Unfinished Project Explosion

Do you ever feel like you are just going, going, going – non-stop, only to get up and do it all again the next day?  That is the cycle I’m in right now.  Another spinning plates type scenario.

I have projects everywhere, partially finished, but not intentionally so.  I bought more paint to (finally) finish my family room after my mistint mishap, only to discover that my latest and greatest gallon of paint is still. NOT. RIGHT.  To say that I’m frustrated would be an understatement.  It’s not as bad as the previous mistint, but it’s still wrong!  So, that stands here:

On the positive side, the latest gallon I got appears to match.  Although I’m not looking forward to cutting in at the ceiling above the stairs.  Again.  At least we bought a legitimate extension ladder, so I won’t be jury rigging my paint job like I did the first time.

I did some back breaking work with the fam this weekend in the yard.  Pulling weeds, sweating and feeling like an ant under a magnifying glass.  And what do I have to show for it?

But at least it’s better than this, right?

And see the beautiful edging I have been slaving over?

Did I just show you a picture of grass and dirt? 

Nevermind that the work in the backyard had to be cut short because wasps kept chasing me.  As I was running toward the house like a lunatic, my son yelled, “It’s on your hat!”   So, I stopped working after that.  A girl has to draw the line somewhere.

Then there is the board and batten stairway project that should be renamed Moulding for Morons because for the life of me, we could not figure out the angles and how to do it!  I admit it – there you go.  We are educated people, but were mystified when it comes to how to cut the boards for this. I mean look at the angles here.  Nightmare.

Feel free to send me your tips and tricks.  I’m all ears.  So, here is that space…

My office is in the semi-finished stage as well.  For the longest time, it’s been sitting like this:

The walls are painted (although I’m not showing you yet), and I plan on doing a cool stencil on it, but have run out of time and/or energy lately.  I have been operating in Crazy Mom Mode between work, the kids’ activities, laundry, maintaining some semblance of order in my home, etc.., and am lucky if I can feed my family in the middle of it all, let alone finish a project.

Did I mention we’re having friends over on Friday night?  And they’ve never seen the new house?   And that I’m running kids all over town until about, um, 8:30 tonight?  I’m hoping an adrenaline rush will kick (like it usually does before people come over), and I’ll get my house looking like my kids actually pick up after themselves halfway presentable.


  • Reply
    Pine Tree Home
    August 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    oooh I hate those angle cuts! But hey at least you have a great start.

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    August 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    LOL! I completely feel your pain! The only reason my house got cleaned/picked up this week is for the same reason, I had someone coming over.

    I'm always bouncing between what feels like 15 projects. I was working in the yard, then it got to be about a bazillion degrees, so I came back inside for a few days, just abandoning all my tools right there where they laid.

    Molding just laying on the tops of my kitchen cabinets for about 3 months now because I haven't gotten up the nerve to try it yet (or the energy to put together my new miter saw I bought at least 3 months ago). A bedroom half done, then opened my booth, so I shifted again to doing projects for that.

    It's exhausting isn't it! LOL I think most of us have this going on…we just don't talk about it. 😉

    Good luck tonight getting the house ready! Don't stay up too late. 🙂

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    marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    August 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Your house is gorgeous and I so understand a million unfinished projects. Take a deep breath, have a cup of tea and it will all come together. Hugs, Marty

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    August 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Ugh, sounds familiar! We have family flying out on Sat, and I am so incredibly sick with my 3rd pregnancy that I can hardly even get out of bed, let alone finish unpacking, painting etc. I definately sympathize with you!

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    August 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    That has to be SO frustrating with the paint! I am glad you have a good ladder now. My husband has been known to put the ladder in some pretty precarious positions. I am not a fan of watching that! 🙂
    Good luck with the board and batten. I'm sure you'll figure it out.

    Have a fun time with your friends!

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    August 4, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    I suffer from decorating A.D.D. also! But kudos to you for doing some many of the projects yourself. Sounds like company is just what you need to get you going. Good luck!

  • Reply
    August 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Decor chick had a similar problem with molding/wainscoting on her stairs. Here's the link to how she solved her problem: http://www.decorchick.com/the-stairs-picture-frame-moulding/

    Hope it helps!

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    To The Moon and Back
    August 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I think all of us diy'ers suffer from the same ailment. I too have a list of pending projects and can't seem to finish one. Love what you've done so far….

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