It’s been 4 1/2 years since I created my blog – One Good Thing By Jillee – while sitting in the old green leather chair in our living room. I had a full-time job at the time, so I spent many, many late nights (and early mornings) working on my new found passion. (You can read more about this journey in my book One Good Life.)
Fast forward to 4+ years later, and the addition of 3 full-time employees (besides me,) and I began to realize it was time for OGT to look for new “digs.” The green leather chair was getting a bit cramped. ;-)
Initially I looked for traditional office space, but I soon realized none of it felt like “home,” and I really wanted that feel for the OGT studio. So I focused my search on small homes and soon after we found the perfect place right on Main Street in our small town.
The house was built in 1939 and while it was definitely in need of some TLC, it had that feel I was looking for and lots of potential. As a matter of fact, the longer we are in it (we moved in at the beginning of October,) the more we fall in love with our “new” studio. So much so that we decided to invest some of that love into the badly outdated kitchen.
As you can see from the pictures, its been a long while since anyone has given any loving attention to this “heart of the home.” While my girls and I like to think we are decent DIY’ers, we also know our limits and this kitchen was a bit beyond those. Thankfully that’s where Lowe’s Home Improvement stepped in!
OGT has teamed up with Lowe’s to give the OGT Studio kitchen a whole new look! We’re calling it our Small Kitchen Makeover On A Budget and we’re excited to share the project with you as we make progress along the way.
If you’ve never done something like this before (like me!) we hope to show you how easy the process is and that you don’t have to have a huge makeover budget to do make a beautiful difference in YOUR home.
We started the process by visiting with one of the kitchen design specialists at our local Lowe’s store. Helen showed us all our options, but more importantly, helped us quickly narrow them down to what we liked, and what worked with our budget.
We looked at cabinets, countertops, sinks, faucets, hardware, and appliances and quickly whittled down our “wish list” into a more realistic “working list.” While this may sound like a discouraging process…it wasn’t. It was very educational and we never felt pressured to choose something that wasn’t in the budget. Everyone we worked with at Lowe’s was encouraging and extremely helpful.
The next step was Helen coming to our place, along with a contractor, to see the space up-close and personal, get measurements, and help us make our final decisions on what would go where.
Now we are in the most difficult phase…..waiting….something I’m not very good at. :-) But while our order is being put together, the girls (including my amazing friend and DIY mentor, Natali) and I have been busy painting, redoing the bathroom, installing our flea market find wood stove (that Britta restored and Erik helped install,) and generally spiffing the rest of the place.
It has been a lot of work but that pales in comparison to the enjoyment we are getting out of the whole project. Not to mention I now have a LOT more breathing room at home. Just in time for the holidays! :-)
If you would like to follow along with the progress of our OGT Small Kitchen Makeover On A Budget, be sure to sign up for our email updates at the top of this page so you don’t miss a step along the way!
With the generous help of the good people of Lowe’s Home Improvement we hope to educate, inspire, and delight you with our kitchen transformation!