A Gallery of In-Betweens

by Chris on July 25, 2012

I have ADD. Granted, it’s self-diagnosed ADD, but my mom agrees with me. So it must be true, right? Like a song writer who wakes up in the middle of the night to write down song lyrics, I have ideas swirling in my head day and night. A blessing AND a curse. I start in on something, and if my husband waits too long to help me with one little element of it, I’m moving on to another project.

Unfortunately, it leaves me with what I’m about to show you. A bunch of projects that are…well, unfinished. Wanna see my “new” laundry room? Pedestals are done, but the beauty of the room isn’t even close.

laundry room

How ‘bout a boot bench I’m building (the term building being used very loosely here).

bench outline

Would you believe me if I told you the only thing keeping me from the guestroom reveal is making the bed and getting a piece of glass cut for a little table? You’ve seen all these pictures—of course you believe me.


The guestroom closet? Done. I need to paint ONE more shelf, and I just can’t get myself to do it. So this is what you’re left with.

closet shelves

The most done project is this little nugget. We purchased some new furniture (more on the dilemma in this room soon), but it’s not quite ready for the reveal. Shocker, I know.

living room

So that’s what you’re left with. A bunch of sneak peeks of unfinished projects. So stuff is happening around JaG’s house. Just too much stuff. And yet…not enough stuff. Ya know what I’m sayin’?



Christina July 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Omg i so could write this EXACT same post! I have soooo many alllmost finished projects- my husband gets SO grustrated with me! Thanks for letting me know that i’m not the only one :)

Shirley July 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Omg, same here! Most of them revolve around unfinished window treatments, paint jobs, or just tidying up. I have guests coming over in a few hours and house is absolute disaster!

Jennifer July 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm

guilty. blah. my hubby deemed it “O.S.S”…as in “Oh, Something Shiny!” syndrome. LOL. Halfway through one project then I’m on to the next!!
{your sneak peeks DO look amazing!}

Kimberly from Serendipity Refined July 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I wrote this post about two weeks ago…entitled, “Working on my PHD’s”…which, in my case, stands for Projects Half Done! You’re not alone! xo

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I love that, Kimberly! Well said. :)

smart momma July 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm

i see you JAG, i have a lot of unfinished projects too…it’s either i get too busy taking care of my 2 young kids and a full-time job and a husband, yeah my husband keeps me busy :) he likes to enjoy the outdoor while the weather is still nice… OR i was not able to purchase the stuff that i need to make the project happen….

so don’t feel alone :)

huggies ***
smart momma

oliveoyl64 July 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I have a case of the “in betweens” too, but sadly I do not have a husband keeping me from finishing, it is ALL me and my ADD. I had a little table I painted turquiose two years ago with the intention of painting a design on top. It was finally done YESTERDAY, saw something online, taped it off and painted. So simple, why can’t I do that more often?

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I hear ya, Oliveoyl64. Same problems!

LizzieMade July 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

You are So not alone in this… our home is full of half-started, half-finished and almost-begun-but-not-quite projects… not so many Finished Things though!

Crystal July 25, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I’m with you. I’ve got a partially done kitchen, hallway, son’s room, family room, and the list goes on. Your sneak peaks are enough to keep me coming back. The little bit I can see looks pretty amazing.

august July 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I think I’m your opposite. I won’t start a new project until I finish the original, lol. It’s not as nice as it sounds. I have decorating ADD, so I’m always freaking out over something to do, but my mind just won’t let me move on. They call that over-focused ADD.

TIP: Order your projects from the ones that you want/need finished first, and then start working on them. Then set a rule for yourself that you can’t add one until you finish one. You can keep your ideas in a notebook that way you won’t miss out, but you won’t feel so overwhelmed either. HTH!

Natalie July 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm

This is exactly the ADD I have too! only mine involves sewing projects and building projects….basically any project…thus leaving way more undone.

Erin Kaven July 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Yes I’m always one project short of l makeover, one card short of a full deck and missing a few screws…not to mention marbles these days. But then I have a few years on you.

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Oh no! Does it get worse as I get older? :) Funny, Erin!

