I am a landlady; on days like today when I get to show off a beautiful FINISHED apartment, it can be fun. My family lives on 1.5 floors of our three storey house, and then there's a little apartment on the rest of the second floor and a big apartment on the whole third floor. We recently finished renovating and renting Apartment #2.
We put in a kitchen, totally brand new.
A glimpse of the cool ceiling fan (we have one, too, in our living room).
All the ceilings are 11 feet tall: airy and gracious in the rooms, but forbidding in the hallway. My husband cleverly hung three paper lanterns to bring the ceiling down to cozy.
All the bathrooms have this black and white tile that we think dates to 1930 when the house was divided into three apartments.
We try to make the apartment one that we wouldn't mind living in - it also attracts the kinds of tenants we want. To that end, we painted the living room grey and the hallway a slightly darker shade of grey.
I did almost all the painting - during naptime and after the children were in bed. I had to paint the fieldstone fireplace surround because a former tenant had painted it with a terrible lack of skill or permission. But I was surprised how nice it looked with its new lights, black mantel and newly laid granite hearth.
And, hallelujah, our new tenant moved in yesterday.