Monday, February 23, 2015

My Remodel Headache

So the hubby and I decided to a mini remodel on our home.  I'm not an overly picky person, so I don't require anything extensive or over-the-top.......just something that makes our house (that we bought almost 5 years ago) feel more like a home, and add storage/work space (especially in the kitchen).  We're starting out with a small budget which is fine, that just means we've got to pick and choose our projects wisely.  Instead of replacing the cabinets, we're going to refinish them......again.  You see, when we bought our home, it was a foreclosed, bank-owned home, and the previous owners left it in quite a mess.  Pipes had been cut, there were holes in the walls, horrible 80's style track lighting, and obnoxious paint jobs in the bedrooms.  Since I was pregnant with our son when we were getting it ready to live in, I'll admit, we cut corners.  We had replaced the horrible laminate tiles on the kitchen floor, with more horrible laminate tiles.  Since our home has an open concept, I would like for our hardwood floors (which are pretty much generic, gunstock oak planks) to flow into the kitchen.  The problem I'm having is finding said flooring for under $6 a square foot.  Then there's the main bathroom........the walls were covered in wallpaper originally......horrible green wallpaper.  We removed that, what was left was three very different types (and colors) of tiles.  The shower tiles seem newer, as does the flooring, and while they don't really "match", I think we can get them to work.  The walls are a different story.  Pink porcelain tiles.  Since we plan on doing all of the work ourselves, this bathroom has given me a headache out of this world!  Do we paint it (and still not have it match the other tile), or remove it and attempt to put up new drywall?  I thought remodeling headaches were supposed to happen after you've started the work.....not before you even spend a dime!  Since our budget is small, and we plan on doing our kitchen, bathroom, and living room closet.........I think I'm going to have to get really resourceful.  Wish me luck, and if anyone has a tip to share, or a pin they have found, I would not object to hearing all about them!

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