On Sunday, I was talking with my congregation about tattoos because I read about a church in Texan with a Lenten tattoo project. Since I am no fan of tattoos (I’m not morally opposed or anything, I’m just cheap and pain-adverse) it’s not something I usually talk about. But as a few people shared stories about body art and people they know, I discovered something: people often find that one tattoo leads to another.
I suppose that’s not surprising. Most people start small, and then if they like it (and it didn’t hurt too much) their imagination begins to create other possibilities. Which is where home renovations come in: one thing seems to lead to another in decorating, too.
On the advice of a real estate agent we trust, we decided to update our home in order to sell it. “Just some new flooring,” she said. “And maybe some new paint.” The new paint looked great, but then we noticed a few light fixtures were looking a little tired. And once those were looked after, we wondered about the kitchen backsplash…with new flooring, it didn’t look quite as up to date, so maybe we should to that, too…
And that is how a few updates became a total home makeover. All six of us found ourselves helping as with the demolition–ripping up ceramic tile, pulling staples out of the sub floor, tearing out old hardwood. Thankfully, with pros in the family we had help painting and installing the new floors and backsplash. I may have learned to use a crowbar and an orbital sander, but I am a long way way from grout and baseboards!
The good news is that we are in a great housing market and will almost surely recover our costs plus a little extra. In a few days we will have the house on the market and will know for certain if our hard work (and a ton of dust) was worth it. One thing is for sure: I am never getting a tattoo!