28 August 2007

Home improvement lessons

Things I've learned on my latest home improvement project (which is, to gut and completely renovate our guest bath):

*Just because a water supply line and a drain line for a clawfoot tub both claim to be finished in "oil rubbed bronze" doesn't mean they match. Even if they're from the same manufacturer.

*Tools labeled paint scrapers might not actually be "paint removers."

*The theory that a project will take three times as long and cost twice as much as you figure still underestimates time and money. Sometimes by half. Even when you're doing the work yourself.

*Kilz primer is possibly the densest material known to mankind, a fact which is evidenced by trying to pour the stuff out of one of the hernia-inducing five-gallon buckets.

*Never belch while wearing a dust mask. Ever.

*The toilet really looks OK in the guest room, against the wall.

Before and after photos will be forthcoming, but not until we get to the after. And it may be a while yet.

1 comment:

Maggie&Bandit said...

We don't understand what's wrong with belching in a dust mask. Wouldn't you be able to enjoy it more?