I am back today with another reveal! Our Rental House Makeover Reveal!
If you have been following along for a while, then you may remember back in January when I shared about a new project we had started on an investment property that we purchased. I showed the “before” images of the entire house and chatted about what we planned to do with it….
This “reveal” may not be quite as flashy as some of my other ‘reveals’ because I didn’t actually get to decorate and stage this property – but I think it is a great example of how a little bit of money and some time, energy, and elbow grease can completely transform the feel of an older home. You just need to look past the dated finishes to see what ‘may be’.
We actually finished this project for good over a month ago, but it was a busy March with Spring Break and Spring Home Tours and Boy Mom Madness – our Boys’ Bedroom Reveal…. I feel like I blinked and the month was over. Does that ever happen to you? Actually, the year so far feels like it has gone by in the blink of an eye. Probably because the first two months were spent making over this property.
We kept things pretty simple: we repainted every possible surface inside the house (walls, ceilings, cupboards, closets etc.); changed out all the lighting; updated the bathroom vanity/sink/faucet/mirror/lighting/flooring; updated the kitchen counter/sink/faucet/hardare/flooring, and then sanded and refinished all the hardwood floors throughout the house (except for the bathroom and kitchen where we had some new lino installed).
Are you ready to see how it turned out??
Living Room – looking towards Entry Hall
Despite the hours and hours of removing wallpaper and painting, this was a really fun project. I really love how it turned out… and on a super low budget as well. Here is what we spent:
$900 – Paint
$860 Flooring- Linoleum & Install (kitchen and bathroom)
$500 – Flooring – Redoing Hardwood (machine rentals, sand paper, varathane, tools)
$120 – Ceiling Light Fixtures throughout house
$100 -Paneling – living room and master bedroom
$300 – Bathroom (vanity, sink, faucet, lighting, mirror)
$450 – Kitchen (hardware, countertop, sink, faucet)
$100 – Blinds and curtains for living room
$3330 Total Budget
Not bad for making over and refreshing an entire little house, right? The key to keeping it so low was doing almost everything ourselves. We were so thankful to our extended family for helping out. It really was a family affair: my father-in-law donated a ton of labour time to us, and my Dad helped with some of the installation jobs. The purpose of the rental is so that down the road we will be able to afford more educational opportunities for our boys, and we hope that we have made a wise investment of our time and energy. I think it looks so fresh and lovely – I just wish I got to decorate it now! Oh well, our new renter loves her new home and plans to stay for a long time, and that’s what matters, right?