Monday, January 14, 2013

Where do I start?

It's 2013 and I should feel ready to take on the world! 

Ever feel kinda overwhelmed?

We bought this house

and right away I want it to look like Versailles.

Everything's perfect in the blogosphere and on pinterest.

I want to post pretty pictures of my own interior.


I'm wondering which eyesore to tackle first.

The ceiling fan over the dining room table, circa 1983?

The basement ceiling we started ripping out from all the mice?

The flourescent lights in the kitchen?

The piles of moving boxes that are
still everywhere?

Then there's the budget, which is zero.

I'm left wondering Where do I even start?

So this year,

I will start with just ONE small project at a time. 

And when that gets too overwhelming, which it will...........

I'll remember more important things.  I'll laugh and eat cookies and knit and snuggle my kiddos and dance around.  And count my many blessings.  And after awhile things will start looking better.

They always do.

I am so grateful for HOPE. 

In light of which, I have decided on project #1.

A certain (above) ceiling fan in the dining room must go.

Making way for one vintage chandelier rediscovered in the move.

Loved the pretty gold, but it was too much for my fam
One can of spray rustoleum in oil-rubbed bronze
Adding the vintage crystals back on :)

So I guess my new year begins with a pretty chandelier, and a healthy dose of hope :)



  1. Nancy, I can totally relate, having just moved myself. I have been in my apt for 3 months and it's driving me crazy how slow the progress is towards making it how I want. I still have a bunch of boxes in my bedroom and dining room and a long list of projects. I tell myself that even small change is still change towards what I want. Good start with the fixture, it turned out great!

  2. LOVE IT! Looks fabulous, can't wait to see it up. :) Miss you!

  3. your kitchen lights look about like mine. I'm still struggling with boxes three years later from a lack of closet space and Lloyd just finished building stairs from the main floor to the basement (before it only had an outside enterance). Glad to see you have a good dose of hope. Things will get better if you keep working at it!! Speaking from experience, it does get better and usually worth the effort. Good luck. Thanks for sharing.

  4. That looks really pretty! See how easy it was to get the first project done? :) Whenever I'm reluctant to tackle something, I just remind myself how great it will look when it's done. :)

  5. Thanks, Jennifer! It did feel pretty good, and I've got plenty more projects coming. I LOVE your kitchen - mine is getting the white paint and beadboard treatment as soon as I can get to it!

  6. Such a lovely chandelier~ love it in it's new color in your dining room. Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  7. Thanks, Courtney. LOTS more work to come, in the Dining Room, I hope this is just the beginning.

  8. What an absolutely breathtaking chandelier!! One step at a time is definitely the way to tackle projects. As the oldest girl of five children, I know how much effort goes into raising such a big family. My Mother is my hero. I'm sure you're equally heroic :) Keep up the great work!