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I think it’s great when people who do DIY kitchen remodel projects share with the rest of us what went right, what went wrong, and what could of and should of been done differently.
Kelly shares her kitchen remodeling experience on her blog View Along the Way, specifically in a post titled “How to completely mess up your kitchen remodel: a step-by-step tutorial“.
She summarized her outcomes as “It is not offensive. It is very, very functional. But it’s just nothing like what I set out to create”.
You can read her post for the blow by blow, but I wish to summarize her lessons learned, as what she learned applies to all remodel projects (kitchen, bathroom, anything) whether you do some or all of it yourself, or contract out the entire process to professionals.
Kelly wanted white cabinets, dark floors, and Carrera marble. However she allowed herself to be swayed by a professional designer who insisted white cabinets to be too start and cream would be better. As the designer was a professional, Kelly thought maybe she knew better.
The purpose of a professional designer is to help you solidify on a look, and feel, colors, patterns, materials, etc, etc, when you’re having trouble narrowing choices on your own. If you’re not having trouble, if you know what you want, go with it.
Colors Look Different in Different Light
How a specific color looks in a show room and how that exact same color will look in your kitchen is different because the quality of the lighting and the stuff with which the color will contrast are all different.
To really know if a specific color will work in your home, get some and put it on your wall. Live with it for a few days while you decide. If it’s not right, try again.
One mistake does not justify another
To compensate for the cream cabinets that Kelly didn’t love she got “safe” countertop material that she also didn’t love. Again, if you know what you want, get it.
If something is not right, speak up
The contractor who drilled the holes in the quartz countertop material put them too close together. Kelly saw him about to mess up and didn’t speak up. If you question or dislike something your contractor (or one of your contractors) is doing, speak up right away. It’s always easier to fix issues the earlier they’re found.
By all means use the services of professionals, but never lose site of the fact that they are designing and building YOUR kitchen. If you want something that is not popular, but you know you want it, there is no reason for anyone to talk you out of it (unless of course it’s mechanically impractical). And if see something you don’t like or don’t understand, speak up right away. After all, it’s your house. They’ll leave when the job is done, while you’ll live with it for years to come.
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