The Kitchen Trim

Oh my word! This project took far longer than it should have. But, I’m happy to report that it’s finally done! If you have been following me on this journey, you know that I kept changing my deadline again and again. When I initially started, I thought it would only take me to the end of January. In all honesty, it should have been done a looooong time ago! Raise your hand if you need a little motivation to get yourself moving! For this project, I needed a lot of motivation. What was mine? The fact that I could move on to other projects once this one was finished.

Back in July, we gave our kitchen a facelift. We ripped out the floor, installed brand-new flooring, painted the cupboards, and the trim. It looks great! (I wrote a blog post about it here if you’re interested in checking it out.) We were expecting to be done within 2 weeks tops but it ended up lasting a month. Taking on a new project always has surprises, don’t they? What was the most time-consuming part was painting the cupboard doors. We decided to take them off as well as the hardware. We had to flip the doors every time in order to get both sides. It took forever! We worked endlessly on our days off every week. We needed a break. 

During this project we noticed spots along the wall that was clearly unfinished. By that I mean the sellers took one stroke of a brush and called it a day. It was not totally obvious to me until my husband pointed out the imperfections and even then, I didn’t think it was a big deal, but let’s be honest, I didn’t want to fix it. Every now and then I would have a new project idea and my hubby always said, “did you finish the trim yet?” Ugh…. No. He keeps me grounded. If he allowed me to keep going with new projects, we would have a whole bunch of unfinished work at 95% done. I kept putting it off and putting it off until around New Years. When the last cupboard door was painted and the last plank installed into the floor, that is when I should have started the trim touch up. By that point, though, I was exhausted, as was Sam.

I thought it would be super easy, just touch up the trim in one afternoon, right? Wrong! It proved to be much more tedious than I anticipated. I had to use a teeny tiny brush which only added to the project being so monotonous. Not only that but I basically had to go over the same area twice, once for the white trim and once for the gray wall. I didn’t feel like I was making much headway at all for quite some time. But I kept working at it, even when I wanted to give up. There were many times I wanted to throw in the towel, but once again, I opened that paint can, stirred up the paint, and grabbed my brush. I kept going and carried on.

I got bored as a result of the slow-moving job. I would give myself a break and take a step back to see all the progress. In the beginning, it was honestly the only thing that motivated me. I didn’t feel like I was making much progress and that I was painting just for the sake of it. Once I got halfway through, I really started to get more motivation because I was actually starting to see the progress. A lot of the spots that were once obvious blemishes had become clean and crisp and much more attractive. 

Although I did not complete this project in the time that I set for myself, it was still a success. For one obvious reason, it’s done. It’s off my back and I can finally move on. Also, as previously mentioned, I’m one to get things done 95% so completing this at 100% showed me that I can do it. I can push myself even when I don’t feel like it. I honestly didn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to the trim so I would work on it for an hour here, 20 minutes there. Some days, I would paint the trim for a couple hours and take a break. The time spent on it added up and that’s what’s important. There were times when I had a few days off and all I had planned was to get the dang trim done! But, as we all know, life happens and it had to fall further down my priority list.

A little confession if you can’t already tell by now, I am a procrastinator by default. I’m learning to change my ways though. I tend to sit and stew over a project and it either never gets done or is done but not my greatest work. I put things off and put things off. It feels good to have it done especially knowing that I didn’t want to do it in the first place. It feels like I accomplished a feat and inspires me to take on other projects. What I have learned through this whole process of pushing myself is to take pride in my own work. I’ve learned that it’s ok to take my time, even if it’s at a snail’s pace. As long as you carry on and keep going, it will get done.

Have you ever started a project and struggled to find the motivation to get it finished? Or even get started? I’m sure there were times that you stewed on it for days because you just didn’t feel like doing it. Do you have a list of projects and you just don’t know where to begin? Here’s my advice: start small. Do little steps and little goals to boost your motivation. Even if it’s to get paint samples or to stick with the project for an hour. Also, I’ve noticed the more I talk about it, the more motivated I am. So tell me, what’s your idea?

Love,

The Leal’s

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