I am so excited to finally be able to do this post. Over these last few months my husband and I have been gutting and building a brand new kitchen. Honestly looking back now I don’t know what we were thinking. Going without a kitchen for a few months with five kids is hard. Doing the remodel ourselves while taking care of five kids, two of which are toddlers, is insane!
Post Renovation picture to show that somehow we all lived through it :)
This all started because of my bad back. While having to lay down more than I have ever wanted to, trying to recover from back surgery and also being pregnant with my fifth, I watched a lot of the show “Fixer Upper”. I don’t know if you guys have watched this show, but it is basically my favorite show ever! After watching every single episode, I pretty much thought I was Joanna Gaines and capable of any home renovation. :) I know….completely crazy! So I started trying to figure out how I could remodel my kitchen and do it on a very limited budget.
So after scouring the classifieds trying to find anything I could use for my kitchen I came across these….
A local cabinet shop was selling these cabinet doors for five dollars a door! Apparently they were the wrong shade of white for their customer….well they were perfect for me! So I bought them all and designed a whole kitchen around them :) After several months of planning and acquiring some amazing deals for tools, appliances, etc., through our local classifieds we were ready for demo!
We gave away or sold everything in our kitchen :)
Let me warn you here. If you have never done a major kitchen renovation before, like we hadn’t, you will go through a huge spectrum of emotions during this time. At first, during the demo process I was euphoric. I was so excited to officially be starting on my new kitchen. Shortly after demo was over, the overwhelming feeling of panic set in. Question’s like: “What in the world have I done?” “I don’t know how to build a kitchen!” and “ It’s the end of the school year which means an over abundance of assemblies, programs, concerts, and homework. My three oldest kids are on four different sports teams, one of which I am helping coach, and my youngest two need constant supervision so they don’t kill each other and I just willingly destroyed my kitchen!?!?!?” all start setting in.
Then after starting the work of rebuilding, depression sets in. You realize it’s nothing like they portray it on tv. You don’t have a behind the scenes crew helping you. In fact, the munchkin crew you do have with you 24 hours a day seem to thwart all progress you try to make. It is more work than you ever imagined.
So what do you do? It’s like all hard things in life. You resist the urge to curl up in the fetal position and instead get to work. You beg your bother-in-law who has experience in making cabinets from scratch to come help you for a few days to get you started making yours.
You watch a ton of YouTube videos to learn the tricks of the trade. You work through the night while your kids are sleeping so you can actually get something done. Then something magical happens. As the days and weeks go by you start seeing progress and feeling more confident in your abilities. You start having hope that you can do it.
Then comes the best stage of all….Finishing! Looking over the results and realizing that you did that, is an amazing feeling. And finally getting some sleep….that’s an amazing feeling too ;)
After (Janae here for a second… they even made their own table!!!)
(Don’t look too close at the ceilings….. I still need to texture and paint ;) So not completely finished yet)
If you’re like me and love home renovations…. here is a video going into a little more detail on how we stuck to a very limited budget.
There ya have it!!! Thanks for having me today! Now I just need to convince my husband to keep doing a bunch of remodels with me:)
Ever done any renovations? Tell me about it!!
Question from Janae… Who thinks my sister should start doing this professionally and probably have her own show on HGTV too?
HGTV lovers—> What is your favorite show on this channel?
What is your goal this week for your running?
-To rock my 1/2 marathon this weekend wahoo! (Janae)