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Planing a kitchen remodel? From new countertops to appliances, there are a lot of things to think about and you may find obstacles popping up every step of the way. Don’t get started until you read these important tips first!
When we moved to Florida and bought a fixer upper, we had absolutely no idea what we were doing! In fact, when we first walked through it, I never even thought we’d end up buying it. However, aside from being extremely outdated, it had everything we wanted…the open floor plan, a pool and the perfect number of bedrooms/bathrooms. Plus, the price was right so we took take the plunge.
Since this was an older house, it needed a complete overhaul, starting with the kitchen! There is a big learning curve with a kitchen remodel because like they say, you don’t know what you don’t know. We learned valuable lessons along the way and now if we ever take on something like this again, we’ll know what we’re doing!
If you’re tackling a project like this for the first time, here’s what you need to know.
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Plan to go over budget
If you manage to stay within your original budget, that’s awesome! However, our renovation cost WAY more than we had originally anticipated and based on what others tell me, this is very common. Even if you start off within your budget, there are often unforeseen problems that need to be fixed or you may decide to add “just one more thing” and then another and another. We discovered just how quickly it all adds up. Ultimately, we love the end result and felt our money was well spent but it’s definitely something you should prepare for.
While it would be nice if we all had Oprah money and could get top-of-the-line everything, most of us have to pick and choose what we spend our money on. For me, the counters and backsplash were most important. For my husband, it was the fancy Samsung appliances. In order to get exactly what we wanted, we spent a little less on other things like the cabinets, sink, and hardware.
Plan your space wisely
This house has less cabinet space than our last one so we had to plan accordingly. While I originally wanted a trash can under the sink, I realized that we needed that extra space. We also had skinny cabinets on either side of the stove and while I knew one side was perfect for my cookie sheets, I didn’t have any idea what to do with the other one. After a little time on Pinterest, I decided to turn it into a pull out spice rack. It’s the perfect size, so convenient and I absolutely love it! We also had the new cabinets built taller to utilize wasted space at the top. If you’re using a contractor, you may also want to ask them for suggestions.
Measure (and re-measure) everything
Here’s where you can learn from our mistakes! Our first mistake was that we bought the biggest washer/dryer set in the store because I wanted to be able to wash comforters and other big items! However, the laundry space was too small by just one inch and we had to send them back.
Another issue was that we bought a dishwasher with a handle. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem but it definitely was for us. You couldn’t get into the corner drawer without opening the dishwasher first because the handle got in the way. We would have had to open the dishwasher first anytime we wanted something from that drawer. I knew I wouldn’t be able to live with that so the dishwasher had to be replaced too!
Get everything in writing
Our contractor was awesome and we were very happy with all the work he did. However, we also learned how important it is to get everything in writing. We didn’t end up with undermount lighting because we had told one person we wanted it and the word never got passed along. By the time we realized it wasn’t being installed, it was too late. I was bummed but ultimately it was our fault because we should have noticed that it wasn’t in the contract. Make a list of everything you’ve asked for and check that paperwork.
Don’t second guess yourself
Once you pick something out, stick with it. Sure there are exceptions and we even changed our minds about the countertops soon after we had already chosen our”favorite”. However, you can’t spend too much time second guessing and wondering if the other color/size/style would be better. Not only does it get expensive to keep changing things already in progress, you’ll drive yourself crazy!
Want to see what our kitchen looked like when we started? Pretty ugly, huh?!!!
I’m still not sure what was worse, the counters, cabinets or the old appliances. We had everything torn out so that we could start from scratch (thank goodness we weren’t living there yet)!
Want to see how it turned out? These were taken just after everything was finished (but before the second dishwasher arrived).
We may have spent more than expected but we love our new kitchen! The counters and backsplash couldn’t have turned out better and my hubby and I are very happy our stainless steel Samsung appliances!
While it was a fun experience, we’ve definitely learned how we could do it better next time (and one day I’ll get those undermount lights).
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Thanks for the kind giveaway! Our kitchen has one drawer that we can’t open because it hits the molding on the entry door. WE just bought the house last year, and it’s in overall good shape, but that one thing is driving me crazy! We need to fix it ASAP 🙂
That’s exactly why we sent the dishwasher back…I knew it would drive me crazy! Hopefully you can get yours fixed soon 🙂
Wow, you did a great job! Your kitchen is definitely amazing…I can’t wait to start fixing up my own house 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the Welcome Home Wednesday party–I hope we can see you again this week!
Thanks so much Brittany! Even though we went way over our original budget, it was worth it in the end because we were so happy with how it turned out. Thanks for hosting a great party!
My favorite feature is fully adjustable shelving in all four compartments.
I like the SteamQuick 20 minute oven cleaning best.
All of the Samsung Kitchen Appliances are great. I love the feature on the refrigerator that one of the sections (bottom right) can switch from a refrigerator to a freezer with the switch of a button. And, the Dishwasher has so many great features as well. I like the new WaterWall technology as well as how silent it is.
I totally agree with you on all those points! How cool is it to be able to switch from fridge to freezer?! We don’t actually have the Samsung dishwasher with the waterwall but even our regular Samsung dishwasher is super quiet…sometimes I have to look to see that it’s on!
Love the look of the black appliances. We are getting ready to redo our kitchen so this will come in handy this spring;)
Good luck! I hope it turns out fabulous!!!
The 4-Door Flex™ refrigerator is on my holiday wish list.
I would love to have any of these appliances mine is getting old and I know these would be great to have
New appliances are so much fun, aren’t they? They can totally change the look of your kitchen too! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Great advice Lisa. My kitchen is due for a makeover but nothing a good lick of paint can’t fix. I don’t think I can do much more than that as I’m limited with space. I’ll keep your advice in mind. Thank you for linking up to the last Thriving on Thursdays linky party (even though it was December 17, can you believe it?). It’s starting up again tomorrow for 2016 and I’d love to hear all about what you’ve been up to. I’m featuring this post at tomorrow’s party.
Anne @ Domesblissity xx