I need to tell you something. I’m a bit scared.
I’m making changes to my house and I’m afraid of the comments I’m going to get. Because people can be kinda harsh when it comes to decorating choices. And of course I know that YOU will be kind and remember that I’m a human being and have feelings and all of that, but some other people might not. The social media world can be brutal!
So I thought that maybe I would take this opportunity to explain myself and prepare you for the day when I reveal the aforementioned changes.
You see, by nature, I’m a justifier. For some reason I always feel the need to explain myself. If you tell me that you like my sweater, I will proceed to inform you of exactly how much it cost originally and how I got it WAY on sale and that I normally wouldn’t buy it except it was WAY on sale and how I also purchased my pants WAY on sale and oh did you see my purse that was WAY on sale and then you will regret ever telling me that you like my sweater.
So, you can only imagine how much angst I would be experiencing knowing that I’m going to be showing you these changes I made to my house and how ‘controversial’ some of these changes seem to be when they are shared with all of the world…or with blog readers…or FB readers…or Pinterest readers…
Because, well, they involve paint. On wood.
And the thing is, no one really should have to justify the changes they make to their own home. It’s THEIR home after all!
But since I do ‘justifying’ almost as well as I do ‘worrying’, I’m going to go ahead and do a little bit with you here today. That way maybe, just maybe, when I actually share the reveal of these changes we can all just hold hands and sing ‘kumbaya’ together, ok? 😉
First of all, I would like to remind everyone that I live in Oregon. Frankly, this should be all of the explanation I need to give. Because Oregon has a teeny tiny tendency to be dark…and gray…and rainy for a good portion of the year. So Oregonians should just have carte blanche to do whatever they need to do to make their homes light and bright. Can I get an AMEN?!
Secondly, our home is well over 20 years old and the cabinets are showing some serious wear and tear. Not only is our family not the most…ahem…gentle, but the previous owners were fairly rough on this place as well.
They may look just fine in photos but that is only because you can’t see them close up and also because I can edit out all of the problem areas. Wouldn’t it be nice if I could do that in real life too? 😉
And finally, we were just ready for a fresh look!
Now, because we don’t have an unlimited budget, this is all being done in stages. We’ve been saving our pennies for a long time to be able to make these changes and we’ll be saving more pennies for the next phase.
Frankly, all homeowners know that the reality is that transforming your home, unlike on HGTV, actually takes years.
In the 6 years since we moved into this house, we’ve done A LOT to make it our own and to make some much needed changes. Like ripping out the safety hazard that was our old deck and installing a new one.
And we saved our pennies for that project too.
I guess I say all of this to say that even though I know I don’t really HAVE to justify my choices to anyone, I think it helps sometimes to pull the curtain back a bit and understand why people make the choices they do.
Because at the end of the day, we’re all just trying to make the best choices possible, right? And not just in decorating.
Every time we interact with others, we have the opportunity to either build them up or tear them down.
And we see enough ‘tearing down’ on social media, right?
So, even if you think I’m making a HUGE mistake and even if you think I am totally CRAZY, I hope that you will choose to build up rather than tear down.
If you don’t end up liking what I’ve done, well, that’s ok. Because I know I can’t please everyone all the time even if on top of being a justifier and a worrier I’m also a major people pleaser.
But, at this point in my life, I’m finally ready to let go of some of that need to please others and while I really hope that you will like what I’ve done, it’s ok if you don’t.
Because I’ll still like YOU! 🙂