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Project Motivation: When Things Go Wrong

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It’s so frustrating to finally get started on a project only to have it come to a total standstill. Has that ever happened to you? Well, it’s happening here and that’s why my rooms are still in the “before” project mode.

You can see that paint samples are still on the walls in the living room.

A Little Background

We’ve known for several years that we would be moving from one part of California to another when my husband retired. Our kids came here for college and stayed after they graduated. They had set-down roots here and bought homes of their own.

Several months before my husband retired, we started seriously looking at homes to buy. I knew the minute I walked into this house that it was exactly what we had been looking for. Although it is 35 years old, it has been very well cared for over the years.

We knew when we bought our home that we would remodel the kitchen area as soon as possible. That project, which included the kitchen and adjoining dining room and family room, was completed shortly before our first anniversary here.

I won’t lie. By the end of it I was pretty stressed out. I love how it turned out, though. See our remodel before HERE and after HERE:

The New Project

Shortly after we moved in, we realized the living room walls needed retexturing. The texture looks uneven mismatched in areas. But, we agreed to postpone starting any new projects until I finished my bachelor’s degree program.

Taken earlier this year (before paint swatches)

I had an unexpected winter school break, and last month my husband suggested that we get our living room walls retextured and painted before I started school again.

The lighting is so poor in this room. This was one of the better lighting days

As someone who loves serene, neutral, lighter-colored walls, I’ve never been crazy about our medium blue bedroom walls. Plus, they are too dark for the amount of natural light that the room gets. So, we decided to have the bedroom (and master bathroom) painted at the same time as the living room.


In anticipation, I painted sample colors all over the living room, our bedroom and bathroom. We called in the painters we’d used before to look over the project and give us an estimate. But, they’ve been busy on other projects and I still have all these paint samples on the walls several weeks later. Sigh.

A Looming Deadline

Unfortunately, the delay meant the project wasn’t finished before I started school a few weeks ago.. That’s not really a big deal.  It’s not like it’s a big remodeling project.

My real deadline was early May. That’s when I graduate from my bachelor’s program and we’re having a party here to celebrate. It’s still a few weeks away, so I have a tiny but of hope that it’ll be done by then. If not, I think I’ll just paint over the paint samples with the original wall colors. Luckily, we have the old paint here.


The color we’ve chosen, Sherwin Williams Creamy, is shown above the chair. Our living room and master bedroom get very little natural light. So, we are going with a neutral white paint with a high light reflective value (LVR) to help the rooms look brighter.

A Bright Spot In All This

Last week, we decided to get a new sectional to replace the brown leather motion sofas in our living room. I’m SOOO excited! After spending several days checking out various local furniture stores, we ordered the new sectional today.

I neglected to take a picture of the new sectional in the store, but I found this one online which looks just like it.

I truly believe it’s really going to change the whole feel and look of the room. By mid-May, this room project might actually be done.

In the meantime, I’m sharing my before pictures of the living room, our bedroom, and bathroom.. I just know this will all be worth the wait. Patience is a virtue, right?

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