My Singular Focus

As a testament to my raging ADD, the only thing I have been able to focus on for the past month has been painting the new house.  And not just focus on, hyper-focus on.  I don't want to watch TV or lounge on the couch; I don't care if laundry isn't done; food?  bah!  who needs to eat, anyway?  There's painting to be done!!!   I only go to work because I need the paycheck; if I could take two weeks off, I'd do nothing but paint for 14 days straight, probably 12+ hours a day.  It's a crazy obsession, and I can't shake it.  Maybe I don't want to, okay?  I refuse to live in a beige world.

I am determined to get every room painted before we start moving in.  It is so much easier to paint an empty room than having to move, cover, and work around furniture.  Not to mention having to box up and store any decorations and knick-knacks, and having to find a safe place for any art on the walls.  That's just not going to happen here.  Nothing will get moved until the paint has dried!  Nothing!!!!

Dining Room - Before
Dining Room - Progress

One lucky thing is we're not planning on having one big moving day.  We have no time limits on when we have to move out of our current house, so we're going to move room by room, little by little.  Den's mom owns the house, and no one is going to be moving in after us.  Actually, the place will probably get torn down and a new house will be built on the lot, so we have plenty of time to decide what stays, and what goes.  We're only going to take what we need and love to the new place, and the rest will get tossed, donated, or sold.  But that's another post for another time.  The point I'm making is I at least have some wiggle room in my painting schedule; no pressure from a definite "you need to be out of here by this date" deadline, and that's what's keeping me sane right now.  Mostly sane, anyway.

Master Bedroom - Before
Master Bedroom - Progress

At first, I was only painting on my two days off.  After a week and a half of that, I realized I wouldn't get anything done in time to move and settle before Baby Reyna comes along if I didn't also spend evenings after work painting, too.  So several nights a week I'm at the new place painting away.  I haven't gotten as much done as I imagined I would by now, but the only pressure to finish NOW! is coming from me, and I can handle that.  Sort of.  The frustrating part is how long all the prep work is taking.  I just want color on the walls!!!  I have to remind myself that all good paint jobs are a result of proper prep, and that takes a long time.  The extra time I invest to do things right will be worth it in the end.  Every day I say to myself, "slow and steady, slow and steady, slow and steady..."

Nursery - Before
Nursery - Progress
These are just a couple pictures of the little progress I've made so far.  I've only worked on three rooms, and I'd only consider the master bedroom completely finished right now.  Hopefully by the end of this upcoming week I'll also be completely done with the nursery and can move on to the living room.  Slow and steady, slow and steady, slow and steady...

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