1. I designed the kitchen makeover MYSELF INSTEAD of hiring an outside professional to guide me through all of the decision making.
2. I replaced the Cabinet Doors and drawer fronts INSTEAD of REPLACING the whole cabinets
3. I used Formica Marble INSTEAD of Real Marble
4. I installed the American Olean Stock Subway tile Myself INSTEAD of having someone else install more expensive Tile.
5. I am putting in the Hexagon tile floor..MYSELF INSTEAD OF hiring a floor guy.
6. I used coupons and took advantage of discounts etc on my appliances, faucet and sink INSTEAD of paying top $.
7. I painted the room and ceiling myself INSTEAD of hiring a painter.
8. I made a DIY kitchen island out of my sons vintage oak classroom desk and bought the hardware on sale INSTEAD of buying an island in a store or online
9. Our electrician, who has come here for 8 years…worked for us on the side as opposed to through his company, which saved us 2/3 of what we usually pay.
and 10. I did the renovation in stages, INSTEAD of ALL at once which enabled me to scope out deals and save up for all the things I wanted.
1. I got my DREAM ROHL FAUCET..however, I got it from VINTAGETUB.COM and saved myself anywhere from 5% to 30% depending on where you shop.
2. I could have gotten a less expensive tile for the floor although I think $500 is pretty good, there are cheaper tiles out there, but I really wanted to match the look of the whole house and not to use something that would feel out-of-place.
3. I bought rather expensive hardware for the cabinets from Restoration Hardware. My rationale was that the nice hardware could be transferred to another kitchen in the future and that it would class up the whole space!
1. IN RETROSPECT I wish I had hired or bartered for help installing the kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts. It took me a whole summer and was way outside of my skill set, the learning curve was huge…and in the end it simply is a job done better with two sets of hands.
2. I did not inspect my appliances upon their arrival. See, I ordered most of the appliances at Christmas time and actually gave them (in little photos) to my husband FOR Christmas. Our work schedule was a bit slower than I had projected and with the delay in the counter tops we did not INSTALL the kitchen until last week.$ months later than I thought we would. There ended up being a small cosmetic defect in the range hood and EVEN though it sat in the unopened box for 4 months…neither KITCHENAID nor LOWES will allow me to return the item for exchange,….because I am outside of their return policy time frame.DANG!
Always open up your appliances and faucets and materials when you get them and inspect them so IF there an unfortunate issue you can return the item for a new one or have a broken part replaced.
3. Wear knee pads when tiling the floor
4. Wear gloves when possible, (I bought a few pair of gardening one that I can wash out.) it will protect you hands.
5. Wear a face mask anytime you are working with dusty things and adhesive etc. I wore a face mask almost the whole time in the tiny powder room makeover as the room has NO ventilation.
6. Read tutorials over and over BEFORE you start!!!!
THEN like this:
and finally now looks like this:
please email me your lessons learned the hard way….we can make a manual!!!
Come back tomorrow to see who our pet portrait winner is!!!