Last summer I decided it was time to re-do our master bedroom. Our furniture is all oak (blech!), the bedding is falling apart, and I’ve been ready for a new color scheme for like forever. I found the perfect bedding set. On sale. So I purchased it and proceeded to buy matching paint and even sew some pillows. Then I got busy with family vacations. Then I got busy with back to school preparations. Then it was holiday season, and re-doing my bedroom was the last thing on my mind.
Fast forward to January. I had a little extra time, and was all excited to get started. Then we had this happen:
We had to figure out where the water was coming from, then fix it, then wait for everything to dry. After all that drama, I was ready to start our bedroom.
Then Rachel learned to climb out of her crib, and my husband suggested that maybe we should work on her bedroom first. He was right.
So I picked out bedding, and got all excited to start her room. Then the wood we needed for the wainscoting was on back order, so I couldn’t start the bottom half of the room. And the bedding hadn’t arrived yet, so I couldn’t pick the paint to start painting the walls. When we moved everything out, my husband declared that we needed to replace the carpet. . .
but then I reminded him that all the carpet on the second floor needed to be replaced. He was groovy with that (because really, it is all disgustingly dirty and worn out).
Which was totally awesome, until I realized that before replacing the carpet, I should probably refinish our oak banister. I figured it would take me about two weeks, and then I could proceed with painting Rachel’s room, then the master bedroom.
Two weeks? What was I thinking?
(Are any of you still reading? If so, you are awesome. I realize this is a long story. Trust me, it was even longer in real life.)
It has taken me almost THREE MONTHS to finish the banister!
Of course during that three months, in addition to running a household, keeping 6 people clothed, fed, and transported from place to place, blogging, and trying to prevent an overactive toddler from doing bodily harm/destroying the house, I have also done the following:
-Planned and carried out TWO dinner activities for over 100 people.
-Thrown two birthday parties.
-Helped with teacher appreciation at two schools.
-Spent a week in Hawaii.
-Passed kidney stones. Twice. One of those times being in Hawaii.
And no exaggerating, I have logged well over 100 hours sanding, taping, staining, sealing, and painting.
I spent less time painting all of my kitchen cabinets and installing beadboard in my kitchen. Re-doing a banister is not for the faint of heart.
But it is so glorious to have it finished!
See those lovely stain marks on the edges of the carpet? Now I really want to hurry up and get the carpet replaced!
So I’ll be painting Rachel’s room as soon as I can.
My husband thinks we should just replace the carpet after that, and then I can paint our bedroom. This worries me for two reasons:
1-Although I have never spilled paint on the carpet while painting, I’ve never painted on brand new carpet. But you know, Murphy’s law. . .
2- Once we install the carpet, the urgency to get the master bedroom will be gone. And the yard will be demanding attention. And it screams pretty loud.
Anybody want to come over and finish my master bedroom for me?