gettin’ back to the diy

We moved a year ago this week and after all the work we did to prep our house for selling and then moving into a new one, I was so over diy projects. I was also so over moving stuff and fixing stuff and painting stuff and walls or anything else. What else would one paint? I do not know, but I was SO OVER it and I just stopped painting things. Now it’s been a year and I am feeling the diy itch. And for that there’s only one cure.

Gettin' back to it.

As such, I’ve decided to revamp our workroom. Let me just say that there is more to this project than my uncontrollable diy urges—I think it’s important to shake up the kids’ environment now and then. It helps them once again see all that is available to them. From a few new angles, they remember that we have games they love and books they’ve forgotten about.

Our workroom.

Our workroom.

A big problem in this room is all the blond wood. I mean, this is MY problem, but still, it’s a problem. No one else around here considers this a problem. But I am SO OVER blond wood.

Blond wood.

Blond wood.

I think most people were over it, like, maybe 7 years ago and I am not cool enough to have noticed. I honestly have no idea when it happened.

Blond wood. Mismatched cubbies.

Blond wood. Mismatched cubbies.

At any rate, I am over it and almost everything in this room is blond. But it’s not enough to simply choose a new stain color. Nope. That would be a little too easy. So I am going to decoupage fabric to the art table-tops and stools. Have I ever decoupaged anything? No! Exactly. I’m also going to paint the table legs—no, actually distress them, which is a bit of a process. Why keep it simple? Exactly. Then I have to spray paint the storage cubbies since their finish is all wrong and always has been but they were such a good deal I could not pass them up. I was thinking I could sand them a bit and then paint them. But I hate sanding as much as pumping gas and going to the ATM which is why I am always running on fumes and possessing no cash and I’d have to prime them and then do 2 coats of paint, blah blah blah. Then I had a moment of brilliance and it was: SPRAY PAINT! Will it work? Who knows. We’ll see. Here’s another thing: when I decoupage that fabric onto the tables and chairs, I am gonna need new curtains because the ones I have will clash unspeakably. We shall not be able to speak of it. We should not. We cannot. We shan’t. So I’ll have to make new curtains.

Decoupage fabric. I forgot to take a close-up pic of the curtains so I cannot visually demonstrate just how badly the two fabrics clash and we need to leave soon to go on a field trip and I don't have enough time to take and upload a pic but trust me when I tell you they clash. Unspeakably. I shouldn't even be speaking of it this much.

Decoupage fabric. I forgot to take a close-up pic of the curtains so I cannot visually demonstrate just how badly the two fabrics clash and we need to leave soon to go on a field trip and I don't have enough time to take and upload a pic but trust me when I tell you they clash. Unspeakably. I shouldn't even be speaking of it this much.

But before I do any of this I need to paint and distress this kitchen storage cabinet as it is sitting squarely in the middle of the workroom and I have meant to refinish it for a year so it will match the kitchen table.

This is a bad place for this to be sitting squarely. It's messing up everything.

This is a bad place for this to be sitting squarely. It's messing up everything.

And I really need to get it done because the stuff that goes in it is out on the breezeway shelves and I just got some new bags and I need to use that shelf space to store them.

And this is precisely how diy spirals out of control.

I also realized that I should really spruce-up and unify all the containers we use for markers and such. I found some really cute ides on Pinterest.

Eye-hurtingly un-spruced-up and un-unified containers.

Eye-hurtingly un-spruced-up and un-unified containers.

Freakin’ Pinterest ... you only make this worse ...

But it’s going to look go-o-o-o-od. Until it doesn’t. Exactly. (You totally get me.)

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