We are in the throws of a semi-renovation. I say semi because we aren't tearing down any walls (yet). But we are painting and putting in new flooring. For a couple that has never been able to paint even an inch of our own space, this has been a project to say the least.
I guess we could have made it easier on ourselves by doing what most normal people do. We could have stayed with mom while we were done with everything and then moved right on in....happily ever after. But, as you know, we were ready for our own space. So we are, day by day, doing what we can to get our house, and lives, in order.
I've learned a few lessons that I thought I would share with you.
1.) When buying paint for walls, take a test strip and tape it to your walls for a couple of days to make sure it is the same color you thought it was in the store. And if your best friend mentions that it "looks a little more blue than gray," BELIEVE her.
2.) When buying curtains, measure them. If not you will get to the store and wonder just how many you'll need. If you find yourself in this situation, buy the extra curtain. It's much better to have an extra curtain than to run short. Plus, if you save the receipt, you can take it back if you don't need it later.
3.) When painting walls, throw away the plastic container that you roll your paint roller in. Use a bucket and a paint screen. All the cool kids are doing it!! It's not nearly as messy and you won't waste as much paint. This is coming from my step-dad, who was a professional painter for 20 years. He knows what he's talking about =)
4.) Got a toddler running around your feet while your trying to get some things done? Give her a toy broom and have her "help you paint the walls."
5.) Buy vinegar. I have heard it before, but never really put it to use. Vinegar is some dang good stuff. Seriously, you can use it for just about anything. Don't believe me? Check out this page www.vinegartips.com
6.) Take it one step at a time. I'm a very impatient person when I want something done. Also, I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to certain things. When we bought the house, we knew there were some things we wanted to do to it to make it our own. As the days went on, there were other little things we found that we would "come back to." I'm not good at coming back to things. I want it done, and done right then. This does not work when there is a list of things, and no time to do them. I've had to realize, that nothing is perfect, and everything can be fixed....in time.
7.) Don't be afraid to ask for help. This is also something I am not good at doing. I absolutely hate asking people to help me. I feel like it's my house, my responsibility, so I should be doing it myself. This doesn't work when you have a husband working 60 hours a week. It's nearly impossibly to do everything by yourself. Family and friends are the reason we moved back after all. If they are willing to pitch in, don't be afraid to hand them a paint brush.
We are putting our floors in Saturday....ourselves. Dad is going to show us how and then we'll roll up our sleeves and go to work. I'm sure by the end of the day, I'll have plenty more tips =)