I know this project seems to be dragging on, and if you follow me on Instagram and saw my stories, you know that I kind of had a rough go of it at the beginning. But I finally got the laminate table top finished on the first studio work table. (By the way, I’m gong to make a concerted effort to start sharing more progress on Instagram stories throughout each day on the projects I’m working on, so if you’re interested in seeing that, be sure to follow me!)
Anyway, after having trouble with the laminate edges and not having enough laminate for a second attempt, I decided to use the laminate on the table tops, and then trim out the edges with wood. I was disappointed at first, but when it was finished, I was pretty thrilled with how it turned out!
Y’all, that is a five-foot-square table top. That’s a glorious 25 square feet of work space right there on one large, durable table top. I’m pretty darn excited about it! 😀 And I still have another table to build, that will double the table top space.
I did a video of the table top process, so hopefully I’ll have that ready to share soon so that you can see the details.
I was working on this table top the day after I wrote my last post about the bedroom and bathroom remodel that we’ll be starting soon, and the portions of that project that I could do myself in order to cut costs. If you missed that post, you can see it here…
Anyway, the closer I got to finishing this table, the more excited I got about the fun projects I’ll be doing in here. And then I read all of your comments in response to my last post. While some of you were supportive of the idea of me doing much of the demolition and a few other projects to save money, so many of you really made me think. Yes, I’d be saving $5500, but at what cost? At the cost of working by myself on such a huge project and risking injury, exhaustion, etc.
So I’ve decided to go a head and let them do that work. We might have to delay the start of the project for just a bit longer because we don’t actually have $18,500 lying around that we can spend out-of-pocket just yet, but that’s okay. We’ve waited this long, and we can wait a couple of months longer.
But the fact of the matter is that I’ve already done all of that stuff myself, and I’ve paid my dues. I’ve done the demolition…
…the knocking down of walls…
…the ripping out of flooring and subfloors…
…and the installation of new windows…
And, of course, there’s so much more! Building cabinets, pouring concrete countertops, putting doorways in load-bearing walls, building a new front porch and steps, and on, and on.
While I know I have the ability to do more of all of that, if absolutely necessary, it’s just not where my heart is right now. And frankly, I’m pretty sure that if I gave y’all the choice between watching me do demolition in two bedrooms or watching videos of me doing fun smaller projects, y’all would choose the second option, right? I mean, if you have a hankering for watching some demolition, you can just turn on any episode of Fixer Upper and get your fix.
But now that I have one studio work table almost finished and can now build the second one much faster (now that I’ve figured out the process), I’m chomping at the bit to start focusing on some fun projects — art projects, small building projects, sewing projects, etc. — and showing y’all those fun projects via videos. Doesn’t that sound so much more fun that knocking down walls and ripping out flooring? Been there, done that. I’m ready to move on.
So that’s going to be my focus. I’ll let the pros tackle the tough stuff, and I’ll work on the fun stuff. And in the meantime, I’d love for y’all to send me ideas of things you’d like to see me make on video! I have a whole file filled with ideas, from various types of art projects, to small building projects, to sewing projects, and stuff like that. So I’m not short on ideas. But if there is something that you’ve thought, “Hmmm…I’d love to make that, but I don’t know how,” then send it to me, and I’ll see if I can figure it out!
And obviously, I’ll keep y’all posted on when the bedroom/bathroom stuff gets started, and even though I won’t be doing the hard work myself, I’ll certainly be sharing the progress!
And thanks to those of you who talked some sense into me and encouraged me to move on to other projects and let the contractor take care of the other stuff. I can be stubborn and get hyper-focused on ways to save money sometimes, but the relief I’ve felt since letting go of that previous plan has told me that this is definitely the right decision.