It’s almost over.
It’s April 5th, 2019. I’m coming to the end of week 4 of my full gut Kitchen and Bath renovation. This is the first time I’ve hired professionsals to help me bring a part of our 1850’s farmhouse into the 21st century. It has been both amazing and exhausting. The exhausting part was mainly internal- me worrying about if the decisions I had spent years considering and mere moments finalizing them were very tiring. I agonized over little things like towel bars and paint colors and seemingly huge things like floor tile and cabinets. Paulo and I chose granite countertops which go in, in the next two weeks which I am still feeling stressed will be far busier than I dreamt of when I envisioned this kitchen. What happened to my white quartz with grey veining?? I think I spent a total of 6 months actually collecting options and then sourcing our fixtures, lighting and other parts we had to select and supply.
What’s done is done. No turning back. We have granite and it’s coming in hot. Will I always wish I’d spent the extra $250 for a soaking tub, maybe… too late! When it comes to a 2 room kitchen and bath renovation budget $250 isn’t much, but where do you draw the line? On what parts do you spend your money and where can you cut corners? At the end of the day I’ve decided this- if you’re not going DIY, you spend your money on the labor. The team we went with on this job was not by any means the cheapest of the 4 bids we had- but I feel pretty confident we made the right decision there.
I found the whole process of organizing and executing this project to be kind of terrifying, but also incredibly educational. I’ve dealt with all sizes of budgets during the time I worked as a prop stylist, but that was always someone else’s money and at the end of the day they had the yeh or nay vote. Being your own client and spending your own money is a whole nother ballgame.
But little by little piece by piece the house is coming together and I am feeling a bit more relieved each day. I’m still holding my breath on the granite and bathroom sconces (which I have a feeling are slightly bigger than they should be…) but the floor looks great. I’ll be sharing start to finish pictures of my renovation in another post once all is said and done.
If you want a little taste of the research I did during the project you can check out my Pinterest boards for the project; kitchen inspiration board, as well as my bathroom inspiration board and my ongoing Farmhouse Chic board where I will forever be adding my big dream inspiration for our home, as well as little things I find along the way.