Our new old apartment #1: The beginning

Blog entry by mbulla posted 10-01-2010 11:18 PM 29056 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Me and my girlfried bought new apartment last year – our first one. First when I saw it, I wanted to leave it right away because everything in there was old, dirty and bad. Then I realized that there are many ways how to refurbish it and make it look like we want, but it will be loot of work to do it.

The apartment has 4 rooms – Kitchen, Living room, 2 Bedrooms and 4 small balconies/loggias.

Here are some photos of the apartment at the time when we bought it:

Very old pelmet


Vestibule – Doors to Bathroom and Toilet on the left

Vestibule – old door, old phone, old lamp :)

Living Room – nice looking wall and floor, broken window at the back

Living Room – walls

Our dog – he can’t believe we’ll live in there :)

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posted 10-02-2010 10:25 AM

Ah yes…. like a blank canvas in front of a talented artist with brushes and paint….

you’ve got your work laid out in front of you and so many different directions to express your creative likes.
It’ll be nice to see some progress pics now and then.

-- Above all, it is a matter of loving art, not understanding it. (Fernand Leger)

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posted 10-02-2010 10:44 PM

Well this is HR to the max, keep the pictures coming.

Congrads with the new place.

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posted 10-04-2010 12:19 PM

ok ok…here is what we need to do…......we need to start um uh well…....ok we just need to tear something down…yes thats it…I can always think better when I tear something down…....

Ok…keep the Girl, dog, phone, it’s kinda retro, and floors…......replace the windows, paint over the pink, redo the cabinets and we are almost done. .....now thats not so hard is it ????

maybe you should call PaBull for help….

I would love to see some waterlox on those floors…..love the floors.

Good luck

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 10-04-2010 12:33 PM

That’s exactly what I want to do but: the retro phone is not working anymore :(, floors are really damaged and there are large gaps between them – I think I will put new floors but I will keep the girl and the dog …:)

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posted 10-04-2010 04:08 PM

It’s always so nice to look back on the photos of before and after in the years to come.So what did you get finished in your first year.

-- Dustygirl Hastings,Ont. Life is too short to sit around doing nothing

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posted 10-04-2010 04:49 PM

I kinda like the floor, can’t you revive that floor with a good bar-top finish, to fill the cracks? And if you go retro, let’s keep the peach color on the walls too….

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posted 10-05-2010 11:23 PM

Yes, but this wooden floor is only in the living room . In the kitchen and vestibule is some kind of linoleum. All these floors are in the same height so if we would like to leave only the wooden floor, we have to raise it to the same height as the new floor in the kitchen. Since we would like to have the same floor in kitchen, living room and vestibule as well it would be easier to buy new floor and install it on the old one.
And for the peach/pink color … I hope you’re just kidding …:)

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posted 10-06-2010 04:37 PM

OK I can see the floor issue, go wall to wall and make it look pretty. This way you barry the old pretty wooden floor for the next guy to get exited about under the new floor.

The pink wall… we used that color for the girls room, looks nice, but I can see you changing the color to a more up-to-date one.

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posted 10-06-2010 10:11 PM

I will keep the floor in the bedrooms which is the same floor as in the living room. I will post photos how is it going soon …

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posted 10-07-2010 04:54 PM

I’m waiting….....

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