Creative do-it-yourself projects seem fun to do when you spend the majority of your day in an odd-shaped cubby-sized fish-bowl of an office. Projects like—painting the front door. But who has the time to dream about colors and sand the rough spots and tape the edges and protect the floor and clean up the mess? Sometimes it's easier to simply imagine what could be different. Besides, what if it turned out horrible? So, maybe someday. The thing about someday is—it can actually happen. I've learned this a few times over. And so, today was the someday spent painting the front door.
Since I'm not a cute professional do-it-yourself blogger, my front door is hardly pinnable. It's still ugly up close. The previous owners of our home beat the mess out of this dented metal monstrosity. But, it's less ugly than it once was and that's a win in my book.
Immediately after botching the first layer of paint (the roller wasn't dry) my thoughts quickly muddied—What a mess it was and what a big mistake I'd made. This is not fun. What was I thinking? Of course, I bit off more than I could chew—again! But I made it through the dip, ditched the roller, and dipped a fresh brush to tackle the second layer.
It seemed that two coats would be enough until the paint set. Suddenly, the untouched became visible. I reached for a fresh (and dry) roller and poured a fresh pan of paint. Nearly every blogger who actually is a cute professional do-it-yourselfer did recommend painting three coats for maximum coverage. And I thought I could get away with two. Of course.
Somehow the ordinary always leads me to the extraordinary. Painting the front door reminds me of the life-change that is my life. Layer by layer—paint and patience, buckets and blunders. Even after three coats, there are quite a few areas that need retouching. Like me.
From now until the rest of the year I will be taking a rest from the odd-shaped cubby-sized fish-bowl of an office. Not to tackle projects but to sit on ordinary bare floors with brush in hand worshipping the extraordinary Someone who makes somedays come true. Layer by layer—restoring my soul, refreshing my spirit.