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Here are a few shots of our decorative details — the fun part:
The cabinets weren’t wide enough. When I started putting boxes of Christmas decorations into the cabinets, I found that the opening wasn’t big enough because of the middle divide board within each cabinet. We took that out.
When planning a project, be realistic. We’ve rarely worked under a deadline, and now I know why. It’s hard. Practically impossible with two kids; two jobs; and our need for sleep, food, and the occasional shower.
Give yourself some breaks. Make sure you carve out family time — a trip to the zoo or movies. Or you might go a little crazy, not that I’m admitting I’m crazy!
I’m so glad we did this makeover. Now, instead of watching TV, we sit on the couch and stare at our new built-ins. The built-in project is something we can enjoy for a long time, and I know (from the responses we’ve received) that it’s a feature buyers will love when it comes time to sell.
My advice to you: If you can get good use out of a project, be frugal while making it happen, and don’t over-invest, do it.
I hope this inspired you. Thanks so much for coming along with us! And good luck with your DIY adventures!
, an interior designer, and her husband Justin Kmetzsch, a landscape architect, are Remodelaholics. They’ve remodeled two houses so far and are working to make their “dated house a comfy home for our family.”