The end of our reno is near my friends!! We are getting closer to having a fully functioning kitchen and you know I CAN’T WAIT. Especially since we will be hosting Thanksgiving this year so the clock is ticking. Being able to cook in a kitchen, wash dishes in a sink (instead of our bathroom), and see my kids sitting around our new island is going to be so, so sweet. If you follow along on Instagram stories, you’ve seen our progress over the past few months. I thought it would be fun to share a mini update for you as we work on closing out the project and will do a final update very soon!!
To recap, our kitchen was out of date. We had done minor updates since we moved into the house like painting the cabinets, changing the knobs out, etc., but it was in a need of some professional TLC. Our floors didn’t match the rest of the house, the cabinet paint was chipping and the space didn’t really function as well as it could for our growing kids. As we got started opening things up we were presented with a few unexpected but really impactful options that I am so glad we invested in. First was vaulting our ceilings in the living room area off the kitchen. WOW, when that was done the space felt SO much bigger and welcoming which is important as we tend to use that entryway into our home more often than the front door. We also decided to have a open up the space for the window overlooking the backyard so I can happily watch Brian and Grace play outside while I get dinner read, it’s so big now (and so is my happy heart). My favorite addition was the island. This was something we originally didn’t plan on having as I thought our space was too narrow but thanks to our hardworking team of designers, friends of ours from Rali Design, and contractors, we are getting it done and it’s going to be one of our most used spots in the house. We have been dreaming of doing this since we moved in and have saved and saved to make it what we want.
That said, I knew when it came to purchasing some of the finishing touches for our kitchen that I wanted to get great quality materials for a good price. If you have ever lived through a renovation, you know that costs add up quickly! While you start out with one scope and budget, as you get going one project leads to another, custom options become pricey and at the end of the day unexpected costs can sneak up on you. A great option to keep you from breaking the bank but still purchasing items you want, is to search and buy on eBay.
When shopping at eBay you have SO MANY items to choose from including things like “farm sink” or “pendant lighting” and use the filters to narrow down your search to find exactly what you are looking for.
If you are new to shopping on eBay, here’s a simple breakdown of why you should look there for your next purchase and how to get started. They’ve setup their site to enable other internet users to sell their products to consumers. This means that there is an unlimited number of products to choose from (did you know you can even buy real estate on there?!).
You have two options when buying as a registered eBay buyer. First (and I think the easiest way) is the Buy It now listings. You can purchase those items immediately at a fixed-price. You can tell if an item has this option if it has the blue “Buy It Now” button which if you select indicates you agree to pay the seller’s asking price and it will take you directly to the checkout page.
The other option is setup as an auction which lets you bid on an item and try to win it at a lower price. As always when buying online you should do a little research to make sure you getting what you pay for. It’s easy to quickly scan seller information including feedback from people who have purchased from that seller before, shipping and handling costs and product reviews. You can also checkout current eBay deals to see if you can find what you need for a really great price.
Stay tuned for more updates on this renovation and a final reveal coming soon!
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