Start with a first draft. Recognize that it has certain potential, but a complete lack of "Wow" factor:
Do your best to dress it up, adding small touches of beauty here and there:
Come to terms with the fact that you've done naught but scratch the surface of what needs to be done. Roll up sleeves and begin taking things apart:
Finally, get to the bare bones, that place where all the bad has been purged:
Pause for a victory dance. Ignore the dust as it settles around you:
It's time to rebuild! Start with the foundational basics:
Polish, polish, polish: Everything must be smoothed out at this stage, otherwise imperfections will be apparent in the finished product:
Finally, the layer of beauty necessary for both beauty and utility can be laid:
Work, work, and more tedious work must be diligently attended to in order to reach the final product, no matter how grueling, painful, or exhausting. Then, and only then will the revisions be successful, and your final, flawless product can be revealed:
Hip, hip, hooray!! When all is said and done, the pain of the labor will begin to fade, and your final, revised product will be there for all to enjoy :)
So tell me - how does this compare to your revision process? Do you ever feel like you've bitten off an impossibly big chunk, only to find that you can handle it if you take it one day at a time? Thanks so much for stopping by - I am SOOOOO glad to have my kitchen back, and inaugurated it with cookies last night :) Recipes shall start again soon!
Note: I am grieving the loss of my last 2 months of cell phone pictures :( Stupid, stupid pieces of . . . electronics. Anyway, many of the 'during' shots were lost, such as the tile and trim work, as well as the hard work Kirk put into building that gorgeous entertainment center on the back wall of the living room. Well, I guess things could always be worse, now couldn't they . . .