Thanks for all the love with yesterday’s big reveal of the Baltimore kitchen! Due to popular demand, I’ve added a very candid, behind the scenes video Jules took throughout the renovation to the bottom of this post. You’ll see how each day played out, which is nerve-wrecking to re-watch, how much fun our team had together and the end also shows the reveal to the homeowners.
We’ve talked about it and talked about it, and now that it’s actually done, we’re going to talk about it even more in this week’s podcast episode. We share some behind-the-scenes tidbits, and explain how this “weekend refresh” turned into a full-fledged renovation. We’ll share details on where we saved, where we splurged, and how we got it all done in 3.5 days (including swollen ankles for Julia and a stretch of 40 hours no sleep for Chris). Julia also shares an “Ah-Hah” moment she experienced, concerning how most people, including the homeowners of this makeover, naturally respond to the renovation process.
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Reader Question: Choosing A Color for Cabinets
• Consider the color of items that will be staying
• Complementary colors for things you want to bring out
• Refresh before a remodel to try something new
• When we painted our cabinets, here & here
• Light and Dark is not the same as White and Black
• Paints, Finishes, Durability
Hot Topic: Are You A Renovator or a Bad Neighbor?
• Noise, mess & chaos from renovation
• Which parts of your renovation process spread to your neighbors?
• Gifts & communication
• Noise ordinances
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Julia: The MVP of the Baltimore Kitchen Makeover with Lowe’s was something we refer to as “The Speech Ladder.” (It also makes an appearance in the BTS video) Werner platform ladders come in a variety of sizes, they feel more stable than traditional A-frame ladders and were the most coveted item from all the members of our team. They can be purchased on Amazon.com or at your local Lowe’s.
Be sure to also check out Kim & Scott, of Yellow Brick Home’s, take on the project here.
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