DIY Dreams vs. Renovation Realities (Or, why we didn't redo our kitchen ourselves.)Meagan Francis
We finally have a kitchen!
Well, we have most of it. The electric and plumbing are in place and up to code, most of the sparkly new appliances and lower cabinets are in, and there’s a sink with a functional garbage disposal once again.
On the other hand, we’re walking on subfloor, the microwave is still in my office, the upper cabinets aren’t yet hung, half of the cabinets are missing doors, and none of the cabinets or drawers are sporting hardware yet..but we’ve definitely made some progress.
But is it fair to say “we” have made progress? After all, when we first bought this house I imagined that we would be doing a lot of the fixing up all by ourselves. And yes, we (with heavy help from friends and family) have ripped up floors, painted rooms and stained fences, so I figured there was nothing we couldn’t do with enough time, patience, and know-how.
But despite our DIY dreams, we wound up contracting out almost our entire kitchen remodel.