We have been plugging right along on home improvements recently. And by "we" I include our handyman in that, because he does the work and we cut the checks.
Today he painted our dining room a really lovely green shade. It's just perfect. I wouldn't have normally hired help to paint (I can do SOME things myself!) but the painting included getting to the upper corners of the walls with a stairwell to the basement underneath them. Yeah, I'll pay someone to get up on THAT ladder.
But you know what happens when you start sprucing things up? It makes everything else look that much more gross. Where does the sprucing up stop? If you paint the baseboards in one room, for instance, you really should paint the whole damn house. And what if the baseboards are icky and cheap and need to be replaced all together? Do you even spend time painting them or do you install new baseboards? And what about the trim around the doors? Or the doors themselves? Now they both look terrible against the beautiful new paint job of the dining room. You know what else looks terrible? Our dining room table. The overall color of the table (underneath the wayward sharpie marks, nail polish stains, worn out paint and gouges) clashes with the walls. But would we get a new table, only to have our children ruin that one, too? Or refinish a table that has a broken chair and is warped in the middle and not our style anyways? Oh, the dilemmas. (oh, and yes, I see the benefit of a table cloth, but that table is command central around here for just about everything, so a table cloth wouldn't really work with the art projects and what-not)
And I want to paint the kitchen walls because they are really dirty, but you know how gross the "white" cupboards would look then? At least right now the cupboards and the walls are the same level of filth. Do I spend time repainting cupboard doors that are tacky and cheap or get new cupboards? And if we get new cupboards, well, we should really replace the ridiculous counter tops (slate tiles that are impossible to clean that have cheap unfinished trim tacked up around the edges). Well, if we're painting the walls, replacing the cupboards and counter tops, then we should get a nicer sink with a faucet that doesn't leak. Oh! And we really need a pantry to contain the clutter mounded on every surface so that the work we put in to painting and replacing everything but the appliances can actually be enjoyed. Yes, we actually have half way decent appliances. Thank god for that.
You see where I'm going with this.
So my question to you is, where does it stop? At what point does the beautiful new spiffed up parts of the house intermingle peacefully with the gross, old, stained, chipped, sad parts? I really wish I knew.