How to Save Money on Home Remodel Projects

Owning a home is expensive, especially when you want to start doing remodel projects. It’s really fun to dream of all the things you want to do to your space, but sometimes the price tag puts the project on hold. Luckly, there are ways to save lots of money on projects. Here are a few of my secrets for getting great deals on your remodel projects:

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Bathroom Remodel: Building a Vanity

Over the last few weeks, I have been making progress on my bathroom remodel. The biggest part of the remodel is building the custom vanity, and then designing the bathroom around that. I always like to start a project and then make selections on colors/accessories once I can begin to see things together in person.

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Installing a Staircase Carpet Runner

One of the parts of my house that needed a little face lift is my basement stairwell. When I bought my house, it had been painted with a flat white paint that was already scuffed and just looked too bland. I had an extra gallon of soft yellow paint laying around, so I painted the walls yellow, and did a little gray accent wall and cabinet.

After remodeling my basement and my kitchen, the yellow stairwell connecting the two felt a little out of place, especially with the mint green kitchen! I always check the discounted paint at my local home improvement store, and stumbled across a gallon of soft gray for only $5 and figured now was the time to change out the yellow.

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Spray Varnishing Kitchen Cupboards

The final step for my kitchen remodel was to give all of the cupboards a sprayed coat of varnish. Because the cupboard doors and drawers have to be sprayed outside (due to the mess and fumes), we had to wait until the summer months to do this part! This time, we were not only doing the cupboards that were refinished before, but giving all of the cupboards in the kitchen a fresh new coat.

The benefits of using a spray gun to varnish is that it gives a beautiful, even coat of finish. It also can make the project go so much faster than if you were to use a brush to put it on. The risk with spray varnishing (and with any varnishing), is that things like humidity, dust, or anything on the wood surface can cause a mess!

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Kitchen Remodel: Favorite Details

Looking back on my kitchen remodel, there are some pieces of the project that surprised me with how well they turned out. We did majority of the work ourselves, and with little experience in some of the projects, it’s always a little scary whether they will turn out or not!

In fact, the only part of the kitchen that I am not totally happy with is the seam in the counter top (shout out to Home Depot installers). They didn’t fully fill in the seam crack and im STILL fighting with them to fix it.

Other than that, here are some of my favorite details of the project!

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Kitchen Remodel Reveal: Before & Afters

One of the biggest and longest projects I’ve done in my house has been my kitchen remodel. I touched almost every part of the kitchen– from the walls, to the cupboards, counters, and the floor.

The goal of the project was to embrace the midcentury style of the kitchen, but refresh it in a modern way. I wanted to keep the original birch cupboards as-is and design the room around them. I also wanted to brighten up the space to give it a more open and airy look. Finally, I wanted to add my own personal touch on it, to make it feel like it fits my home, and isn’t just a copy paste from something on pinterest.

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My kitchen when I first bought my house!

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