I grew up in a very traditional family in which the men, working in the basement with tools, would stop what they were doing if we girls came to fetch canned foods from the larder. It was secret stuff. We weren't supposed to know about it.
As I've lost 40 pounds since summer and gotten verification my health is most excellent, I've been honing new muscles working a house flip with my own gumption and strength.
First, I replaced a toilet tank float apparatus. Then, moved on to replacing a broken garbage disposal. So long as you can read instructions or watch a YouTube video, these are not as daunting as they sound. The hardest part of the disposal replacement was propping up the heavy disposal while locking into place and placing the ring clip.
First, I prefer to do things myself unless they are something of an electrical nature or heavy construction, so I focused on what I can do - demo.
I removed the upper cabinets in this 1979 original kitchen. I propped a seat underneath so once I unscrewed it, it stayed up until I was ready to cart it off. Removing the doors first helped. I do not want to waste a single thing, so the cabinets are being affixed to the garage for a workshop area with a built-in dresser with marble top added beneath them and another set of cabinets for laundry soap near the washer and dryer. A simple towel bar hung under the cabinets allows for hanging up clothes once washed.
The house is wheelchair accessible with ramps and all, so the uppers were not a necessary feature and I will admit, I would NEVER have upper cabinets in any home. The crowded and heavy uppers create a cramped work space and a sense of crowding. This kitchen has two pantries and tons of lowers, so no need for these.
Here's a great video on stripping wood -
Don't underestimate the power of white paint. I went on to paint the wall beside the fireplace white, as well. I had removed the vertical blinds from the bank of windows there and used the slats to weave in and out of the bars on the backyard wall to create a mid century privacy screen.
My greatest rule is to reuse every single thing I can, even if I don't know how I'll use it yet. Just put the pieces in the garage while working on the house and go "shopping" there. Be sure to check nextdoor.com as that hooks you up with the neighbors in your area who are giving away furnishings and construction scaps, landscaping stuff, if you just haul it away for them. Utliize your Goodwill and make old new again. Do any labor you can yourself, except things out of your potential wheelhouse. Find ways to avoid major tear-downs of walls and renovations that need inspection.
Have an inspiration photo.
This one (above) inspired me. I wanted a simple Scandinavian birch, white, and pale aqua vibe that feels icy in this hot Arizona location. It is warm with the birch wood, but cooling with white walls, and the straw tones of basketry. The aqua comes in on a giant wall that runs from the Arizona room, through kitchen to the front living room. Since the rooms are rather separated by the wall is visualized everywhere, I decided to visually "unite" the rooms by painting the wall the bit of soft blue of Velspar "Blue Whisper" in satin.
Spend nights in the house and really feel for what you'd want if you lived there such as ceiling fans or more lighting.
Being neutral in palette doesn't have to mean brown and blah. Consider white walls to brighten and give a blank slate for new owners because it shows so well and no one will cringe at yellow or bright blue walls. Use texture to make neutral colors look interesting and touch-able.
Don't give-in to trends like stainless steel appliances. They stand out so much in the kitchen and no one wants to deal with smear marks. Try to match appliances to the cabinetry as inoffensive as possible. Granite counters might be trendy, but when it comes down to it, most people hate the busy patterns and "dirty" look. Pendant lights in a kitchen have a big bang for their buck.
Over the peninsula in this house, I am putting up these pendants utilizing that brass accent throughout the house -