It’s hard to believe we leave on THURSDAY for Baltimore to tackle this year’s Lowe’s Spring Makeover. We’ve been working double time behind the scenes to make sure everything has been ordered, delivered and designed for the kitchen we’ll be making over. There are still a few things we’ll have to figure out on location, but we have the most capable crew (our dream team!) helping us this year and it’s helping ease a lot of nerves and has us more excited than ever.
We’ll fly in Thursday and fly home Monday, so this will be the quickest kitchen makeover we’ve ever done (our 4th in nearly 4 years!) and although it won’t be a full blown renovation, I think we’ll be able to fool ya into thinking it was.
Chris is finalizing his minute-by-minute renovation timeline (as he does), but a few exciting things we have in the works include: new flooring, an island with the addition of a dishwasher (their first!), exposing a brick wall!, taking out that bright green soffit and raising the upper cabinets, new appliances, and some seriously cool DIY shelving, among a few other surprises we have up our sleeves. We’re also doing the whole thing on a relatable, very affordable budget.
Here’s a sneak peek at where we’re headed:
Because we’ve never seen this kitchen in person, only through photos and a couple Skype calls, a lot of things, like the cabinet color, are subject to change. Sometimes you just gotta get there and make quick decisions. Fortunately, we have the best minds on this project helping us on site. We trust Kim and Scott and Daniel so much (we’re also bringing along Chris’s equally handy brother, Brandon) and we know whatever we run into, we’ll be able to figure it out.
We’ve been gathering inspiration for the past few months right here, if you’d like to see. This kitchen (via) has been especially inspiring for this more historic, traditional space we’re working with.
We’ll be sharing a lot of live updates on Instagram while in Baltimore, so I hope you’ll follow @chrislovesjulia over there to see all of our progress and any problems we run into as it goes down.
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