How Not to Renovate a Condo in 5 Years


Kitchen cabinets - IKEA baby!

So I bought my first place at the end of 2009. Yes, that's right, I was some kind of future real estate mogul super genius who bought during the downturn in the market. Save your applause.

I bought a small 500 SF condo in East Boston. And I had plans to do a bunch of work to it before I even moved in! I had my apartment till Feb 1, I closed November 19. I was like "Great, I can repaint and do other stuff before I move in and then just move in and live there! It will be great!"

Epic fail, my friends. Instead I bought a bunch of paint, none of which I ever ended up keeping/using, and I did exactly nothing before I moved in, and then I proceeded to move in and live here in various states of not really being moved in for five years.

I have gone through three couches and kept the fourth. I'm on my second coffee table, fifth dining/kitchen table, third set of window treatments, fourth living room paint color, and third bedroom paint color. I have installed and removed baseboards and had new trim reinstalled by professionals. Nevermind all that, probably the 10th furniture arrangement, definitely at least the third placement of ceiling light fixtures.

What is my point? Well, I'd recommend trying not to live in a space while you renovate it. And if you decide to do that, well, how about you try to just do one room at a time? That would be the best advice I could give you. But really, you should do it all before you move in. That is the only way not to lose your mind a little bit.

Luckily what finally kicked my ass into gear and got me to wrap this up was drop in interest rates. I decided to refinance and that means an appraisal and that means my place can't look like a permanent construction zone. So, the appraisal is happening tomorrow morning at 8:30am and I'm taking a break from my last minute prep to post this here because otherwise Acadia will fire me I love you guys.

Please enjoy the photos of various states of insanity during this whole process. Maybe next week I'll post beautiful "after" glamour shots, but I'm not quite there yet tonight.

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  1. chikuba
    February 25, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Painting Party at Cider’s house!

  2. Cider
    February 25, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    YES! You are all invited.


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