03 June 2014

Second apartmentiversary

On Sunday night, when Mr. P and I were out for a evening stroll around the neighborhood, I saw a moving van parked out on the street. “Ugh, moving,” I said. “Thank goodness that’s not us.”

“That was us, two years ago today,” Mr. P replied.

He’s right – over the weekend, we hit the two-year mark of making this apartment Casa P. And thank goodness we like living here, because I wouldn’t ever want to move again unless it was absolutely necessary.

It’s funny, when I think about how I’ve written about our homes on this blog, it feels like the Nashville house takes up 80% of the posts, whereas we just moved to this apartment. In reality, we sold the Nashville house a year into this blog’s life. The projects in this apartment haven’t been as major – yet. I constantly have to remind myself that I lived in the Nashville house for over four years before I started a single project, and was nearly five years in when I started writing about it.

So on this second apartmentiversary, I’m not beating myself up with the projects left undone, as I did last year. I figure we’re barely halfway into our time living here, so we’re making pretty good progress!

Like last year, I came up with a before-and-after photo tour for you (taken on a cloudy day, but whatever). And since goals are always a good thing, here’s how I did this year!

Foyer

Two years ago:


Last year:

The foyer got a lot of attention over the last year! Here’s what I’ve done:

  • Created a wall-mounted “landing strip”
  • Added art to the cabinet fronts
  • Hung some curtains (that remind me of Dwell Studio fabric)
  • Changed out the aquarium skirt fabric
  • Painted new owl art
  • Found and hung the best thrift shop art ever
  • Hung sunburst mirrors in the corner
  • Found the perfect foyer rug

Now:

And here’s what I’d like to do in the future:

  • Paint the walls
  • Clean out and organize the built-in cabinetry
  • Clean out and organize the console
  • Eventually, paint the little gray desk and use it in the landing just outside the foyer

Living room

Two years ago:

Last year:

The living room didn’t need as much work as the foyer, so the list of what I accomplished is considerably shorter:

  • Replace the patio table (FINALLY!) with antique cocktail tables
  • Make new pillows for the ottoman seating area
  • Spruced up the placement of books and knickknacks on the shelves

Now:

There are a few major projects to tackle in here:

  • Paint the walls
  • Clean out/organize the other half of the coat closet
  • Cover the lampshade in white fabric, so the lamps coordinate
  • Hang the heavy Nashville art on the wall (I know how, just have to commit!)
  • Add trim to the bookshelves to cook like a cohesive unit (maybe this year?!)

Kitchen

Two years ago:

Last year:

What does one do with a green green green rental kitchen? Not much.

  • Stopped using the old placemats. (I just got tired of them, but I did get nice new ones for company, though!)
  • Bought some new kitchen towels. Meh.
  • Hung some faux watercolor art on the far wall
  • Cleaned out and organized the pantry

Now:

Considering that I’m becoming less interested in hanging curtains in this room, I guess there’s just one big thing left to do in here:

  • Come to terms with my green green green kitchen

Butler’s pantry

Two years ago:

Last year:

The butler’s pantry is just as green, but I like it a lot more now after these projects:

  • Bought new soap and linens to make the sink functional
  • Made some meaningful art
  • Hung a shelf (to store bar items and aforementioned meaningful art), a towel hook (for the aforementioned linens), and some antique art
  • Made and hung some café-style curtains
  • Made a new serving tray (that I’ll tell you about later!)
  • Generally made this a tried-and-true bar area for parties

Now:

I really like how this mini-room overhaul turned out, so I’ll probably leave it be for a little while. But maybe down the road, I’ll...

  • Make longer curtains (I used what fabric I had on hand, and I’d prefer to not see the ring clips)
  • Get a rug for the sink area to hide some of the green green green
  • Add a few more liquors to allow for more spontaneous cocktails

Master bedroom

Two years ago:

Last year:

I didn’t think I did that much in our bedroom this year, but the projects I did made a big impact!

