I remember the first time we looked at this house in mid-July. I was in awe. We were currently living in a 900 square foot rental and I was just taken back from all of the space. Everything in the house had been updated, I just had to figure out a way to furnish it.
As we were going through the house, I remember Chris asking me if I liked this or that. I loved everything. Wouldn't change a thing. We wouldn't have to spend a dollar on paint, drywall, light fixtures, because everything was perfect. This is why we bought a house and the tippity top of our price range.
And now I am calling myself out as a big fat liar. I don't like the colors of the kitchen, laundry room, living room, sitting room, foyer, or the master. I don't like the glass top stove. I don't like the kitchen back splash. I don't like custom window treatments from the 90's. I want to change it all.
But Chris isn't a handy man and I am not someone with even a pea-size of patience, so we are very limited. At the very top of my list of things I can't handle anymore is the master bedroom. It is baby freaking blue. It looks like a college apartment because the only thing that is in the bedroom is the bed itself and some boxes of clothes.
When we moved out of our last house, I donated a dresser. And by donated, I mean drug it to the alley, where someone stripped it of all its hardware and left it to rot in the rain. I thought a new master bedroom set would be at the top of shopping list. But instead we had to buy couches, kitchen furniture, a lawnmower, new vacuum, three light fixtures, furniture for Haven, all of that new shit that is perfectly fine at your last house but you can't fathom bringing to your new house stuff.
So all of our dresser contents have been in boxes, next to our bed. And being the all or nothing person that I am, I didn't even want to hang a mirror on the wall until we painted. I didn't want to paint until we found a bed spread we liked, and I didn't want to buy bedding until I new what kind of headboard I wanted, and I wasn't going to buy a headboard until we decided on a bedroom set.
But in the five years we've been married, I have realized that bitching gets me nowhere. Yelling does, but daily little nags do nothing. I've learned that if I need buy-in, I need Chris to think that this is his idea. That I am helping him.
Last week I was telling him that when we get the master re-done, that we should hang our flat screen on the wall.... how awesome it would be to mount the flat screen.... how great the picture is on the flatscreen...
And all of a sudden, that baby blue just wasn't appealing to Chris anymore. He wanted to finish up the bedroom so that we had "a little oasis." BARF.
We ended up going to the furniture store on Friday and picking out a large dresser. Then the sales guys tells us that the store is 10% off and tax-free, which makes me feel like I would be losing money if I didn't pick out a new headboard. Plus they deliver both items for one rate, which means that I won't have to emotionally abuse Chris as he carries it up the stairs and scratches my walls. My walls.
We painted the bedroom on Friday night and he mentioned 506 times how great the TV was going to look on the accent wall. So now I just have to find an incentive to get the foyer and middle floor painted by a professional or someone sober with a ladder. Both are hard to come by.
Now if you want to meet some crafty women, please check out Tori and Erica!
Tori from Jane Not So Plain is a gorgeous gal from St. Louis. She has a whole page on her blog dedicated for DIY projects. One of her 2014 goals is to mount a TV on the wall, so I will let her practice at her place first before she comes mounts mine for me. Tori is one of my daily reads because she posts something different everyday. I also love her fitness and running posts. Please head over and check out Tori's blog HERE and be sure to add her to your bloglovin' feed by clicking HERE.
Also, Erica from Mommy Erica is a lady after my own heart. She does PR for Target, takes amazing photos, and can throw a kids birthday party like MTV Sweet 16. She is really, really talented. I also love her recipe posts. Erica is also a fantastic writer and I think a lot of moms will relate to her writing style and how she juggles work and family. Head over and say hello to Erica HERE and be sure to add her awesome pinterest boards HERE.
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