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We moved into our house almost 3 years ago. We bought it on a short sale, so we got a good deal on it, but it needed a lot of work. Like, A LOT! We’ve painted, with a ton of help from my dad, every single room in the house except for the laundry room and the basement. I have a bet going with hub about the laundry room, so that won’t be done until after J’s birthday. The basement is unfinished so we never really go down there. Hub has his work area on one side and the other side has our games: ping pong table, darts, and foosball table. I would love to make J’s playroom downstairs, but it needs some work before that could happen. The side with the games has had this awful mural of a tree painted on the wall since we moved in and we both hate it, but we haven’t quite mustered up the energy to do anything about it.

See, it really is as bad as I said

See, it really is as bad as I said

We were cleaning up the basement over the weekend and we both commented on how bad the tree is. I finally decided today that I was going to do something about it. There is no use in complaining about something if I’m not going to make it better. So, J and I went to the hardware store, picked out some paint, bought some supplies, and headed home.

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I just have to say that I am not one of those people who get an idea in their head and just do it. I have a hard time making decisions and have been a life-long procrastinator. So, the whole idea of this is just way outside of the box for me, but I went with it.

I laid J down for his nap, headed downstairs, and got my supplies together. You’ll notice the most important supply was on top. 😉


I started painting and within 5 minutes I wanted to quit. My hands hurt, and it was way harder than I expected. I kept going though and got the entire wall painted.


The basement still has a long way to go, but I have to admit, I am so proud of myself for finally painting over the tree! I think I’m mostly proud that I had the initiative to tackle this project on my own. My plan is to work on it on the days we are home while J is napping.

so much better!

so much better!

Ok, so I’m going to use this post as my motivation. I can’t believe I got all of this done in one nap! This was much more productive than watching an episode of the Kardashians 😉