Learn how this couple made some sacrifices by downsizing their growing family’s home to pay off debt and tackling a DIY home renovation!
Guess what guys? I’m starting a brand new series that I know you will love! Once a month (or maybe more – who knows where this will go) I’m going to be interviewing others about their renovations! Let me give you a little back story here…long, long ago (ok….JK I’m not THAT old) when I was in college and getting ready to embark on a new career (and had no idea what I wanted to do), I received some great advice from a mentor. He said “do informational interviews with as many people as possible”…and so that is what I did.
I interviewed anyone that was willing. I interviewed people that worked in my perspective industry. I interviewed people that worked in industries that I was thinking about getting into. I interviewed people at the tiptop of the totem pole and down at the bottom. Safe to say it was great advice because I learned a TON!
So what does that have to do with this new real life renovation series???
Well, as Logan and I look for ways to teach you all about renovating, we realize that we have only one perspective. Yes, we’ve learned a TON while renovating over the past four years (and we love sharing it with you) – but there are so many things we haven’t encountered yet. So many things we haven’t tried. And SO many lessons left to learn.
We hope that you enjoying hearing different sides of the renovation stories as much as we do. In the coming months, we’re going to be talking to people DIY their renovations and people that hired it out. We’re going to hear from people that have big homes and small homes, new homes and old homes. Build vs renovate. I’m SO excited to share these stories with you!!
Today we’re kicking things off with a bang with one of my good friends, Amanda & Corey from Love and Renovations. I’ve known Amanda for a long while now – we’re in a blogging mastermind together and we have a video chat altogether once a week.
I had the pleasure of finally meeting Amanda in real life a couple of weeks ago when I ventured off to Waco, Texas for our little mastermind retreat. She is SO much fun to be around. I’ve learned so much from this girl since I’ve known her. So glad that you guys finally get to learn something new from Amanda now too!
Her and Corey’s story of their DIY home renovation is fun one – so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this real life renovation interview!
Why did you decide to buy this house?
Wow what a big difference their kitchen renovation made, right??
How long do you plan to live here? Has that always been the plan?
What projects have you tackled so far in this DIY home renovation?
- We transformed the dining nook from an afterthought to a beautiful space that works for entertaining.
- We gave the kitchen a quick facelift to brighten it up and make it a little less dated.
- We added a built-in bed in our son’s bedroom to add storage and functionality to the 10′ x 10′ space.
- We gave our corner fireplace a makeover (which completely transformed the entire living room!)
- We painted our dated, ugly bathtub for a fresh look on a tiny budget.
- We added DIY board & batten in the nursery for a cozy look that made an originally bland room feel special.
What projects do you want to try tackle before you move?
How has your mindset of knowing you only wanted stay here a few years affected the projects you chose?
We all have “this room” in our house right….you’ll be amazed with what it looks like now!
What a gorgeous little nursery, right?
How projects do you usually have going on at one time?
How stressful has this DIY home renovation been?
Did you have a renovation plan? If not, do you think it would have been helpful to have one during this DIY home renovation?
There ya have it! Our first real life renovation interview! Now wasn’t that fun? I hope you loved hearing Corey and Amanda’s story as much as I did.
I think the main takeaway I found from their story was the fact that sometimes sacrificing for a little while in the short term can pay off BIG time and completely change your life. Guys, they were able to pay off of their debt by just downsizing for a year or two and tackling some fun DIY home renovation projects! How freeing that must feel!
The lesson of sacrificing now for payoffs later is definitely something that Logan and I are learning more and more as as we further into this “reno life”.