John and I bought a house almost 2 years ago and have officially finished remodeling the minor details in each room. Here are some lessons we learned along the way.
1. Never paint a room Barney purple.
Don't ask why we thought this would be a good idea in the first place. We chose to re-paint with a calmer color and a matching Pottery Barn bedspread.
2. Don't use your carpet as a paint drop cloth until you have received a quote on how much the replacement carpet will be.
John and I decided last week that we were going to re-carpet our house. Before doing so, we decided to remodel our Master bedroom, which required a lot of paint. We figured that if we're getting new carpet anyway, we might as well avoid the hassle of putting plastic all over the floor. Um... yeah. The next day we got a quote for carpet and it was double what we thought it would be. Whoops. Too late now!
3. Don't rip out your bathroom vanity until you have confirmed that normal home improvement stores sell the size you are looking for.
Turns out the builders used kitchen cabinets as the base of our downstairs bathroom vanity. One day we just got the urge to rip out the whole bathroom, then go shopping for replacement pieces. Yeah, don't do that. We had to put down new floor tiles to cover up the spots where the new vanity doesn't cover and even though you can't tell by looking at it, it's really ghetto.
We have really super tall vaulted ceilings in our house, as well as lots of spiders. No matter where the spider is, if I see it, it dies. This is the concoction John had to make one day to kill a spider in the highest part of our house.
5. Don't buy another dog just to keep the first one company.
Although we love Big Mo, we probably could have done without. During his puppy teething phase, I'm pretty sure he chewed at least one piece of every household fixture: corners of the walls, carpet, stair banister, floorboards, cabinets, etc. And after all this, I'm pretty sure Fifi is annoyed that she has to share the attention and wishes he didn't exist. This is one decision I'm happy we made in the long run. (He's not very photogenic...)