My dad was a general contractor. I grew up around piles of lumber, saws, drills, paint, and various other kinds of tools. Dad always talked to me as if I were an adult. He taught me how to use tools safely, and how to take care of them. He told me I could do anything, and he made me believe it. I think that is one of the reasons why I am so drawn to D.I.Y. / repurposing projects. I see the potential in certain items, and believe (whether it’s true or not) that I can make something special out of them.
In truth, my dad gave me more confidence in this area of my life than my talents warrant. Many of my projects turn out not-so-good, but that’s okay. I count it a learning experience. He taught me that too.
One of the great things about living where we do now, is that there are so many D.I.Y. resources available for me. One of the best ways to spend a day is to wander through a flea market, estate sale, or antique fair! My mind whirls with all of the possibilities!
There comes a point though, where I know I need more time, or fewer ideas. I’m there now.
My craft room overflows with projects. There is a collection of “treasures” on one of our porches. There is even a headboard stashed away in my closet (it’s going to make a great hall-tree!).
So no more buying for me, until I get a few pieces converted from “junk” to “treasures.”
One end of my craft room
One area behind our house… Yes, it’s hidden from view!
Another area behind the house… It’s hidden from view too. 😉
My first project among “Projects”….turning this vintage door into a Barn Door for the bathroom next to my office. I’ve been thinking all week about how to paint it, and I think I finally have settled on what I want to do with it! We have company now, so I can’t start on it until the 17th. That’s not good. I might change my mind about what to do with it by then!
Have you visited my Pinterest Board lately? I have several D.I.Y. Boards there with some very interesting projects on them! Even if you just like to look!