Is it worthwhile spending money to upgrade a rental?
For two years before we bought our current home, we lived in a cute cottage in Sunnyside Gardens. It was a rental - Ross had been living there 14 years before we met. Our landlady, a lovely woman who lived in the cottage across the path, was born and raised there. Like almost all of the buildings in the neighborhood, it was a 3-family residence - two up and one down, as they say. Generally, owners lived in the two-bedroom units on the ground floor while the one-bedrooms above them provided rental income. The neighborhood was booming, with the cottages increasingly being converted to one-family homes.
|My only "before" while I was covering over the checkerboard backsplash|
I painted the built-ins a hi-gloss creamy white, called Cottage White, from Home Depot's Behr paint line. And I am in love with this paint for retro kitchens! It goes on like cake batter. For the walls, I had the Home Depot paint department color-match a Tiffany jewelry box, to get exactly the timeless turquoise I wanted. Hinges and hardware in the kitchen were all a mis-match - some chrome, some gold, most of them painted over white by previous renters. All different styles and different eras. I didn't even try to strip them. I just spray painted them all black to give them a unified look.
I also scored a roll of sheer white window fabric in the As-Is department at Ikea and made these cheerful window treatments.
Wall shelf, Ikea Grundtal, $19.99
Bins for storing spices, Ikea Pluggis, $9.99 each