11/01/2006

Step One: Remove Head From Sphincter

As much as I don't like to admit it, I think I've been somewhat depressed lately. I can come up with all of the excuses that I want, but the point is that all I've been doing is moping around for the past few months wishing that the house was perfect and didn't need any work. There's been some sporadic activity (I got the basement storage area cleaned and organized, we attacked and reformed a few flower beds in the yard, I reorganized the kitchen, etc), but I've really lost track of where I'm going. This morning, I looked at the living room and thought, "I really like this room. It gets great light all day, year-round, and the floors are beautiful. Why am I not working on finishing it?" And I coulnd't come up with a better answer than laziness and an odd lack of motivation. Maybe I thought if I ignored it long enough, it would finish itself...?


So, I'm finally pulling my head out of my ass. Remember this picture?

That's where I need to be.

Friday morning, Shayne and I are going to go to Lowe's to find a stain for the living room woodwork. The amber shellac looked WAY too orange, and even the garnet isn't the color I want. I'm still going to use shellac, but as a finish coat over the stain. I'm trying to match it to the inside of the closet door in the front bedroom, but if I can get close, I'll be happy.

I need to have the living room done by Christmas. I promised myself I could decorate this year. All I need to do is stain/shellac the trim and put it back up. Not a big project. Not a difficult project. Not even a time consuming one.

I think I need a cheerleader. Or maybe a Marine drill instructor...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You can do it! Go get'em tiger!

How's that? I no cheerleader, but I thought why not :)

~Luke

StuccoHouse said...

There must be something going around. I have the same lack of motivation symptoms. I was just thinking about it this afternoon when I spotted your post. Wonder if there are house project cheerleaders for hire.....heck, I can't even find a handyman to resturn my calls :-)

The Litter Box House said...

I got the same problems man. My site has like one freakin' entry for last month.

If that picture is of your dining room, it is gorgeous. Bask in it's beauty...

Andrea

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

I think the hardest part is starting -- I find once I get into the task that I have assigned myself, I am fine and I motor through. It's getting myself to start that is so tough.

Di said...

I wish that was my dining room!! It was scanned out of a bungalow book I got at the library. I can't remember which one... The picture is originally from Sherwin-Williams, and is available on their website. The color scheme in the picture is how we painted our living room. Eventually, it will hopefully look similar!

allison said...

I can relate to winding down of the motivation level. We have been working since August to get our new/old (1888) house ready to move into and some days it is just tough to get motivated. Have you tried taking a weekend completely off from home improvement. You may have to go out of town and come back. That might get you going again!

Anonymous said...

Christmas is coming . . .