This Kitchen. This beautiful, wonderful, stupid kitchen. :)
When we closed on our first home one year ago, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Wait, let me re-phrase that: When we closed on our first home one year ago - and decided to renovate it ourselves - we had absolutely no freaking idea what we were getting ourselves into.
Here’s how it went down-
-We closed on our condo mid March.
-We hired On All Floors to rip out the carpet and install new flooring, as well as re-finish the existing floors.
-We ripped out half of our kitchen cabinets, and removed doors, drawers, and hardware.
-We took on the daunting task of painting our 14 ft tall walls (thank the Lord half of them are brick).
-We de-glossed, primed, and put on the first coat of our black kitchen cabinet paint.
-We moved in mid April. Nothing finished (except for those beautiful floors). Everything chaotic.
What then followed, was 9 months of late night, unorganized, anxiety filled LIFE. And if you didn’t already know, we have two toddlers, so throw that into the equation, and you end up with a very stressed Eric and Sabriah Floberg.
They say that DIY renovation is not for the faint of heart, and boy oh boy, ain’t it the truth! Now that we are on the other side of it though, we are so insanely proud. I honestly don’t think that I would recommend this experience to others, but at the same time, I wouldn’t change a thing about what we did… well, mostly (ha!). There is something so rewarding about looking at our kitchen and knowing we did this ourselves. But it was truly SO difficult. It affected our marriage and parenting in a very real way, and as I said earlier, we didn’t know that a DIY renovation could and WOULD do that to us.
I remember after New Years - we had just finished installing the shelves, the pendant, and cleaned up all of our tools - I felt this peace in our home that I had never felt since living there. It was finally finished. We were no longer worrying about our boys getting their hands on the hammer or drill. We were finally, finally, finally enjoying our home. I will never forget the lightness that I felt that morning as I watched the boys play in the living room while making our morning coffee. Pure bliss.
Now, full transparency here: we are starting to plan for our bathroom renovations, and WE ARE HIRING CONTRACTORS! I feel like we have put enough of our own blood, sweat, and tears (and I mean that in a very literal sense) into our home, and we are ready for a little break. ;)
I hope you enjoy looking through one of my very favorite (and least favorite ;)) projects ever.