I have a complicated relationship with Pinterest. I love that it helps me organize ideas and search for new projects. I don’t love how overwhelmed I can feel just looking through my feed of other people’s pins.
Welcome to “Keeping it Real in a Pinterest World,” where Breanne from This Vintage Moment and I explore what it means to live purposefully in a world that bombards us with a million good things.
We’re just two moms on a journey toward being ok with not being able to do it all and fully embracing the season of life that we’re in–with all of its joys and limitations.
Here, we share about our crafting fails, what we’re currently saying “yes” and “no” to, and the beautiful reality of daily life. Won’t you grab a hot drink and join us?
It’s the DIYs and kids’ crafts that get me.
I hop on Pinterest to search for white painted fireplaces and end up wondering if I should paint my (brand-new) kitchen cabinets or if I’m a slacker mom because I’m not doing 101 fun and educational things with my preschooler.
Thankfully, I’ve mostly resolved my angst about preschool activities. We read a ton, Bun paints and colors, we build stuff, we play outside. We do crafts as mommy’s sanity allows.
And when anxiety creeps in, I just remind myself that Laura Ingalls Wilder didn’t follow a pre-K curriculum and she turned out just fine.
Through a series of monster DIYs, I’ve also become more discerning about what DIYs I tackle. Despite my love of the handmade and the joys inherent in making your own 26-step custom picture frame, I have come to realize that not all projects are worth my time.
Now, I ask myself these questions:
What To Ask Yourself Before Starting a DIY
Do I have time for this?
Because, after all, what it takes Ana White 5 steps to make takes me 15. Hubs reigns me in a lot here. There are several projects that I’d love to tackle right now, but Hubs has gently reminded me that I’ve already in the middle of about 5 others.
In reality, I have two small children, a husband in grad school, a love of reading and writing, and the desire to maintain my mental health. My time is limited and valuable.
How much happier will the DIY version make me than the store-bought?
Often, the answer is “lots more.” But not always.
Bun’s tent makes me really happy: I had a really specific idea of what I wanted (certain dimensions, dark stained wood) and I’m completely neurotic about fabric. Building my own let my customize it and I let Hubs make the fabric call (woohoo, I’m growing in flexibility!)
The burlap ottoman I recovered and then fell apart at the seams did not make me happy. Turns out when it’s something your two small children repeatedly throw themselves on, it’s worth it to pay an upholsterer.
Is the DIY version really more cost-effective?
I am pretty frugal and used to assume the handmade route was automatically more thrifty. Not necessarily.
Now, I make a list of materials and add up costs. Chalk paint ain’t cheap, yo. If it’s just as expensive to make it as buy it, I may just buy it.
Unless the answer to question #1 is “lots more.”
Do I really need to do this? Or is what I have better than I think?
I had to ask myself this when I was tempted to chalk-paint my kitchen cabinets. I love painted cabs, but mine have a dark espresso stain.
However, I only like two colors of paint for cabinets: white and a particular shade of mossy/olive green. Neither would look awesome in my existing kitchen.
My kitchen is new, pretty, and more than functional.
I can’t justify a new backsplash and we aren’t changing our floors.
So, the question was settled: no painting cabs. What I have may not be my ideal, but it’s perfectly good. And frankly, once I decided this, it was a relief to know I wouldn’t be tackling the project.
What’s you relationship with Pinterest like? Do you get energized or overwhelmed by DIYs?
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