Yesterday started out as a bad day. No it started the night before when I was up until 3 am looking at fashion merchandising programs that are anywhere from $58-$350 a credit. Now that (a fashion merchandising degree) would make my life totally different from Fall of 2012. However, putting out this expense means I’d be working full time and away from the kids sooner rather than later. I don’t want that right now even though I think I should. Afterall we need to move and I feel that we can’t because I’m not working full-time. So I got that trapped panicky feeling AGAIN!
Finally I got hold of myself and revisted an old idea. I started to research room dividers. The main reason I want to move is to give the siblings seperate rooms. I looked up temporary walls which I believe will be just as expesive as moving. Then somehow I remembered another old idea—a curtain divider. While looking at the curttain room divider ideas, I began to look at wall art and I found the photo I’ve attached above.
When I saw the black and white on the burgandy, I fell in love. I looked at he directions and they were simple and not too expensive. Even I could do it! If it wasn’t 10 or 11 pm I would have gone right out of the door to start the project right then and there. But alss it wsa late, so i had to wait. I spent the next five or so hours researching all kinds of wall art from framed placemats to wall decals.
Around 4 am I tried to go to sleep but it was difficult. I was so excited. Finally I was going to do something about beautifying my current space instead of hanging on to that idea that we would move and that’s when I would have a beautiful home. I woke up at 8 and was out of the door within a half hour. I went and got the paint at a hardware store just a few blocks away. And following my husband’s directions I got some tape and a few plastic drop cloths.
At 10 am I held a paint brush in my hand for the FIRST time in my life (other than for water colors when I was 10!). And I painted! While the first coat dried, I walked and took a bus to a brand new craft store and brought the wooden canvass stretchors, a craft staple gun and staples. After that I took the train back to get the free transfer. I got off right near a fabric store. I was disappointed that they had no bold black and white print, so I settled for an orange themed fabric with some burgundy accents.
I got home and ate breakfast at 1:30 pm! My husband ironed the material, put together the frame and togther we stretched the fabric over the frame and he stapled. By then the first coat of paint was dry, so I put on another coat.
An expert could tell a neophyte painted the wall, but who cares I love it! After years of feeling HELPLESS and TRAPPED. The solution to having to move, seperating the growing siblings when there is no money to move (unless I give up being a stay-at-home momepart-time worker) has been right there: redecorating.
I knew this, but felt I couldn’t do it. As it turns out, I can! I’ll post a picture when we hang the wall art tomorrow.