I love my husband.Â Insert gratuitous picture here:
Wishy woo. I married him because of his body mind DIY abilities.Â My grandmother constantly reminds me how lucky I am because he saves me so much money.Â You know, in gigolo fees.Â Oh yeah, and not having to hire a plumber, electrician, or general contactor during our house makeover. What can I say? He is multi-talented.
When I left to visit my family in the UK for 9 weeks, I left him a to-do list, written on some old whiteboard we had hanging around from my PhD days:
Ok, I didn’t expectÂ him to do ALL of this stuff.Â Just most some of it.Â I thought of the list as a good wayÂ to focus his attention on specific projects around the house.Â You see, I know my husband.Â Over the past 10 years of being together, I think we both have a pretty good handle on each other’s great and not-so-great characteristics.Â Rick tends to have a little bit of “need-a-bit-of-get-up-and-go-itis” (aka “my-get-up-and-go-has-got-up-and-gone”), coupled with a smidge of DIY Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.).Â I wasn’t too concerned about the former – Rick usually likes to keep really busy while I’m away as it makes the time go faster. I was a little worried about the DIY A.D.D.Â In the past, he has hadÂ a tendency to start new projects… and there are many around our house … rather than finishing old ones.Â Seeing as we outlined our renovation goals for 2010, I thought it would be useful to focus his more-than-capable DIY skills on these projects, rather than starting a new one.
It was a great idea. In theory.Â
Two days after arriving in the UK, he informed me that he was working on a surprise project.Â I need to mention for anyone that doesn’t know us as a couple,Â typicallyÂ I am the pragmatist and Rick is the creative dreamer.Â So a new project can range anywhere from “surprise, IÂ installed a new faucet!” Â to Â ”surprise, I ripped down the garage and am building a new 3 story extension!”.
So, needless to say the surprise projectÂ wasÂ not on the previously mentioned to-do list.Â After a few days of working on said project, he finally let me in on the secret.
Yep, he’s sanding and restaining our stairs! The orangey pine-ish (that’s a word, right?)Â color is being replaced with a lovely deep chocolate walnut-ish color.Â And eventually those white wooden spindles will be replaced with wrought iron ones.
So far, he’s done most of the sanding and has stained the rails…
I think it’s going to look fantastic! When it is finished. So, I guess we’ve just added another project to our 2010 to-do list