BEFORE AND AFTER: LIVING ROOM

When we bought this property we knew that EVERYTHING was going to need to either be replaced or fixed. The smell of dogs welcomed us with a smack to the face every time we opened the door! The drywall was never finished properly, the front door was worn and ragged looking, and the windows were completely worn out.

The picture windows had been installed incorrectly and the smaller window was cracked. We decided to have new windows installed in the living room and dining room, which gave the house a fresh, new look. The interior and exterior doors also were old and dated. No door hardware was ever installed and the previous owners had only mounted a cabinet handle and “latched” the door closed by using a magnet. The outlets, switches, and ceiling fan were also pretty gross and dated too. The carpet had stains all over it and needed to be pulled up.

You can see in the after, the new steel exterior door and Schlage Camelot keyless entry lock on it. We use these locksets at all of our properties. We get them from Menards for around $125 and well worth it! It’s great for when we need to gain access quickly or have a contractor needing to come in to do work. No need for the tenant to be home or trying to find a key to the right property! When putting in new flooring, we’ve gone with Procore vinyl flooring from Lowes. It’s durable, affordable, easy to install, and waterproof!

There was a vinyl column for a dryer vent that sits between the living and dining room. We initially thought about removing or moving this because it’s a bit of an eye sore. Ultimately, it would be a much bigger task than thought, so we did decide to leave it be. With the fresh grey and white paints, the new flooring, baseboards, and trim, the post doesn’t look quite so bad!

Off of the kitchen is the space for the washer and dryer, followed by the back entry hallway. We placed a small cabinet above where the units will be placed for extra laundry supplies.

Preparing the floor for vinyl ProCore flooring from Lowes. Danny had to scrape all of the glue and foam off to get a smooth surface, while I had to pop up all of the carpet strips and tacks up around the room.

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6 Comments on “BEFORE AND AFTER: LIVING ROOM

  1. I love the grey! It makes the space seem more open and definitely more clean.

    What color did you use?!

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    • We agree! Grey and white is something we use a lot in the rentals and in our own house!
      I can get you a code that’s on the can, but they don’t list the paint name anymore. We can follow back up and let you know!

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      • That would be wonderful! We are actually thinking of painting our basement grey.

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      • Kelci, the color is called Polished Silver #4008-1B by Valspar. They carry it at Lowes. We always get semi-gloss too, so the walls are easy to wipe down if dirty!

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