Elizabeth’s Seriously Sweetened West Village Co-op

west village co-op renovation

I went in to this process totally blind. Sweeten Expert Gennadiy was fantastic – I knew he would get everything right, even down to the outlet covers. He was incredibly, incredibly detail-oriented and helpful.”

–Elizabeth N., West Village Homeowner

This week, I caught up with Elizabeth, a Manhattan homeowner who has spent the summer enjoying her newly-renovated and restored two-bedroom co-op on one of my favorite tree-lined West Village blocks. Elizabeth beat the spring real estate rush by closing on her new place in January. Pretty much right away, Elizabeth, who works in sales in the financial services sector, realized the unforgiving nature of buying in New York City – she had spent one visit, and a grand total of about 15 minutes, looking at the apartment before rushing in a bid. As she walked through on closing day, Elizabeth began to see how much TLC her new home needed.

Revamping the bathroom was her initial focus – the heavy tiles and cramped under-sink storage made the space feel unnecessarily tight and poorly lit. The bathroom door swung in, bumping up against the sink and vanity, and made for an awkward entry and exit. And that WALLPAPER! And that TINY sink basin! Suffice it to say that Elizabeth had no qualms about this overhaul.

Elizabeth posted a focused list of bathroom update to-do’s on Sweeten, and we were ready to go with an introduction to veteran Sweeten Expert Gennadiy. This man is all over a classic NYC bathroom update. Done and done. And then… things started to get a little more interesting. Figuring she only had the time and budget for a piecemeal approach to her wish list, Elizabeth and Gennadiy walked through the place and Gennadiy started to talk about creative ideas for addressing other remnants of the previous owner’s design decisions.

west village co-op renovation

Yellow kitchen cabinets might have been a sign that Elizabeth needed to gut the kitchen altogether, but she and Gennadiy realized that the cabinets were new, high-quality, and beautifully custom-made. Yes, the yellow finish and extra crown molding were too much for the small space, but Gennadiy saw room for immediate and low-effort edits that would address those problems without losing the pieces that were already in place. Gennadiy also suggested better ways to use the 11 foot ceilings and add more storage in the bedroom. Psyched by the idea of more storage (me too, sister), Elizabeth expanded the plan to account for updated lighting throughout the apartment, and made room in the budget for a full paint and molding restoration job. What started as a straightforward bathroom renovation became a full make-over for this little haven, without a lot of the structural updates (and mess!) that would typically accompany this kind of transformation.

west village co-op renovation

west village co-op renovation

Gennadiy’s team jumped in for a full bath update, and took on kitchen, electrical, and painting work throughout the apartment all at once. In the bathroom, they cleared out everything in sight to make room for new tiles and fixtures. Elizabeth selected an infinity sink that fits seamlessly in the unusually-shaped vanity, and moved storage from under the sink to a streamlined, built-in medicine cabinet. Behind the scenes, Gennadiy had to re-wire the fridge to make room in the shared wall for the new bathroom cabinet, but the visual effect and added storage made that headache well worth the while. Elizabeth also found an in-wall toilet that saved an extra foot of space near the shower, a huge gain in a now-minimalist urban bath. By simply switching the hinges on the bathroom door so that the door swings out instead of in, Elizabeth cleared up the entry problem and preserved the clean lines of the new bath.

west village co-op renovation

west village co-op renovation

In the kitchen, Gennadiy stripped unnecessary molding from the cabinets, freeing the kitchen window that had been trapped by connected crown molding, and painted the cabinetry with a fresh white coat. New hardware, a white subway-tiled backsplash, and under-cabinet lighting touches revealed a super chic and clean look, and provide continuity with the bathroom overhaul. 

west village co-op renovation

west village co-op renovation

Throughout the apartment, Gennadiy focused on cleaning up molding details and wiring chandelier and spotlight features that Elizabeth loves and uses every day. Gennadiy’s attention to detail allowed Elizabeth to focus her energy and budget on smart updates that made a huge difference in every room of her gorgeous new home. It probably helped that Elizabeth is rather impossibly stylish, but we are thrilled that these two made such a great pair on all aspects of this project.

west village co-op renovation

west village co-op renovation

west village co-op renovation

Bravo, Elizabeth, and thank you for this peek into your humble abode!

Inspired by Elizabeth’s updates big and small? Post your project on Sweeten and we will match you with experts who can help you create a space you love!

  • Krista

    Beautiful apartment ! Love seeing a reno done on a budget! Nice work!!

  • Nina

    Elizabeth and Gennadiy created an amazing space! Love the new bathroom!

  • Leah

    Damn gina. That place is so cute. Where is the coffee table from – does it have little stools stored underneath?

  • Michael L Baltzer

    Beautiful!

