A Game Plan: Mission Layering
The previous owners were two college buddies. “It was the quintessential bachelor pad,” Mertens says. “There were big white track lights everywhere, racing stripes, orange paint ... I knew right away that everything had to go.”
One of the first things they got rid of was the Mr.-Kotter’s-apartment paint job, and the horrifying faux painted brick on the island.
“I always could see the end product in my mind, and I knew the feeling I wanted to evoke, but it is hard to know where to begin, especially when you are working within a small monthly budget,” Mertens says. “The question became, Where do I start, and how do I make it entertaining for my engineer-minded husband, who needs to know why and where for every piece we purchase?”
The couple created a process they call “mission layering.” Layer one was the things they needed to complete before moving in: hardwood floors, paint, trim, blinds and curtains. “By dividing the overall project into layers, it also made shopping a lot easier — I knew which store I needed to venture to next and what I would be looking for,” Mertens says.