10.01.2012

Finishing projects...


I apologize for being so quiet around here lately. We've been making an effort to finish "old" renovation projects before we start any new projects (read: the upstairs bathroom), and have spent every free minute doing just that. A few weeks ago, PRH and I had an argument about our renovation projects (yes, we do disagree on occasion). Everything had come to a stand-still and we realized that we were living in a giant half-finished project. Not fun. We finally agreed to work on one small project each weekend, and sat down with an actual calendar to map it all out. This weekend was spent spackling the mudroom and re-painting our filthy-looking stairs. This is a 1/2 way shot (let's not forget what they looked like before...blech!). Obviously, we still need to finish hanging sheet rock, spackling, and painting the living room, but that's a project for two weekends from now. We've also been living with these paint chips on the living room wall for several weeks. I have a hard time making a commitment to wall colors- bathrooms are typically the only rooms I'll paint any color besides white (current house and old house). I think we're going to go with the bottom color, Behr's River Rock. Don't quote me on that, though. 


Are you and your partner working on a DIY project? I'm curious to hear how you navigate renovation disagreements. 

17 comments:

Kristin said...

Been living and renovating our shotgun house for seven years (the first two years, we didn't even have a kitchen, washed dishes in a big plastic tub in the bathroom--yuck!) Our main problem seems to be one of skill and ambition (we do not have the skill to meet our ambition). I envy how far you all have come in such a short time! We have slowly made progress, but still have a bathroom renovation in front of us before we're "done." Good luck!

Ashley said...

October means the 8th month of our bathroom renovation. It was bigger than your average "gut" job (we replaced everything, including joists), so I'm trying not to be too hard on ourselves...but...you know...

Becca Blue said...

Oh! There IS comfort in numbers! We are in our (gulp) 18th month (arg) of having no bedroom! Time and money always seem to be our issue. My husband actually suggested we move back in there (it was gutted, now it has sheet rock, and is primed, but has no floor that could EVER be walked on...) and just finish it "when we can". Nooooooo! We already have 4 other rooms in the house that are void of trim, or grout, or doors or....One day. One day. Hopefully one day soon.

Martha said...

My husband and I have always rented but we have had a few disagreements in the projects we've tackled. Usually, I'm the one who wants to do years of internet research, follow tutorials exactly, and buy the products recommended. He is very intuitive though and just goes, which drives me crazy. But in the end I find he does quality work, so I really shouldn't complain. We just do things differently, is all.

The Belvedere- Alyssa said...

Thanks for keeping it real! Home projects are such great fun and so rewarding once complete- but who doesn't get into a little tiff here and there when working on a stressful project? My husband finds solace in continuing to work and i really like to walk away [and usually get a snack, ha].

Hows the bathroom, almost complete? When do we get to peek?

Jessica said...

Great post! When it comes to renovations, my boyfriend usually lets me do everything. He isn't much of a handyman. Although I think the house may seem a little to girly for his liking, he seems to agree with the way I've been doing things. I only wish he could help me out once in a while!!


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Dana said...

We gutted our living room-master bedroom-master bath in July. The kids and I moved to my mom's "just for a week" which turned into 6 weeks. We are back home, but hubby and I are living in the almost finished living room. You never know what's inside those walls until you open them. Keeping on task seems to be a problem......I try to maintain a sense of humor. Someday this will all be funny.

Elise said...

When there's so much uncertainty and chaos, plus long lists of things to finish, plus everyday life that keeps demanding to be lived, not just ignored or postponed, arguments are inevitable!! Push through it, you'll end up with something lovely that you can stand and stare at admiringly for hours together... My idea of romance! Har har!
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Elise said...

I think S and I are holding off on any more renovation projects until we move out of state. We recently had a realtor come by and she said we are at a great point of getting much more money back than we put into it and shouldn't do much more if we plan on moving. It feels semi good to not have projects looming overhead but also a bit frustrating b/c we know that we can't move quite yet.
Your posts are always filled with your honesty and grace. Thanks for this.

Sarah @ circle and sprout said...

Wow! You are so organized with your calendar. I love all the paint colors and can't wait to see what you choose. My husband has been working on our roof for two weeks and counting. The backyard, which is IMHO, the best place to be when the leaves change color. Not this year, it's covered in roofing materials and garbage. I'm pretty pissed, but grateful we have a "roof" over our heads. Good luck!

Julia at Home on 129 Acres said...

I understand your frustration in living in a half finished project, as that's where we're at too. We only allow ourselves to do one project at a time, which helps. There's not the same amount of disagreement over what we should do first. Also, scheduling it in small chunks as you have with your weekends makes things much more manageable. I find when I look at the whole of what we have to accomplish, it's too much and I end up doing nothing.

e.horn said...

We are always in the middle of some kind of project. With my husband's busy work schedule and four kids it is hard to have time/money to finish everything quickly. I usually get my way on all the design decisions, so if he really pushes for something I know that it's important to him and I try to let him have it.

Cheryl Cochran said...

My husband and I are renovating our old house and it seems like the argument that comes up time and time again is "what room do we do next?". We each have reasons for wanting one room or another to be the next one to be overhauled and it can be frustrating. But I think the half-finished project thing is fairly common. I've been trying to compile a list of things like that that I can tackle on the weekends. For instance, finish painting the trim around the windows in the living room that we finished painting almost a year ago. Haha.

Mel said...

We bought a duplex around Halloween 2011 and moved into it Thanksgiving weekend of last year. We decided that the kitchen needed gutting, so we tore it completely out to the studs & floor-beams (thankfully it was small), and also tore out the wall separating it from the living room. The new fridge arrived in January, and we didn't hook up the propane tanks for my Craigslist stove-find until late February, so I had barely cooked anything in several months!!

Our biggest challenge was that we were doing this on nights and weekends while we both worked full time jobs. We only had one fight, surprisingly - it happened because my boyfriend second-guessed me after I had been putting in hours of my time getting repair bids and watching contractors like a hawk while they did their work.

On the upside: we are really good at assembling IKEA cabinetry now, we can pick paint colors together in about 20 minutes, and I am now good enough with a high-volume paint sprayer that I can spray an entire 950 square foot house in about one hour. Oh, and we did our kitchen for about $11,000, including unforeseen drywall repair expenses and granite countertops! (And we get compliments on it all the time). :D

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

I always tell Eric that we'll NEVER BE BORED living in this 1860 home. I just finished the little ones bedroom redo this past weekend(I was half-dead sick at the time too but determined to get it done before we went back to school on Monday)
I just noticed your horse barn on the floor. We scored the same one at the valley boy scout sale this past summer. Its got sliding stall doors, the hay loft up above, etc...and was full of Breyer horses. My girls were so excited!:)

minouette said...

Luckily I'm pretty handy and am learning that my partner has way more carpentry and roofing skills than I ever imagined. This came in useful when we discovered our laundry room roof was rotten and had to be removed altogether. Unfortunately, he's a photographer and I'm a printmaker so we're both very visual. He'll say things like colours are up to me, and when I suggest a colour he'll say, "Oh no, the way light reflects from that colour is very unflattering." Plus he's way more of a minimalist than I'll ever be. So, my strategy is patience. Secretly, I slowly sneak decor into our home; usually he might say something sarcastic and then grow to like it.

My problem is that he's doing the labour, so he's setting the priority list.... though I appreciate that he understood that the kitchen had to come first. Those 'roofs you use every day' just cannot take forever or someone will go insane.

Anonymous said...

We've been renovating for three years. Nothing is done. But I have done a lot of painting. I caution against Behr; Benjamin Moore has more pigment and will not turn gray-ish over time.

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