Rooms Renovation - Brick Cottage Project

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Finishing up the renovation at my son's fixer-upper
My son took the leap of purchasing his first home and this is where the journey began. This is the living room the day of viewing the home
The before space
This how the dining room looked the day we went to view the home
Here is one of the bedrooms which was very dated
Removed all the furniture and carpet for a clean slate to begin the renovation

Pulled up all the carpet and tacks praying for good hardwood floors but unfortunately, they were too badly damaged to save.
Painted the rooms a pale grey with black trim for a more contemporary look.
One bedroom was painted navy blue and the other was painted a softer blue
Used a staple gun to pin down the underlayment and Installed the laminate flooring
Here is the finished look for the house
This is the view from the living room into the dining room and foyer
This is the main bedroom finished look
Second bedroom with the fresh paint and new flooring

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Cheryl
    on Dec 1, 2017

    How hard is it to do the laminating and cutting it? You did an excellent job and I love it!
    • Karen Dunnam
      on Dec 1, 2017

      Laminate flooring is easy. Start inside a closet where your learning curve won't show.

    • Paula
      on Dec 1, 2017

      I think you did a fabulous job!
    • Cheryl
      on Dec 1, 2017

      I tried some other tiles before in a bathroom but couldn't cut them when I needed to and they weren't even that thick. I ended up saying forget it but I'd really love to do my other room with the the laminating like they did.
    • Joa4777969
      on Dec 1, 2017

      First of all I think your son did a great job,but to comment on the floor question. Make sure to measure for square. With narrow laminate planks it's easier to make unobtrusive corrections,but with bigger tiles without the planning you may end up very unhappy with the resulting look.
    • Jamala W
      on Dec 1, 2017

      This was his first time doing it. A carpenter friend taught him in a day... the most tricky part was around the corner edges.. he made a few booboos but for his first time.. i high-5d him
    • Cheryl
      on Dec 2, 2017

      He did a excellent job! He definitely should be very proud of himself. Did he have a special knife to cut it?
    • P Dietel
      on Dec 2, 2017

      Outstanding job!!! Love the finished project - you both should be Very proud!!!! I love the black trim - great contemporary look for a young man!!!
    • Bbunny42
      on Dec 5, 2017

      Agree. Love the black trim. Would not have thought of that. Good job!
  • Sheri Vaden
    on Dec 5, 2017

    What's on the ceiling? I need to do something with the tiles buckling
    • Jamala W
      on Dec 26, 2017

      The ceiling is just flat sheetrock... we just painted it

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  • Jamala W
    on Jun 18, 2018

    Youare right! Thank you

  • Pamk
    on Aug 25, 2019

    Great job! I helped both of my kids do fixer upper on their first homes. We had a blast and it gives them a sense of ownership by putting their personal stamp on it

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