It has been 6 months since we moved into our new-to-us house. I look around and my high hopes for having freshly painted walls in every room are being quickly replaced by reality. Before we moved in, I had a plan to paint the most hideous room:
a bedroom that was painted red & pink and had black carpeting. Oh, and mirrored bi-fold doors! At the very least, I just wanted to cover the entire house with primer.
After we moved in, we wanted to have a decorating plan without creating chaos. The last thing we needed were paint trays and dropcloths everywhere in addition to moving boxes. So we decided to do one room at a time. Pick one, do it, finish it and then move on to the next room. I chose the master bathroom, it was small so therefore should have been a quick re-do, right?
In September, two months after the move, I started peeling the wallpaper boarder in the master bath.Yea, we were off and running down the decorating track and I envisioned a new house soon! However, a few weeks later, the toilet in the entry half-bath appeared to be leaking.
Upon removing the tiles and baseboards, we discovered rotten wood under the tiles from an unrelated leak! After a day or two of deciding what to tackle next and knowing it all needed to dry out, we closed the door on that bathroom. Literally. A simple toilet leak had turned into a large structural project and we just didn't want to get into it already having another bath under construction. So we turned things off, plugged it up and closed the door!
We are in the final stretch of finishing the master bath, though I admit I have lost motivation. The rule of finishing one room before moving on to the next keeps me from completely leaving it for another more exciting project. Funny how the project is always more exciting in the beginning and more of a chore towards the end! I wonder if we should have changed our plan to:
1. Remove all wallpaper in all rooms.
2. Prime entire house.
3. Paint entire house.
So I wonder how all of you plan, prepare and complete your decorating projects. One room at a time or the entire house? Have you tried it both ways, which worked better?