Do you remember when the ceiling in my dining room and entryway was drywalled? I had to go back and look because I couldn’t remember. It was April 28th of 2015. It looked like this for months…
And then a couple of months ago, I finally decided to try taping and mudding. I did a terrible job, and it looked like this…
That picture doesn’t really do it justice. Nothing was smooth, and the whole thing was just a mess. It was just my first coat of drywall mud, but I would have been sanding for days between coats of mud. So I finally decided that after eight-and-a-half months of dragging my heels, procrastinating, and dreading this job with every fiber of my being, it was time to call in the pros.
I was amazed. They started working at about 9:15 yesterday morning, and worked until 11:00. Then they took an hour lunch, came back, and worked until 2:45. During that time, they did three coats of drywall mud (because they use the magical drywall mud that dries in 20 minutes), they didn’t do a single bit of sanding, and the ceiling looks almost perfect.
I mean, I can’t even wrap my head around it. Not a single bit of sanding, and it looks perfect. I watched them part of the time, thinking that I could pick up some pointers. And I did. The pointer I picked up is always hire pros to do your drywall. I’ve learned my lesson.
And now I can finally get that ceiling primed and painted, and I can get my chandelier hung!! I’ve been waiting for so long! And yes, I’m going to hang the chandelier before I get all of the dirty projects finished, because that’s the way I do things. 🙂 I’ll keep the fabric shades off and hidden away for protection until the dust settles, but I think seeing that chandelier up will be great motivation for me.
So over the last few days, I’ve made some decisions. Here they are…
I’m going to hire out more.
I think I get in my own way quite a bit. This ceiling is a good example. I was determined to do it on my own. And why? What do I have to prove to myself or others? I CAN do drywall. I’ve done it in the kitchen, the bathroom, the music room. I’ve proven to myself that I can do it. I’ve also learned that I hate it, and I’ve learned that I can’t do ceilings to save my life. There shouldn’t be any shame in that. We can’t all be good at everything, right? But instead of making the decision to hire it out early on, I kept trying to convince myself that I could and should be doing it on my own.
I got in my own way, and wasted eight-and-a-half months trying to make myself do, and enjoy, something that I detest. In the end, I paid a measly $250, got it done by pros, and it looks great.
I need to do that more. I’m GOING to do that more. From here on out, if I’m stalled on a project because I’m just absolutely dreading the next step, I’m going to hire it out. I can’t keep stalling on this house because of projects I dread. If I keep stalling, while insisting that everything needs to be done by me, then this house will never get done.
I’ve made my window treatment decision.
Of course, all of my decisions are subject to change, and I make no apology for that. 🙂 But this is the direction I’m headed with the window treatments for the dining room — drapery panels on the fireplace wall, and Roman shades on the front windows.
After going over almost every possible combination in this Facebook post (Roman shades on the fireplace wall and draperies on the front windows, all Roman shades, all drapery panels, etc.), I’ve decided that this is my favorite. I hate the look of the drapery panels on the front window and Roman shades on the fireplace wall because the fireplace wall is the natural focal point of the room, and with the more dominant window treatments on the front windows, the two walls compete for attention. And I really hate the look of draperies on all of the windows because it starts to feel really busy and…well…prison-like with all of the stripes. This option just seems right to me.
My dining room needs wood tones.
I’ve written about dining room tables in the past, and at that time, I was thinking I wanted something kind of modern in black. But with my window treatment decision which will add even more black to these rooms (plus the fact that I want to stain my kitchen countertops black, and the fact that I have a black music room), I think it might be enough with the black. All of that black can start to look really harsh, and I’d like to soften it with some warm wood tones. So I want to find or make a dining table with a warm stained finish.
Right now, this table from Restoration Hardware really appeals to me.
Or I might end up with something much simpler in style. But whatever the style, I think it definitely needs to be stained wood rather than something painted. And definitely no more black. My curtains will be bold, I already have two brightly-painted pieces of furniture in these rooms, and my dining chairs (at least the two captains chairs) will have bright, colorful fabric. I need some wood to tone things down a bit.
I’ve decided on lighting for my music room.
I kid you not when I say that I’ve been looking for the perfect light for my music room for months. I absolutely love lighting, and I think it makes such an important statement in a room. But when you have eight-foot ceilings and are limited to flush-mount and semi-flush mount lights, it so hard to find the perfect light that’s the right size and makes a beautiful statement in a room.
And I’ve seen close to every single flush-mount and semi-flush mount light that the internet has to offer. I must be really hard to please, because I haven’t found anything that I like that I can just buy and be done with it.
A while back, I had talked about the idea of making my own light inspired by this Coleen & Company light. I even bought the chain to make the light! But I’ve had a hunch that that design might compete too much with the design on my doors. So after I finished the basics on the music room, I did a mock up with that light, and I’m afraid my hunch was correct.
So after wasting more hours looking for another light, and seeing the same lights over and over and over again, I went back to Coleen & Company and tried out more lights in my mock up. I finally decided that this one looks great in my room.
I really don’t like the wave design on that light at all, but I can create my own inspired by this light, and do something else instead of the wave design. I love that it’s fun, and whimsical, but won’t compete with the doors. I also like that the main part isn’t metal, but it’ll still have brass accents to tie in with the lights on the bookcases. And I get to use the chain that I already bought! Now I just have to figure out how to make it. 🙂
And of course, you know me, so you know that decisions are subject to change. But I do feel like finishing up the main parts of the music room and getting the piano moved back in there has helped me to see how these rooms need to come together. I don’t want to waste too much time on the decision-making process, because I just want to get stuff done! 🙂