Back in August I helped to freshen up a garage apartment with two bedrooms and a living room/kitchen which was improved with paint and new appliances . The best part for me is that I made the design decisions but we used a contractor to make the improvements.
The bathroom was a dungeon which needed a new vanity, sink, and lighting fixture. We discovered that the exhaust fan in the bathroom which turns on with the light doesn’t actually draw so it will also be replaced.
When the vanity was removed we were happy to find that the walls had been tiled all the way to the floor. A GFI outlet was installed on the right-hand wall (so the dangerous extension cord from the medicine cabinet would be unnecessary in the future).
However the left part of the wall had been cutout where the stairwell ceiling had to be accommodated.
The contractor told me that the vanity he ordered wouldn’t fit. Since the vanity and sink were destined to be in a three-sided niche I suggested he take it apart and use only the facing piece. Ultimately the new vanity was partially dismantled to allow it to squeeze into the space and the sink-top was trimmed.
New lights were put above the fluorescent tubes on the medicine cabinet.
And a new exhaust fan was vented to the outside. (The old fan vented into the very shallow attic.)
Now the bathroom is not only more functional but also safer.
There will be a postlude but for now we are finished.
We painted the walls and woodwork.
We changed out the old carpet.
We pared down the contents of the living room including removing a lot of chains.
There were chains holding a hanging lamp, chains holding a glass globe filled with fake flowers, and chains connecting some wall decoration.
We’ve been set free from the chains.
We replaced the vintage sofa with a new pale blue one from Ikea. The old sofa had a matching chair which we had hauled away with the old sofa.
The work team is happy that the room has been lightened and simplified. The resident is delighted with her newly freshened living room.
The only items remaining on the to-do list are rehanging the curtains on new rods and returning the artwork to the walls which we will do when the resident has all the pieces together and gives us a call.
Is there a piece of furniture in your house you would like to get rid of but can’t bring yourself to do so?
Our offsite project (Day 2 is here) is in full swing but the resident of the room decided my choices were not her choices.
On Day 3 Charlie and my friend pulled up the remaining wall-to-wall carpet and tack strips in the living room.
The original plan was to clean, wax, and buff the entire floor then to lay an area rug. Unfortunately the room resident had her heart set on wall-to-wall carpet. (I write that with a scowl on my face.)
Instead, on Day 4, my friend and I along with the room’s resident met with a representative from Empire Today who presented us with wall-to-wall carpet selections. The first choice mentioned by the resident was “mauve” which apparently is no longer in anyone’s color palette.
After choosing the color “Oyster” from the “Making Waves” collection we asked for installation the next day. The carpet was laid wall-to-wall in the living room, up the stairs to the second floor, and in the second floor hall.
When my friend and I arrived late in the day the carpet was finished and gave the room a calming look in contrast to the original variegated, sculpted carpet.