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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My Never Ending, Futile Quest for the Perfect House

People spend their spare time and money on a whole host of things, from booze and gambling, to more wholesome activites like golf and travel.  Me? I spend mine on My Never Ending, Futile Quest for the Perfect House.

"What is that?" you ask?

It could be described as a genetic predisposition to obsess about the style, appearance, and functionality of my home. (Thanks Mom) 

Or, you might think of it as an obsessive, extreme desire to make my house look like it just stepped (if houses could step) out of the pages of a Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

Some people crave alcohol. I crave hugely messy, always more expensive and twice as long as planned, home remodels.

Weird, right? I know.

I almost had it once, that ellusive BH&G house. But,shortly after it was built my (ex) husband developed an affinity for bars and blondes, and I discovered there are some things I'm just not willing to sell my soul for.

Today, I continue to follow my quest in my current home. It's proving to be quite a challenge, as it's an older home, and old homes need special help. It's not quite the same when your remodels are dictated by the next thing to break, fall apart, or stop working. Combined with a very limited budget, and a carpentry and design challenged husband (she says with love), I am climbing quite the mountain of futility these days.

Case in point: the deck with no railing. I'm finishing it this Spring, I swear!  Plus, it's been Winter here. Winters mean long months cooped up in a house just crying for a good do-it-yourself project.....or two, or three. Oh boy, have I had too much time to think! An empty house this week, while the kids are on Spring Break, means one big mess at my house. I'm like a crazy person who lost her straight jacket!

So, if you wonder what I do when I'm not quilting or chasing the kids around, here's a peak at how I spent last night.

Before
After

The original plan in my head was to paint the entire cabinet. But, when I got this far I kind-of liked it better than the all-blue cabinets in my head. So, $25 worth of paint and I'm one step closer to my kitchen remodel on a budget.

Now, moving on to getting that claw foot tub out of my hallway before Friday, when the kids return!

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