Condo Renovations

The last two weekends Lauren and I have spent hours upon hours working on the condo. We’ve been painting trim, painting rooms, upgrading switches, outlets and heaters and, on occasion, totally screwing things up. Below are a few of the recent projects with some tasty before and after shots. The first is the one I’m probably proudest of. I ripped out the old and nasty baseboard heater and upgraded it to an wall unit. The second is a before and after shot of our balcony. I started with 20 inch square deck material that I bought from Ikea and, basically, cut it to fit our balcony and then nailed it all together with boards underneath.

Before and After Heater Upgrade

Balcony Deck Upgrade

By no means is this all that we’ve done the last two weekends. Here is the laundry list of things we have done in the last few weekeneds.

  • Painted the guest bedroom “mocha brown”.
  • Painted four new interior door slabs only to realize that I had measured two of the doors wrong and I couldn’t hang the other two doors because I was neither equipped with the knowledge or the right tools for the job.
  • Put new trim in the guest bedroom.
  • Put new switches and outlets in the guest bedroom, our bedroom and the bathroom.
  • Painted the window sills in both bedrooms.
  • Replaced the baseboard electric heater in the guest bedroom.
  • Put in a faux deck on our balcony.
  • Painted over the nasty yellow in the living room with a clay color.

This coming week our contractor is coming to put in all new interior doors, which will need to be painted and trimmed. After that is done we plan on painting and putting new closet doors up in both of the bedrooms.

At that point we will have hit a wall. The other projects from that point forward will need to be handled by professionals. We plan on gutting the kitchen and the bathroom and then, the final touch, putting in all new carpet.

2 thoughts on “Condo Renovations

  1. Looks great! Congratulations! I appreciate you getting the guest bedroom ready for my three-day weekend toward the end of the summer. I will also need central air in my living quarters, as well as hot, fresh, strong Arabic coffee each morning…let’s say 9:00AM. Good? Good. Please arrange for the driver to hold a sign reading ‘Sir Jelinski’ at baggage claim.

  2. When I visit Seattle I like to stay at the Chez Stump Villa, the finest of accommodations in the Pacific Northwest. The amenities are too numerous to mention, though there is a wonderfully crazy cat that likes to wander the property. Free wi-fi access, a well-stocked fridge and complimentary back massages are all things you too will enjoy with your stay at Chez Stump Villa. Don’t forget to try the pillow mints, specially imported from a small French Alps town.

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