A GOLD STRIPED FRIDGE: THE FINAL REPORT

July 28, 2015

Whenever any friends who also follow the blog came over to the apartment there was always one thing they most wanted to see – the gold fridge. No doubt, it is quite a statement piece.

What was the number one question about it? Far and away: do you think it will leave a residue when you take it off?

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My hunch was no. I have tested small corners to see if anything was forming and it always removed smoothly with nothing left behind. Even if there was, it would not be anything goo gone could not fix.

Well, here is what happened: it all came off! It took David about 10 minutes to remove and there was no residue.

Fridge After

You can see in the photo there are some faint lines, but that is actually the area where there was not tape got dirty over time. If anything, the tape preserved the fridge and kept parts of it cleaner than it would have been!

We gave gave it a good wipe down when we left (like you would do anyway) and it was back to being a normal, cheap fridge in a rental.

THE MOVE OUT TOUR: APARTMENT

July 27, 2015

Two and a half years were spent in our 730 square foot, one bedroom apartment. Part of that time had a tiny baby in residence too! We wanted to make this video to remember exactly how it was when we lived here. Like most photographs and videos, at the time it can feel not worth documenting, but then when time passes and you forget the memory as vividly, uncovering the old footage is so special.

I think of all the people in our building, we may be the ones who have lived here the longest. Yep, it was time to go. We filmed this while we were still in the process of closing on our house. This is why I say things like “whatever our next home is like.” So non-committal to the very end!

The apartment was furnished and decorated with a bare minimum budget. (We decided to save more aggresively for a house and live minimally in the mean time.) Most things are not my favorite or the best executed version of what I would choose with more funds, but still a pleasant 28 months.

As ready to go as I am, I have some sort of fondness for this place – thinking of when we brought our baby home from the hospital or hours and hours talking to David and growing together. Okay, I am crying now. Farewell, apartment!

THE BEFORE TOUR: SECOND LEVEL & BASEMENT

July 23, 2015

Today all will be laid bare in the house tour. I have managed to get this far without shout-typing my excitement too excessively. Up the stairs we go!

(These photos were taken during our inspection with some of the previous owner’s items in the home.)

Video Notes
01. There is a little microphone muffling at the beginning. Sorry!
02. I have not yet mentioned that the previous owners left some furniture in the house for us. Most of it is in the boys’ room and then there is a desk in the dining room and several side tables hidden in the office under the clutter. I will maybe try some refurbishing on them or just craigslist for some extra house-spending cash.

I like how this house has a landing with the bedrooms surrounding it rather than a narrow hall. With how the doors are configured there is not a lot of space for furnishings, but I may finagle a shelf in somewhere.

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I previously mentioned the laundry set up is in the basement, but that I have some schemes to bring it elsewhere. A couple friends and family we know who have laundry in or near their master bedroom absolutely rave about that set up.

The landing has a large linen closet which I have my eye on to one day renovate into the laundry facilities. It feels larger than this picture would have you believe and I think the machines could fit.

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Our inspector commented that having a decent sized master suite was uncommon in floor plans designed in our house’s time period.  We are happy about having a master bathroom (its potential, that is).

(The tape measurer is marking off the size of a king bed.)

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After the master, there are three more bedrooms. For now, we are calling them the boy(s?) room, nursery, and guest room (shown respectively).

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The children and guest bath is reminding me that I have to mention this home’s soffits. They are all over the place – two in the kitchen, and one in the powder room, master, and children’s bathroom. I think the rooms would all feel bigger if they are gone.

Jason the Inspector confirmed all the soffits are cosmetic only and could be removed. (Which is great news as there could have been something like a vent or wiring running through them.)

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As we jump down to the basement, we can recap that the house does indeed have three different cream, a brown, two different blues, and a green carpeting. All of it will go!

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Did you see the laundry? Yes, it is currently down in a basement dungeon, but having my own set up is one of the best sights this renter’s eyes have beheld in 2 and 1/2 years! While I have a long list of decor improvements for the basement, I plan to keep it pretty bare as an open play area for little ones.

These tours did not go into much detail about what my vision for each room is, but those posts will come later in a room by room breakdown. You might be surprised to guess what we will tackle first!

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