Two looong weeks ago the fun began.
We've learned a few things along the way...
1. Measure twice (or three or four) times, cut once.
2. The amount of time you estimate one step in the process to take, double it, at least.
3. Never ever assume that things were built square or level.
4. Have patience, and go with the flow.
5. Do all the work with your own two hands. You get to learn new skills and acquire fun new tools! (*see #2 about doubling your estimated time.)
6. Some nights, sleep may be more important than staying up late.
7. No matter how hard you try to keep your work area clean, your house will be a mess. Live with it dreading the deep clean that will follow...it will all be over soon.
8. Lowe's is open until 10pm Monday thru Saturday, 8pm on Sunday.
9. Be creative with meals. Everything is in boxes, you won't have much of a prep surface, a BBQ is your only method of cooking, and doing dishes in the laundry room isn't all that fun.
10. Get a 3 & 1/2 to 4 month old puppy to spice things up!
11. Set a finish date. Like your anniversary, and insist that everything (paint touch ups, light switch covers, cleaning and unpacking boxes, wall hangings...everything!) is done-DONE by then. Remind your husband of the date, and watch him work frantically trying to please you.
(*see #2 about doubling your estimated time & #4 on patience.)
12. Keep the end result in mind...all the work will totally be worth it!