  • Elizabeth

    Hi Leah – the coffee table is from Wisteria. It’s a nesting table, so it has two little tables underneath that pull out for additional table space. Great for entertaining :)
    http://www.wisteria.com/Set-of-Nesting-Coffee-Tables-Set-of-3

  • naomi

    Looks great what color grey paint did you use?

  • urbanopulence

    Where did you find the light fixture in the bedroom?

  • Amy

    Love the carpet in family room, where is that from and is it stain resistant? Great home

  • Brandon Donnelly

    Place looks awesome. The bathroom feels much bigger. That tiny airplane sink had to go :)

  • Amy

    Would love to hear where carpet is from – great space!

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  • Ariana

    Beautiful space! Did you use regular roller shades or solar shades in your windows?

  • Elizabeth

    The color is Coventry Gray from Benjamin Moore – it’s lighter than it looks onlinec, and goes very well with white trim http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/coventrygray

    The ligh fixture in the bedroom is Wisteria, Marrakesh Chandelier
    http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/coventrygray

    The carpet is from Rubs USA – such a good steal, and free shipping! It’s very stain resistance, and holding up very nicely (4 months and counting)
    http://www.rugsusa.com/rugsusa/rugs/rugs-usa-shag/grey/200SPRE14A-P.html

    The shades are regular roller shader, not solar – but they are partially light filtering, so let some natural light in

    Thanks all :)

  • Elizabeth

    The color is Coventry Gray from Benjamin Moore – it’s lighter than it looks onlinec, and goes very well with white trim http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/coventrygray

    The light fixture in the bedroom is Wisteria, Marrakesh Chandelier
    http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/coventrygray

    The carpet is from Rugs USA – such a steal, and free shipping! It’s very stain resistance, and holding up nicely (4 months and counting)
    http://www.rugsusa.com/rugsusa/rugs/rugs-usa-shag/grey/200SPRE14A-P.html

    The shades are regular roller shader, not solar – but they are partially light filtering, so let some natural light in

    Thanks all :)

  • Elizabeth
  • Laura

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I love that Wisteria Marrakesh chandelier. I’ve been looking at in online but it doesn’t say how tall it is, it only give the diameter and the chain length. Would you mind letting me know that dimension? I would really appreciate it.
    Thank you!
    Laura

  • Jennifer

    Where is the bathroom sink from? Love the update!

  • Carisa Deegan

    Such a beautiful but simple remodel! I love it! I’m curious where the bed is from. Looks so simple and fresh!

  • F

    Wonderful job ! Wonder how much was your budget, if you don’t mind?

  • Phyllis

    Outstanding job. Would also love to know the gray paint color and where you got the pendant light in front of closet in bedroom. Thank you!

  • Babette

    Paint colors would be so appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Babette

  • Jeannie

    Yes, please – I would love to know the paint colors!

  • lagatta à montréal

    It is beautiful, and I love the paint colours as well. However, I really don’t find the living room reno very practical. The before photo is ghastly, especially that horrible lamp, but I prefer rooms with tables and chairs – and how long would that white sofa actually stay clean?
    Is there no dining or kitchen table at all, or am I missing something?

    I don’t have a TVA – I find that I can watch anything I want on my computer screen (and it is rare that I do) so it seems like a space that could be more productively used in a small flat.

  • Elizabeth

    Hi all – to answer some questions :

    The Marakesh Chandelier is probably a little over a foot from top to bottom, not too tall

    The bathroom sink is from ADM, found it on Houzz
    http://admbathroomdesign.com/

    The bed is from Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Coutoure – the Soho Bed
    http://www.shabbychic.com/furniture/bedroom/beds-headboards/soho-bed.html#.VH8zaPldVI4

    The paint color is Benjamine Moore- Coventry Gray. It’s softer than it looks in some of the pictures online, but looks great against white trim
    http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/coventrygray

    The pendant light in the bedroom near the closests is from Layla Grace — the Regina Andrew Lighting Jaipur Pendant
    http://www.laylagrayce.com/Products/Regina-Andrew-Lighting-Jaipur-Pendant__RA448087.aspx

    I don’t have a dining table YET… am still searching for one so would love reommendations!!, but there is room for a small table (sub 40in diameter) and I’ve got the mint green Tolex chairs ready to go.

    The white couch (from room and board) is 6months and counting and surpringly still clean.. but I agree not practical if you have kids :)

  • ROSE

    LOVE EVERYTHING, LOOKS CLEAN,BRIGHT AND LARGER. GREAT JOB.

  • donna

    i saw the pictures on Apartment Therapy. Where did you purchase the chandelier in the living room?

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  • Kira

    Where is your couch from??

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  • Madeline Smith

    Where are the living room throws from? I love them!

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