I’ve realized that I talk a lot about our do-it-yourself enthusiasm more than I show any tangible results.
Well, I’m a bit self-conscious about our learning curve as homeowners and our self-proclaimed notion of diy sustainability. I read a few super crafty diy home blogs and when our projects get put together it can feel so… er… anti-climatic. I’ve decided to give a bit of our back story and offer a disclaimer which will hopefully allow me to feel more comfortable sharing our journey as diy, sustainably-minded homeowners.
Neither Stone or I grew up in a DIY atmosphere. There are of course a few hazy memories of wall paper being hung and I think I remember my Dad changing the oil in his car once.
(And actually as I’m writing this I’m realizing Stone’s father provided all his family’s heat by collecting and splitting his own firewood and his mother is quite crafty.)
But tools and house projects–ooof. They scare the crap out of us.
We don’t want to feel this way which is why we’ve adopted a new attitude. We want our kids to have the confidence to figure out home projects and understand how to maintain their home. Even if they don’t know how to do something we want to model a certain, “Hey, I can learn and try!” type of attitude. We think it’s incredibly important to feel comfortable and familiar using simple tools. This of course comes from our own experience of NOT feeling comfortable around tools.
We’ve come a long way. It’s our learning curve and I try my best to be okay with it. I envision us more like the couple from Young House Love but in the meantime our reality is more like breaking down walls to expose the chimney only to realize we have no idea how to finish the project. Or we ripped up old wall-to-wall carpet without checking to see what kind of condition the old- school wooden floors are in (and without the planned funds to replace or deal with them once we realize they are in horrible shape covered with an ancient, eco-scary varnish).
I try to be gentle with us. It’s an area of our life we are trying to stretch and grow through, even though it can be frustrating and uncomfortable and I’d like to share more of our journey, but I had to get this out first.
In short, we are DIY wanna-be’s with a few projects under our belts, a half-dozen half-cooked projects and big, crazy visions of how we want to live and what we want our life to look like as a result.
And that, my friends, feels okay.