Hi friends! It’s a gorgeous day here. Cool and fall-ish. Now if I could just stop blowing my nose and coughing, I might be able to enNevertheless…
I don’t know about you guys, but I always marvel at the before and afters all over blog-land. The “reveals,” as they say…what’s up with those? Do people just work and work in one room until it’s finished? I, for one, am what my mom calls a “splatter-er.” That is, I hop from room to room, doing a project here, a project there. I don’t have ADD or anything…I just usually don’t have a clear vision for what I want to do, so I start somewhere (like with painting the walls) and then take a break from it and work on something else for awhile. My M.O. is also budget-driven. For instance, I would love to have a custom slipcover made for the chair-and-a-half in our family room, but it’s expensive, so I’ve moved on to projects that aren’t as spendy. My last excuse, er…REASON, for not finishing a room before moving on to another is that I can’t find JUST what I’m looking for. So you see, it’s the retailers’ fault. As a result of all of the above, we don’t have a single room finished in this house. Which brings me back to my initial question: are the stunning before and afters I see on Pinterest and other blogs the result of tirelessly working on one room from start to finish, or are they the products of years of “splattering?”
So my post title for today is in reference to the fact that we’ve lived in our house for well over two years now, and I’m just getting around to putting something other than a bed frame in our bedroom. I’ve been “splattering” all over the house, but haven’t done anything in there until a couple of weeks ago. And let me just tell you guys, it was hil-AR-ious! As I’ve said before, you just don’t know how bad something is until you frame it in a camera lens. Let me just show you the before pics…oh, but let me preface these shots by saying that the headboard is actually new (a Tuesday Morning SCORE! It’s a $900 headboard purchased for less than $250.) So imagine this room without even THAT in it. Isn’t it even funnier?
Don’t you just love the metal bed frame? And how about the fact that we had NO matching linens, and had been trying to sleep on a king bed with only a full-size quilt and pillows? And the table beside the bed…is it just me, or was that too small? Hee hee! I just find this endlessly funny, as you can tell.
So one day, I was in TJ Maxx and found a bench for $100. With that in the room, I was finally inspired to buy some nicer sheets, swap out the quilt for just some white shams and a blanket I already had, and move a desk into that room. Isn’t it funny how one purchase can spur on a flood of changes? Now don’t get too excited, but I’m gonna show you some “in progress” pictures now. The room is still gloriously unfinished, as you’ll see, but oh-so-much better.
I thought this desk would be too big for the space, but it fit perfectly! I’d like to get a different chair, of course, but this one works in a pinch.
My question to myself, after buying the bench, the headboard, some decent sheets, and moving the desk upstairs is “WHY did it take me so long to do these simple things?” We like being in there so much more already! I still don’t know how I want it to end up, exactly, but it’s progress…