Have I ever mentioned how much WORK it is to recover from home remodeling / updates AND a flood?!?! I can’t believe that we’ve been trying to finish up all of the projects that we got started before our laundry flooded last autumn, and some of them are STILL not completely finished. Actually, there were lots of other “things” that have made it quite a challenge to tackle some of the bigger projects . . . you know, the kind of projects that you can’t wrap up in one or two days. So our weekends are really the only time that we have to focus on those major home / garden projects, and in the summer especially there are just so many other things that need to be done every weekend.
The major undertaking that I’ve been trying to work on, little by little, is sorting through all of the stuff that ended up in piles in my work room / sewing room / scrapbook room when we had to move everything quickly out of the way to protect it from being ruined by all of the water that damaged our laundry room, master bedroom, and bathroom. And it didn’t help that many of the boxes of stuff that was moved from our lake house to this house were stacked up and we hadn’t opened them since moving into this house. Of course, that was all stuff that we really didn’t “need” so I kept wondering why we didn’t just get rid of it all. But then I realized that, somewhere in those boxes of unnecessary stuff, there might be something . . . . anything . . . even just ONE thing that we absolutely had to keep. You know, sentimental value perhaps?
So there they sat until we finally had to wade through it all, box by box, pile by pile, to figure out what we really, truly NEEDED and what we could part with. That is a really time consuming task, and it can feel overwhelming. But we’ve been making progress. Since I’m by nature not one to keep unnecessary stuff just for the sake of piling it up, this has been rather stressful for me, as well. Some days I just look at it and decide to go read a book. Or write a blog post. Or have a cup of tea. I just can’t face it for very long at one time. But little by little we’re gaining some sense or order out there.
It probably doesn’t help my motivation that the rest of our house is pretty orderly and organized, so when the task at hand becomes TOO monumental, I can walk into our lovely living room, freshly painted with a few books on the book shelf and pictures on the walls . . . . and NO piles or boxes anywhere to be seen! We are planning to finish painting the dining room and kitchen yet this summer, but for the most part, the other rooms in our house are mostly finished and I can tidy up, dust, and vacuum and we’re good. But that work room just might be the death of me!
Last weekend, however, we were able to focus on sorting through the stuff out there for several hours, and we took a big load of stuff to Goodwill. We had a ton of books that we really will never read again (college text books???) as well as lots of clothing, shoes, home decor items that were just fine but I’m really tired of looking at them. Some of the home decor items that were “dated” got a fresh coat of paint and repurposed in the living room or another room of the house, but the really old stuff that I’ve just been looking at for way too many years, went on their way.
By the time we had made that much progress, I had a work space where I could start a fun project that I’ve been wanting to try for a few weeks – lace embellished books. I kept a few of the hard cover books that my girls no longer wanted, and decided to give this project a try. At first it was kind of difficult for me to do anything with a book besides read it or put it on a book shelf. But then I reminded myself that I wasn’t actually “hurting” the book or destroying it, but just decorating the covers. That made me feel a lot better!
I decided to start with three books to see if I could create a little “bundle” of embellished books that would coordinate with the colors in our home, so I started by simply spray painting the covers in a soft white. I found the perfect white paint at Walmart! I had been looking for an off-white / ivory paint for several months for some interior painting we’ve been working on, but everything I found was either too gray (white linen chalk paint) or too yellow (ivory spray paint) or too white (gloss white spray paint). The other day I came across a spray paint I hadn’t seen before called “Blossom White” and in the satin finish it is just what I was looking for! It is not a bright white, nor is it yellow or gray, but just a subtle, soft white. I love it!
After I spray painted the covers of the books, that’s when the fun began. I pulled out a bunch of lace, ribbons, fabric, and scrapbook papers in coordinating colors of ivory, champagne, black, rose, and white. Then I started to play with the arrangement of different bits and pieces. Once I decided on a design I simply glued the pieces in place and let everything dry overnight. Then I added a few additional embellishments and cut a piece of scrapbook paper the size of each cover and glued them on the inside. I knew this wouldn’t be a difficult or time consuming project, it was just that I needed a place to work on it. Once we made some progress on the work room, I just couldn’t wait another minute to give it a try. I’m pleased with how they turned out – what do you think?
I might even list a few of these in my Etsy shop, which is another project that I haven’t really had time to focus on lately. I’m ready to get out of the clutter and get back to business! I think I’ll work on another set this week, maybe in different colors, or maybe just all white. But first I will focus on sorting one more box of stuff and get all of the extra junk OUT OF HERE! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are having a good week!