My husband thought I was crazy when I told him we should buy this home. He didn't see it the way that I saw it. We're both happy with how far our home has come, but there have been many changes as you have seen just a few.
I've received some comments and questions (I love your feedback!) about some of the renovations throughout our home, and I thought you should know that we didn't do any of the large renovations.
We don't know how to do plumbing (scary!), electrical (scarier!), installing sheetrock/drywall/whatever (not fun!), etc. etc. etc.
I wish we did. But we're learning. Check out what I just "pinned" recently onto my Pinterest page...
I'm proud to say that we own all of these tools (since I recently just got my first staple gun). But I thought this was a great reminder of the essentials.
Although we have the essential tools, we hire out the big stuff to our chief renovator. We'll call him Bill.
Ok, so maybe this isn't Bill, but I liked this lion creature. And what renovator isn't a lion when they go in and demo the crap out of a space? HA! (Can you tell I'm having fun with this post?)
Things we have been successful with so far: painting (our painting skills have improved a LOT since 2008), caulking, installing shelves, installing a closet system, painting, and most of all envisioning our home for us.
You get the point. We do the small stuff - the stuff we know we can handle.
And we're learning a heck of a lot and asking a lot of questions along the way. I believe asking questions is the best way to learn.
Maybe ten years from now we'll feel confident enough to take on a whole renovation project ourselves, but for the time being we are more comfortable hiring the big stuff out.
So how did some of you learn your tricks and skills? Do you have family or friends that you were able to shadow? Were you just a risk-taker and went to town? (I'm envious if you're a risk taker - I'm such a chicken!)