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20. 11. 2014

Apartment to-do list

I don’t know if I’m late doing this (or even early?), but I’ve started to think about my goals for 2015. And top of the list will be completing the following to-do list. Our downsized home is not in a bad state of repair (apartment from the bathroom & the carpets), but it does need a little updating.

The complete list of items to accomplish:

+ Paint throughout
+ Replace flooring throughout
+ Fully replace family bathroom (take out bath and add walk in shower)
+ Fix En-suite shower (it falls off!) and re-grout tiling
+ Add shoe storage to hall
+ Replace light fittings in living area & kitchen
+ Fix Bedroom #2 light fitting
+ Add x 2 blinds to living area
+ Replace or update kitchen units
+ Add dishwasher (kitchen)
+ Replace sink unit, hob and oven (kitchen)

It’s not a huge to-do list – I’m hopeful we can get all the work completed fairly early in the New Year – the main issue is the order in which to do everything as we’re working in such a small space. At the moment I’m thinking bedrooms, bathroom, en suite and then living area/kitchen, but this may change.

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22. 10. 2014

A few weeks ago I finally got around to installing shelving in the laundry room cupboard. As I said before it’s not Pinterest worthy, but it is functional……and more importantly it was done on a budget! :)

Before:

laundry room
l. move in day; r. a new working machine.

After:

laundry cupboard

It’s so hard to get a good photo as the cupboard is inside our bathroom and there’s no natural light.

Notes:

- Installed simple bracket shelving on the back wall, deliberately leaving room below for the  washing basket & iron (+ironing when there is any)
– Added a small Ikea picture shelf on another wall after realising that it’s the ideal width for toiletry bottles etc.

Shelf 1: The toilet roll stockpile!
Shelf 2: Washing powder, castille soap & and a basket for miscellaneous items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, tissue packets etc)

I still want to paint the walls, but that’s another job just about completed! :)

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23. 09. 2014

We recently moved into a small 700 sq ft apartment and I’m sharing all the details of how we fix it up to work with our simple, fairly minimalist, lifestyle.

Bedroom 2, which we use as the main bedroom, is getting a very simple makeover. New carpet (and underlay), fresh paint and a replacement curtain rail.

Bedroom 2 Before

Apart from having a new wardrobe (it’s to the left of the bed) installed when we first moved in, we’re using everything from our old house in this room. In an ideal world we would have a bed without an end rail due to space limitations, but we don’t plan on replacing it just for that reason. We originally had the bed under the window, which gave us more floorspace, but found it almost impossible to fall asleep there.

bedroom 2 paint

As you can see from the photo (hopefully you can see it!) I’ve been getting the paint tester pots out! The whole apartment is getting painted in the mixed up cheaper version of F&B Wimborne White for continuity.

Further Reading:

Wardrobe Interiors
Pinterest Board

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