Whenever I renovate a room, I always have a little debate in my head. Should I go with what is trendy, which seems really beautiful now but could become outdated fast, or do I go with what is more timeless and will be in style for years to come? Right now, for example, I’m trying to figure out what flooring to use in my kitchen project. If there’s hardwood underneath the vinyl, I’ll go with that. Because it fits the house, matches the rest of the rooms, and is timeless and less expensive. But if there’s no hardwood, can I find a material that is new that will fit the old house?

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Before you start any renovations, it’s a good idea to gather ideas and put the good ones in a portfolio. This opens you up to things you never thought of before. It shows you newest trends and helps you sort out what you like and what you don’t like. 

Before you begin, you might want to check out my blog on trends vs. timeless so that you know what your priorities are. 

Parade of Homes

Every year my town hosts a Parade of Homes and I know a lot of other towns do this as well. Builders feature one or two of their newest homes built by local citizens. They show how colors and materials go together, and are usually decluttered and staged. This is a great place to start. You can see how tiles, flooring, and paint colors work together in real life, instead of in pictures or on samples that are tiny and hard to picture in large quantities.

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shabby to chic

Before I begin my kitchen renovation project, I’d like to do what I do: bring meaning into my work. I think everyone wants to do something meaningful in their lives. So, what meaning does a kitchen remodel project have for me and for others who might want to renovate their rooms?

The Redemptive Process

For me, I’ve always enjoyed the redemptive process. I love taking something old, broken, and shabby, and turning it into something new. Something it was intended to be. There have been many times when I’ve found an old piece of furniture at a rummage sale and had a vision of what it could be. One time I found an old dresser with these gold, gaudy handles. I sanded the dresser, painted it an off-black, and put new handles on it. I weathered it a bit and it looked good as new. I later painted the same dresser a muted shade of red to go with my new color scheme and it shined once again. Another time I found an old coffee table. I added slates to the bottom creating a shelf, painted the shelf and legs green and refinished the wood top with a creamy pine finish. It looked beautiful. Before, these pieces were discarded as old, odd, and disposable. But I gave them new life.

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