We have finished drywall! We were told initially that the drywall would have a textured finish to it, but it is smooth! We are much happier this way :-)
Paint was something that I tried to do a good bit of research into. We are really concerned with indoor air quality as our house is very tightly sealed. I stopped by Sherwin Williams to see what zero VOC paints they offered. They have a line called "Harmony" which is zero VOC. It is also $50 a gallon. Ugh. Behr offers a line of zero VOC paints as well, but they are a duo of paint + primer, which Dan hates with a passion. Benjamin Moore also offers a zero VOC paint as well, but it is upwards of $70 a gallon!
In an effort to research appliances and paints, we signed up for a month of Consumer Reports online. Ranked rather highly in the paint category was Glidden. I went to Home Depot last week to do some research and the Glidden rep was actually there at the store. He was incredibly knowledgeable and answered a lot of my questions. The Glidden paint line, while not zero VOC is a low odor formula. It really doesn't have an odor and goes on really well. The rep recommended that we use a drywall primer/sealer since it is fresh drywall.
We did choose Glidden and got the new drywall sealer. We used 15 gallons of sealer! It took Dan right around 8 hours total to prime the house, but we did it! On Sunday, we started to paint the walls and ceilings. Dan tackled the ceilings, which is quite a feat with our cathedral ceilings in the great room. Kole and I painted his room, the bathroom, and the laundry room. We are using two colors, green and a light brown. Kole's room is of course green!
Sorry my posts are random and rare lately! We are in a crunch to get things ready to move our of our apartment and into the house in the next month! And get our garden set up :-) More later....