A few weeks ago I wrote about our unfortunate leak upstairs and how it ended up raining in our bedroom.
As a result, we’ve had a house full of contractors for a month and all of our stuff has been moved to random locations while painters and carpet guys work their magic.
Case in point: I finally found my youngest son’s dress shoes just in time for the piano recital. They were in a box in the dining room. Go figure.
All of it’s been hard for me because I thrive on order and routine.
Still, chaos has its upside.
I got my house painted! And we got new carpet upstairs which we desperately needed but were putting off until the kids were older (and we had the money).
Plus I had to get a new mattress and all new bedding, so that’s been fun. I’ve had the same bedding for 12 years and I loved it but it was time for something new.
At this point I’m so inspired that I want to redecorate my whole house. I’ve been spending my free time painting anything that doesn’t move and perusing Pinterest for ideas. It’s exciting but I have to be careful not to overextend myself — both physically and financially — which is hard for me whenever I get obsessed about something. (Insert husband eagerly nodding head here.)
I’m not ready yet to give a big reveal, but we’ll start with something small.
This is my entryway. This is what you first see when you walk in the front door.
These walls go up to the top of the second floor. I have no idea how many feet that is, but it’s too high for me to paint myself. The color I chose (after much debate and about $60 of samples) is Wool Skein by Sherwin Williams and I’m in love with it.
The old paint was kind of a Tuscan gold. It was here when we moved in and because I knew I was going to have to hire painters, we’ve just lived with it for the past seven years. But boy, was I glad to see it go.
While I wanted to lighten things up considerably, I wasn’t keen on going completely white, but didn’t want the standard builder beige either. So this was a nice in-between. I ended up using it in this area, the bedroom, and I’ll be painting the kitchen myself in the same color.
Notice my wall(s) of Ds.
The idea comes from Emily of Jones Design Company. It was so fun to put together and inexpensive to boot. I had several of the Ds already, and most of them are just printed off my computer and put in thrift store frames that I painted myself. (Of course, notice the cute green frame on the table with the random picture in it. One day I’ll actually put a photo of someone I know in there. Maybe.)
The Spiritual Side of Redecorating a House
I realize this whole house and decorating post isn’t my typical blog fare. Usually I write deep, more spiritual stuff. So let’s see if I can translate this to a life lesson. . .
When life gives you lemons, right?
It was devastating to have a huge leak in our house, to have carpet ripped up right in front of my eyes and molding pried off the walls.
But now it’s going to be even more beautiful than before.
It seems trite but it’s true. Life’s that way.
A leak is a small thing. Material. Not like the really hard stuff. Stuff you’re probably dealing with right this minute.
Remember this, though. Whatever you’re going through, I know it’s hard. Circumstances can be painful or downright devastating. Life’s not fair.
But God is in the business of making beauty from ashes. Believe it or not, he can create something out of the rubble that turns out even better than it was before.
It doesn’t seem that way when you’re in the throes of it.
But I promise it’s true. I’ve lived it and I give you my testimony.
The resurrected God always makes things beautiful in His time.
As a side note, since I’ve totally caught the redecorating bug, I purchased The Nester’s online course. It’s called Cozy Minimalist. All the sessions were recorded live a while back during the original run, but it’s all available as a self-paced course now for just $39. Even better, if you sign up and use me as a referral, you’ll get $10 off. Just type in Sheri Dacon when it asks who referred you.
So what about you? Anything you can share about how something you thought was destroyed was eventually redeemed? Want to tell about how God made something beautiful from the ashes of your life? Or maybe you’re just in the middle of a home improvement project and you’d be willing to share it in the comments below?
Let’s go make some lemonade, shall we?