Going Back to Finish a Project … Eventually

I'm sure I'm not the only one guilty of this. I get really, really close to the end of a project and then I simply peter out, often leaving a bit of touching up to be done later. Sometimes that later comes around pretty quickly and other times it can take months (or even years!) to swing back around for completion…

Chalk it up to impatience, a short attention span, or the fact that most of my projects are camera-ready but may show some flaws in real life. Whatever the reason, most of my projects end up almost finished, if not for a few finishing touches. Take the Rope Wrapped Hanging Clothes Bar, for instance. When I was working on the project I was a bit crunched for time so I didn't bother filling in the extra hole I had drilled into the ceiling and I also didn't bother to patch the holes and peeled paint caused by the drawers hanging on the wall.

It was fine to have the hole in the ceiling when I was just photographing the project to write about — I could simply Photoshop the mistakes out of the image. Oh, if only there was a Photoshop for everyday life! Since there's not, I finally went back and properly finished the project over the long weekend. I filled in the holes and then sanded and painted both the ceiling and the wall.

Now the project finally looks really finished — whether seen online or in real life. Surprisingly, it took me less than a month to come back to this project. Now I just have those other projects that have been sitting mostly finished for the past year (or two).

(Images: Jason Loper)