Rental Property Renovation Part One

Hi everybody! Last month we started working on updating the entry areas at the apartments we own. Just incase you were thinking I didn't have enough to do... :)

They were in pretty bad shape…
Rental Property Entry Area

We purchased new front doors for the entry areas last year.  They look so much better. That was the beginning…

Now, I’ve shared about our apartments before.  Here are some of the projects we’ve completed:

An Updated Apartment
Apartment Demo
Apartment Cabinet Painting
Apartment Renovations Complete

The entry areas were the last on the list to do. Now that picture might not look too bad… but they are, you just need to take a closer look. Trust me they are dark, dreary, dirty and in need of some TLC.

Here are some more pictures of the areas that we have been tackling. By the way, please forgive some of the quality… some were taken with my iPhone. Also, there are 3 entry areas to this building and they are all pretty much identical, so some of the pictures will be from different ones.

This is another first floor entry area:
Entry cropped

First floor2


Moving up to the 2nd floor. See what I mean about the wall cracking and falling off.
Upstairs Damage2

Upstairs damage3

There is a lot of damage around the window areas.
Upstairs Window damage

Upstairs window damage2

Then going back down the stairs… You can see the landing area. I can't wait for new flooring and to re-stain the stairs.
stairs both

Here’s a few close ups of the damage we are dealing with downstairs as well.
Entry Damage 1

Entry damage3

Looks like fun, right??!! Not!

Anyway, first things first, we decided it would be best to paint the rest of the walls a nice bright color. That would quickly freshen up the space. We lightly sanded the walls and started painting.

What a difference!!
First Floor Painted

Now, I took these pictures after only one coat, but it looks so much better!!
Stairs painted

Upstairs painted

If you look in the corners you can see the old paint color on the front walls compared to the new color. This is sooo much better!
Upstairs painted2

Now, for those cracking peeling front walls… Those were going to need some special attention. We really didn’t want to tear them off.  That would have been a HUGE mess and we have no idea what was underneath.

So, here’s a sneek peek at what we decided to do.
Planks Used

Oh! My.... Is that shiplap??? Yeppers!! I can't wait to show you how awesome it looks!!
Plank sneek peek
That’s all I’m sharing for now… But that right there was A LOT harder than what you think.  I’ll explain next time…

So, there’s the beginning to our rental property reno.
Rental Property Reno copy



  1. Wow, looks so much better already and you're still not done. Love it!

    1. Thanks, Christine! They have come a long way... :)

  2. This is a great property. You have great bones to work with. How lovely.

    1. Thanks, Vanessa! They have been a lot of work, but we are nearing the end! :)

  3. You got so much to do but I am sure it will look so good after you are done. Happy 4th, Lori!...Christinee

    1. Thanks, Christinee!! They take a lot of my time, but I keep telling myself it will be worth it! Happy 4th!

  4. You have done a great job with all of it!! Thanks for visiting my blog and the nice comments on the makeup post I linked up to your blog party!
    Have a wonderful day and weekend.

    1. Thanks, Julie!! I'm so glad you stopped by! Isn't it amazing how just a quick comment can lift your spirits. :)


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