I used to be an all or nothing girl. That’s right, I SAID IT. ALL or NUFFIN. But getting older, having a kid, moving a lot…you start to see that it really can’t be all or nothing all the time or you’re gonna be stuck with whole bunch o’ nothing.
Any given day, I look around my house and think “Wow, there’s like a million things to be done.” And there probably are. (Oh yes, there are!) But, most of them cost cash right? I mean, you sit down and add up a simple upgrade and you realize why the house wasn’t built with the upgrade in the first place. Bottom line, cash.
I used to say “Forget it. Until we can do the whole thing, we’re not touching it.” But I’m coming to learn that sometimes compromise is ok. This past spring we put in our new kitchen countertops and backsplash even though we couldn’t afford the stainless appliances we’re wishing for. I mean, I NEVER thought I would do something like that! But are the counters beautiful? Yes. And they aren’t cracking like the old ones – thank goodness. So for now the kitchen is HALF DONE.
I say this because “started” sounds so negative to me. It’s like a cup half empty and no one wants that. Half done means you are on the way to the finish line. There’s HOPE that the project will be complete at some point.
So this weekend I got another project “half done” and it has to be the easiest one I’ve done in a LONG time. I have a thing for nickel when it comes to door handles, plumbing fixtures and the like. I love all metals – I decorate with gold and oiled bronze too but I’m just a classic nickel girl for the basics.
Thus, I’ve been dying to change out my (“builder grade”) brass knobs on all the doors in my house. Let’s stop and do that (higher) math for a minute…hmmmmm
how many doors times how much per knob plus how many hinges……
You get the idea.
So I compromised. This weekend the first floor got done. The floor where people actually see my house the most now has nickel everything! It took only 2 ½ hours to change the knobs and hinges. Not bad and now I couldn’t be happier. (yes, the paint needs touch up, I know!)
Do you have projects that you consider half done? What types of compromises have you made? Am I alone in this philosophy? Please tell all!