So today is my official due date. This baby is fully cooked, I’m horribly uncomfortable, and the doctor said at my appointment on Tuesday that it doesn’t look like this kid is planning to come anytime soon. Darn my comfortable uterus! I was really hoping to have this kid a few days before the due date (like my last pregnancy), but it looks like this pregnancy might be more like my first, when I went until 42 weeks. My oldest’s fifth birthday is on Sunday though and I REALLY don’t want them to share a birthday, so I’m okay with holding onto this kid till next week…but after that it’s going to be lots of walking and spicy food!
Anyway, my last post was about my top ten “must-haves” for the house Adam and I are building. Let me just say, when I ask for opinions, y’all deliver. Thank you for all the insights and suggestions, it’s really helpful. I was also surprised by the amount of people who mentioned outlet placement (I’m going to have to be very thoughtful about that, evidently) and having two dishwashers. I would have never guessed people actually have two dishwashers, but evidently it’s pretty great.
So today I’m looking back at some of the things we did in this house that I won’t be repeating. Some we did because we didn’t have much money to spend and needed a solution, some I just wanted to try something new and creative, and some we just didn’t know any better. I’m not saying I regret all these decisions (some, not most), they worked for this house but aren’t something I would want in our “forever” house.
1. Raw mdf trim
Adam and I have replaced all the trim in our house (except the master bedroom, but we’ll get there) and have learned a lot. We started out in the living room and chose 6 inch raw MDF that we routed ourselves (because money was our biggest concern). We ended up doing this in all the main areas of the house so that they would all match, but in all the other rooms (bedrooms, bathrooms, etc) we switched to plain, pre-primed, pine 1X6’s for trim and they are SO MUCH BETTER. Here are the problems with the raw MDF baseboards…
- We routed the edges, and since it’s MDF it came out rough to the touch (this is normal). I started out carefully sanding each and every inch and crevice, but it took for-freaking-ever and I quit and just went ahead and painted them. But they are so rough that when you try to clean them they snag your rag or rip your paper towel and the dust in the roughness just turns into wet mud. It’s a nightmare.
- They soak up paint like it’s their job…they took SO LONG to paint.
- They look really beat up really quickly. They peel and ding and soak up water. I seriously hate them with an intense burning passion. (the pine 1×6’s are amazing though).