earlier this year, i was finally able to complete some long-awaited renovations on my apartment.  though i had finally saved up enough money last year, there were delays with building approval, the contractor, and ordering materials.  and then there was the bathroom light that took forever to be replaced, which is why this post is just happening now.

despite the headaches and the $$$, it is something that i would 100% do again.  it is a dream of mine to do a full renovation on an apartment, even though it is far more expensive and time-intensive than they show on hgtv (especially in new york).

let’s start with the listing photo that i had previously posted to this site.  as i mentioned, this makes it look far nicer than it was.


here are some photos i snapped before the renovations began.  even though i had made small improvements, the lack of storage, the rotting ceramic tile, and the useless rusted drain (among other delightful features) eventually drove me over the edge.

bathroom before 1

all the interior doors looked like this.  rotting frames, unfinished surfaces, and uneven placement.

bathroom before 2bathroom before 3

my bedroom closet doors which had been painted over about 10 times and were made of some cheap style of metal.  oh and they came off their hinges all the time.

bathroom before 4

my new tub hanging out outside the bathroom.  i figured i will want to remember this one day.

bathroom before 5