The snowball effect is this... I walk out of the bathroom and look at the hallway, which we never repainted when we moved in. It is a disgusting color that looks like someone ate purple grapes and chocolate milk and then threw up, or something along those lines - grayish/tanish/purplish ugliness is what it boils down to. So, said hallway could REALLY use a new coat of paint. And then there are our floors. The upstairs carpet is old, and should probably be taken out sooner rather than later. In addition to that, the whole house squeaks. My parents live in a house that was built in the 1800s and I am pretty sure our house has more squeaks than theirs does... that seems wrong to me. And then I move into... well, you get the picture.
The battle that rages within me is this: some of these small-ticket modifications (painting the hallway) could handily be done by TE and myself. A coat of paint wouldn't cost THAT much. It would be quite a bit of life energy though:
- empty these rooms/cover everything/move stuff away from the walls
- I would probably want to take off the baseboards of any room we paint in a) to make it look better and b) because the last family that lived here let their kids play floor hockey regularly (no proof to this statement, but a more fun way to say that the baseboards are really beat up)
- doing all the new baseboardy stuff
- cleaning up
- blah blah blah.
I now walk into every room (mind you, we haven't gotten that far in the bathroom we are presently working on, which could change the way I look at rooms if the project completely blows) and think of the small renovations we could do. For example, the cheapest renovation to our kitchen wouldn't entail too much - we could pull some of the 2.8 billion curtain rod support brackets out of the wall and patch those wholes (same with the window frames), paint all of the walls a lovely new color, put down the same 'SIMPLE' flooring, call it a day. There is a lot of power in some putty for the walls, a can of paint, and new baseboards - it would help elevate the appeal of the house and hopefully help in resale, but is my life energy worth it? That would mean fewer long runs, board-game nights, weekend hiking days. There are also some MAJOR repairs that are well beyond our ability that I would love to have done - carpeted stairs turned into hardwood staircases, a barely-finished basement turned into a functioning finished basement, and did I mention all of the floors squeak? :) For those, in my ideal world, we'd somehow have the time to learn from someone doing those renovations - we'd be an apprentice of sorts. But, we would definitely need someone who has the skills to pay the bills to teach us.
I guess at this point, I will let the battle within rage and will take it one project at a time. Maybe I figure out that I enjoy painting rooms, in which case I know what I am willing to do. Maybe I learn that cutting baseboards makes me want to crawl over broken glass. There is a lot to learn from this bathroom project, and I am excited for it. Since we're still in the early phase, it is looking like it will be reasonable and enjoyable... I'll keep you posted on whether this Pollyanna attitude still exists in a couple of weeks or not! Calm down - I know you just saw the word weeks and are going - wth Spicy Princess, why are you going to drag it out so long? Work travel... can't make The Executioner do all the renovations on his own. ;)
If you have guidance - feel free to dole it out. :)