I really love to get things done. I like to see new projects accomplished, things cut, nailed, painted, organized, hung up and so on.
However. There is always a however, right?
However, I do not know how to do a whole lot when it comes to measuring, cutting and your basic construction.
My husband does know a whole lot about basic construction, but he is not always as enamored by my project ideas as I am. I believe he tends to mutter a lot of, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” – proving that I clearly am the visionary in our relationship!
And to be honest, it felt easier (or more in my comfort zone), to let my husband do the work, rather than have to learn it myself.
So when the latest bout of projects came to mind, I was determined to learn how to use some basic tools in order to be able to do some of these smaller projects on my own. I mean, have you seen what women are doing these days? Crazy great projects! On their own! I decided it was high time that I rose to the challenge. I was tired of having to ask for help and wanted to just complete my projects on my own. But I was way outside my comfort zone in learning to do so.
Lucky for me, my husband knows how, um, challenged (to put it nicely) I can be about these sorts of things, and kindly (no muttering at all) gave me a tutorial on both the miter saw and the nail gun.
With my new found knowledge, I created these on the sides of our kitchen cabinets.
And in return for him teaching me some basics, I cleaned up his garage. I cut and nailed trim, cleaned awfully dirty corners of the garage we have owned (and not really cleaned) for the last 16 years. I painted shelves, sorted stuff into labeled containers and got it done. We are both happy with the results and I must say, I felt quite a sense of accomplishment at having done some of the more basic work all myself.
And bonus – I still have all of my limbs in tact!
I am also happy to report that it was not nearly as tough to learn to use these tools as I had made it out to be in my mind and thanks to my husband’s tips, I was running them on my own after just a few minutes of learning.
It was a good reminder to myself that I can achieve more than I think I can.