When I look at Pinterest and read other blogs, I see beautifully staged homes and perfectly posed pictures accompanying DIY how-to-guides. Rooms are completely clear of furniture when they paint and tools are never piled in the background of a completed project.
Well that’s not the case here. We have six people living in a three-bedroom home and there are no empty spaces. Our tools are in bedrooms and scattered on the kitchen island. When we paint a room, we do it one wall at a time because the rooms are typically full of furniture. Sometimes we use the furniture to stand on because there is no room to bring in the ladder to reach the top of the wall.
We have had a pile of tools that has made the rounds through our kitchen, bedroom and now sits in our dining room. Thankfully we have a toddler that has listened (for the most part) and doesn’t touch them. But when guests come over, we have them step over the drywall materials to get to their seats at the table.
Our dinner routine now includes wiping sawdust off of chairs and booster seats since we tend to cut wood in the space between the kitchen and the dining room in the winter.
I know part of the problem is that we have too much stuff. We have four adults in the house, each with their own collection (i.e. board games, books, fabric, Pyrex). We also have a toddler and a 7-month old and all the paraphernalia that comes with babies. While I can cull items – and have made some money on Craigslist and at yard sales – our home will always be full.
So pardon my pictures of our projects that are surrounded by tools and toys. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I will never have Pinterest-worthy photos.
This is life in our house and how we do DIY. And that’s what this blog is about.