What Comes First In Renovations?

What Comes First In Renovations?

Tess Wilson
Jul 15, 2015

Q: My husband and family are preparing to buy a townhouse in the Chapel Hill, NC area. My question is about the order of things when tackling a whole room. In a bedroom, if you are going to carpet and paint a bedroom, which would you recommend to do first?

Pulling up 20 year-old carpet can be incredibly dirty and dusty - but I also see the benefits of having the old carpet down for paint splatters. Paint first or carpet first? Also, in a kitchen remodel that will include refinishing (sanding) wood floors, new counter top, and painting cabinets - what order should I tackle these?

In both scenarios I'm looking to save time and energy, as I am fitting these projects in with an already busy schedule as a working soccer mom. Thank you! -Sent by Lisa

Editor: That is an excellent question, Lisa, and one I would have wasted months pondering while we renovated our house last year. Thank goodness I was working with two experts who knew what they were doing and in what order it should be done. I'll jump in the comments with a few things I learned (hint: you'll spend more time washing walls than you ever thought possible) but I'd love to hear from you renovation veterans. The more specific the order, the better!

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