  • Hacked some IKEA RAST dressers to use as nightstands
  • Made and hung pelmet boxes over the windows
  • Moved the super-heavy mirror to store under the bed (after nearly two years leaning against the wall)
  • Hung the super-heavy sunburst mirror
  • Built new wardrobes as part of a project-in-progress

Now:

There’s still quite a bit to do, including a few carry-overs from last year.

  • Paint the walls (this room is the first on the list, I think!)
  • Trim out the wardrobes in stained wood and move my clothes in
  • Hem the curtains
  • Find (or make!) a new duvet cover
  • Find an ottoman to hide the outlets on the far side of the bed

Bathroom

Two years ago:

Last year:

This year I mostly enjoyed the previous year’s projects, so I didn’t do much more:

  • Made a faux roman shade
  • Secured the cabinet skirt so it wouldn’t fall down when Mr. P breathed on it
  • Swapped out the rug in front of the shower for one somewhat less old and gross
  • Added drawer units under the cabinet for storage

Now:

Yeah, yeah, it looks basically the same. I don’t have many projects in mind for this room either, mostly just projects from last year’s list:

  • Find a new rug to cover the pinky-beige linoleum (do you know how hard it is to find 3x5 rugs?!)
  • Make better use of that hidden cubby in the half-wall
  • New hand towels? Sorry ours are kinda gray, houseguests
  • Spruce up or replace our shower caddy (it’s all kinds of gross)

Office

Two years ago:

Last year:

Once again, I feel like I’ve spent a ton of time and energy thinking about this room and even doing things in the room, and yet... it looks basically the same as last year. Ugh. This room is still the bane of my homemaking existence. Here’s what happened this year:

  • Completely redid the china cabinet with paint (and decided to keep it in this room, instead of moving it to the foyer)
  • Made a few new pillow covers
  • Painted the printer stand white from that awful blue
  • Cleaned out and removed the old filing cabinet
  • Cleaned out the corner that was previously stacked with frames
  • Bought a sheepskin and pillow to spruce up the desk chair, so I hate it less now
  • Made a sewing corner, before realizing I don’t need a sewing corner and putting the sewing machine away again

Now:

Fortunately the to-do list is a bit more specific this year, if just as long as before:

  • Paint the walls
  • Make and hang window treatments (and I know what I want!)
  • Add shelves to the window nook to look like built-ins
  • Swap out the pillow covers for others I have in mind
  • Hang art and linen bulletin board on the desk wall
  • Create a gallery wall on the futon wall
  • Spruce up the lamps (again, I think I know how)
  • Clean out and organize the closet (ideally, store linens elsewhere, maybe in the living room closet)
  • Find the perfect midcentury credenza for the back wall (and move the little gray desk to the landing)
  • Consider a new rug?
  • Spend hours scrolling through Pinterest to get more inspiration on how to make an office I’d love to spend more time in

Guest room

Two years ago:

Last year:

After the big room overhaul, I didn’t do much in here this year:

  • Finished hanging the city art
  • Cleaned out and organized the desk to store office supplies
  • Cleaned out and organized the closet and dressers, a bit

Now:

Considering this is still my favorite room in the house, I don’t want to change a lot anytime soon:

  • Paint the walls
  • Paint the mirror in the corner (I’m thinking a light taupe)
  • Relocate most of my clothes to the wardrobe in the bedroom


So! After another year of living here, I’m finally proud of most of the rooms in our home. The big exception, obviously, is the office – but I’m feeling good about it for year three. Hopefully this will be the year I tackle what feels like the three biggest projects: painting the pink walls, building out my wardrobes, and trimming the living room shelves. But if the third apartmentiversary rolls around and those things aren’t checked off the list yet? I’m sure I’ll still have spent this year making Casa P our home.

2 comments:

Christal said...

your house is so beautiful. :-)

Rachel C said...

Oh! Why do you keep taunting by mentioning painting the walls!? I hope you do it! Want help?

Also, I'm impressed by everything you've accomplished in 2 years.