I can’t even imagine what I’d keep myself busy with in a home that was older and actually needed updates. Our home is new, built in 2010 and over the past 3 years I have consistently been working on one project after another to change and/or update this home.
You already all knew I was repainting our living room, so that’s what I’ve been doing after I’ve put the kids to bed the past few nights is prepping the walls for painting, and then repainting in sections. I usually am a go-go-goer, and can do it all, all hours of the night, pushing through any lack of motivation. But lately, because I’m balancing a whole lot, I have a little less in me so I have had to redo this living room in stages.
We’ve had floating shelves on the “dining room” side of our living room since we moved in. I’ve already had to take them down and patch the holes, and rehang them with better supports (post about supporting floating shelves) before this so there’s already been four large holes in this wall. Now because I’m repainting I’m having to do it again, and the holes are even bigger because of the supports.
I wish filling holes was an easy task, but it just isn’t. If you use anchors that are small but have that head piece – removing can be a real challenge and you either end up ripping them back out making a really big hole, or spend time and so much effort squishing and smushing the head so you can shove the entire anchor through the hole behind the wall.
Here’s a trick I learned --- using a sharp blade (I remove the blade from my x-acto knife) I cut off the head of the anchor. Then using needle nose pliers push the body of the anchor back behind the wall. It’s minimal damage and so you have less to patch. Side note- if you see the “paint scratches” from the blade here, that’s because my wall was a little “softer than usual’ because as I mentioned I’ve already patched these exact spots before so technically I’m repatching spackle not drywall. Every other time I’ve done this, I haven’t had the scratch marks on the wall from the blade.
You like when bloggers show #reallife right? Well here it is – this is the state of our home the past few days. We call it “controlled chaos” – my husbands term of choice for his life for the past 6 years on ship. Figured it worked for our home life lately too.
This poor breakfast bar always look like a bomb went off on it too --- I think I can spot about 9 different projects sitting on this breakfast bar.
So there it is… my life at home lately. I do NOT live the life of the rich and glamorous. I live the life of a mom trying to balance two kids, full tine work, blogging, redoing our home, making signs, fixing things around our home. Oh – and there’s a reason why you don’t see a picture of me. Because if my home is “controlled chaos” I am “totally uncontrollable messy nightmare status chaos”.
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