When attempting a home improvement project with your spouse, acknowledging the strengths and weaknesses of your partner is a must.
Give your partner a wide berth.
Avoid talking to each other, but make eye contact and smile once in a while.
Praise them on the job they do—what a wonderful feeling to know that someone appreciates the hard work. I hope I am as thoughtful to my husband as he is to me. When I’m working on something, I’m extremely narrow minded and hyper focused on the task at hand.
Before any work begins, determine who will perform specific tasks and keep your nose out of what they are doing.
Communication is important, but get it over with quickly. (See above…the part about not talking to each other)
When you think a job is almost done but you find there is more to do than you thought, put on some uplifting music and push through.
When pushing through creates sloppy work—stop working.
Breaks, food, and water are a necessity. Stop to replenish your energy. Make sure your spouse stops too. It is okay to talk during these moments.
Don’t wash walls you intend to paint with a terrycloth towel.
Never, ever use wallpaper…be kind to the stranger who will move in after you and has a strong desire to remove it.
Humbly recognize when to call in a professional.
Update on our shower remodel.
After damaging the ceiling of the room below the shower, I was strongly convinced a third try would not be the charm.
I chipped out all of my second attempt with a chisel and a maul, and my husband hauled it off.
He is now interviewing professionals—dammit. How am I supposed to learn?