Let the Renovations Begin!

I have been a little preoccupied for the last couple of weeks with getting settled into my new job.  I am loving it so far, but it is very different from what I am accustomed to and much more demanding, so I have allowed myself to let go of everything else for a while and just focus on work.   But after two weeks of not blogging, I feel like I have so much to catch up on!

So here is the big news (and the topic of many future blog posts):  

Dan and I started renovating our house in Maryville this weekend!  We are so excited to finally be doing this project that we’ve been talking about for years.  The renters were officially out as of Friday, so we didn’t waste any time getting started! 

We are not making any structural changes to the house, just modernizing the kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, and paint.  Our plan is to do the major items (hardwood floors and kitchen cabinets) before we move in by May 1.  After that, we will do smaller projects as we have time and can fit them into our budget.  I also plan to experiment with staging each area of the house.  I’ll use furniture and décor that we already have, and hopefully maximize the potential of each room.  We hope to have the house in tip-top condition by summer so that we can put it on the market and hightail it back to Knoxville.

            Renovating a house is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time.  I always thought that it would be an old house (think historic district) that I would restore, but I will take what I can get!  I am super excited to finally have the chance to express some of my design ideas and preferences into our house.  I have been in material sample and color swatch heaven for the last few weekends.  I gain a deep satisfaction from looking at color samples, it is my Zen place – weird, I know.  I could peruse the paint and flooring sections at Home Depot for hours searching for the perfect color, pattern or texture.  Needless to say, I am loving our project so far.  Dan is a little less thrilled about the pretty colors, but he is totally on-board with fixing things up, and he's getting to use his power tools, which keeps him pretty happy.   

 Our first project is the kitchen cabinets.  We went back and forth on what to do here.  Should we replace the cabinets, refinish the existing ones, or do nothing?  Since our intent is to sell the house, we really didn’t want to invest thousands of dollars into new cabinets with no guarantee that we could recover that investment when we sell.  But leaving them as they are was not an option either as they date the house significantly.  So we decided to refinish them using Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations.  This is a three part refinishing system that does not require extensive sanding or removal of the cabinets.  It seems very user friendly, just very time-consuming.  But we are enjoying the process so far.  Here are the before photos of the kitchen:

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 I’ll do a full post on the cabinet refinishing process when we are finished, as well as updates on the other projects.  Wish us luck!