If you follow me on Instagram (which I would love it if you did!), you probably saw that we found out our dishwasher had been leaking ever since we moved in in April, which caused us to bump up or kitchen renovation due to the floors being soaked through with water. Initially we had planned on the kitchen being one of the last rooms we renovated so that I could take my time planning and we could save for it, but God had other plans. With the direction we're heading hopefully before this year is out, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
As I mentioned in yesterday's post on our color palette, I've had to ditch the old design plan and come up with a new one. Some of the improvements we'd wanted to do to this house we are no longer doing and we're pushing to get the floors refinished, walls patched and painted, the kitchen updated, and possibly, fingers crossed, the bathroom if we can find the right deals on materials.
All of this means that instead of doing one room at a time like we'd planned, we're tackling several at once. Granted, I've simplified the color palette and I'm not really looking for furniture or decor for this place any more so that helps, but it's still a big job for a couple of DIY newbies. I'm loving it, though!
None of these pictures are pretty, but I wanted to share them with you guys today because the mess and the ugliness is all a part of the process. It can be frustrating and annoying to live in it day in and day out, but things generally have to get ugly before they can get pretty, and I just wanted to encourage any of you out there who are creating in some way whether it's renovating your house, crafting with your littles, working on a painting, or cooking dinner for your family that you're not the only one with a mess. A lot of times on social media and blogs we see the final result and it's easy to forget the mess that came before the beauty.
Emily Jeffords, one of the talented artists I follow on Instagram, is always encouraging creatives to "#doitfortheprocess" and it's changed the way I think about creating. We all love the final product of creating, but the journey to the final result can be intimidating, confusing, and messy. Even though ALL of my major kitchen appliances except for my microwave are living in my dining room right now, and I've got towels covered in tar hanging off my deck, and I'm scratching my head over youtube videos and articles on how to DIY different projects, I'm making a conscious decision to enjoy the process. The memories and lessons aren't going to be in the final result, they're going to be hidden in the journey and I don't want to miss out on them.
So here's my house before and in all of it's renovating glory right now, and it's only going to get worse before it gets better, but I say bring it on because I cannot wait to see how all this turns out!
Living Room Before & During
Office Before & During (aka: the storage room)
Dining Room Before & During
Laundry Room Before & During
Kitchen Before & During
Bedroom 1 Before & During
Our bedroom is the one place I refuse to store anything or tear apart anything right now so that we have one place to go that isn't a hot mess, and it helps me sleep better at night not being in a bunch of clutter.
Bedroom 2 Before & During
Bathroom Before & During
What are your best renovating tips? I'd love to hear them in the comments below!