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Posted: October 24, 2012 in House, personal
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Hi here. Sorry¬† haven’t posted anything in a while. We finaly got the keys for our new home! I have spent the last 2 1/2 weeks painting, spackeling, sanding, and cleaning. Now I get to my favorite (note the sarcasm) part of the process, actually moving. There are definatly some things I learned through this process.
The first is is that wall color is your friend. Hubby and I were so sick of the white walls of dorms and apts that we didn’t want a single room to be white. I also learned how difficult it can be to decide a wall color with someone who is mostly color blind. We ended with a smokey blue bedroom, pumpkin butter guest room/office, and chocolate brown great room. I love it. It makes it feel like home and gives it a great spohisticated feeling. That all said, I’m not painting this place every again on my own. With walls that haven’t seen paint in 20 years requiring 2 coats and 13 foot cathedral ceilings there is a reason it took two weeks to finish. Next time we’re hiring someone else.
The second thing I learned quickly was that every homeowner who doesn’t feel like spending a fortune hiring a handyman twice a month should learn a few basics about spackle, drywall, basic plumbing, and such things. You should also have (and can use) some basic tools like screwdrivers, drill, hammer, tape measure, pliers, channel locks, sander, scraper, level.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Everyone has to learn new things. It’s better to get help and do it right the first time then expend all time, energy, and money then do it all over again.
The other big thing I’m learning is that details make the space. Have a nice table is one thing. Add a runner, a couple of placemats, and a platter of pie pumpkins and you make a showplace.
I’ll be posting photos of our projects as we get them finished now that we got the internet back.