Monthly Archives: December 2012

Cosmetic changes

Oh my, I’m seriously behind on posting! I want to post some real stuff – ideas and accomplishments on further energy savings, community building, sustainable living…but a couple more photo essays on some cosmetic changes I’ve effected over this last summer will have to do. I’ll start with the living room of my unit, #3. I’m trying to make this most unlovely of apartments desirable and lovable, so that I can soon rent it to a deserving set of tenants and someday move into the basement apartment, which needs some work and houses the guts of the building (boiler, water shut-off, etc).

Here is a before picture – May of 2009 when I was first moving into the unit – stained, wrinkled, dark green carpet, nasty paneling, etc:
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Eventually we removed a big, north facing picture window and replaced it with very energy efficient, triple-pane ‘peeker’ windows:

March 2011, tapin' and muddin'

March 2011, tapin’ and muddin’

Then came painting (all walls and the ceiling) and ripping out carpet:

April 2012

April 2012

Window trim changed this:

April 2012

April 2012

To this:

April 2012

April 2012

And cork underlayment and cork click-together flooring:

April 2012

April 2012

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Add a tile entry:

Dec. 2012

Dec. 2012

And some trim:

Dec 2012

Dec 2012

And voila!

Dec 2012

Dec 2012