Several people have said to me, “Now that you’re getting a new kitchen, your house will be done.” Done? I feel like there is always a list of projects to do around here. I see dings in the baseboard paint and new colors I could paint the bathroom and I think about all the possibilities to make our home beautiful.
Lately, though, I’ve been thinking about all those dings and divots in our home. There is no doubt that we have old hinges that look dingy and tarnished. The baseboards in the well-traveled areas need re-painting.
Yet part of me thinks this is just part of the character of our home. The dings in the paint came from the kids running their toys into the walls, or me moving furniture around – all part of the fabric and history of our lives in this house.
I started thinking about this debate – perfecting things v. leaving the imperfections – because, of all things, door knobs. A friend of mine just built a new house (well, gutted an old house and renovated it) and she has all new everything in the house. It looks so finished and gorgeous. One thing that I noticed especially was the oil-rubbed bronze door knobs/handles. They are beautiful and are such a nice contrast with the white doors.
So, I started thinking… we have brass doorknobs throughout our home. Most of them came with the house, although when we bought the house, we had to replace some of them and we just replaced them with new brass ones, so that they would all be consistent. I don’t like brass, but I just kind of didn’t think about it beyond making them all look the same.
Now I’m thinking that we should have new ones. The brass, quite frankly, is ugly. I’ve never really liked them, but they were already here. Most days, I don’t notice them at all. Should we get new ones, or leave the old ones? Same with the hinges on the doors – all tarnished and paint-splattered – should we get new ones, or appreciate the age on the old ones?
Getting a new kitchen might highlight the imperfections throughout the rest of the house. That said, each imperfection is part of this home and probably has a story behind it.
In the end, there will always be a to-do list. That list of things that I want to do to improve our home. I have to admit that painting baseboards and changing knobs are on that list, but I am still pondering at least the knob task and whether it’s worth it.
What do you think? Do you worry about making your home look “perfect” or flawless or do you like having the dings and divots? Do you have a to-do list for your home a mile-long, or leave things well enough alone?
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