So this is it. The last lovely thing on our “Beckoning the Lovely” list: Make a movie.
My original idea involved rhyming starry-eyed zombies in love; an amazing cast of characters; an elaborate sequined dance number; a colony of smart-assed, highly ticklish, margarita-drinking bats; one of those big industrial movie set fans; a fancy director’s chair for me; and introducing Lexi as Sheriff Boog. But you know how these things go. All it takes is one prima donna rescue dog demanding top billing and her own dressing room, and soon, egos are running amuck and you’ve got a mutiny on your hands.
So, plan B. Redo my bathroom.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking… watching me redo my bathroom is like watching paint dry (which is kind of how I spent my weekend). And I admit, it’s not zombies in love, but here’s the cool thing about it. I’ve been wanting to do this for a year. In fact, about a year ago, I bought prints from an artist at a festival, and I thought I’d just go for it. Redo my bathroom. But I’m not really a “redo my bathroom” kind of girl, so I didn’t because there never seemed to be enough time, or the weather was too beautiful to stay inside, or the weather was so awful, I thought a fire and a book were the best options.
So it seemed kind of perfect to do it for the Lovely Project. I figured I could capture the transformation on film, accomplish something I’ve really wanted to do, and then get to see the lovely every day forever after. Plus, I have to admit, I was drawn to the idea of racing the clock. I’m like that. The idea was that we would get up early Saturday morning, and be done with everything – new paint, new flooring, new molding, new art – by Sunday afternoon. Then it would be just a matter of uploading the footage, editing it all together, adding music, writing the post, and voila! Piece of cake, I thought, and I even threw in the laundry room and an accent wall just to keep the weekend lively.
I am typing this post, and it is after 1 in the morning. This was gorilla lovely, baby. I’m exhausted. The movie I made is longer than I intended. I need to get a more ruthless editor (but thank you, Chad). It’s a goofy, low-budget, low-tech cinematic debut, but look closely and I’m sure there are life lessons here, and Lexi pouting over the whole private dressing room thing, and maybe even a stray bat or two… they’re hard to get rid of once they start drinking.