Slowly Moving Forward

We’ve been trying to chip away at our to do list and have managed to make some progress.

Project 1: Wardrobes/Chest of Drawers

We purchased our wardrobes from IKEA and thanks to a friend of ours, got them home safely. (Who knew those boxes would be so HUGE?) I assembled them and started filling them with clothes. And, several weeks later, they inspired me to buy all matchy-matchy hangers, so we now have coordinating hangers in all of our closets and wardrobes. I’ve got to admit – as geeky as it sounds – this makes me really happy.

In addition, we took on a rather large project when we purchased an unusual set of drawers that were originally intended as a sideboard, to become our chest of drawers in the bedroom. I just loved all of the drawers and the glass fronts on the top drawers. But the color wasn’t quite what I wanted, so I worked on stripping and repainting it. It took longer than expected, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. The before pictures are posted above and to the side. I’ll add after photos once I get the last handle attached.

Project 2/3: Office and Guest Bedroom/Kitchen Nook

Still no progress here, unfortunately. We’re continuing to look for desks that will work in the spaces – one black for the guest bedroom and a white one for my kitchen nook. We may end up having to hack something (I’ve got an idea for an IKEA hack for the kitchen one), but we’re still looking on Craigslist and everywhere else to see if we can find something less expensive.

Project 4: Living Room/Entertainment Center

We’ve finally ordered an entertainment center! See the photo of it on the left. I think this will be a great piece that will be functional (look at all those drawers for storage!) as well as really nice in our space and go well with my old world/new world mixture of design. I’m really excited about it and we get to go take a trip to the burbs (Woodridge, what!?) to pick it up on Thursday night!

Project 5: Patio

Unfortunately, while we do have a lot of great ideas for the patio space, we’re going to have to wait a while to implement these. This is mostly because… the patio is going to be destroyed. Yep- the structural damage that we knew about when we were looking to buy the place is maybe, finally, going to be fixed. Which brings with it, the lovely and large special assessment that we’ll have to pay, along with all of our neighbors, in order to fix it. So, we’ll be paying for improvements on the balcony, they’ll just be of the necessary kind, rather than for fun.

Project 6: Ceiling Lighting

No progress in this direction whatsoever. We’re still suffering from the evil and cheap lighting that was here when we moved in. Someday, hopefully soon, we’ll get them replaced. I’m really getting tired of the lack of a chandelier in the dining room and the ugly light in our bedroom and ceiling fan in our living room. Anyone else dreaming of new lighting fixtures like me?

You’re Our Inspiration

We’ve been doing a lot of searching, researching and brainstorming around what we’re going to do with the rest of our condo. We still have a LOT of work to do throughout the place, so it was great to find a blog called Young House Love (formerly This Young House), which gave us a great idea for adding storage to our bedroom.

As you may recall, when we bought the place, the former owner had placed a large armoire in the corner and placed the bed against the wall with the window, with a bright bedspread, a look that made the room look a lot smaller than it really was.

As you saw in our other “A Place to Sleep” entry, we had decided to put the bed on the other wall to try to add a bit more of a focal point to the room as you walk in, adding depth to the room. But it left little room for storage.

Enter “This Young House” (now “Young House Love”) pastedGraphic_1.pdfand their master bedroom – where they added Ikea storage units on either side of the bed to add additional closet space, with a header above and curtains on either side to make it look like it’s built in and the bed fits nicely in the nook between. (Photo to the right courtesy of Young House Love.)

So, today we went to Ikea and priced out the wardrobes that we want with all the little components that we wanted inside and… decided to see if we could investigate other options that might be more affordable. We scampered over to Lowe’s, remembering some closet/wardrobe options that might work. But no luck there – each cabinet was either too big or too narrow. So, we’ll probably end up going with the Ikea version and just making that investment in the storage that we really need in the bedroom, despite the fact that those inside pieces start to add up much more quickly than we’d like.

Next we need to find the actual bed for our room. We’re hoping to find a platform bed with drawers underneath, to add even more storage to the room, including storage for sheets, but we haven’t found one that we like as well as the one on the side here, at a price that we can afford.

Plus, we’re hoping to do a shelf at the head of our bed so that we have a place to keep our phones plugged in at night, as well as the book I’m reading. We’ll then do swing arm lights, like the ones pictured in the inspiration photo. And, since we don’t have a window on that wall to make the inside curtains make sense, we’re thinking of putting a mirror with white gridwork to make it look like a window, which will also make the space look larger.

Needless to say, we still have a lot of steps we’ll need to take before we see the complete bedroom in real life, rather than just in our imaginations.