Glad things are going good and you are almost there. But X-mas lights already!?!?! Seriously though, I understand why you did it and it is a great gesture.
Probably a little late at this point, but for paint, I used Behr marquee. It is an all in one-one coat paint. Worked on new drywall, over old paint, and over brick in my house. A little more expensive a gallon, but no primer and no 2nd coat, so to me it was definitely worth it.
I got a bit further on my DIY project. Still have to finish polishing the countertop and get it installed, and do the ceiling and trim, but the floor and walls are done and cabinets are 90% done. Waiting on a few drawer slides yet. Using all soft close hinges and slides, so I can't just run to the store and grab them. Here's a couple shots I took tonight.
Oh, and if you want I'll trade you. I will come finish painting for you if you want to do the roughly 12hrs of counter polishing I need to do.
Looks great Shawn! If I wasn't so far along in the painting I might take you up on the offer!. Thanks for the paint info. I will make sure I tuck that away for a later project. Because there will be a later project!
I end up in Western PA every couple of years...my wife's family lives there. Next time I'm up maybe we can meet in the middle and have a cup of coffee.