Can you tell how hazy it is? That’s because it was 105 degrees the day that I took this pic!
As you look at the befores, imagine a place where nothing resembling any housekeeping had been done, walls that had cracking paint because old wallpaper had been painted over, rusty, crusty, nasty appliances in the kitchen, mildew/mold behind the old wallpaper. To top all of that off – imagine carpet that was dirty, filthy, sticky, icky, smelly and every other form of nasty that I can think of. You may ask why I would even consider a place so utterly GROSS? Did I mention that it. is. on. the. beach?
When you enter the condo, you immediately walk into the hallway that leads to the living room and kitchen. This is what greeted us when we entered the condo for the first time…….prepare yourself.
That little black thing you can see on the couch is Diva Dog.
She insisted on making her debut in this blog post.
Step on into the living room. Diva Dog and Ferocious Guard Dog are displaying themselves for you.
The couch pulls out into a bed. We had it made using a 6″ thick mattress instead of the standard 4″ ones that you usually find in sleeper sofas. Now it’s just about as comfy as our bed.
This chair is so cozy. It’s a great little nook for reading, watching tv or just enjoying the view of the beach.
This is what that same wall used to look like.
Turn around to look at the opposite wall…
that used to look like this.
I refused to sit on this couch while we talked when we first looked at the condo. It was almost as gross at the carpet. They told us that all of the furnishings came with the condo. Um….no thank you.
Let me take a little pause here to tell you the major renovations that we made throughout the condo:
- removed all of the wallpaper, killed the mildew/mold, sanded and painted the walls
- ripped out the carpet and padding and replaced with laminate wood floors
- replaced the air conditioner
- replaced the sliding glass doors
- added and replaced ceiling fans
- replaced the water heater
- replaced all of the corroded doorknobs with brushed nickel ones
- added additional electric circuits to the breaker box
Turn around one more time and here’s the kitchen. (The walls are not as yellow as they appear in the photos.)
I love this backsplash. It’s made up of different colors of iridescent glass tile with travertine marble sprinkled thoughout.
I love this little fishy canister too. So do Diva Dog and Ferocious Guard Dog because this is where their treats are kept!
I love this little spit of a kitchen rug that I picked up at Ikea too.
Hold your breath…this is the before of the kitchen.
Don’t ‘cha just looove this little stencil that was above the sink? And hey – what a great place to hang your keys!
In the kitchen we:
- replaced the refrigerator and stove
- added a microwave above the stove
- replaced the laminate counters with SileStone
- painted the cabinets
- replaced the hinges on the cabinets
- replaced the sink and faucet
- added a backsplash
Now back up hallway…
The bedroom and bathroom were just as disgustingly gross as the rest of the place. Dirty gross walls, nasty, icky, sticky, smelly carpet, old corroded door knobs. Ew, Ew, Ew!!!These rooms are so small that I couldn’t get a shot of more than one corner of the room at a time, so as you look at the pics just pretend that you’re standing in the middle of room looking around.
Mr. Worthing had the idea that even though we were getting rid of all the furniture, we could keep the mattress temporarily and lay it on the floor to sleep on while we were renovating. Are you kidding me ??? Don’t you remember my reaction to the couch?
Same corner after.
The before pics may just look like a case of bad decorating. You’re just going to have to trust me here. It was just as smelly and dirty as the rest of the place. I didn’t get too close to the bed especially, in case I might brush up against it. EW.
Same side of the room after.
I’ll never forget the first night that I spent here. All of the furniture had been hauled out, including the mattress. We brought blow up mattresses to sleep on, thank you very much! Anyway, I don’t think I slept a wink that night. Not from excitement – but from being so afraid that my hand would slide off the mattress while I was sleeping and touch that nasty carpet!!!!
Before. These doors were nastier than I can describe.
I’m going to re-purpose them, so I brought them home to clean them up. Thought I was going to have to pull out a chisel to get all of the gunk off.
This little pillow says “All things are possible with God”. I got these cute knobs at Anthropologie.
(Sorry for the blurry pic.)
I made the boxpleated bedskirt out of the same fabric that the headboard is upholstered with.
The decorative cording on the headboard is repeated…
…on the bolster pillow…
You can see that all of the fabrics are repeated in the pillow shams, the bolster pillow (don’t miss the cute little covered button!), the valance and the blackout lined roman shade tucked up under the valance.
In the bedroom we:
ripped up the nasty carpet and replaced with laminate hardwood
replaced the closet doors
obviously, we painted
redid the inside of the closet
replaced the door hardware
added a ceiling fan and an a/c unit
replaced the baseboard heater
Now you get to see the bathroom. More grody EWness. Another room so small that you’ll just have to virtually turn your head to look around.
Before. Look closely at the tub color – hint – it is NOT white.
Just lovely. As much as I hated sleeping on the floor, imagine how I felt knowing I had to shower in here. Not good I tell you.
I found a ready-made shower curtain at HomeGoods and had a sweet friend add the giant “H” monogram. Hi Theresa!
The reason that I wanted you to notice the color of the tub is because this is what it looks like now.
It’s nice and shiny and clean and white! Even though the tub/shower surround were filthy and a terrible dark off white color, they were structurally in good shape. So to save money we had a company called PermaCoat come in to resurface it. They did a great job and the resurfacing is holding up just fine.
I’ll pull the view back and show you that we also installed a washer/dryer stack where a closet used to be.
It isn’t as “in your face” as it appears to be in the picture. You might wonder why I would get rid of a closet in a place so small. There are two reasons:
- the closet was so gross and musty that I would not put anything in it
- I wanted to have a washer/dryer here.
Before sink and mirror. You should have seen this mirror in person. I can’t even describe it.
Right now we are praying that Hurricane Irene takes a more eastward path, moving out to sea and not striking our beautiful beaches.