The Ugly Rental: The Kitchen and Living Room

I cannot wait to show you the heart of the home: The Kitchen (and the attached living room)!

The Kitchen

This kitchen was dated with an aroma I called [overwhelming] Eau de Mildew

The fridge looked sweet but (a) didn’t run and (b) didn’t open. Minor details.

In demo week, we discovered chewed wires and a completely rotten floor underneath the cabinets.  Yay!

We exposed shiplap on the ceiling and sink wall for some texture.

And found the original hardwoods under layers of flooring…

This was our first IKEA kitchen and will not be our last! We loved installation and the efficiency of the design.

The window was also replaced with a smaller, more energy efficient window.

And, voila!  We gave everything a coat of glossy white.  $400 (for all) Craigslist appliances grace the kitchen (in nearly perfect condition).  We added a vent-a-hood that vents to the outside, new lighting, concrete-look countertops, and supersweet pantry drawers.  [I love my kitchen, but I’m actually jealous of the pantry drawers in the rental house..]  We built an island on casters with the extra length of leftover countertop from IKEA and a few pieces of lumber.

Simple repairs cleaned up the living room.  The floors were refinished.  New windows, “entry” floor, trim, paint, and light fixtures were about all that were needed.

I’d say she has some personality now, eh?  And she smells oh so much better, to boot!

Coming soon (we hope):

-The Exterior

The Ugly Rental: Beds, Bath, and Bonus Room

Hope you enjoyed Le Tour de Ugly! It’s time to show you the nitty gritty on the bedrooms and bathroom (eek!)!

Photos, In Order: Refresher course from last week’s Le Tour de Ugly, Demo-week, and Voila!

Master Bedroom (Both of the bedrooms had a similar look, so I feature just the master)

Replaced windows and trim, painted walls, refinished original floors, and replaced low-hanging fan with sleek low-profile light fixtures.

Plunger, for effect?

New Floor and door for walk-in closet!

Bonus Room

That’s not water damage.  I’m hoping pet (and not child) stain, but the ammonia smell was intense when I started cleaning it.  Blech.

New “luxury vinyl” and a substantially larger window make the room feel larger and cleaner.


Everyone loves magnolias…and mildew…

They were nice enough to leave the blind in the window behind the tile……

More demo + floor repair.  Notice that the sink drain is missing… It came out of the wall with the vanity cabinet…”Hello, plumbers?”

And, Voila!  Basically all is new here! A new frosted glass window with PVC trim is surrounded by my first (and maybe last) tile job.  New wainscotting hides the crazy sheetrock issues that were behind it.  The vanity is a wider IKEA top with custom base (reclaimed wood).  The floor is groutable vinyl tile.  Light and mirror are also from IKEA.

All we did to the bathroom closet is paint, add a cute new star light fixture (my fav!), refinish the wood floors, and trim the closet with leftover flooring that we used for repairs elsewhere in the house for a bit of character.  It’s hard to tell in this photo, but Aaron cut a sweet piece of L-shaped steel for the threshold (step down) between the luxury vinyl and the original wood.  It added just a touch of industrial!

We love how these rooms turned out!  The original floors rock and we’re loving the clean, simplistic look that this house ended up having.

Coming soon!

-Kitchen and Living