09 January 2014

Schooled: Renovation Style

Here’s to hoping 2014 is off to a great start for everyone! Thought we would share some humor (mainly at our own expense) for all of you DIY Divas (or dudes) out there. If you’ve ever gone through a remodel, you can probably relate to most of the things on this list – and if you’re just dipping your toe into the pool of renovation…buckle up.

  1. Things do not go as planned. No matter how “easy” the project.
  2. Your new best friend will be John – from the paint department at Lowe’s.
  3. Planning only gets you so far. There are always unforeseen obstacles.
  4. Your problem solving ability (and patience) will be tested to the highest degree possible.
  5. If you ever are on Family Feud, you hope you get the category “50 Shades of Gray Paint.” You've got that on lock.
  6. Weekends no longer include late night shenanigans; more like going to bed early because you have a long list of to-do’s that need to be turned into to-dones.
  7. Construction zones can be made livable.
  8. Tools are stored everywhere. Literally, every closet…tools.
  9. Your finest china might just be Styrofoam and your dining room, the family room because, well – the kitchen isn’t quite complete yet.
  10. 5-star accommodations may include plastic tarps for walls & one working outlet.
  11. High class living = a completed project. What, no half-painted trim? No plywood floor? I have a working ceiling light? What kind of mansion is this?!
  12. You hate dry wall dust. With a passion.
  13. You vow after the renovation is complete, you will never touch a paint roller ever again – until the next time.
  14. Little things get you excited. Woohoo, new outlet covers!!
  15. Having paint in your hair, on your clothes, all over your body is not odd. No, that’s not a new abstract tattoo; I just painted the bathroom this weekend.
  16. Post-reno you rediscover all sorts of clothing you forgot about. Hello, wardrobe that has been packed away for 2 years!
  17. It’s not always about having the right tool as much as it is about improvising with the tools you have on hand.
  18. No, it’s not weird to have a tape measure in your purse.
  19. Cosmo? No, this is a Southern Living magazine – excuse me while I drool over this picture of a completed living room. BOWCHICKABOWWOW!
  20. Stalking clearance appliances is totally acceptable.

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: We have reached 100 “likes” on Facebook!!!! Do you know what that means? Yep, GIVEAWAY time. Within the next few days keep your eye on the blog and/or Facebook because we will be getting details out soon. 

Love, Christie & Kate

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