A Peace of History: My husband and I recently downsized from a house to a condo. When we first met, we lived in a one-bedroom apartment that had two windows. It was a typical apartment with white walls, no character and a funky smell. Of course, the first order of business was to find me someone who would get some new paint colors, a few select pieces of awesome furniture and a plan to turn my old Florida apartment new again. So of course, I enlisted my mother. After a few weeks, a few fights, a few drinks and a few trips to our usual go-to shops, we created a serene space of turquoise walls, gray accents and some very necessary Scandinavian furniture to remain on budget. It was a beautiful mix of tranquil colors and old architectural pieces that made our first apartment a home. After only a year, we decided to move. I waited until the last moments to pack and repaint the walls and actually never got around to painting the walls. Ironically, the complex never sent us a bill, but rather integrated my mother's color scheme into their exterior decor. We rinsed and repeated the process of changing apartments on a yearly basis until we finally found our first foreclosure. This project will be reserved for a post later to come, but in the end, we were able to find unique, affordable fixes that allowed us to turn our first profit, which leads me back to the condo. Built in 1985, one of the first projects needing attention was the bathrooms. Each time my mother would visit she would say we need to bring the bathrooms up to date. The bones of our condo were very good, quality built, just needing some remodeling to bring it current. So after careful consideration as with all fixer uppers we invested in key parts of the bathroom not to go over budget and spend so much that you would never recoup if you were to sell it in the near future. The vanity was in good shape so we primed, painted and sealed, adding new door knobs, the base was ready for a top. This is a no-brainer every big box hardware store carries vanity tops, so we decided on a color scheme and bought one for 129.00, a faucet for 25.00, shelves from IKEA for 80.00, some new paint for the walls and take a look at our results, this was done for less than 350.00!!