Saturday, December 26, 2009

vintage on a budget


almost a year ago my roommate and I bought a 1940s fixer-upper that we would eventually rent out. The house was in lousy shape and did not have much vintage character left to it. Our goal was to restore it with vintage charm, but not spend a lot of money doing it since it would eventually be a rental house. This led us to do some creative upgrades that did not cost a lot of money, and actually added quite a bit of old-time flavor to the house. Here is one of the projects - the old dining room. I went to Habitat for Humanity and bought a common gold chandelier for $5.00. I spray painted it flat black. I found a ceiling medallion at a garage sale for $1.00. I attached it to the ceiling after scraping all the pop-corn texture off of it (I hate that stuff, and I had to get it tested for asbestos first). I Picked up some chair rail trim at Home Depot, cost about .75 cents a foot. Bought some "oops" paint at home-depot for half the price and used both colors above and below the chair rails. This room cost about $50.00 to do, and there was plenty of paint do use in the living room. The people that just moved into the house absolutely love it. I love it too, I feel the old house now has part of its former glory back, and the vintage touches that we added to it helped attract a great family.

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