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« on: August 31, 2007 08:35:29 PM »

i got this sweet little apartment about a year and a half ago. my landlord is neat in the sense that he lets us paint and rip everything apart, but when it's repair time, it's very hard to get him to do anything. i've been asking him to replace the floors in my kitchen since i moved in, but nothing's come of it. so, today, i took matters into my own hands.

here is what the floor looked like to begin with. not too bad, right?


... until you get a closer look. ugh. someone needs to teach that man what a straight line is.


the area in front of the fridge was the grossest part.




i start ripping, and i'm suddenly having second thoughts. hm. maybe this wasn't such a great idea?


and that HOLE under the sink??? WTF dude?!


no more floor! whee!


take two!



i'm pretty sure this is what the original hardwood looked like (FYI: the rest of the house has hardwoods, except the bathroom, which is black and white checkered tile. yes, real tile. not ugly vinyl). i have no idea why he covered it; it was pretty. unfortunately, i couldn't salvage it - there were too many stains and too much gunk stuck to it. maybe if i owned the place, but heck, this is a rental.


cleaning sort of helped.



my kitten, amelia earhart, helped me lay the "tiles" (ugly vinyl).


almost done...




I RULE AT LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!



this is my kitchen. she is happy to no longer be scattered through out the apartment.


now i'm just showing off my sweet blue cabinets, which i did last night.


and again.




this is me proving that i rule at life...


... and amelia asking if she can have a pabst.





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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2007 08:41:54 PM »

Wow, that made a huge difference!   Grin  So, will he let you deduct the cost off of your rent?  I know once in a while landlords let you do that sort of thing.  I hope so because you put a lot of work into that! 

Nice job!
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2007 08:42:54 PM »

A serious improvement!  I hope you didn't have to pay for the tile though, as a renter you really shouldn't have to invest in a place, even if it is just vinyl. That being said, you DO rule at life! lol.
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2007 08:50:23 PM »

thanks guys!!!


i plan on sending my landlord the receipt and deducting that amount from my rent, which is due on... tuesday? all in all, i spent a little less than $60. and that vinyl has a 25 year warranty, so he better not complain!!


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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2007 11:32:32 PM »

Your kitten is so cute.  I love torties.
Good job on the tile. 
I'm thinking of redoing my kitchen floor.  Fortunately I own so I can do whatever I want.  Unfortunately in order to buy a house I had to settle for a MAJOR fixerupper.  I'm planning to do blue on my cabinets too.
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2007 04:56:57 AM »

Wow!  That was a ton of work, but so worth the effort, looks FANTASTIC!!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2007 06:17:07 AM »

Wow, it looks amazing!  I also love the blue cabinets.
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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2007 06:58:03 AM »

What a cute kitchen!  I think you did a great job on the tile.  Too bad you couldn't just sand the hard wood and stain it. 
I really have no idea what you could of use to get the gunk off without ruining it, either.   
You should totally post any other updates you do. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2007 09:42:05 AM »

Great job Wink  The blue in your cupboards looks cool and the floor wow what a major improvement. 
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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2007 10:00:47 AM »

wow, what an improvement! Your kitchen looks fantastic  Smiley
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