I am finally finished with the 1920′s duplex, at least one of the two units anyway!! This will be the first of a series of posts just showing the makeover, before and after and sometimes during progress. Hopefully you will agree that the changes are amazing, and in most cases, very little to do yourself if something you see sparks your creativity! This project has taken a lot longer than expected, given my time availability and other factors. Renovating an older home has many twists and turns that can be unexpected, but I have enjoyed every minute of it.
The bedroom, like other rooms in the unit showed many signs of settlement with cracks above almost every door and window. The home has a pier and beam foundation with a brick ledge around the perimeter which all had to be leveled and repaired. This allowed me to make the crack repairs inside. In the bedroom alone, there are six lovely windows that allow A LOT of natural light to enter so I definitely did not want ugly cracks to detract from that beauty. The bedroom also had an area on the wood floor that had been damaged either by a prior roof leak or heavy object that was dropped. I was able to cut the damage out and match the hardwood. In older homes like this, all of the walls, interior and exterior are actually tongue and groove wood and over time sheetrock installed over the wood. Pretty much, you can install a picture anywhere without having to wonder if you hit a stud!
Bedroom (After): Paint, new blinds, windows, doors and trims painted, new fan and outlets/switches with stainless covers, refinished hardwoods with a repair area and all door and window settlement cracks repaired
Paint color: Home Depot’s Behr Paint and Primer in One- Mushroom Bisque
Floors stained: Minwax Jacobean with a satin Polyurethane for Floors