We have finished the main level of Old School and it is ready to receive its first tenant next week!
Would you like a tour?
Before: The kitchen had dated 70s lighting, 5o year old red carpeting (!!!), grimy cabinets, and quality, yet dated appliances.
What we did: Paint the walls and soffit, replace the sconces with $20 Menards sconces, scrub the cabinets and hardware, replace leaky faucet, put in Craigslist dishwasher, spray paint chandelier “oil-rubbed bronze, and refinish the floors. We kept the appliances for now, for budgetary reasons.
I’m sorry I don’t have a before picture for this room! Honestly, I think its because it was so gross. The fact that it had 50 year old red carpeting in it should tell you all you need to know.
Here is what we did: Refinished floors, painted the walls BM “Edgecomb Grey” and the cabinets BM “Simply White.” We got new pulls for the cabinets too. We got a simple sink from Habitat for Humanity Restore. We cleaned up the original tub and put subway tile on the walls of a shower. We got a new toilet (duh!). We put up salvaged fixtures with school house shades. I think the result is clean, fresh and simple.
This room just required painting, refinishing the floors and a new light fixture. The fixture that was in here only had a pull chain- no switch. We decided to put in a ceiling fan, and use the remote as the light switch!
The Dining and Living Rooms:
The rooms had faux-wood paneling, red carpet and 1970s fixtures.
We painted, refinished the floors, cleaned and put in antique lights that my husband rewired. The walls and the windows make the room.
This was a lot of work, and we have often reflected that most of what we have done is take things OUT of the house. Carpet, lights, dirt, garbage, random stuff, etc, etc. The house is slowing starting to resemble the beauty she originally was built to be. I can’t wait to see her enjoyed as a home again.