This week, I have felt even more motivated than usual to knock things off of my to-do list. I was slowed down a little over the past couple of months with the holidays, an injured shoulder, and a chest cold. The new year is underway, though, and I am feeling that energy that spurs us to collectively organize and plan. Today was heavy on the organizing and planning and not the fun kind. Just paying bills, catching up on e-mail, preparing paperwork for taxes (already), filling in my calendar, making a master to-do list for January, etc.
But, yesterday, I knocked out something that’s been lingering on the to-do list for months – painting the open shelving in the kitchen…
When we first moved in, this nook was just an open, underutilized space. This house is designed very well, but we were scratching our heads at this niche. Maybe for a water cooler? Whatever it was designed for, I immediately pictured it with shelving.
You can read about how we built the shelving HERE. In a nutshell, it’s 2 x 12’s and cheap metal brackets from Home Depot. It was inexpensive and simple and turned this cubby into a real feature.
Now, if I was a patient person, I would’ve painted the walls and shelves prior to installing the shelves. (But, you see, I am learning and I painted the wall in our master bedroom before the new bed was delivered and set up!)
My brother was visiting for a few days back in August and he was ready and willing to help Jeff get the shelves done in an afternoon. I was looking at finished shelves or letting this project languish on the to-do list, probably for months. I picked the former and figured I could paint later.
In my head, I built up taking down the shelves as a big project. It ended up being pretty quick and painless and, when it was done, I felt silly for not doing it sooner. I primed the shelves and painted them in the same paint I used for the trim (a custom bright white in Satin finish.) The kitchen was a mess for a few hours, but everything was put back together before dinner.
I love accomplishment, even if it’s small, so I kept looking over at it, exclaiming what a big difference paint made. Jeff look at the shelves with skepticism. “They look nice, but I don’t know if it made a big difference.”
“Well, it made a big difference to me.”
He’s right, though. Visually, it was a small change. The big difference for me was that it was done. Before, it was unfinished and now it’s finished.
And, of course, all of the pretty things look even prettier now that the shelves aren’t screaming “builder grade lumber”.
I also filled the glass jars on the top shelf. They’ve been empty for a long time, partly because I didn’t know what I wanted to put in them. I didn’t want to fill them with food, because they are so high up, but I wanted them to store something I use, even if it’s not very often. So, I ended up filling them with small candles (better than hidden in a drawer), cookie cutters, and clothespins.
As I was working through my paperwork pile today, I finally unearthed my notebook that contained my to-do list.
Amid the drudgery of opening mail and printing up bank statements, I found a little moment of happiness when I could scratch “painting kitchen shelves” off of that list.