Being a first time home owner is extremely rewarding, yet there's nothing like the challenges you'll face once that time comes. My husband and I bought our first home last spring, just a few weeks before we had our first child. It was a stressful time, but I was excited to turn our home into a place that represented our personalities, as fast as possible! It took me a while, but what I didn't realize right away was just how much time and energy (and money!) this would take.
My husband and I are both financial accountants. We typically approach financial decisions with a very pragmatic mind. In this situation, we knew the transformation of our home would take time, patience, and most of all, strict budgeting.
how to redo kitchen floors on a budget
|Phase 1 of the renovation began by turning our |
living area into an open-concept space by removing
a load bearing wall so the living and dining spaces
flowed together. This phase also included remodeling our
outdated and dingy kitchen. It was so exciting to see
our home transform before our eyes! I mean, our kitchen is beautiful! I have since been itching to make more moves on the rest of the house, but I must do as accountants do and budget accordingly!
Which brings us to Phase 2: new flooring. It seriously can't happen fast enough. We've been living with a renovated kitchen and unfinished flooring for the last 4 months, and as much as I clean and sweep and tidy up, it feels like nothing can get clean enough! I realized the depressing state of our floors was weighing heavily on me, and I had to do something in the interim. The sub-floor had to go!
|My solution? Paint! |
I decided to paint our floors a glossy white. I rummaged
through my stash of paints, grabbed a brush and some
painters tape and went to town.
Sometimes patience isn't enough to get you from point A to B,
and in my case, from Phase 1 to Phase 2. Painting our sub-floor
white brightened up our dining space and punctuated the new
design elements in our home. Although our home is far from
done, I feel the newly painted white flooring actually
creates a space that feels finished.