So, You Want to Renovate Your House...

So, You Want to Renovate Your House...

Mac and I just bought our first home a few months ago, and I have expanded our to-do list by adding about one trillion more things to it. We’ve been living in it for about three weeks, but we decided not to unpack until most of our big projects (painting kitchen cabinets, painting all of the rooms, new flooring in the master and redoing the staircases). Ha!

Okay, so we’ve made it through the cabinets and the master flooring, and I just want you to learn from our mistakes when you attempt this on your own place. First, you need to buy a case of wine. Not a bottle, not two bottles…a case. This will be your fuel.

Whatever your budget is, double it. Better yet, triple it. That’s how much you’ll actually spend. Also, did you know that once you own a house, it’s illegal to spend less than $200 every time you go to Lowe’s, Home Depot, Menard’s, etc.? I didn’t until recently.

Next, you’ll want to hit up your local home improvement store (our favorite is Menard’s because they have EVERYTHING…even loaves of bread? Weird.). You’ll need paint, but get at least 30% more than you think you’ll need because everything will need two coats. We went with Behr premium whatever, whatever and it was supposed to be a guaranteed one coat. That is a sick joke when you’re painting a whole house. Everything needed at least two coats (think textured walls, covering up a darker color), and some areas even needed three because I couldn’t cover up the blue undertones from the previous paint. Open your windows unless you truly enjoy huffing paint for a week straight. Buy two extra brushes. You’ll forget to rinse one and it’ll be a waste of time trying to fix that mess.

Measure six times before you purchase flooring. You’ll probably still be wrong, but at least you can say, “But I measured SIX times!!!!”

No matter how you slice it, renovating a house is no easy task. It’s even harder when you’re flying by the seat of your pants. YouTube is helpful, but nothing beats the classic “trial and error”. And It really is a great feeling when you stop and look around at all the progress you’ve made, even if you took the least efficient, most expensive route (on accident, of course).

-Julie

I’ll leave you with the fun stuff. Here are a few pictures of the work we’ve done so far:

BEFORE: Master bedroom

BEFORE: Master bedroom

DURING: Master bedroom with new oak floors. Trim & caulk are next!

DURING: Master bedroom with new oak floors. Trim & caulk are next!

AFTER: Master bedroom closet

AFTER: Master bedroom closet

BEFORE: Powder Room

BEFORE: Powder Room

AFTER: Powder Room after a fresh coat of paint and an awesome sign that my mom got us.

AFTER: Powder Room after a fresh coat of paint and an awesome sign that my mom got us.

BEFORE: Kitchen cabinets before painting

BEFORE: Kitchen cabinets before painting

DURING: Kitchen cabinets halfway finished. Disregard the mess - we are attempting to replace the broken garbage disposal and we have no idea what we’re doing.

DURING: Kitchen cabinets halfway finished. Disregard the mess - we are attempting to replace the broken garbage disposal and we have no idea what we’re doing.

Henry Doorly Zoo

Henry Doorly Zoo

Pack It Like A Pro

Pack It Like A Pro