Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Mess

Well, we are hardcore in the middle of our kitchen/everywhere else renovation! This project has really taken on a life of it's own, but I am hoping that it will all be worth it in the end. As I type, I am sitting at my scrap booking desk that is currently the computer desk in our "extra" room. I have lovingly begun calling this the nursery. Cole still calls it the junk room.

So since I am in the middle of my first big home renovation project as a homeowner (and not the kid living with the parents that are renovating...been there, done that too...) I thought I might make a list of some things that I have learned.

*Dads can do just about anything. Well, my dad can.
*If you choose to take on a renovation as a do-it-yourself, make sure you have a FIRM budget and timeline in mind. We only thought we did.
*Keep one room, even if it's a small room, untouched from the chaos. It will be a life saver. Trust me.
*The words "while we're at it..." are the most dangerous and expensive words any home-renoer can mutter.
*Tears are not uncommon.
*There are ALWAYS surprises. Usually not good ones.
*HGTV makes everything look easy. Only about 99% of what they show as an "easy" do-it-yourself project is actually easy. Unless you are Martha Stewart or Bob Vila!!!

Happy Hammering!!!