Tuesday, 5 June 2012

DIY Fatigue

I grew up in a DIY family.  My mom mostly-single-handedly rescued our rented duplex from the brink of being condemned.  In the ten years we lived there, she built walls, replaced subfloors and carpet, painted, updated the kitchen, reclaimed the thistle-filled wasteland of a backyard, built a playhouse and a garden shed and a deck, etc, etc, etc.  She was also a seamstress, a cake decorator, a sign painter, and a homeschooler.

When I got married at the ripe old age of 19, what I missed the most about living in my mom's house (other than my family, and only having to cook once a week) was her stash of supplies.  I could do or make nearly anything just by digging around in the closet a little.

Of course I eventually accumulated my own stash, which has had to be purged a few times lest it take over the entire basement.  I've become a DIYer, and most of the time I enjoy it.  I love the challenge of figuring out how to fix a problem either using something I already have, or buying materials to make it.

But sometimes, I've just had enough.  I'm tired of having an imperfect, in-progress home.  I'm tired of having furniture in need of a paint job, or kitchen cabinets and lighting I don't like.  I want to just pull out a credit card or sign a loan application to make it perfect with as little time invested as possible.

Yet, even if we had the money, I doubt I could spend it that way.  I'm the type to look at something in a store and think, I could make that for way less!  I also have to remind myself that I like things to be imperfect.  If we had brand new hardwood, or a shiny new kitchen table from Finesse Home Furnishings or wherever, I would be afraid to live with it.  You know how horrifying that very first scratch is on something new.

So I guess I'll stick with the DIY lifestyle, and love my battered second-hand furniture and quirky antiques and chipped laminate floor that hides so much of the mess of life!

What I'm wearing:
Jeans - H&M
Shirt - Lululemon (second hand)
Tank - Kismet
Boots - Shoe Warehouse
Scarf - Gift from a friend for my birthday.  I love my hipster scarf!
(by the way, that's a freckle in the middle of my forehead, not a pimple!)

pleated poppy


  1. I've had to make my peace with the fact that even when you buy new and shiny things, they don't stay that way. I'm happier making our home "us" instead of making it perfect. It keeps me sane. :) And less broke!

  2. I'm rushing around this week cleaning and staging the house for our best friends to come visit on Friday. I keep looking around thinking that there are so many projects that aren't done, which I hoped would be done before they came. But then I look around and see all the transformations that have happened since their last visit in September and that makes me happy.

    Maybe you just nee a break from it all - put away the paint brushes and the sewing machine for a while and spend some time with the kids outside now that the weather is better. The kitchen cabinets will still be there in September when they're back in school.

    I would love for you to join my first linky party!!!!! The All Star Block Party blog hop!! You can post anything - a project, a story, I would love for you to be part of it. Somehow my first linky party wouldn't be the same without you!! Isn't that how we "met"?

    And.....please email me your address - I have a little something I wanted to share with you.

  3. Love the specs and the way the scarf matches!

  4. It sounds like you have an amazing mother. I LOVE doing things myself, especially now that i have 4 boys and "new" things don't stay that way very long. DIY-ing also brings the best feeling! I love rescuing something that wasn't so cute and making it something I love. Fun post.


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