I have yet to do a task in our reno-adventure where I thought, “Gee, I know exactly what I’m doing.” Essentially, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing…ever.
On the other hand, my husband is very aware of what we’re doing. He takes the lead on every project and always knows how to approach the next job. I just kind of tag along and do what I’m told often nodding my head in agreement but secretly thinking, “what the heck is he talking about?!”
Without even realizing it, I was starting to feel kind of dumb. Every single time we approached a new project, be it big or small, I always assumed the process incorrectly. On top of that, the only person that I talk to about everything has a very good understanding of the construction process. So, because of my constant “oh yea, duh” moments, I’m forever feeling a bit out of touch.
…until a phone call from my little brother.
My brother has about as much of a construction background as I do, which is absolutely none. So yesterday when we were chatting on the phone my latest project came up. The conversation went something like this:
Alex: So what are you guys getting into now?
Amy: We’re demo-ing our kitchen this weekend – taking out just the kitchen cabinets, appliances and floor.
Alex: Cool. So you get to use a sledgehammer?
Amy: Ugh no! I thought I was going to, too! Apparently we just take things off the wall.
Amy: Yea and kitchen cabinets are heavy!
Alex: Really?? They are?!
Amy: Yea. I know! I didn’t expect that either!
Alex: Well then how are they even attached to the wall?
Amy: They’re screwed into plywood boards and the plywood boards are screwed into the wall.
Alex: Oh. That’s a lot more complicated than I expected.
Amy: I know! Me too. I thought the whole thing would take 10 minutes. It took like half a day.
Alex: Half a day? Yea I would have thought like ten minutes too!
Unbeknownst to him, my brother gave me a little pep talk just then. It was nice to have a conversation with someone who didn’t know anything about what goes into a project either.
So, I’m not alone. Phew. And I’m not dumb, I’m just inexperienced. I’m a rookie and I make mistakes. And it’s ok. I’ll get better as I do more projects, and I still have plenty of projects to do.
In the meantime – here’s a look at what we did this weekend…turns out, there’s a lot more ‘wall scraping’ in my future. Ugh – it doesn’t end!
(Sidenote: the thumbnail picture for this post is an image someone brilliantly captured of my brother at my wedding. Classic. I think he had more fun than anyone!)