What to do first in my condo redecoration?

I am starting to redecorate my condo. I need some advice on what project to start first. My kitchen needs an updated look so I will paint the cabinets, put in new floor, new counter and hardware. All of the house needs to be painted, and new carpet or hard wood floors. The bathrooms just need to be painted and the hardware on the painted cabinets. Which everything has to go in sections. Which should I start first????
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 15, 2016
    Personally I would start with the rooms that need the least amount of work.
  • Jud706938 Jud706938 on May 15, 2016
    I would do the room that stresses you out the most, then carry that motivation down the list!
  • M M on May 15, 2016
    The kitchen is the heart of the home. Smaller,easier jobs can be done at the end..when you are too pooped to pop
  • Marilyn Zaruba Marilyn Zaruba on May 15, 2016
    Definitely the kitchen followed by the bathrooms. Just jump in and do it. You will be so proud of your accomplishments.
  • Emily Emily on May 15, 2016
    I would not start with individual rooms but rather with the painting. This is the easiest, least expensive, and makes a huge initial improvement.
  • Jane Harriss Naus Jane Harriss Naus on May 15, 2016
    Hi! Wow! You have a big project - but one I am sure you can handle! Do you have before pictures? If not, take a lot of them - you will need them as you work for locating & relocating items. I had a couple of questions for you to consider before you start: Budget - do you have one, if so, add 15%. I have done SEVERAL renos & they almost all come in over budget due to some issue - hiring a plumber, when you didn't think you needed one or relocating a electrical plug - needing additional or new carpet pad, etc. The Plan - this is the MOST IMPORTANT. Plans are made to be changed, but if you have one, you have a guide. With your plan (which may include a floorplan & furniture plan), keep your swatches of paint colors, flooring, fabrics - this will help you decide if the couch looks "wrong" or if you think it will be ok, but you are not sure - get a sample of whatever you are looking at & take it home to see if it works in your space! As for "where" to start - it is subjective, but I suggest you decide what you want to tear up first & what is more important to you. For example, if you are going to live in it while you work on it, what do you need first? The kitchen? The bath? Are you a neat freak? If so, do the dirtiest part first! One more suggestion - I re-did a condo once & we put wood floors over the WHOLE floor (except baths & laundry - which got ceramic tile). It made cleaning easier & brought a small space a cohesive look. We used engineered wood floors. We also used the same light taupe walls throughout & painted ALL the trim white. In addition, we used some less expensive options like bead board for the kitchen backsplash (strips not the panel) & added a few unconventional ideas - like hidden panels in the linen closet under the bottom shelf to hide valuables when we traveled. We also scoured craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, auctions & the classifieds for building materials, the 'right' sized chair (to be recovered in custom fabric), or a used light fixture to be re-painted in our colors. Just a few suggestions! Oh, one more suggestion - since it sounds like you are not moving walls or changing anything major you might want to try to start with a quick fix to start with. If the bath just needs paint, lighting, just the frills - do that first... That will give you the most bang for your buck & you will be able to pat yourself on the back for a job well done before you take on a bigger project! It helps to balance big & small I think - then it doesn't get overwhelming! Have a great time & enjoy the ride! It will be frustrating at times, but you will reap the benefits in the end with a beautiful custom home to enjoy for several years to come!
  • Abbigail Hunter Abbigail Hunter on May 15, 2016
    Jane start with what will give you the most bang for your buck and the reward will help you get through the whole redo.
  • Trixie63 Trixie63 on May 17, 2016
    I always do the master bedroom. This way there is one finished room that is ready for us at the end of the day. I'd head to the kitchen next.