This project has kept my ‘spare’ time pretty busy for the last few weeks.
Max is cutting teeth and his napping and sleeping schedule has shifted, and the boys are home for summer, but I have still tried to squish in a couple of the more simple projects on my list.
This is the boys bathroom and I really just wanted to freshen it up. I don’t mind dark wood but it feels heavy because there is so much of it throughout the house. So I decided this would be a good place to get started. I began by sanding and painting the trim, I moved on to the vanity, and sanded and painted the closet doors and updated all of the hardware.
I also took the brown doors away to the land of the unwanted stuff, (the garage) and replaced them with more modern, white doors. Still have one to hang but it looks and feels better already.
I am always so surprised at how the small tweaks and changes can make such a big difference. I really like the way white feels. It is lighter and somehow makes the space feel less drab and claustrophobic.
And although sanding and painting is hard work it always relaxes me. I have found it to be therapeutic. It seems to be one of the only hobbies that I have, aside from reading, where I am able to clear and quiet my mind and not think about anything whatsoever.
And I really like seeing the results. It is always rewarding in the end.
Happily moving onto the next project which according to the messy plan in my head will be the upstairs hallway. I have always meant to get to that part of the house but we haven’t painted since we bought the house 8 years ago.
I am grateful that I have found hobbies that keep me busy and help me to relax. I encourage you, if you are reading this and are sober or in recovery, to try new things! Find some things that you connect with and that help you to enjoy being with yourself, and that can help you to relax or decompress.
It doesn’t matter if they are not as common as other people’s hobbies. The best part is that there are so many options! Get out there and try some new things.