Fast forward 1.5 years to when Matt and I finally feel we are ready to make a change. We met with several contractors to get pricing on the floors and decided to ask about adding granite countertops, a backsplash, and finishing the basement. The basement is currently half finished with one bedroom and a full bath. Our thought process was that we may as well get the quotes for all the projects we want completed to understand the full cost and then make an informed decision on what projects we want to tackle.
After reviewing all of the proposals, Matt and I pulled up our big boy/girl pants, chose a contractor and communicated that we wanted to move forward on ALL proposed projects. We knew this would cost a much larger chunk of money than we originally planned and would take a little longer, but in the long run it would make us love our house even more. After signing the contract, we were given 4 weeks to select designs, order products, and finish painting all of the trim on the first floor and basement white....WAIT...WHAT?!? Did you just say paint all of the trim white? Yep, that's what I said! We decided to paint the trim in the house white when we were decorating Amelia's nursery and started with her room. Matt did all of the painting himself to cut down on cost. Since we weren't on any real timeline, the process has been incredibly slow. Until now...we obviously had to speed up our process and get the trim painted more quickly. Matt was painting trim left and right. He didn't really trust me to help out and to be honest, I didn't really mind!
Fast forward 4 weeks, we have picked out tile from the Debris series at FireClay Tile, easily decided on a granite color, agonized over a 4 3/4 inc hand scraped floor in a deep brown shade, ordered & returned a half bath vanity from Home Depot 3 times, argued over a kitchen faucet design and finally decided on paint colors for the half bath and basement! It's been exhausting and I've never felt so uncertain about my decisions, but we made a pact early on to make decisions that fit us and not to constantly think about resale. Not sure it will help in the long run, but it will definitely make the house more "us" and really make it into a home we love.
Without further ado, I'm going to share pictures of the kitchen as it has progressed. We still have more to go, but this is by far the room that has shown the greatest visual improvement!
During - Phase 1
During - Phase 2
During - Phase 3
Stay tuned for more tomorrow when I'll show off where we are on the basement reno!