I’ve been going through a major DIY deprivation lately. It’s no secret that my husband and I aren’t happy here in Texas. Neither one of us feels a strong pull to stay here, and my husband is currently searching for a new position in a different state. It would be great if we could go back to Chattanooga, but the job market for him just doesn’t really exist there. He is focusing his search on Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia. But, back to the point of this post.
Every time I get an idea of some sort of project I want to do, the little voice in the back of my head says “why bother–you’ll just be moving it in a few months”. I’m so tired of the way my house looks and the personality that it lacks, but when we only plan to be here until our lease is up in August, what is the point of doing any projects? To tell you the truth, about a month ago one of our curtain rods fell down–due to 2 rambunctious cats chasing each other–and instead of putting them back up, I washed the curtains and packed them away with the curtain rod. Sad isn’t it?
I have been wanting to make a headboard for our king size bed since we bought it, but when we actually had the free time, we had no extra money. Then by the time we had the extra money we were planning our move to Texas. When we moved in to this house, I thought, for sure we could get this project done, but our house in Tennessee stayed on the market for 10 months. Needless to say–there was no extra money. Now that our house in Tennessee has sold (YAY!) and we have extra time–we will be moving again in 2 months. The less stuff we have to move the better!
The designer in me is so tired of staring at the blank, boring wall in our bedroom where a headboard should be, and I’ll start telling myself to just go ahead and do it. But, the practical thinker in my head says, don’t, you will just have one more awkward thing to move. It’s a never ending battle in my head.
And it’s not just the headboard I struggle with. It’s the empty white walls too. Every room is white. EVERY SINGLE ONE. I despise white walls, unless I can add some color to them with artwork. While I do have some things hanging up in our living room, the bedrooms and bathrooms are all barren. It’s one of those things that when I finally had some ideas of what I could do, I just didn’t see the point anymore.
Perhaps the biggest eye sore in my house is our “guest room”. I use this term lightly because since we have lived here it has seen 1 guest. Even then that guest was just my mom and she didn’t care what it looked like. Since she’s visited I have been storing boxes, and other things that I don’t know where to put. It’s also become a catch all for all the important documents and papers I need to file away. Perhaps the saddest part of this room–besides it looking like something out of Hoarders: Buried Alive–is the fact that I can no longer access my craft closet in this room due to all of the boxes piled up. This room has been on my “to-do” list for about a month. I really thought this 3 day weekend I would tackle it, but yet again, it goes untouched.
Scary isn’t it? There is a bed buried under all of that. Probably a few cats in the empty boxes too. At least this terrifying mess keeps them amused. You can see the coffee table at the foot of the bed. Remember me mentioning that was my next rehab project, oh say, about 5 months ago? Here it’s been sitting for those last 5 months.
I had planned on using the bottom portion to make a bench out of. As for the drawers, hubby said he could build a base to attach them to, to make a sofa table. Two new pieces of furniture made from 1. And this wasn’t even destined to be a coffee table in the first place. It started out as a sideboard that didn’t come with the middle section. It was returned to the furniture store I worked at, and was going to just be thrown in the dumpster. Of course, I took it home, knowing I could turn it into something. This was 6 years ago and it was first made into a coffee table by screwing the 2 sections together. We had a very tall couch and this tall table worked great. The only issue was it was very narrow. But, we were young, broke and I desperately needed to feel like what I owned was nice. Now we have a new coffee table and this has been resigned to holding documents, picture boxes, broken printers and whatever random thing that doesn’t have another home.
I have several crafts and projects that I’ve just kept stored away since moving in. Things I used in our old kitchen to decorate with, are still packed away in the storage tote and there they will stay until we have another kitchen. I have multitudes of baskets that I was going to spray paint and hang on the walls in a collage that I never got around to doing here. I also have a great decorative metal wall shelf that I intended on spray painting and hanging in our guest bath with towels. Want to know where that thing is? In the trunk of my car. I’m being brutally honest here.
I have even tried to keep myself away from the DIY projects on Pinterest, which has been hard. Every once in awhile I will find one that I can store away for later, but not before I dream about how it would look in my house.
I know I am not alone in this. How many people spend hours on Pinterest and end up feeling inadequate when they are through? How many people look at their houses, or the recipe they just made, and think, there is no way that is good enough. I know with having this blog I struggle daily with the recipes I make and the pictures I take not being “blog worthy”. I have been pushing through that though. After all, you can only take as good of a photo as an Iphone can take. *one day soon I will own a DSLR*
Maybe somehow sharing this with my readers will motivate me to clean up the guest room and make it pretty like it once was? The headboard is a lost cause–My husband made up my mind for me since he will be the one doing the heavy lifting. And the “coffee table” isn’t getting redone into 2 pieces of furniture either. Save that for when I can actually enjoy it.
So when I say that I am a DIYer, and you are wondering where all of my projects are–know that I’m not lying, I am just simply deprived. No I am not deprived of the tools, time and ideas needed, but rather deprived of the drive and desire to go through with these projects just to uproot them again in a few short months. Once we are settled again, though, watch out. I will be a project pumping out machine!
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