Currently, our living room is at a standstill because my allergies have gone completely haywire and we can't sand down the skimcoat that Matt and our friend Daryl put up without putting me into a full out allergy attack.
Our kitchen has mauve countertops, knotty pine cabinets, and three different wall colors (and one wall actually stripped down to studs).
|You never got to see this beaut yet did you? This was before we actually moved, but it is more or less the same now...just slightly cleaner :)|
And yet? I don't think I have ever felt more "at home" than I do right now. I won't pretend that seeing unfinished projects everywhere I look doesn't grate on my nerves - IT DOES, but I also have the privilege to get to DO those projects in the first place.
When we first moved in, we were given a piece of advice from someone who had renovated their home while they lived in it (with little boys to boot!), and that was to have at least ONE mostly finished room that you can retreat to when you are overwhelmed. For us - that meant doing our bedroom first.(Okay, technically we did the boys room first, but you know what I mean right?). Sure, it isn't perfect, we would like to replace the acoustic tiles on the ceiling one day, but for now a fresh coat of paint will do the trick. It is great to be able to go in there at the end of the day, lay down, and feel comfortable in a room that we love.
I have also found that it helps me to sprinkle high impact projects in there with the less glamorous but totally necessary stuff. For example, the skim coat - it doesn't look impressive, but it HAS to be done. On the other hand, the mudroom?
I've found that it is really just about my attitude. If I remember how far we have come (there used to be carpet in the bathroom!), I find myself feeling grateful for this chance to make our house into our home. On the other hand - if I start grousing about the time it takes to get anything "done" I find myself getting very snippy with both Matt and the boys, and yeah...that's not fun for anyone.
Have you ever lived in a house while renovating it? Do you have any sage advice to share? I love to hear it!