Monday, July 16, 2012

Home Improvements *UPDATE-Finished Room*




My house is a shit hole.  Plain and simple.  Years of drug addiction, depression, PTSD, kids, lack of cash and chaos has put fixing it on the back burner.  Wow, that is a happy, snappy sentence huh?  Read on man, it gets better.

Once upon a time, I took pride in my home, like I did my garden.  I LOVED painting, decorating, buying furniture, and all of it.  But of course, addiction (and maybe a few little kids) robbed me of all of that fun.  Instead, I punched holes in my walls, kicked doors, and didn't give a shit.

Not to mention, the kids who start things on fire, pull carpet out, scratch walls, gouge floors, and stain furniture.  We have lived here for almost ten years, and we have tore it apart.

There are a ton of projects to be done.  And not a lot of cash to do them.  Not to mention, Bob's PTSD leaves him with little ambition.  I have been just trying to keep it simple.  Get the people on track, and the house will come.





Today, however, I am taking a step to start, after almost two years of living in the broken reminders of our meth life, to repair the damages.  And I am starting with my dear daughter's room.



So we woke up today to shop for paint.  We went to Walmart.  I never shop at Walmart, so don't judge me.











We taped everything and started the project together.  We even got Bob to get involved.  It is still going on, as I am trying to write this post.  So forgive me if this is pretty lame, but I am the director, and let me tell you, it isn't really easy.  My daughter is a bit of a control freak.  I am not sure where she gets that, but really, there is only room for one of us.  











Anyway, I'll post pictures when it is done.  But I will say that it feels good to follow through and paint her room.  I have been promising this for years and today, is the day.

Maybe after we get this project done, it will inspire us to do more.  As money becomes available, we can get rid of all of the reminders of the horrible days of meth.  I think everyone will be glad.



















*Here it is, the finished photos.  Hot pink with chalkboard paint.  I think it turned out great.  I am proud of us.  It is a little loud in there for me, but the daughter is happy.


9 comments:

  1. Kris Gallmeier-AndersonJuly 16, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Besty.....It all begins with the first step!! And it is so awesome to see you all coming together to complete this project! It will make for great memories!

    I can't thank you enough for sharing your family experiences/struggles with all of us. I understand it can't be easy, but just know that with each post, you are helping someone else who is going thru a difficult time. And sometimes that is the best therapy...knowing you are helping others.

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    1. Thank you Kris. That means a lot. This is helping me just as much.

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  2. Wow we are in the same boat minus the addiction. Mine was depression completely robbing me of energy and ambition to do shit around here. The kids are at camp and with the house to myself I walked around and realized SO much needs to be done, but I promised my daughter I'd start with her room! LOL... so yes post pics!!! Can't wait to see how it turns out. And your house is not a shithole, because you live there with people you love and that's what matters. You took care of you and them first which...is as it should be. :)

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    1. Thank you. We are still working today and hopefully will be done soon!!

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  3. Love that color! We have a tiny three-bedroom house, and are currently looking at a bigger one. In the meantime, though, we've spent the last two years making major renovations to our house. Probably not the best time, considering the market, but oh well. It definitely makes being here now a lot nicer.

    I definitely think that taking the first step can be a great way to get the ball rolling! And coming from someone who is equally broke (Josh and I are both students), just take it a step at a time. DIY if you have the time and know-how, but something as seemingly simple as a fresh coat of paint can work wonders!

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    1. It already looks better, but we are still working today. Almost done!!

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  4. Love the update! My sister's room looked just like that (hot pink + chalkboard paint) for several years. She's now 17, and just made the switch to a more "adult" room. Now it's beige and black with dark jungle prints.

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    1. Thanks! I like it. At least the walls are patched and clean. I think my room is next!

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  5. I had never been to your blog before today, but after I saw a comment of yours on The Bloggess' dead pony post, I decided to click the link that brought me to this entry. The room looks great from the pics you've uploaded. Rebuilding a home after painful struggles is a difficult endeavor. My family is trying to do the same, but for different reasons. It does feel good to make improvements, which seem to cleanse the home of past mistakes.

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