Remember how I showed you the three family we purchased recently? Well, we currently have tenants in two of the units (phew!) and will have the first floor unit rented on July 1 (yippee!). Let me show you the transformation of the living room on the second floor. AJ and I aren’t turning this house into a luxury rental. And we acknowledge that’s just that… a rental. Not our house. So we’ve made decisions with this rental and other investment properties that we wouldn’t necessarily make with our own home because we know generally renters are more rough with the apartments / houses than they would be if it were their own home.
This looks a little better, right? 🙂
The walls are done in Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter and the trim was just a five gallon bucket of white AJ got at Home Depot.
These hardwood floors were under that green rug, can you believe it? Why in the world would someone cover them up? We wanted to find a rug to cover the unfinished wood in the center of the room and wanted to keep to a budget of $100 or under. Do you know how hard it is to find a 9 x 12 rug that looks decent for under $100? I ended up finding one at Ocean State Job Lot that was a simple Berber rug for $80 with a runner included.
AJ took a can of spray paint and brought the radiator back to it’s original glory (who would put a radiator on that gorgeous mantle is beyond me!).
The bathroom in this unit needed some serious help as well, but it was nothing that a little paint, some cleaning and new flooring couldn’t change. Here is the before:
And the after…
We used $1 peel and stick tiles from Home Depot and used more of the Revere Pewter. Even though it’s way more fun to pick out various color we’ve learned the hard way that it’s much easier on us to stick to one color (then we don’t forget what we used, it’s easy to grab one can and touch up the whole apartment, etc). The space isn’t perfect but it’s a lot better than it was!
I’ll be sharing more about the space, including the first floor total kitchen overhaul, within the next month. The cabinets have come in and the granite was ordered on Thursday… we are branching out from anything we’ve done before and are doing a very dark cabinet with a light (white-ish) granite countertop. Are you excited to see the transformation? I am… especially since that means we won’t have an entire kitchen’s worth of cabinets in our living room anymore. 🙂