What a year! Obviously our most major event was Evie (though, technically that was the year previous); another was our move to MA. Evie and her role in our lives are constantly changing but we are slowly settling into MA. We are still in the midst of the renovation of our house -both large and small -but the end is near. Or nearer. The end is in sight. Sort of.
Some things I’ve learned while renovating our house:
1) Paint: Maybe it’s our walls, but we used Behr paint for most of them and I’m not impressed. Especially the white. So maybe it’s also the color. We used Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint in Vegas and we loved it… but it’s twice as much as the Behr. And Behr got top marks from Consumer Reports so i was like, sure! No. Low smell? Sure, i guess but it lingers a lot longer than Aura. Coverage? Not as good. Again, especially the white. When I have to go over the same spot five times and it still looks like i went over the same spot FIVE TIMES -no good. Well, it would be fine if that was my only experience with paint and that’s what I thought was supposed to happen. It’d be “well, that’s frustrating, but i guess that’s what happens.” But I’ve used Aura, and so i know that that doesn’t have to happen. Again. Perhaps this happens with all paint and it’s the worst with white, but i’ve not experienced this with Aura. We finally got one of our colors in the Benjamin Moore and used it and it was great. It was a light color and it covered this nasty greenish “accent” wall in one coat. The Behr couldn’t do that. Also, Behr Satin turned to Flat on our walls. And this could be, somehow, related to our walls, because the Aura Eggshell turned to nearly Flat on our walls, too. So i can’t completely be irritated about that. But there it is. My treatise on paint and my frustrations with getting crappy ones.
2) Keeping track of everything is a full time job. I’m not even talking about what a general contractor would do; i’m just talking about keeping track as a consumer and making sure that work is progressing and materials ordered are what we want, etc. And we’ve only done/are doing the kitchen and bathrooms. I can’t even imagine renovating our entire house. And what we are doing in the kitchen and bathrooms isn’t even a full out reno; we aren’t doing anything totally major like moving walls or plumbing. The thought of doing something major is mind boggling. Hats off to those who do.
Regardless, it’s been a hard but good year. We haven’t lost sight of the fact that there’s so much for which we have to be grateful, but we’ve definitely been in some new situations from which we’re trying to learn. Hopefully the lessons stick. :o)