Last week, as you may recall, I embarked on a home improvement project. I decided it was time to re-do my guest room and bath. By my estimate, I’m about half way through.
The thing is, home improvement projects always take a little more time and money than you delude yourself into believing going into it. I’ve done fairly well on the money budget because I can turn a sow’s ear into a Dupioni silk pillow. I can flat out design on a dime. But the time budget? Not so much.
So far I have removed the wallpaper from the bathroom and I have painted the guest bedroom walls and ceilings. I still have to texture the bathroom walls, then prime the bathroom walls, then paint the bathroom walls and then probably glaze the bathroom walls at which point I will wonder what in the heck was wrong with the wallpaper in the first place and then I will possibly punch myself in the face.
Here’s the breakdown of how much time I’ve spent on this project so far:
Moving furniture out of guest room: 1 hour
Dislodging mattress from stair case: 45 minutes
Removing switch plates: 30 minutes
Wandering around trying to remember where I set down the screw driver: 1 hour
Combing the carpet for the teeny tiny switch plate screws that I dropped: 1 hour
Removing wallpaper: 6 hours
Wandering around trying to remember where I set down the scraper: 2 hours
Painting: 6 hours
Wandering around trying to remember where I set down the paint brush/paint can opener/stir stick/drop cloth: 2 hours
Wiping paint off the bottom of my foot: 45 minutes
Wandering around looking for my glasses which were on my head: 2 hours
Wandering around trying to remember where I set down my iced tea: 2 hours
Wandering around looking for the cordless phone: 45 minutes
Have you ever noticed they never show Bob Villa wandering aimlessly around the set wondering where he set down his screwdriver? Of course they don’t, it’s a one hour show.