It’s only one day to the photo shoot. My body feels like it weighs two tons. Everything hurts. I have had a record number of break downs this week. My hubby has been yelled at and has taken it gracefully. I am undeserving.

I am so tired. I was feeding the dogs yesterday morning. They’re on a raw diet (totally spoiled). I was making their breakfast while I was eating mine. I scooped a huge chunk of raw meat into my cereal bowl – YUCK. I just threw up a little in my mouth again.

This morning, I decided that I should have a starbucks triple shot americano in a small cup so that I’d wake up and also paint without worrying about any of my mugs. I pulled into the drive-thru. Ok, that’s my first problem. I am usually against a drive-thru in general but then, a coffee drive thru? Come on. Get off your rear-end and walk in there and get it. But, I hurt so bad and I felt so heavy (long hours of painting and sanding). I pulled up and started ordering only to realize I was ordering at a sign and the intercom was about two cars up. I bet the people behind me got a kick out of that. Technically, that is why you are at Starbucks; to get caffeine and start functioning. Give me that!

I have been pushing so hard to get everything done in time for the shoot. There have been a number of unexpected set backs; the barn door re-installation I shared with you already, one of my cooler lamps broke in the guest room while curtains were being put up and then the kicker…

My kids beds were little steel french day beds. They snapped in half this week. THIS WEEK of all weeks. They were getting older and beat up from the jumping and all the other kid stuff. I spent 15 hours (well what felt like 15 hours) spraying these beds a metallic silver and getting them the perfect color.

I had been contemplating bunk beds for the little ones because they share a room. It just helps create more play space and openness if your ceilings are high enough. This is where is gets funny for me or where I have to laugh or I will cry.

I decided I didn’t have the time, money or energy to go to IKEA, buy the wooden bed, put it together and paint it before the launch. My kids also could have benefited from waiting until the next holiday for another present. Then the bloody things broke. I don’t believe in spending a ton of money on things that my kids will just out-grow in a short period of time. It’s a catch-22, I guess, because I went IKEA three years ago and they broke. Bunk beds it is! I went to IKEA again this time for the bunks but they are wood and should last longer…technically.

I had Rach pick up the bed while I stayed back and worked on some projects. When the delivery arrived, I opened the box and all these little peices of wood came out and a giant bag of hardware…breakdown #3.

So overwhelmed!

1st thought – I can’t do this.
No 1st thought – Going to die!
2nd thought – I can’t do this.
3rd thought – What neighbors can I convince to come get drunk with me while we put together this heap of wood?
4th thought – Never gonna make it for the shoot.

Stewart is out of town. I couldn’t find any neighbors around. Hmmmmm? Rach helped me with the two ends of the bunk. Then it was just me and my glass of wine that got me through it…somehow.

I painted the bed the same silver as the closet. It’s beautiful. I’m obsessed with this color. The color picks up the hues in the curtains which just arrived last week!!! I told you the curtains would make the room. They bring a sense of playfulness to the room and soften the industrial pieces. They also frame the carousel that was a hand-me-down from my friend Pam. The bed indeed gives the room more space and opens things up. Guess the bunks were meant to be.


I am thrilled with this room and I did get it done before the deadline.  It turned out exactly the way I originally envisioned. Check out my story board that got it all started.
I can breath a little better. Still pushing today however. Rach is helping me with the flowers for the shoot. I am reworking a lamp. I need to finish the paint job above the barn doors. I am installing my office closet doors…wait till you see those. They are pretty snazy. There is still a lot to be done. I can’t wait to have a mimosa and take on this photo shoot.


One Response to “Project SMID: The bunks were meant to be”

  1. Honey

    The kids room is fabulous. I cannot believe the transformation! You really have the touch!!


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