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Old 06-02-2013, 09:19 PM   #1
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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.

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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.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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Jk it looks sick af tho man
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:35 PM   #3
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Looks great! How hard was it to install the flooring? A lot of cutting needed?
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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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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).

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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.
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Totally insane return on investment! I'd easily believe you could've spent twice what you did. Awesome job.
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New cabinets or did you refinish those? If refinish, how'd you do it?
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Wow! That is an airy place! Would be great for parties!
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Totally insane return on investment! I'd easily believe you could've spent twice what you did. Awesome job.
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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.
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Spend an extra couple hundred to change out the lighting. That will make a big difference in the look too.
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Stainless appliances would be hot in there! But also pretty expensive... Or stainless and black...
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Wow! That is an airy place! Would be great for parties!
Haha yes, thanks

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looks nice.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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).
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looks nice.

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

JMO

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


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Looks badass! Too bad you have to move now
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Everything looks good except the lights.. change out the builder grade lighting.. that gold is terrible
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