Thursday, October 30

Thankful Thursday - Apartment Renovations are Done!

Today is Thankful Thursday. It is a day when we list the things we are thankful for. If you would like to participate, be sure to stop by Sting My Heart and pay Iris a visit. You can find all the information there.

This week I have many things to be thankful for, but the one thing that takes the top of the list, other than my loved ones and friends is this good news. THE APARTMENT IS DONE!!!

Remember when the photo above was taken just before the tenant moved out. It was quite a mess.

Now it looks like this. No, I didn't change the wallpaper. It was still in great condition and we were just plain tired of doing all the renovations. However, there was a large piece of carpet left over and hubby put it in the front hall. It also has a brand new coat of fresh paint.
This is what the entry way to the stairs looked like when the tenant moved out.

This is what it looked like last night when I took this photo. It is bright, clean and to us it looks wonderful.
This was the smallest bedroom after we'd taken the carpet up. What a mess.

But, as happens in all renovation projects, it got worse. This was all the lathe & plaster from the bathroom - we had to put it all in one room so the men could take it out.
Today it looks like this. The blue is a little darker than I wanted, but it's hard to tell color from paint chips. It is a big improvement over what it was. So clean looking with brand new carpet and paint.

This is the largest bedroom as it looks now - well, the ladder isn't there anymore, but the paint and carpet look wonderful. I can't find a before photo of this room. Maybe I didn't take one.

The bathroom as it looked when the tenant left. It was pretty bad and the reason we decided to do all the renovations. I wouldn't have gone in there to even use the facilities, so wouldn't expect tenants to either.
Of course the bathroom got worse before it got better. This is where the old tub once sat. What a job!
Today it looks like this. Tub, toilet, vanity and floor are all brand new. It has a fresh coat of paint, wallboard with a moisture barrier and new taps on both the sink and the tub. I want all of this for my part of the house. Wah!
Another look at the bathroom. The vanity with the tub glassed in and hubby and his helper did all this by themselves except for the plumbing. They were going to do that too, but found out there were no vents of any kind and the toilet pipe was cracked. It was an old cast iron one. So all new plumbing in this room.
Above is a before photo of the living room. That is the entertainment unit that now sits in my living room. It is solid wood and weighs a ton, but I love it.
The living room as it looks now toward the bay windows. Brand new paint and carpet makes it look so much better.
And another view... this one toward the kitchen. The difference is amazing.
The kitchen all white and clean with contrasting charcoal gray countertop. There's one thing we weren't successful at and that was getting the black and white floor tile back to the original color. The white has yellowed and no matter what I've tried, it won't come white. Any tips on this would be greatly appreciated.

Another view of the kitchen. I wish mine were this large. This kitchen is huge and the tenants loved it. As you can see, they are anxious to move in. Those bags beside the refrigerator are new small appliances that were gifts from M's parents. M is a very lovely lady and R is well mannered. They seem like a wonderful couple. I do hope that this all works out. Their references were good, but in my experience that means very little. I hope that my people sense kicked in on this one.

So now that you've had the tour, you can sit back and relax instead of anxiously waiting for me to post these photos. It took us five months to complete this, but it gives us a great feeling of accomplishment. Hubby did things I didn't know he knew how to do. I told him last night that it is my turn now. I really would love to have my kitchen renovated.

In other news, I'm thankful that the Nor' easter missed us. An hour drive west of here had 4 to 6 inches of snow and other parts of Ontario got the same. We got a fine dusting that was gone early this morning. When I came out of the grocery store this afternoon, a few flakes were falling but it didn't amount to anything. I am so thankful. It's way too early to start getting snow. The winter is long enough without shoveling from October. LOL

Take care, stay warm and safe and enjoy the weekend. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. It really looks nice sweetie. I am so happy for you.

  2. Wow....I did not realize that this project began that long ago. looks fabulous! No wonder the people want to move in so quickly.And I do hope that you were right about these people...I have been praying about them for awhile. ;)
    Ya'll did a great job....I would want to move in there too. I guess they are lucky that you didn't move in and give them the downstairs. :)
    And I am glad ya'll missed the big snowstorm. I know you will be getting snow soon enough...enjoy the autumn while it is here.

  3. Mary, the renovations look terrific. You all did a great job. I hope your new tenants will appreciate all you did and take care of the apartment.

  4. It all looks good... I know you are glad to have that part behind you...Snow already? Brrrr!!

  5. Goooooooooooooood job and I know that you are so thankful that is finished and sounds like you have some wonderful people coming in..... That is a good gift from the Lord to you.......... Rest up now as I need help with my kitchen ........ We are knocking out the wall in two weeks! YUCK

  6. Mary - I'm so happy for you that it is done! It looks really nice and I'm hoping for a good relationship between you and the new tenants!

  7. The apartment remodeling really looks great! You and your husband (and a friend or two maybe here and there) did an excellent job of getting it all renovated. Take a big, big bow, Mary!

  8. Wow! It looks wonderful! You guys sure worked hard! It looks like a cute place!

    :0) Sharon

  9. The difference is amazing, Mary. It looks great!

    Better than my apartment now. It hasn't been painted since we moved here in Aug. 1999, and the carpet has been here since the apartments were built in 1980. I don't care how clean and particular you are, after nearly 30 years it's time for some renovations. Not likely though.

    I hope your new tenants are clean and trustworthy, Mary.

    Glad the bad weather missed you. The snow and harsher weather will set in soon enough.

    Happy Halloween, a little early. :o)

    Love and hugs,


  10. GOsh you both have done lots of work - it looks great!

  11. You did a great job on your place.
    I hope it is many years before you have to do more.

    The snowy weather that missed you missed us. Just because we live in the North does not mean we get snow when they do south of here. We have had high winds for a couple of days. It blew down my hydro pole between the house and shed. Always more work!

  12. Mary, Mary, Mary!!!! Everything looks just so fantastic. The colors, the finished look---wow, wow, wow!! I love the idea of the shower door in the dividing wall...super idea.

    I am SO Impressed!!!!!

  13. What a beautiful, beautiful job you did on the apartment! As a person that has done house flipping in the past I know how much work you put into it!! I hope your new tenants appreciate all that you have done and keep it looking as nice and clean as it does right now. Good job!!!

    PS I posted your card project on todays post. Great idea Mary!

  14. You have worked very hard to make it look this nice! You all did a great job!! WOW! Now you need to take a little break!! Hugs Grams

  15. Mary it just looks wonderful! I know you both are thankful it is finished!!

  16. Wow … What a BIG JOB this has been for you! It looks GREAT! Thanks for sharing the before & after shots. I’m relieved for you that the storm missed you. We’re still hoping for some rain … finally. It should arrive over the weekend if we’re lucky.

    If you’re up for it … Consider yourself Boo-ed! Go check my Small Reflections blog for specifics unless you decide you've had enough Halloween already!
    Hugs and blessings,

  17. So....when can I move in??? hehe It's when you see the before pictures that you can really tell how much work you and Dwight put into remodeling this apartment. Everything looks so wonderful and it's no doubt the new tenants can't wait to move in:-) You and Dwight can pat yourselves on the back, great job done!!!

    We didn't get any of that snow but we sure got the strong winds and cold temps. Tomorrow, though, it's supposed to go up to 11c so the trick or treaters should have a good night:-) xoxo

  18. Great work! The place looks so nice and new. So happy for you. The pictures are great. Thanks for sharing your thankful heart with us. Take care and God bless!

  19. Mary,
    We are DIY'ers and I am always sooo happy when we complete a task....your apartment looks very nice.....

    God Bless....Betty

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