Post # 1
with the wedding over, we are shifting focus to our home. we moved in at the end of May but haven’t really had any time to do much other than some painting. it is a bit outdated so we’d like to do some cosmetic changes until we can build our savings back up to do some more major contractor stuff – redo the main bathrooms etc.
we are thinking about sanding/staining our hardwood (which is in kinda rough shape anyways) and redoing all the kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
we aren’t handy. is this a huuuuuge undertaking? we will probably start with the cabinets in the small bathroom to see how it goes and move up in project complexity.
Has anyone done this type of stuff with little to no knowledge? any great resources? any recommendations? can we handle it?
Post # 3
You can find information online to do any home renos. Many home centers also have free classes on the weekends.
Post # 4
@mu_t: My husband and I redid our kitchen with IKEA cabinets, then hired contractors to finish parts like plumbing and wiring. Here’s a link to the post I made about it http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-cabinets-from-ikea#axzz2uLx32Ew3
Post # 5
@julies1949: i’ve been doing lots of online research and it SEEMS easy to me based on what i’ve read. but i’m worried about it because i tend to be overly optimistic and maybe there’s something i’m not seeing, ya know? i’ve looked into those home depot workshops… they might be a good idea!
@housebee: looks great! i will read your thread before i ask any other questions… thanks!
Post # 6
You can learn anything up there. Lol
In my experience of DIY renovations, the best advice I can give is to collect all your materials you will need first so you’re not constantly running back to the home improvement store…and don’t try to take short cuts.
Post # 7
We plan to do a lot of stuff in our home. We are in a slow process with our bathroom. Last year we put in new floors and vanity and this year we will be replacing the tub ourselves (its a surprise repair). We plan on tackling the kitchen as well. We will be doing the cabinets ourselves but the getting the counter done by pros.
As far as the floors go. Our house is 70 years old with original natural oak flooring. We hired floor people to come in and do the floors. Its a huge undertaking. My mother did it with my grandfather in her first house after my parents split. When we moved again she called people to do it.
Post # 8
@MissCountryGirl727: that is good advice because i am the QUEEN of trying to take shortcuts… like… stapling stuff when i don’t feel like sewing haha.
@MASPA: i’ve been researching all day and i think i might call in pros for the floor refinishing… i dunno if doing it ourselves will really save that much money and might not be worth the hassle. i am so envious of all the work you’re doing – and impressed! i don’t think the husband trusts us to do big jobs but will let me tackle some small things like the cabinets. all of my research makes me feel overwhelmed already though! thanks for weighing in:)
Post # 9
@mu_t: My hubs is Very handy and I will be the first one to say that its harder than you think. It’s overwhelming, nothing goes according to plan, and it costs twice as much as you think it will. IF you or your husband is handy, give it a shot but just know when its time to call a professional / ask for help. Also, I highly reccomend starting ONE project at a time and not starting another until you finish the first. That little piece of advice is coming from someone who had 4 rooms in her house partially done for about 6 months. 😀
Post # 10
@mu_t: We just hired a guy to refinish our hardwood – it’s a large and messy undertaking. Rather pricey, but worth it. If you take care of hardwood, it lasts and lasts.
We just closed on a 1900 Victorian so we’re facing a boatload of renovations, too.
Post # 11
@mu_t: I do think you’re better off hiring someone for the floors. Save your energy for other things. Don’t be too jealous of me tho. My husband doesnt trust me with much, but I do what I can. At the very least I will try. My mom’s bf is incredibly handy and enjoys it so he has been helping us with each project so far. It is definitely overwhleming because you want to do everything at once. I have a list on my phone of stuff I want to do by room. If you win the lottery you can hire people to do everything while you sit by a pool. =) Good luck!
Post # 12
@FutureMrsA2014: that’s my biggest fear, that something SOUNDS super easy but once i get into it, it’ll be a b. i should definitely start with our tiny bathroom cabinet first and see how that goes 🙂 thanks!
@annifer: do you mind if i ask what the cost was for refinishing? i would LOVE a victorian home. ours is, unfortunately, outdated of the 1990’s variety :/
@MASPA: that’s the dream. slash if i win the lottery, we can just move 😉
Post # 13
It will be a huge project. Everything with house projects takes at least twice as long as you thought it would. Especially if you have never done it before, just be prepared for it to take a long time and be exhausting. We bought a foreclosure so we did a ton of work in the first month, and then slowly since then. Everything we have done ourselves, with help from knowledgeable friends and family. You will need to buy/rent a belt sander or some other type of power sanding machine to do cabinetry. Another option is to paint the cabinets, which is what we went with because ours were in pretty rough shape.
Post # 14
@mu_t: We’re completely sanding and refinishing the second floor, where the staining is worst. That’s $2140 for about 1200 sq feet. He’s also buffing, touching up, and putting a coat of finish on the first floor for $700 and pulling carpet off the stairs and finishing the hardwood underneath for $500.
He hasn’t started the work yet, but I’m hoping it won’t be too messy – he has a vacuum system that should reduce the dust. We hadn’t planned on doing this, but when we did our walk-through right before closing, the floors were much more stained than we realized. We’re squeezing in this job and pushing back our movers by a week. I think it’ll be worth it! We got quotes from another vendor and it was in the same ballpark.
Post # 15
@annifer: oh that’s not too bad! the area we have hardwood is only about… 500 sq feet if i had to guess (but i’m terrible at guessing so i could be wrong!) so hopefully hiring a pro wouldn’t be too bad.
@FutureMrsphD: ya i think i am definitely leaning towards getting someone else to do it for us. our floors aren’t THAT bad, just not the colour i like. we will probably go with painting the cabinets… have you heard of rustoleum cabinet transformations? They seem to have a lot of great reviews and for $150 it might be worth a shot. but it does look like a LOT of work!
Post # 16
Check craigslist for the floors – you may be able to find someone inexpensive enough to justify outsourcing.
You have to compare their price to the cost of rentals, supplies, etc.
And of course, someone with experience will be much faster than someone without. The living room at my MIL’s house was a few hours of work + a day or two of drying time. So factor the cost of your time in there.
I will be painting the cabinets in my mom’s house later this year. There are TONS of tutorials out there. I’ve never done it before, but I think it will be just fine.
Bonus: we own a large air compressor (we are very handy) so we’ll get a spray attachement and it will hopefully save us tons of time painting all the doors! You can rent those things from any home improvement store if you want to consider it. 🙂