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My Personal DIY Anthem – “Jump Around”

Who would have thought the 1990s hip hop party anthem “Jump Around” would eventually serve double duty as the theme of how I attack renovation projects? Everlast, DJ Lethal, and Danny Boy May never have intended for a 30 something DIY enthusiast to hang this catchy tune on her approach to home projects, but it happened, and it’s all thanks to my mounting impatience and desire to just get something completed.

For anyone who is following our renovation journey spanning more than a decade, we thank you. Due to a limited availability of time, a desire to do things ourselves, and a tendency to prioritize “doing it right” over “doing it quickly,” we move at a snail’s pace when it comes to home improvement projects. What’s worse is the simple fact that when we’re starting to make progress on a large project, I’m frequently guilty of making us shift gears due to my impatience. Yes, yes, I’m fully admitting to being the catalyst for so many side projects taking over primary projects and massively derailing timelines. I often blame Alex for the slowdown, but it’s at least partly on me. Let’s call it “Wendy’s Law.” As a result, I’m sure when reading along it’s hard to follow our progress, and can say that as someone living through the process, it can even be confusing for me.

The point of all of this is to tell you, in true “Wendy’s Law” form, I’ve gone and thrown a wrench in our DIY plans.

While we’re making a lot of progress on the massive renovation of the living room in our new house (yes, the one that’s been ongoing for almost two years now)…

…as well as closing in on the finish line of our built in bench project

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About Ashraf Akkilah

Ashraf Akkilah
Architecture and design is my passion. I'm an architect who is interested in building design and decor trends. I'm also interested in sculpture design and landscaping. I'm "outdoor" architect who love to be involved in the project site and supervise finishing and final touches works. I had contributed to many construction and decor projects.

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