Kim @ Plumberry Pie July 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I DO know what you are saying because this is the story of my life! :) The other problem I find with my unfinished projects is that I start to change direction of my original plan…then that puts me at another standstill of indecision. Should I go w/original plan or move on to the latest and greatest plan I’ve got swirling around in my head? Ugh! And the more I read blogs and pin, it puts even more ideas and options into this little head of mine! AHHHHHHHHHHH. glad to know I’m not the only one.

Ally July 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I laughed out loud at the painter’s tape outline of your boot bench. Ha Ha. I so understand you girl. I’m going to do that in my house – just do outlines of things I want in painter’s tape. “And this is my grand piano – I haven’t gotten it yet, but it’s going to go right here….”

Jeannie July 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Boy, can I relate to this! There are so many unfinished projects & rooms in my house, that I’ve already remodeled them in my head a few times since we started. So glad I’m not alone.

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Love that! “Remodeled them in my head”….that’s my problem too!

Sharon aka OKIStampQueen July 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

checkout http://www.flylady.com —you can do ANYTHING 15 mins. at a time. It works-it really really does! Get a timer, set it -you’ll stay on track and be amazed at what you can get done in that little bit of time! I am the exact same way-lots of unfinished-but when I use the timer…then you get pumped at WOW—look—that didn’t take long at all…and you’re off and running —and often don’t want to stop—just 15 more minutes and so many projects later-Flylady warns about this, too! She’s in our psyches (sp?!) Blessings Sharon

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I’ve visited her briefly, but I definitely need to invest some more time. I will definitely check it out, Sharon! Thank you!

Cindy * Daisies & Crazies July 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

Oh, thank goodness! That is all. xo

Nicole July 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

Totally looks like my house. A lot of U.F.O.’s (unfinished objects). I could do my own post. You are not alone, girl!

Katherine @ Whitehall Shop July 26, 2012 at 10:36 am

I am right there with you. I love getting started on projects and seeing the initial results, but by the time I need to finish tying up loose ends, I am over it. We have a fireplace remodel that is currently waiting for me to finish the touch up paint. It has been waiting for a week and a half, and will probably keep waiting a little while longer.

We do have people coming to the house for a first birthday party though, so that will light the fire to get everything finished! ;) Showing off the house in person always creates the urgency I need to finish a project.

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Yes! My words too–“over it”. I just want everything done. :)

Kristin Lea July 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I was reading your post and couldn’t believe how identical we are, I get my best ideas when I am laying in bed trying to will myself to sleep. I also move onto a new project when the husband puts my project on the back burner, and I also have a million projects to reveal but can’t b/c of 1 simple detail that prevents me from it. I am glad you posted this b/c I have been so close to revealing despite the project from being complete–but always change my mind. lol.

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

WOW. Same brain, Kristin Lea!! It’s a curse sometimes. :)

Teresa@SagebrushRidge July 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I could have written this post! My goal before the end of the year is to get them all done…

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Mine too, Teresa! We’ll see how that goes. :)

Connie Lenden July 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I think I bought it from you — too many thing going, then left in a pile !

Congrat’s , you have company !

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Yes! ADD decorators, unite! Thanks, Connie!

Jen July 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm

As I gaze upon the piles of paper waiting to go back on the shelves after moving furniture, the half-finished pallet wall art piece, the painted frames waiting to go up on the wall and the door about to turn memo board looking more like a junk pile – I can totally relate! Thank goodness it’s not just me LOL So many ideas – so little time {and energy!}

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Ha! Well, I’m so glad I’m not alone in this!! Thanks for the support. :)

Patti July 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Thank you! I definitely feel the ADD, and I’m thankful for other kindred spirits. I hate painting the trim in the rooms. Most of my walls are ready to be repainted before I finish the trim :( lol

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm

OH my gosh-same here, Patti! Hate trim!

Mary July 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Oh, good. I’m not the only one. :)

Sherry Hart July 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

Yes…..I totally understand…..I just keep putting things off….and then I change my mind midway. Crikey.

Christina @ The Frugal Homemaker July 30, 2012 at 12:16 am

This is SOOOO me! I have way too many unfinished projects and all I can think of is another project I want to start :) Need to just set aside a few weeks or a month to just complete projects and blog about them :)

Chris July 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I know, Christina! Unfortunately, I always think I’m going to set aside that time, but the time never comes. :)

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