to the last few cabinets.  I just might find time to lift the paint brush sometime this week.  At least I settled on a wall color.

Why am I doing this to myself?  I HATE unfinished projects! I said I’d NEVER tolerate that sort of thing in my house! HA! I can’t wait for these two to be done.  But of course you know what that means… starting yet another project!  Oh the joy!  So please, can anyone relate?  Can anyone share a story of a project (house renovations or anything else, that just went on… FOREVER?  Tell me about it in the comments.)

An iPhone photo of the disaster that is our upstairs bedroom.


  1. Tony Gerardo says:

    If it makes you feel any better, it took us a year to redo our kitchen. Pam wanted it done for Thanksgiving, and it was, one year later.

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