Full disclosure: I still haven’t finished the first coat of paint in the upstairs hallway.
A lot of you have been asking for me to give you some tips on how I fit everything into my schedule (between work, grad school, the blog, and DIY projects). Most of the time, I can manage it just fine – as long as I stay a little flexible. (P.S. I am currently working on a series of posts to give you guys some more insight and tips on how things work around here. Stay tuned for the beginning of that series next week!)
The morning I left for Hilton Head, the power went out thanks to a long night of pouring rain (I heard a loud pop outside – the transformer I assume – and then all of the normal humming of electricity went completely quiet. You’d never notice the sound until it stops). Since I had a little bit of time to kill before I would be able to drop off Charlie to doggie day camp, I intended on working on the dining room and using a new tool I got in the mail – a sander with a vacuum attachment, supposedly eliminating all of the dust that I’ve always experienced when repairing drywall. That way, I could come home to a little bit more progress in the house (my advice: whenever going on vacation, come home to a house that is either clean or has a fresh change; it helps you get back into the swing of things with more positive energy).
But with the power out, the dining room would have to wait. So I did the one thing I could think of that wouldn’t require it: I began painting the hallway, and snagged a few quick photos to share last week. Since I only had a small window of time to actually get the coat on the wall (I wanted to hit the road, after all!), I just cut in and painted up to a level I could reach without a ladder. I knew I’d come home and finish the rest later.
Fast forward to this week: later came, and I started cutting in on the upper part a couple of nights ago. I was exhausted from playing post-vacation catch-up, and relieved to at least have the “hard” part of cutting in finished. I swear, I even looked around the hallway ceiling to check my work. I really did.
Apparently I didn’t look hard enough, because this is what I see in my hallway right now:
Sigh. Guess I’m not as caught up as I thought!