I like making lists. I like ordering things, categorizing them, creating impossible to-do lists with way too many items on them for me to ever get through in a day. Or a work week. Or a weekend. This often leads to anxiety and stress (the very thing the list-making helps in the first place!) because at some point in the life of each list I realize I will NEVER get through everything that’s on that list and I get mad at myself for either creating such an unrealistic list or for there not being more hours in the day. I have about the same amount of control over those two things, too — I can’t stop making unrealistic lists just like I can’t add more hours to the day. But the lists go on. I can’t help it!
So I was as surprised as the next gal to find myself going completely off-list this weekend. It all started when I noticed how dirty the floor on the upstairs porch was. So I swept it. Then I thought … we are NEVER going to get to this room — well, not never, but let’s be honest– buying furniture for it and painting, fixing it up, etc. are pretty low on the list. So I thought — why not make it look a little cuter in the mean time? Because there was a little bit of mess on the floor (oops!) and a side table that is a nice little piece of furniture that was left in the house, but it was just (literally) gathering dust. So I found an indoor/outdoor rug we were using downstairs when we were under construction down there, and I put it on the floor.
Then things got weird.
I was suddenly and completely inspired to take that little table and fix it up for the guest bedroom. Why have I not had a nightstand in the guest room?!?! Our friends have all been too polite to comment on this stunning lack of hospitality, but it’s been driving me crazy. And here I had a great nightstand the whole time! So neither of these projects were on my very long weekend list, and yet off I went, sanding and painting….
I took the little table I’ve been using in the guest bedroom and decided to paint it silver — it will live on the porch upstairs.
I sanded and painted the night stand (still using old quarts of sample paint!) and decoupaged some scrapbooking paper to the top and inside. I silver-leafed the drawer pulls and ta-da! Cuteness ensues!
What do you think??
Now, if we could just get that eyesore-front-porch scraped ….
I better make a list!