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Amy’s Bad Advice # 10

It’s worth what you paid for it.

This weeks long overdue bad advice involves dum dum DUM…

Home renovation…

A little backstory. After spending half a year trying to sell our house to no avail, we decided to renovate and stay forever. 4 months have passed.

And this is what I learned~

Don’t pick the cheapest stuff you can find that looks okay. Pick the nicest stuff you can afford that suits your life. For us. It was vinyl flooring. Waterproof, waterproof, and did I say waterproof.

Next, don’t skimp on the full install. Unless you are both handy and full of extra time, you will regret not letting the pros do their thing.

We thought we could do our own backsplash in the kitchen, so when this was left behind? We weren’t happy. Gorgeous holes for the quartz counters…

1200 bucks extra to repair and install the backsplash tile and the kitchen looks like this

I don’t know that we could have DIY’d this one.? note, I’m very happy.😀

Next, We thought that our old molding would be fine for the new flooring. It wasn’t. There was a huge gap between the trim and floor that we were told we could fill with quarter round. (Look it up. It’s quite hideous)

An extra 300$ for new 5’1/4 inch trim was worth it. Meets the floor and covers the old trim line.

Lastly, and most importantly. Please consider that all home renovations will most likely take more time and cost more money than you could have possibly considered. I’m not advising you to avoid it. But just do your research well first, ask questions. Say ” what would you recommend?” And try to trust that they aren’t taking you. I feel that these projects would have gone so much more smoothly.

But it’s okay. At the end of the day we have a beautiful new old house. Now I can get back to normal.

No excuses now…

Cheers, Amy

15 thoughts on “Amy’s Bad Advice # 10”

  1. “Don’t pick the cheapest stuff you can find that looks okay.”

    I learned from experience lol! I feel your pain!

    That kitchen though!! 🙌🏻👍🏻🙌🏻👍🏻🙌🏻👍🏻

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  2. When we moved into our brand new house over 25 years ago (we were the first owners) we had the luxury of choosing whatever we wanted (kitchen, bathroom, flooring etc) and made the right decision regarding everything apart from the kitchen flooring. We chose WHITE laminate with blue diamonds. White is THE worst colour for a surface that gets that many feet on it. We’ve never decorated or updated and I regret that now that I want to sell it, but it is what it is.

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    1. Oh no. Hindsight right? Our old floor showed every single footprint,every scuff, drip whatever and I hated it. I’d mop and one person walking in was like forensic wet dream 😠. But now the floor looks like driftwood. It’s vinyl but so pretty. I’ve never had anything half as nice. It’s pretty exciting. And hides everything!


    1. Yes my kitchen is rather shapely. Gotta love an open floor plan. Very helpful for mom eyes. I much prefer your diy. Thanks for that and yes. Hell hounds has returned to his lump on the couch. All is well in the land of Amy. For now.


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