Many months ago, I painted the first of two bookcases white. I got them from a colleague when he moved, and I planned to paint them and put them in the living room. I promptly sanded both, primed/painted one, and decided I hated the project. Not the outcome–I liked that–but the actual doing of the project. It was annoying to do so many coats, and it was uncomfortable work reaching into the corners. There wasn’t a great place in the house to do it, either (i.e., well lit, spacious, and not requiring me to drag a bookcase up and down stairs). And so, once I finished the first one, there we sat like this for more months than I will count for you:
In fact, I disliked the project so much that <confession alert> the shelves in the above pic were actually only primed. Christmas was coming, I ran out of time, so I slapped them up for the holidays with just primer on them, all “oh, I’ll paint them in January when things die down!” Yep. Two or three Januarys later… ahem.
Anyway, this spring I finally got myself in gear to finish things up, and I enjoyed measurable success. To wit:
Ta-da! I promise, all the shelves are actually painted now. I even ordered new hinges and pulls for the doors for the lower portions. But after I finished the bookcases themselves, I got involved in painting the front door purple, and then painting a bunch of trim in the house white, and I still haven’t primed or painted the doors to the bottoms. You can see them leaning against the wall and against the piano. I think I deserve maybe 85% credit here? Maybe 90% Roughly a B?
I would tell you I’ll definitely have those doors on by Christmas 2014, but I don’t like lying. So I’ll just say I hope to have the doors on by Christmas 2014. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the product of my baby steps!