Hey hey! Did you see the fun post from Tuesday where Joel spilled the beans on what he thinks about all this DIY madness? His no holds barred take on me. He’s a keeper. 😉
And for the second week in a row I’ve got a video for you! Last week it was the little good-bye, for now, to the Key West house and today it’s the first walk through of this apartment in Aruba we now call home. The before, if you will. There are screws in the walls that need removing, holes that need patching, laundry that needs washing. Sorry ’bout that.
And sorry about the lighting at times. I guess if there’s one down side to having such a bright, sunny view …. but, let’s not start feeling bad for me. 😉
A few things to keep an eye out for:
- 56 seconds in you see the guest bedroom closet which would be super fun to update down the road with functional storage for crafts and projects. We’ll see if we get that far during our time here. 🙂
- 1:16 – We added the carpet runners along the tile in the hallways and in our bedroom. We know they don’t look awesome. We know they’re not for everyone. They’re for Mico. And that’s all that matters. That old gal isn’t as steady on her feet these days and we’ll do anything to make this place work for her, too. So they will stay. And we will love them. 🙂
- 1:30 – I would love to add shelving, maybe even build in the washer and dryer and create a lot of storage. It’s great having an actual laundry room, even if it doubles as a half bath, but functional storage would make it even better.
- 1:50 – One of my first projects will be painting all of the dark baseboards white and patching all of the holes in the walls and prepping for painting.
- 2:04 – The furniture is all hand me down, collected and gathered and it will definitely evolve over time with the look of the apartment.
- 2:10 – One of the most exciting changes we’re moving ahead with on an immediate status is moving the tv. It seems so silly to sit on a sofa facing away from the view. Right?!?! So we’re having someone run the wires and cables through the ceiling and putting the tv right in front of the windows. It will not only orient the whole room facing the true focal point, the view, but it will eliminate any glare on the tv. And down the line we’re thinking about built ins on the wall where the tv is now. Closed doors along the bottom for storage and maybe floating shelves up top.
- 2:19 – THE. VIEW.
- 2:47 – I do still take the girls for walks but we didn’t want them thinking they needed to wait around for us to take them out to go so we created two different mulch areas on our balconies and we’re thrilled the girls warmed up to them. Our highlights and low lights from our first week may have mainly revolved around the bodily functions of our girls. Just looking out for our old ladies. 🙂 (And as a side note, we have had no trouble with odor. We bag and put the #2 in a closed lid trash can immediately and the #1 dries pretty quickly. We did notice a few black flies around so we started spraying straight white vinegar around the mulch area and we have no complaints about turning part of our balcony into a bathroom for the girls.)
- 3:30 – “so much commented on” … “grammar not me thing”
- 5:40 – The first views of the bathrooms, they are in great shape and we have no plans to really change anything other than adding a second towel bar in the master bath.
I hope you enjoy! I’d love to hear all your thoughts on what you would do to update it!! (If you’re reading this in email or in a reader you will have to click over to the blog to see the video.)