Midland Project: in the dumps

I’ve yet to properly introduce you to the Midland Project. Although its been going on for at least two months already, I didn’t mention it because the Midland duplex will be a rental and because these kinds of remodels are not as exciting as total restorations.

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Kitchen, 190 Midland

190 front entrance

Living area, 190 Midland

Because I’d ultimately like to share the transformation with you, I need to give you a little background on the project.

The Midland house is a duplex, built in 1954 with a smooth stucco exterior. The house appears as if it has always been two apartments. Over the years the house has been neglected and left relatively untouched minus a few handyman repairs and maybe a little linoleum in the late 1980s. It was in a state of general disrepair and honestly I’m a bit surprised that both apartments had long term tenants living there at the time when we purchased it.

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Bathroom, 190 Midland

Considering the era in which the house was built, I thought it was best to go modern. It seems that people really can’t seem to embrace the mid-century ranch, instead they’ll slap some shutters on it, give it some round white columns on the front stoop and call it a single level colonial. It doesn’t work, I say go modern.

And thats what I’m doing at the Midland Project–in smaller doses with a budget in mind.

Here is some inspiration that I’m working with,

Hamptons modern kitchen

I chose birch shaker style cabinets, so you can see why I find this kitchen to be relevant

eve robinson watermill house orange frame

I really like the light fixtures here, I’d love to find those pictured or something similar that will more than likely be cheaper. Really like that orange mirror, I’m thinking I could buy the wooden Hemnes mirror at IKEA and paint it a hot color and get close to the same look. I will not however be installing a white vanity in an apartment.

modern railing

Lots of horizontal railing

modern metal railing

I am also considering a wood/metal hyrbid railing

modern entry

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  • I like your inspiration photos, except the kitchen floor – not a fan of splitting the space with wood/carpet/whatever. I know it be a cost thing, but save somewhere else!

  • Laura-I’m gonna have to disappoint here, I will not be carrying the oak in to the kitchen, there will be a transition much you like you see in the image. Currently I’m not advocating wood in the kitchen ESPECIALLY not in a rental.

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