If you're not from Florida, please promptly disregard any subliminal message your mind is playing for you that includes sunshine, blue skies and a day spent sunning yourself on the white sand of a pristine beach. Not happening. It's hot, for one. The kind of hot that leaves your clothing stuck to your body from sweat, the kind that makes you question if you're crying, bleeding or just sweating down your face even on a short walk to your mailbox. It's the kind of hot that leads you to believe even your internal organs are being sunburned and your flesh may melt clear off. And it rains all of the time. But not just a nice, cooling drizzle, because that wouldn't be Florida summertime weather. Instead it downpours every single afternoon, complete with lightning and thunder that rattles your windows. Even the rain is hot and you swear you can hear it sizzling on the sidewalks. It's pretty miserable weather that leaves us stranded in our house every afternoon going a little stir-crazy because we -- as in Ethan and I -- do better on the go. Which is maybe why we sat in the car waiting out a half hour downpour so we could go to Wal-Mart this afternoon.
I've been making mental to-do lists of all of the things that I want to accomplish but can't find the motivation, beginning with repainting our kitchen cabinets. Almost a year ago we went through our great house disaster which, on the plus side, got us freshly painted new walls. My intent was to repaint our cabinets because after six years in our house, I realized I was super tired of the original owner's coral pink cabinets. Then I got pregnant with Wylie and promptly forgot about our hideous kitchen. Now I can't stop remembering about how crazy it makes me. With dreams of our sweet new kitchen cabinets dancing in my head, I realize I'm bit by the home renovation bug. Which is likely one big delayed reaction since it's nearly been a year since our walls were repainted and not a single thing has actually been hung up on the walls since. We're basically existing in a blank space. After a year. (I mean, excluding tot school and Ethan's room because, go figure, those are the only two completed rooms in our house.)
Here's what we don't have:
- DIY skills.
Where's what we do have:
- My stubbornness.
- A Pinterest account.
That said, I'm a little bit excited about doing some major DIY overhaul around these here parts and getting our house to look like, well, like people live here. Since I'm in a little bit of a writer's rut these past few days, I thought I would instead share my Pinterest inspiration for Operation: Stop Neglecting Your Living Quarters.
I am all about the black cabinets. Our kitchen is a light shade of gray with black appliances. Our kitchen cabinets are some coral-colored pieces of fake wood and I would love to paint them black. (Ten bonus points if you're singing The Rolling Stones right now.)
We have a big, empty wall in our living room (which is a little bit darker gray than our kitchen). It's basically the first thing you see when you walk in our front door. I would love to do a black and white photo wall there!
I really love the idea of a chalkboard hanging in our kitchen on our big, empty wall. It could be a cute place to write little family notes or appointment reminders as Ethan gets older. I basically turn everything into a chalkboard now as it is, so why not have one hanging in the kitchen?!
I am a little bit obsessed with pallet art and would love to make one to hang in our living room above our couch along with some sort of mismatched photo collage, like so:
We'll need them desperately.