I’m almost ashamed to admit how long this little project has taken me. In fact, I’m not even going to fully disclose the amount of time, but I will say… it’s been over
2 years 6 days.
Of course, not 6 days of working straight. No, it was more like 30 mins here, an hour there and 15 minute crying sessions every time I thought about how long it was taking to accomplish such a simple thing.
I have finally repainted
half of the back door.
Mind you, I can paint a rather large room in just a day; taping, primer and two coats of paint all included. In my mind it was quite absurd that I couldn’t get this done in an hour but I kept telling myself to just take my time and do the best I could and most importantly not to get discouraged.
All of the sanding, reaching and having my kids help me get on to a chair without falling has been more than exhausting and way too time consuming but I’m glad I didn’t give up because it sure does feel good to get something done.
Let’s take a look at the door at the begining of the year.
If you have not seen this photo yet, brace yourself… It’s ugly.
It’s a blurry photo, taken with my iphone, but the blur makes it look better (take my word for it). Broken window, old dingy paint and a failed attempt at a window covering.
How did it get so bad? Well, if you’re really interested to find out you can read about it here.
That post will also explain to you the below picture, which is better but still a bit of a hot mess.
Once again, it’s another blurry picture that was taken before I got my fancy camera and knew the rules of sunlight.
I’ve been wanting for years to give that door a fresh coat of paint and since it was something that could be done over a period of days and occupy my mind for a bit each day, I took on the job.
This morning I even made a new mistreatment from a tarp that I bought a few months ago at the Home Depot for around 8$. It’s large enough that
when I’m feeling stable enough to not fall and crack my head open someday I’ll be able stand on the counters again and replace my other windows mistreatments with the same fabric.
3 window and 1 door valances for 8$? Unheard of.
Here is what my door looks like today.
Naturally, I’m not fully finished, but for now, this is good enough in my book to cross the 2 items off of my list.
I’ll still need to paint the frame, paint the hinges and get a new door knob. I’m also thinking that I’d like to add a kick plate at the bottom of the door, but I have no idea how much they cost or how they go on.
And then there is the other side of the door but let’s not go there just yet.