Our October was a wonderful whirlwind of two sets of houseguests, a weekend getaway, a few business trips for my husband, and the last days of fall activities revving up to wind down. It was all I could do to keep up with the daily goings-on around here, so blogging and other creative endeavors had to take a backseat. (I only got a week into my blogging challenge and chose to stop for sanity’s sake.) Now that we’re a full week in to November, I’m trying to pick up where I left off.
And where I left off was a standstill. After using liming wax on the frame of my chair reupholstery project and stapling gray herringbone fabric to the frame, all that was left was choosing the trim I would use to cover the staples.
I went to the fabric store, looked up pictures of chairs online, let a few days go by to think about it, and then life came in and took over and I lost momentum and time—two things that are pretty valuable if you’re a busy mom and a home DIYer.
It was a standstill created by too many options for what turned out to be the tiniest of details. It’s like waiting three weeks to enjoy your newly painted room because you can’t decide what kind of caulk to use to cover the seams. Or not hanging up new curtains because your hardware might not be quite right. In other words, it didn’t really matter which trim I used, because once it was on, it quickly faded into the background.
Once again, I learn that getting done is the right choice. Getting the second-to-last step just right isn’t as important as getting done. Because once you’re done, you feel free enjoy it. And that’s the most rewarding part.
Actually adding the trim was no harder than picking out a strong fabric glue and gluing it on. It took minutes.
The glue was clear, so it was pretty forgiving.
I can always count on Annie (above) for moral support.
Even if it’s not totally perfect, once it’s on you don’t notice what’s not perfect.
Here’s the side view.
Here is what it looks like from the back.
For reference, this was the state it was in when I saw it at Goodwill and picked it up.
And now it’s ready to make itself a welcomed part of any room.
So when in doubt about details, choose getting done. It’s better to choose done yourself than to let life choose for you. Because then you feel free and inspired to move on to what’s next.