Monday, October 22, 2012

Home improvement in the new apartment.

     As I may have said in last post, we moved into a new apartment in mid August. It is closer to my husbands work and shaves about 20 minuets off of his daily commute, and with gas prices the way they are, that is a big savings! We kind of rush moved into this place, as it was exactly the location we were wanting. It is right smack dab in the middle of the tiny downtown. A "townhouse" if such a grand word can be applied to an apartment in such a small Maine town! The building itself is over 100 years old, and it has a good old fashioned character to it, like lovely 9' ceilings in every room except the living room, and beautiful moldings around every door. The kitchen also has charming cabinets that do ALL the way up to the ceiling!
    But, as with a lot of old places, it has a few cons. Like the circa' 1975 baby poop "gold" range and fridge. I love vintage, but I am not that much of a fan of just plain old! It also came with painted plywood flooring in the large L shaped hall and the smaller bedroom that was IMPOSSIBLE to sweep cat hair and dust off of. Not to mention the whole place is painted in shades of white and baby powder blue, not my two favorite paint colors!
     So, we decided to try our hands at DIY for the first time! We got some peal and stick linoleum tiles from Lowe's and put them down in the large pantry/closet and the hallway.
     Here s the new floor all done, not perfect, but it looks MILES better, and it is removable! Painting the hallway is next on the agenda.
    Here is the smaller bedroom "before". It looks very cold, and the floor literally was like Velcro for cat hair, it could NOT be swept, my husband ended up using half a roll of tape to get it de-fuzzed after one of our cats spent the better part of a month in here after the move! The walls also had only one coat of paint, so it looked a bit "patchy".
    Here it is freshly painted and the new floor almost done! So much brighter and warmer, not to mention we really, really, REALLY love how the floor came out! We are wishing we had used it in the hallway now!
     We are very much enjoying the whole process, there is so much satisfaction at the end of a project! We still have a lot we want to do with the place, and I will keep you posted as we get each project done. Coming soon, "after" pictures for the hall!

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