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Shake 06-02-2013 09:19 PM

Before/After of my Townhouse
 
I've redone quite a bit in the townhouse since I moved in 10 months ago. Below are pictures of the living room and kitchen redone. I put in the floors myself and had no experience prior. The granite counters were the only thing I hired someone else to install.

Total spent to upgrade was around $4k.

Before:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3759/8...bb42541f_b.jpg
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3766/8...4ccf235a_b.jpg
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2816/8...7a88ae36_b.jpg

After:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8273/8...c3491574_b.jpg
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2817/8...17e3015e_b.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8543/8...52c9182c_b.jpg
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2884/8...de107c8d_c.jpg
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5344/8...0959c02a_b.jpg
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3681/8...dec9820b_c.jpg
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3710/8...1d5a17f2_c.jpg

I'd like to hear your feedback. I know there are a few finishing touches needed (light fixtures, etc) but I just found out that I have to move in a month, so I'm going to try and rent out the place meanwhile. :(

350ZBOY 06-02-2013 09:28 PM

Id marry you if I could live there with you.

Jk it looks sick af tho man

borinka99 06-02-2013 09:35 PM

Looks great! How hard was it to install the flooring? A lot of cutting needed?

CT Bimmer 06-02-2013 09:41 PM

Before/After of my Townhouse
 
Wow very nice updated look. Should be able to get a good amount for it. Just make sure you get really good tenants. Having to fix everything you just refinished is the worst. i know first hand, never again....One thing though, stainless steel appliances for the kitchen. It would really give it that complete look/finish. But if you have to move out in a month just save your money.


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Shake 06-02-2013 09:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 350ZBOY (Post 15473454)
Id marry you if I could live there with you.

Jk it looks sick af tho man

:thanks:

Quote:

Originally Posted by borinka99 (Post 15473475)
Looks great! How hard was it to install the flooring? A lot of cutting needed?

Thanks! It was difficult for the first few rows but once you get the hang of it, it's actually not too bad. The edges don't have to be perfect because the baseboards and quarter round cover it. But it was very laborious, It took me a couple weekends and an entire week (i'd work on it from 5-10pm after work).

Quote:

Originally Posted by CT Bimmer (Post 15473488)
Wow very nice updated look. Should be able to get a good amount for it. Just make sure you get really good tenants. Having to fix everything you just refinished is the worst. i know first hand, never again....One thing though, stainless steel appliances for the kitchen. It would really give it that complete look/finish. But if you have to move out in a month just save your money.

Thanks, I really hope I can find decent tenants. I agree, the appliances look pretty bad. I was planning on putting a new stainless steel oven and microwave on top of it but i'm just going to keep the current ones because I'm going to leave soon.

CharlzO 06-02-2013 09:56 PM

Totally insane return on investment! I'd easily believe you could've spent twice what you did. Awesome job.

SamDoe1 06-03-2013 09:14 AM

New cabinets or did you refinish those? If refinish, how'd you do it?

customisbetter 06-03-2013 09:17 AM

Wow! That is an airy place! Would be great for parties!

Shake 06-03-2013 09:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CharlzO (Post 15473511)
Totally insane return on investment! I'd easily believe you could've spent twice what you did. Awesome job.

Thanks!

Quote:

Originally Posted by SamDoe1 (Post 15474165)
New cabinets or did you refinish those? If refinish, how'd you do it?

I refinished the cabinets with a rustoleum dark kit. It was around $100 for the kit, and then $30 for the cabinet hardware. It actually came out really well, just make sure you follow the steps on the box. It is a laborious process and takes a long time to do all of them but worth it imo.

http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=560

SLVR JDM 06-03-2013 09:23 AM

Great job. It looks like you spent a lot more than you did.
That completely transformed the look of your place.

GlockMan 06-03-2013 09:31 AM

looks nice.

stainless steel appliances and smooth top range would make a big difference with those cabinets.

JMO

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A6m3v1V3_H...0/IMG_1101.JPG

SamDoe1 06-03-2013 10:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shake (Post 15474178)
I refinished the cabinets with a rustoleum dark kit. It was around $100 for the kit, and then $30 for the cabinet hardware. It actually came out really well, just make sure you follow the steps on the box. It is a laborious process and takes a long time to do all of them but worth it imo.

http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=560

Awesome, I bought the same kit but haven't gotten around to actually doing it yet. My only concern is with how it will wear.

SLVR JDM 06-03-2013 10:51 AM

Spend an extra couple hundred to change out the lighting. That will make a big difference in the look too.

Big Rick 06-03-2013 11:56 AM

Stainless appliances would be hot in there! But also pretty expensive... Or stainless and black...

Shake 06-03-2013 12:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by customisbetter (Post 15474171)
Wow! That is an airy place! Would be great for parties!

Haha yes, thanks

Quote:

Originally Posted by SLVR JDM (Post 15474191)
Great job. It looks like you spent a lot more than you did.
That completely transformed the look of your place.

:thumbsup: Thanks

Quote:

Originally Posted by GlockMan (Post 15474223)
looks nice.

stainless steel appliances and smooth top range would make a big difference with those cabinets.

JMO

You're completely right. That would make a huge difference imo. It was part of my plan, but since I am moving, I'll put that on hold.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SamDoe1 (Post 15474300)
Awesome, I bought the same kit but haven't gotten around to actually doing it yet. My only concern is with how it will wear.

It's holding up very well so far, I've had it for about 10 months now. The prep stage is important. A major tip that would have saved me a bunch of rework is to make sure that you are careful with the last clear coat step. It's very watery and drips onto the other side of the door creating white bubbles. Just go around the edges to make sure there are no bubbles before it dries.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SLVR JDM (Post 15474423)
Spend an extra couple hundred to change out the lighting. That will make a big difference in the look too.

I agree, those were next up on the list. However, now that I am moving and renting out the place for a year, I'm putting that on hold until I find out if i'm coming back here or not.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Big Rick (Post 15474562)
Stainless appliances would be hot in there! But also pretty expensive... Or stainless and black...

I agree, stainless would be my first choice, but as I said above, i'm putting those on hold for now. All a renter needs is a working appliance, and in my area, I doubt I'm going to get much return on investment for those upgrades (well at least in terms of renting).

DylloS 06-03-2013 03:03 PM

i love it

Solidjake 06-03-2013 03:16 PM

:yikes::yikes::yikes:

Freaking amazing work man

Green_Shine 06-03-2013 05:26 PM

Before/After of my Townhouse
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by GlockMan (Post 15474223)
looks nice.

stainless steel appliances and smooth top range would make a big difference with those cabinets.

JMO

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-A6m3v1V3_H...0/IMG_1101.JPG

That's a freestanding range in that pic . IMO the ranges with no back are the best.


OP - great work, where did you get the granite for cheap?


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Maniac 06-11-2013 10:06 PM

Looks badass! Too bad you have to move now

budman 06-12-2013 06:41 AM

Everything looks good except the lights.. change out the builder grade lighting.. that gold is terrible


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