I have been Joanna Gaines-ing my home for the past two weeks and my poor living room has taken a brunt of the beating. From new wall colors to rustic fixtures, I’ve become obsessed with everything down to the flowers I want in my new vases. Little did I know all this would come into play with remodeling a large portion of my home.
The Devil is in the Details
It’s worth splurging on things you use every day: beautiful coat hooks, a handsome toilet paper holder, high-quality cabinet pulls in the kitchen, architectural heating vent covers. I’m often surprised that people skimp on these details (I’ve been in lavishly decorated homes and noticed plastic light switch covers and cheesy cheap heating vent covers). Especially if you live in a small apartment and don’t need to buy multiples of these items; spend a bit more and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how often you appreciate something as seemingly unimportant as a toilet paper holder.
Measure Before You Buy
We have an office in our house that just needed, something. Whether it be a chair or table, there is just something missing. I was out one day looking at Estate Sales and came across a mini loveseat! Well one look and I fell in love, so I put in a bid and won. Later that afternoon there sits the loveseat, stuck on our second landing. As the old [newly adapted by me] saying goes, my eyes were bigger than my stomach because there was no way that “mini” sofa was fitting though the hallway let alone the door! So there is sits in the furniture boneyard that is our dining room. Remember to measure halls AND doorways because you might be able to get the thing up a set of steps but that doesn’t mean it’ll fit though the frame.
Think About Upkeep
A friend of mine stained her wood floors a dark espresso shade and immediately regretted it; every speck of dust shows (not to mention hair, lint, just about anything). Another example is when I used white grout on my white tiled bathroom floors and I definitely regreted it. I’m actually about to call someone in to change the whole look. Open shelves in the kitchen are a great choice if you’re very organized and live in a Pinterest fantasy world; otherwise I’d go for deep drawers for dish storage. Also if your home is old [like mine], don’t use a matte or a flat paint; go for an eggshell or a low-luster sheen that is easier to clean and hides all the valleys years of life have done to your walls.
You should make at least a couple of trips to a showroom to look at surfaces and to check out counter-tops, flooring options, etc. The more homework and research you do, the happier you’ll be with the end result. I wouldn’t choose any big budget item (kitchen counter-tops, wood flooring, appliances) without seeing it in person. Nothing substitutes for old-fashioned legwork. Home renovation mistakes are expensive; it’s all about research, research, research to avoid making them. And don’t forget the reviews don’t lie!
Go With the Flow of Your Home
Some people can pull off wearing a pair of high-top sneakers with a tuxedo, it can also go horribly wrong. Houses are the same way. Can an ultramodern kitchen in a Victorian brownstone work? Absolutely, but make sure you can pull it off. This is not to say a house can’t evolve with the times. There are no hard and fast rules — just get to know your house, live in it and do your research before you pull out the sledgehammer.
Do It Right
Don’t skip any steps. Do your baseboards need to be caulked? Did you wipe down the walls? Do it the right way, right away.You shouldn’t avoid your prep work. You want to take the time to do it poperly from the beginning. It’s a horrible, tedious process, and nobody likes it, but it saves so much time later on down the way. And that’s what you’re trying to do: save yourself money and time.
Comment below with your best renovation advice! I’d love to hear it and pass along the wealth. We all know that advice is needed [whether we take it or not] we can take all the help we can get. For example, make sure if all of the hardware in your kitchen is silver, make sure your door-hinges aren’t brass. So until next time!