Welp, we didn't move in this weekend and probably won't be for another week or so. My GC is "pretty much" out of the house with only a few things left for my cabinet guy to do. Install pulls & knobs, a few drawer heads and a few small trim jobs.
My big focus now is painting. I have a good friend that has been professionally painting for 30 years and is semi-retired who is helping me out. He estimated that I had about 10 working days of trim painting alone! After the drywall was all up and all other walls were ready, he helped me prime and paint the ceilings and first coat on the walls which was a great help. All I have left trim-wise is another coat on the Parlor/Living Room crown molding, Laundry Room Windows (x3) and the crown molding in my daughters room. All in all it should only take me about a half of a day to accomplish that then it's on to the final coat of paint on all walls. Hopefully I should have that wrapped up sometime next week or so. I really want to get it painted out prior to turning my 3 and 2 year old boys loose inside of their new-old home!
The house had a mixture of wallpaper, wallpaper borders, metal tile and paint. We now are 100% paint due to the fact that neither of us like wallpaper too much! All of our paint is from the Sherwin-Williams Historical Collection. We were in the process of looking at different color schemes and paint colors when we found out that they were having one of their semi-annual 40% off sale promo's. We were ready to paint and having a bargain hunter (and smart shopper) for a wife we ended up picking all of our colors 18 hours prior to the sale ending! We only ended changing one room color and might change one other but for such little notice and time I think we are pretty happy with what we picked.
Prior to this, I hadn't really been to concerned about what type of paint I used. All I knew that "one coat coverage" was a marketing scheme and Lowe's brand stuff was just fine. My painter buddy scoffed at my choice and turned me onto Sherwin-Williams and I'm glad he did. It's far superior to anything I have used to date. I've used Dutch Boy, Valspar, etc. and the only other paint that I like using better than those was Porter. But, Sherwin paint goes on soooo smooth and easy and can be bought in low VOC. It is pretty spendy though. At $52 a gallon for Duration semi-gloss trim paint, I won't be throwing any away! I think I ended up spending about $1200 on all of my paint & primer and $0 on labor.