Before & After: Ray's 'Rentovation'

Before & After: Ray's 'Rentovation'

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Los Angeles, CA
U.S. Renter
My room makeover::
After a year of marriage our one bedroom apartment (my former bachelor pad) was beginning to feel a bit like a cage. When a two bedroom opened up in our complex, we jumped at the chance to expand. We were not, however, interested in a huge rent increase. We offered the landlord a complimentary "Rentovation" if she would skip the rent hike. She agreed and we got to work. We redid the entire apartment in about 5 weeks. We pulled up the carpets, tore down the panelling, changed the light fixtures, painted EVERYTHING, and refinished the hardwood floors. The budget was miniscule and we soon realized that taking the time to source materials online was well worth the effort.
My makeover advice::
--YouTube is your friend. We learned to hang wallpaper, paint kitchen cabinets and refinish floors watching youtube.
--For every helpful DIY video on youtube there are at least 3 hacks who are offering terrible advice. Do your research.
--Activated charcoal is great for removing that "Old House Smell".
What I love most about my new space::
We decided to ask for forgiveness rather than permission with the wallpaper, and I absolutely love it. The landlord initially gave it major side-eye but she has come to love it too!
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