“You gotta know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em, know when to walk away…” Sometimes you just have to call it, and bring in the professionals. (BTW you’re welcome for the song stuck in your head.)
Two weeks after my husband and I moved into our first home, we had our first child. Needless to say between diapers and daycare, money was tight, but we still desired to make our new place our home. I grew up in a family of doers, so naturally we wanted to take on projects ourselves. We started small. First swapping out the kitchen cabinet handles, then the floor air vent covers. Weekends were spent walking the aisles of Home Depot and Lowe’s trying to get inspiration. See, this was a time before Pinterest. Shocking I know! I can hear myself now “When I was your age, I didn’t have anyone telling me how to do something, I had to figure that out on my own. You kids and your Pinterest…” With each little project, we gained confidence and so, we decided it was time to really learn how to paint.
Doing laundry is one of the chores to loathe, but if you don’t do it, will suck you in and drown you in a sea of dirty and/or clean clothes. I have also been known to move piles of clean laundry from couch, to bed, to chair for several days only because I was hoping that the laundry fairy would fold it and put it away. Yep, that never happened. For the first time in about 4 years I finally had a real laundry room, but the functionality, not to mention the fashionability of this room, left little to be desired.
This past summer I attended the Haven Conference and was lucky enough to win an amazing prize package from Ryobi Power Tools and Ryobi Outdoor Power Tools. Ah-may-zing. Naturally I won all of this weeks before we were set to move into our new house, and had to be patient before I got the chance to dive in and test out all of the goods. When it was time to design the laundry room update, I wanted so badly to do a pallet accent wall so we could finally use the tools. And we soooo used the tools. So many tools.
A few months before we decided to sell our house, our girls chose to move into the same room. It was after they moved in together magnified how much unused space we really had, which led to the decision to downsize and find a better layout. Even though they could each have their own room in the new house, the girls still insisted on sharing the FROG (finished room over the garage) and called it the “apartment” since it was the only upstairs room in the new house. The room the day we bought the house, was an interesting florescent lime green. I told them they could pick how they wanted it decorated and they both agreed, and wanted “under the sea”. Just when I thought that I got off easy and just as every “Little Mermaid” theme came to mind, they quickly told me, no literally under the sea. Ooohhhhh….
For as long as I can remember, we’ve always had at least two and a half bathrooms, but with the new house we have two full baths; one in the master and other in the main living space. The bath in the main living space is for the girls and any guests. It’s not a huge bathroom as it had a pedestal sink, single shower with no tub, and the toilet. The bathroom is functional and it’s enough, except there was very little storage in the bathroom. We didn’t necessarily need to gut the whole bathroom, but it did need some minor adjustments.
I talked about how we reprioritized our quest for a new house here, but what I didn’t tell you was that there was actually another house that we wanted prior to the one we bought here in South Carolina.
Paint. It’s one of the most inexpensive and most impactful DIY projects you can take on as a new or even an experienced DIY’er. Picking the right paint choice can be a huge headache and if you have a partner/roommate/spouse/significant other weighing in on the issue, well things just got a little more complicated.
For me, I typically don’t have a hard time visualizing what it will look like on the wall, but for my husband he’s more of a visual person. Before, we would buy a sample of paint and then slap it on the wall, but then it was there while we “lived” with it before we decided that it was the right choice. But then we’d have visitors and there would be all these paint squares painted sporadically on the walls. If you’re like us, there would be multiple paint squares on many walls because paint looks different in different light… You get the gist. Hot mess express. Then one day we found an amazing product that has changed our lives!
SureSwatch is really easy to use. You simple paint on your color sample, remove the paper backing, and place it on your wall. Once you decide, you simply peal it off, or if you’re like us, you can move it to different locations. (“To the windoooooow… to the wall….” I couldn’t help myself.) If you have many paint choices, like we did, I recommend cutting the pieces in half and writing the name of the paint color with a sharpie on the sheet. Then you won’t get confused as to what paint color is what and you’re not using all of the sheets at once, even though there are three in each pack.
The best part, if it takes you a long time to decide, like us, you can always take them down if you don’t want people to see what you’re planning. OR you can always make it a fun party game and have guests help you pick your color. 😉
Here’s another quick tip: Say for example you’re perusing Pinterest or a friend has paint color that you’re in love with but it’s carried by Benjamin Moore or Sherwin William, but you don’t have either one of those close to you, not a problem! Home Depot can pull the color codes from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, etc and still get you that color with their paint. One. Stop. Shop. (Lowe’s does this too incase you don’t have a Home Depot close.)