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Staci_25 10-22-2009 03:43 PM

1950 Apartment restoration/update
I am moving into a pretty little apartment complex, built in 1950.... good news is: I know the owner (my dad!!!) Bad news is.... it needs A LOT of work! Any suggestions on where to start? A few of the particulars are listed below:

Small kitchen:
currently has laminate flooring (that is definitely being removed) I was thinking 8 or 12in black and white checked flooring... the tiled countertops are yellow with flecks of gold (gotta go!!!) cabinets are white (likely to remain so after sanding and repainting them) Was considering removing a door or two so it's open shelving....

Living/dining room:
Hardwood floors (to be sanded and possibly stained before sealing) the two rooms open to each other but are most definitely two sep. areas.

Painted iron... definitely stripping ALL the paint off

white hex tiles (which will remain, although be grouted with black) the tile has been painted several times and I am anxious to see what color it is, although i have the sneaking suspicion that it will need to be replaced regardless....

2 bedrooms:
hardwood floors

Any ideas on where I can find things like period door knobs/fixtures/switch plates for a reasonable price?

Wish me luck! this is a heck of a job!

*Will take and post pictures of the current state of the apartment next time I am in town!

travelover 10-23-2009 08:21 AM

For old fixtures see if you have an architectural recycling / resale place near you. Also check out Habitat for Humanity ReStores.

TxBuilder 10-23-2009 09:51 AM

Habitat stores are great, I check there before I go any where else. I recently bought a door from them that would have cost me three times as much at any other retailer.

Staci_25 10-26-2009 08:13 PM

Pics are up of the entire apt in the state it was left in by the former tennants... will be starting work on it next week I think.... Apt remodel -

Plumbing And Lighting 10-27-2009 02:40 PM

Best of luck with all that. Which room are you starting with?

Staci_25 10-27-2009 03:22 PM

more than likely the bath then the kitchen- good news is I have both my family and my husbands family are in town so we've got tons of help!

travelover 10-27-2009 04:12 PM

I see lots of potential -nice hardwood floors, wrought iron railing, fairly roomy. This is a great starter project. :D

Staci_25 11-02-2009 08:06 PM

few updated pics Apt remodel -

granite-girl 11-03-2009 08:03 AM

Good Luck ! Looks like quite a project!

Staci_25 01-24-2010 03:08 PM

updated pics are available..... we had a busy Christmas and an unusual snowstorm so I'm waaaaay behind on the apt....

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