How to Update – What to Use – How Much to Spend – Second Look

Again, the hubs and I aren’t new to the home reno game. This is our third time doing it. We’ve learned lessons along the way.

  • Lesson I learned from real estate appraisal school (and appraisers I used to work with): never over-improve for your neighborhood. You NEVER get your money back. (If you have questions on how much to spend on an update, contact your realtor for advice – if you are still friendly with him/her. You could always shoot me a message, too!)
  • Don’t go radical with paint colors. Learned through any HGTV show ever.
  • Don’t apply a different style to your home. If your home is a California Rancher, don’t make colonial updates. Learned through my own tastes.
  • “Professional” only means that someone is paid to do something for a living; it does not mean that whoever did the work is the best at it, or even very good at it. Learned through re-doing shoddy home repairs.
  • Updates will ALWAYS exceed your reno budget. Learned through experience.

Many years of marriage has taught us about each other’s tastes. I lean towards modern design. The hubs is alright with that as long as it is not too edgy.

You’ve seen the pictures from the previous post. We had no refrigerator. The oven was quite old. So, after driving to a couple of places, we decided on Lowe’s for a new fridge and stove. We would go with white. We liked the cost, and cringed over the long delivery time.

  1. Appliances decision made – white, and from Lowe’s. (But delivery would take three weeks!)

Coming up with a plan takes some time. After we put in an offer for this house, my husband and I already began talking about update ideas. For a while now, I’ve been intrigued by marmoleum. Linoleum and vinyl tile, too. My interest began while we were updating a home in Southern California. We pulled up a stinky, stained carpet to find linoleum tiles in awesome beige, brown, and white colors. After pulling those up, we covered the slab with engineered hardwood. Still, the hubs and I marveled over how much the tiles did not bother us. A few rentals between then and this place cemented a desire to have linoleum, marmoleum, or vinyl tiles in our home. After showing the hubs Pinterest pictures of marmoleum tiles, he was on-board. At Home Depot, we quickly jumped jumped on a color. It simply made us happy. We placed an order (it was not a stock shade), and waited for it to be delivered to our home.

  1. Flooring decision made – Armstrong vinyl tile in Little Green Apple:

Vinyl Tile in Little Green Apple

Cabinets were the next major decision, and the priciest of decisions. First, we had to decide on a color. Given the size of the kitchen and a lean towards a brighter floor, we decided on white for the cabinets. We went to Lowe’s. We went to Home Depot. We then went to Ikea. Prices were compared. Delivery timelines were computed. We then discovered Ikea’s kitchen planner tool. After that, we discovered Ikea’s kitchen planning consultation services. We were sold.

  1. Cabinets decision made – white, and from Ikea

Now, we knew that our timeline would be a bit hinky. Ideally, we’d receive our appliances ASAP, as I was cooking on a cheap, solitary, and unreliable burner purchased at Walmart:

See? I wasn’t lying.

So, our hopes were that we’d receive our appliances first, flooring second, and the cabinets third. The wait was long and miserable, but we got our flooring the same day that we received our cabinets. The appliances came a few days later.

Thankfully, it worked out, though, as the hubs was able to get rid of the old cabinets and then install the new subflooring and the vinyl tile before we received our appliances.

Vinyl tile installation. Sigh. Lessons were learned.

The flooring install post will come after this one. Stay tuned!!


Cindy Rios-Myers

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  • Reply Jennifer June 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Can’t wait to see your new kitchen!

    • Reply Cyndia Rios-Myers June 12, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks!! It’s been fun!

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