There are some projects you dread.
You dread them so much that you put them off for days and days…
then the days turn into months, and sometimes (such as our
Master Bathroom – sigh) the months turns into years.
Then, there are projects you can’t wait to start and finish.
For example, consider baking a chocolate cake from scratch.
You know if you measure just right, and lick the leftover cake batter
from the mixer beaters with precision (wait, maybe that’s just me!)
– and if you have patience and bake that cake with perfect timing –
you get to enjoy a very sweet treat at the end.
I call these Chocolate Cake Projects.
You plan every detail on paper. You order the perfect bedding and
hunt for the perfect sized desk at second-hand stores that you can
paint and add a cute bulletin board over.
You even search the internet for cute little “port-hole” aquariums.
And you hang three of them with a different color Beta Fish in each one
above a cute basket cubby from Lowe’s.
You figure out a way to create easy No-Sew Padded Headboards…
Because you don’t mind this project at all…you buy buttons and ribbon
to add to plain swing-arm lamps…
..and you hardly cuss at all (well, not much anyway) when you burn
the dickens out of your fingers hot glueing the buttons on.
And your son only says a few “wirty dords” when Grammy insists the
lamp cording cannot be seen and MUST be installed on the side of
And you don’t even care when people seeing you jump for joy
in Kmart when you spot the cute little fishing boats at a great price.
And you get even MORE excited when Lowe’s has ONE striped-red
cabana-style curtain on clearance for $9, and you cut off the top
and make it into a valance. Yep, you get THAT excited.
Planning. Planning. Planning.
Painting. Cutting. Caulking. More painting. Ironing.
Finally – your grand plan can be revealed to two very happy little
boys who have Shark sheets and (coming soon!) a Large Wall quote
that will say “Live Every Week Like It’s Shark Week!”
And when you see the look on their faces….you are super happy
this is one project you didn’t procrastinate too long on.
And you realize that THESE are the projects that are worth the
effort, and the burned fingers, and the achy backs.
And you remember not so long ago, when you decorated your
son’s room. And that same son is now 29 years old, and helped
me from Day 1 with executing this design plan…. for HIS son’s room.
‘Cause when you see this….
You bet your largest shark tooth it’s worth it. Every. single. bit.
Shark Sheets: Pottery Barn Kids
Plaid Bedding: Target
Port Hole Fish Bubbles: Amazon
Swing Arm Lamps: Lowe’s
Basket Cubby and Baskets: Lowe’s
Navy Roman Shade: Lowe’s
Desk/Chair: Second Hand Store
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