If you live in an historic neighborhood, you know the buildings I'm talking about. The big old rental properties... that the investors just let run down. They, the investors, seem to take and take and never give back. They used to be one of my pet peeves, being a homeowner in an historic neighborhood myself. And, because I believe with all my heart if you are going to gripe about something, you should be willing to do something about the problem. Thus began my collection of The Old Girls. Now, I am "they."
Some of you may remember that before I left to go greet my new grandson, I was working on a unit in one of our favorite Old Girls, a very large fourplex built in the early 30s. This was the last unit that had been continuously occupied by the tenant who was living there when we bought the place (June of 2006). He moved out late this spring and these are the "afters."
This is a tired and sad "before" view of the same living room.
Leo Bolom's company does a magnificent job of refinishing the original hardwood floors and repairing any defects (two large pieces of plywood were discovered in each of the two bedrooms; bet you won't be able to tell where the repairs were done when you see the bedroom). This is the way the floors were meant to look!! Love 'em!!
A view from the dining room back to the living room. I have an original chandelier from one of the other units and it is currently being rewired. I will soon return it to this spot.
From the living room back into the dining room. Aren't these Old Girls elegant?
Same view dining room: before.
Bedroom: after. Can you spot the defect in the hardwood? I'm bettin' not.
Bathroom: after. Hours and hours spent with single-edged razor scraping up the linoleum adhesive. I love the old tiles. Love 'em.
Bathroom: before. You can't even see how disgusting the tub and cabinet was in the photo. The tub was refinished. Not something I usually do, but it had already been done once and was in terrible shape. New sink. New toilet. Beadboard. Better. Still within reason cost-wise.
And, that's all for today. I am happy to know that we have moved one step closer to restoring another Old Girl to her original beauty and elegance.
I am linking to Kim at Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday gathering.
Blessings to all ~ Tanna