November 10, 2011Mom’s Kitschy 1950s Time Capsule Condo
By Sara In AZ
My Mom recently had to downsize to a smaller home. We searched around a while and found this little enclave of old condos that would fit the bill perfectly for her. There were a few different condos in this development that were up for sale at the same time she got this unit, unfortunately some of the other condos had already been renovated. With granite. I know. Boo.
Mom’s condo is a total time capsule, minus the flooring, the appliances, and some lights, which is completely amazing being that it was built in 1959. The condo definitely needed work, it was a rental for the past 52 years!
This renovation journey started for us last April and just ended in October. It’s been amazing and difficult and fun and annoying and gratifying and really, really hard work. My Mom, my husband Mike, and I did most of the work ourselves. Join us on this renovation journey where I promise no granite will ever show its face, but I want to warn y’all right now – this is going to take a while!
We will start from the beginning………this is the day Mom received the keys to her brand new 52 year old condo. The half dead bush has died, and has now been removed!
I love this super sweet original porch light.
Mom still has the original old-timey wood screen door with the metal grill on the bottom and the original front door with those lovely little diamond cut-outs.
The condo is pretty open in the living/dining area. All that white……..ugh.
Here is the kitchen. I hate even looking at the old pictures compared to what it looks like now – those cabinets were SOOOOOO dirty.
Here is the original, painted over a million times, vent cover in the ceiling of the kitchen and the cute little copper light above the breakfast bar.
All of the closets were cedar lined including the hall closet, which I thought was super cool.
And now you can see something that made me want to throw up, white painted blonde doors in Mom’s condo. I actually did just threw up because I know I will have to refinish these doors back to blonde or else I will obsess about it for the rest of my ever lovin’ life. Let’s get out that sander again Sara! There are 5 interior doors and 2 are painted only on the outside. Every time I opened those half painted closet doors I would have to look at the lovely blonde interior and it would just drive me insane. I think I am going to start sleeping with that sander right beside me at night so I am ready at any second in case something needs sanding! Maybe I will even make a holster for it so I can wear it around all day!
Luckily, she still had the original vintage copper tone doorknobs! It was so nice of someone to slather white paint all over it wasn’t it?
With the cedar closets. I could have sworn these closet doors were white painted over blonde too, I had seen the blonde closet doors in other units; unfortunately these were not ever blonde but I managed to kitsch them up for Mom anyway – just you wait and see!
The carpeting was horrible, just horrible and super filthy. I know you can’t really tell from these pictures, but trust me – it was!
Here is the original bathroom. I love the cabinets and tile and how everything was laid out. The bathroom was big and had lots of storage, which is surprising for a place built in the 1950s as a rental.
Here is my very favorite part of the bathroom, the mini Cinderella tub with the original fish tiles! LOVE!!!! But, as you can see the shower is filthy and needs TONS of work! Oh, and that gaping hole in the tile, that is where the recessed soap holder goes.
Looks like Mom, Mike and I have our work cut out for us! Join me next Thursday for more renovation fun!
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