At the beginning of this year, I made a commitment to myself that I was going to completely finish my kitchen and breakfast room before moving on to another room. I just need SOMETHING to be finished in this condo. No more hopping from one room to another, starting projects, getting distracted, starting more projects, and never finishing anything.
So I’ve really tried to stay focused. I’ve had several people ask me, “What about your bedroom? Is it finished?” Ha! Not even close. But I must stay focused. FIRST…kitchen and breakfast room. NEXT…bedroom. Every once in a while, I look back at my “roadmap” photo that I did for my breakfast room.
So last night, I looked at that photo, and then looked a recent photo…
…and thought to myself, “Oh good, it’s almost finished!!”
Then I made my “to do” list, and realized just how FAR from “almost finished” my breakfast room and kitchen really are. It’s all of the little finishing details that really get me!!! My “to do” list went a little something like this…
- Make painted floor cloth
- Make pillows for banquette
- Reupholster and paint dining chairs
- Re-caulk around tile
- Re-caulk around sink
- Artwork for above sink
- Replace light above sink
- Install and paint trim above cabinets
- Paint ceiling
- Finish installing floor tiles
- Paint touchups on cabinets and walls
- Centerpiece for table
- Paint pet station
- Artwork for wall above pet station
- Paint pantry and have cabinet doors made and installed
I almost wish I hadn’t made the list. It was so much nicer thinking that I was almost finished.
I do take comfort in knowing that I’m not the only one with this problem. One day last week, I decided to take some time and just read blogs, which I seldom seem to have time to do lately. One of them I visited was Just A Girl, and the blog post that I read started off like this:
“I’ve been working on re-vamping my master bedroom. So far, it has taken me 7 years. I should be done pretty soon.”
I can soooo relate to that. So much so that I’ve gone back to that blog post several times since then just to read those three sentences. I love knowing I’m not the only one. It really is comforting. Then on Sunday, Chris posted a room reveal of a bathroom she’s been working on. That post started off like this:
“Back in July, I decided I needed to do something to my kids’ bathroom… The only problem is that this was back in July…of 2008. Yes. That’s when this “remodel” began, and it is finally finished.”
I know these long, drawn-out projects are worth it in the end, especially when the finished project looks as fabulous as Chris’ bathroom!
|Wow!! Such an amazing job. If you haven’t seen the whole before and after, you simply MUST click here to see the whole thing.|
But sometimes when the process drags on for so long, it hits the “not fun anymore” point, and I get a bit discouraged. I know this slump is just temporary. Perhaps I’m just exhausted from all of the ceiling work and need a nice, long nap. But I must…and I WILL…press on.
So do you have any long, drawn-out remodels or redecorating projects like this? I’d love to know what you do to keep yourself pressing on towards to goal!