November 17, 20111950s Time Capsule Condos That Were Gutted………….UUUUGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!
By Sara In AZ
Sooooo, before we get started on all the renovation projects I thought I would show y’all some of the other condos that were up for sale (in the same complex) the same time as my Mom’s unit. I thought I would show you all, sadly, some time capsule condos that are time capsules no more……………..
Y’all might remember Mom’s kitchen from last week. Her kitchen had the original cabinets, they were just super dirty. I believe they are teak wood, but I am not 100% positive.
Well here, in another unit, you can see all the cabinets were painted black. Not good. SOOOO not good. I cannot even imagine the time involved stripping all that black paint off to get these cabinets back to natural wood. And who knows what happened to the original little copper light above the breakfast bar area???? There are just wires hanging out now. The back splash really did not go with the whole MCM vibe of these places, it was one of those vintage looking metal tin sheets that had been replicated in plastic. The one thing going for this place – it had the original gold fleck counters!
Here is another condo. This one had been completely gutted. Really sad y’all. You can see that whoever did this gut job certainly loved Home Depot, as those are stock cabinets that you can buy right off the shelf. And yes, there is the enemy of all retro lovers everywhere…*whispers* granite. I have to say the layout of the kitchen was kind of messed up by using these stock cabinets. You really lose a lot of storage space by not having the corner cabinets any longer and the only drawers are really far away from the sink. It was just awkward now, which is really sad because the original cabinets and layout work really well for the small space.
Onto the bathroom! Here is Mom’s original bathroom from the condo she just bought. It needs work for sure, but the amount of storage is fantastic (with cabinets that go all the way up the right side of the wall) and I am super in love with the original tiles and the mini Cinderella tub!
Here is the bathroom from the condo with the black painted cabinets.
It’s almost too much to take isn’t it? It’s so sad I feel like I could cry right now just looking at the pictures. To rip out ALL the old cabinets AND vintage tile AND Cinderella tub to put in………this!?!? One measly cabinet with a cultured marble top and a sad shower tiled with the same tiles that were used on the floor. It’s just heartbreaking y’all.
This is the granite condo bathroom. Same thing as the other condo. One measly cabinet, only this time they went all out and bought a 2 cabinet unit from Home Depot. Wow, they really went all out didn’t they! And yes, still with the granite. Sad – very, very sad.
The last picture I have is just to show that all the old doors and door knobs have also been replaced inside the granite condo. No more cute copper tone door knobs or blonde doors. Super bummer.
Sorry y’all had to see this. I just had to share the devastation with everyone.
Now, onto happier thoughts – stay tuned, the renovation fun begins real soon in Mom’s nice little un-gutted condo!