I cannot tell you how long I’ve been planning to purchase a vanity to go with my daughter’s bedroom set. At least three years…
It’s been sitting there in my “Things to buy” spreadsheet (yes, this spreadsheet actually exists) staring me in the face, saying “just do it!”
So a few weekends ago, when we were in a big city with an IKEA, I did it. I made the decision, picked up the boxes, drove them all the way back home, and unloaded them in my daughter’s room. The boxes have since been waiting patiently for a time when I would have a good chunk of time to put the vanity together — IKEA style.
Today was the day. I kind of dreaded it, but also knew that it needed to be done. My daughter’s makeup was threatening to take over her room, where my mother-in-law will be staying later this week. (There’s nothing like visitors to get your home-improvement act together.)
I started with the stool for a quick win and then moved on to the vanity itself — drawers and all. It was hard work, but it felt good! I enjoyed using my hands and seeing this piece of furniture take shape. Step by step.
When I was done and stood back to look at my masterpiece, I felt a sense of true accomplishment.
I built something!
Kind of like a paint by number carpenter. But that’s OK.
I think it’s important that we all get a chance to create things with our hands. Useful things. Pretty things. Soft things. Smooth things. Whether it’s painting or sewing or landscaping, we feel good when we create.
Who didn’t build with blocks or sand or branches when they were little? Who didn’t try their hand at drawing princesses or ponies or cars? And who didn’t run eagerly to parents or grandparents to show off their handiwork?
I encourage you to take time to work with your hands on a regular basis (typing on the keyboard doesn’t count!). I’d love to hear what you like to create with your hands.