Yesterday I punched down the maximizer within, returned to Tart Lumber, and placed an order! The day after tomorrow the lumber fairies will deposit various trims upon my driveway for being such a good girl. There’s no turning back now, folks! And don’t let the bin full of fabric I’ve purchased for over the years for various still-unsewn projects tell you any different.
I have decided to try as much as possible to go room by room through the house. The mudroom is done. Check. The living room will be finished by next week. Almost check. As much as I’m dying to get the family room/kitchen/morning room area done, I am forcing myself to stop on the main level and focus my efforts on Flufferella’s princess room before the magical age dissolves before my very eyes. I would kick myself if I came back to her room when I’d finished the main level and she was like, “I don’t want that gorgeous little girl wallpaper anymore. I want to paint my whole room black with an orange peace sign over the bed.” Puke.
I have an ulterior motive. I’m using Flufferella’s room as practice for all the trim work I’m contemplating doing in my house. You think I can’t do it, don’t you? Meh. Maybe you’re right. If I screw up her room badly enough or it makes me a horrible person to live with, I will rethink this whole trim-it-yourself business.
You want to see something amazing? Look at this craziness that my friend, Jenny McArthur put up in her house! This is a just a small sampling of the incredibly high quality DIY that J-Mac has done to her gorgeous house, but lest you get overwhelmed, let’s just focus on the shadow box wainscoting.
Here’s the foyer.
She even cased this opening to the living room to match the other doorways.
You mean she got up on the super high ladder and filled out the shadowboxing herself?! While she was 8 and 9 months pregnant?! In the free time she had while taking care of 3 boys and doing a ton of volunteer stuff?! Yes. Yes, she did.
She did the trim here and the stair cladding. She even stained the treads herself:
Then because she still had 2 minutes before her baby girl was born, she put up casing and shadow boxes on the entire family room.
She did actually have the cabinetry around the fireplace professionally installed. And it looks almost as good as the stuff she did herself.
I haven’t begun to show you Jenny’s kitchen, powder, pantry, living or dining rooms either. Got to keep something to look forward to. Does this make you feel inadequate? That’s because you are. And so am I. But we’ll get through this together. The cool thing about J-Mac is instead of making me feel like a lazy loser, her tremendous initiative and success always inspires me to go for it. Which is why when my lumber gets here Friday, I’m putting on my nail gun and my Wonder Woman cape and trimming Fluff’s room. Look out!