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Let's talk this do-it-yourself painting project me and the kids have taken on.
Last year when I bought my house, the basement was unfinished. This was one of the reasons I was drawn to the house… the potential here, that we could finish up this space and make it all us. So not long after I closed on the property, we set about working on the basement. I have actually been documenting the process and will create a video for the YouTube channel to present the finished product to you.
The contractors have been doing lots of work on the basement. Through this process, I have come to a realization of how much work goes into building and construction – and it's alot of detailed work. When you talk of planning and design, plumbing, wiring and electrical work, putting up the walls, etc. So we are now at the painting stage! I called in a painter and he came and looked at the space. Because it's close to 1,600 sq ft, he gave me a quote of close to 2 thousand dollars for painting of the ceilings and walls.
I was like… "hmmm, let me think about it."
The more I thought about it and weighed the options, the more I felt, me and the kids should take it on ourselves. Worse case scenario, if the painting job we do does not turn out well, I'll just call the painters back in to redo the space – but at least we would have tried. Also, I like the thought of investing that money into something else.
Here we are then.
It is exciting learning something new. After long days of office work, I find myself down in the basement painting for hours. It has also involved countless trips to the home improvement store and many hours watching diy paint-work videos. We have done some of the work backward, but have come back to fix it smiles.
I would say though, the work is coming along beautifully.
Here are some inspirational quotes on trying something new:
- “You never know what you can do until you try, and very few try unless they have to.” – C.S. Lewis
- “Recipes tell you nothing. Learning techniques is the key.” – Tom Colicchio
- "The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety." – Josh Waitzkin
- "I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something." – Neil Gaiman
- “Life is worthwhile if you try. It doesn’t mean you can do everything, but there are a lot of things you can do, if you just try.” – Jim Rohn
- “You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.” – Nate Berkus
- “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” – E.M. Forster
- "Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try." – Jack Canfield
While it is true that we can simply pay to get projects completed for us, actually applying ourselves into new learning experiences makes life exciting and truly pleasurable.
Speaking of exciting lessons, here is a video I did about that time I got into a batting cage and swung at some baseballs for the first time:
As you can see, it is always a good day to learn and try something new.
So, have you taken on a painting project yourself? What tips would you like to share? Please leave a comment.