One of the biggest benefits that drew me to purchasing my countertops at the Home Depot was that they professionally measure the space for you. At some of the other retailers, you have to measure yourself and they send you a plastic template that you lay out to confirm. Although you can confirm with the template, there is still a lot of liability if it doesn’t fit right!
Last weekend I was excited to finally order my quartz countertops for my kitchen remodel project. I have been waiting for a good sale and for the free time to be able to tackle the project. Since I had the countertops already picked out and planned, it was a pretty easy process. I thought I’d share how the process went and my advice if you are planning to purchase counters in the future.
One of the first parts of my kitchen remodel was to update my screen porch into a more usable mudroom to keep the clutter of shoes and jackets out of my kitchen. When I first bought my house, I added new carpet and a hand me down loveseat to make it a sitting area, but it became a catchall and didn’t serve a lot of purpose. The carpet often got dirty, and I didn’t want to keep nicer shoes and jackets on the porch since the screen door didn’t lock.
The goals for the remodel were to refresh the room to a more usable space. My plans included ripping up the carpet and replacing with tile, adding built in storage, lighting, and a door with a lock so the porch could serve as more of a true mudroom.
One of the ‘before’ photos of my livingroom remodel project popped up in my memories on facebook recently and it was really fun to remember starting my crazy remodel project. I tend to always think about what project I want to do next, and get discouraged that I can’t afford everything I want at this very moment. Its easy to forget about how much work I have put into my home, and the fact that I sacrificed a lot to invest in it and pay off my mortgage. Even if its still a work in progress, it’s still something I am really proud of.
I don’t think I’ve ever shared where my home started when I bought it, so here’s a little trip down memory lane:
One of my latest house projects was refinishing the vanity in my bathroom. When I first moved into my house, I gave it a light sanding and another coat of varnish to freshen it up, but I’ve never completely loved it. There were a lot of layers of stain and varnish on the wood, and it was starting to peel off around the handles.
I’ve made a lot of progress the past few weeks on my kitchen remodel plan. I’ve gotten estimates from a few contractors and made a decision on where I will purchase my counters and who will install them. What was most important to me was to find someone who would let me do the parts of the work that I can (removing the old counters, installing the new sink), which freed up money to spend on materials. Some people were not willing to work that way, but there’s no way I’m paying someone $200 to put a sink in!