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It’s the last weekend before school starts up again. And since I’m having a little bit of a motivation problem right now, I thought it might be best to write down what I’m intending to finish off before I get the opportunity to nap a little too long:

1. First and foremost, I need a damn bathroom upstairs already. What’s been holding me back is knowing how awful and boring it is to sand drywall. And then slap another layer on, and do it again.

bathroom drywall

But I’ll be cranking the radio with a new playlist and singing along to my newest favorite album. If you follow on Instagram, you are already aware that I’ve got a full-blown crush on this smile/voice/awesomeness:

I mean, the guy built himself a songwriting cabin. My sawdust-loving heart is going pitter-pat. Especially since my new Next House Pinterest board has only one item on the list so far:  a writing cabin made from salvaged materials like this one:

2. Anywho, hormones aside, I’m also planning on tackling more in the office. I have some art I’ve been meaning to frame and I need to get a move on with the storage wall area. Even if all I do is buy the wood, I plan to have something to show for this by Sunday night.

white office wall - more storage needed

3. I kinda sorta started picking at wallpaper again. I was brushing my teeth and noticed a corner was loose, which turned into a whole wall in less than five minutes. Nothing says “I am really looking forward to getting started on this” quite like a pile of dirty, shredded wallpaper. More soon. And have a great, productive weekend! I’ll let you know on Monday if I can still move my arms from all the sanding.

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  1. Drywall is such a drag. You reminded me how much I hate it. I would come help if I didn't live on the other side of the country. Good luck with your list!

  2. I couldnt agree more. I hate drywall. I have been known to one coat certain drywall project. Usually gets the wife pretty angry after the project.

  3. Love your blog!

    just wanted to leave a quick tip on removing wallpaper….get thee to your nearest home improvement store and buy a $5 bottle of WP Chomper. This stuff is seriously magic. I did my entire powder room un about 90 minutes with very little effort.

  4. Sanding drywall: worse than nails on a chalkboard! I don't blame for your the delay. Take lots of naps. :)

  5. Hi Sarah,

    I am also facing a motivation problem this weekend. I start back to graduate school this coming week, and my 3 kids (almost 9, 7, and 5) start school the following week. I live in an awesome neighborhood that we spent all our money (and then some) to get into, and now I am trying to “fix-up” the rooms of my 107 year old house! Current projects are:
    1. Turning 3rd floor guest bedroom into Awesome Purple Bedroom for The Girl (almost 9),
    2. Repainting smaller pink, pink, pink room for The Little Boy (5, starts kindergarten right after Labor Day),
    3. Ceiling fans in the boys rooms.
    4. Oh. And my house is looking like Hoarders special because I am having a yard sale next week. I'm sure I'll make thousands of dollarsto do all the projects I want.

    I have a real ugly duckling bathroom (think aging linoleum floor, flowered, giant wall mirror, peeling floral wallpaper- with matching border, “flesh/ vomit-colored”) colored countertops (and matching sink), vinyl tub and surround. I am overwhelmed just thinking about a facelife, but you've given me courage!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  6. Hi Sarah,

    I am also having a motivation problem this weekend. I live in a great neighborhood that we spent all our money (and then some) to get into. But now I am left with the reality of a 107 year old fixer-upper and 3 school-age kids who are helping it look “lived-in”. Current projects include:

    1. Turning 3rd floor guest bedroom into Purple Heaven for my 9 year old daughter, The Girl.
    2. Turning her old pink, pink, pink room into a Red room for my youngest child, The Little Boy; he's 5 and starts kindergarten right after Labor Day. Red? Well, it was better tahn zebra stripes.
    3. Installing ceiling fans in the two kids' bedrooms on the main bedroom level.

    My ugly duckling bathroom project, for when I have some more free time: picture aging linoleum (mismatched tiles, no less), peeling floral wallpaper- with matching border, wall length mirror staring you in the face when you get out of the vinyl shower. And flesh/ vomit-colored countertops and matching sink. And cabinets with broken handles. And angled toilet. Can't wait tog et started, if only I stopped having an anxiety attack every time I think about it!

    Love your blog- thank's for the motivation!