This weekend, I resumed working on a home improvement project I had started at the end of October. It had been put on hold following my foot surgery in November and now was the time to pick up the paint roller and brushes again.
In my previous life as a career woman, we would hire people to complete our projects. I was the idea person who decided that a change was needed, worked out the budget (which we never seemed to adhere to), and did the selling job to Husband who was never enthusiastic in the beginning. Once Husband was sold on the project however, he took over. It worked perfectly for me – I wasn’t the detail person. He managed all the pieces to completion.
Fast forward now to retired life, I have no budget for hiring people to complete my home improvement projects. Nor will I have any luck in convincing Husband to fill the void. The only alternative available to me is to do the work myself.
Over the past 18 months, I’ve completed 3 projects of increasing difficulty and this one is certainly the most challenging one to date. I am in the process of transforming our dark & dingy basement into a bright and comfortable living space. The single finished room in our basement had become a dumping ground for The Miscellaneous that we would deal with someday. I had decided that someday had finally arrived and after a major purge, I started the transformation.
This former desk jockey has had to learn the dos and don’ts of repairing holes in the wall and painting ceilings and trim. I’ve become a regular at Home Depot, bought a sturdy ladder I felt comfortable climbing up and down (repeatedly) and developed favourite brush sizes. In other words, I’ve become a reluctant do-it-yourself-er.
To my surprise, I’ve become enthralled with the magic that occurs as a coat of paint starts to transform a space and discovered the zen feeling of patiently edging the baseboards around the room. I’m not artistic in any conventional way, but with a paint brush or roller in my hand, I think of it as my Picasso-time.
Painting is the easy part of this project. The really tough stuff is still ahead as I will have to negotiate some ‘enhancements’ to the space which I have planned.
It might still be too early to discuss upgrading my skills to the power tools.