Around 3 p.m. on Day 2, Chandler signed the forms and got the keys to her new apartment. I drew up a super rough, poorly-scaled floor plan for your viewing pleasure and navigational ease. I know I’m not winning any prizes for my drawing or penmanship, but until I figure out Google Sketch-Up this is about as good as it gets without Anna’s professional intervention.
Chandler rented this place totally sight-unseen, so we were a little nervous about what we’d find on the inside. So what did we find? Well, it’s huge, as you can see. And it’s also pretty nice! Lots of workable space with potential for good stuff to happen. But it definitely has its challenges. Allow me to show you around.
This is the kitchen, obviously. One of the main reasons Chandler wanted this apartment was because it had a dishwasher. Do you see a dishwasher? Me neither. What vicious lies! But everything else is pretty nice—the cabinets are original (recently painted, like everything else) and in totally decent shape, and the appliances are all clean and orderly. Next to the sink there’s a hook-up for a washer and dryer, but there are laundry facilities on the property so buying her own seems a bit excessive. Anyway, it has good bones and we’re going to make it cute if all goes well.
Living room. From my perspective, far and away the worst thing about this space is the carpeting. Oh yeah, and the vertical blinds. Those have to go. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever understand the appeal of thick, plush wall-to-wall carpet, especially when the pile is a combination of beige and poo brown. It’s like an 80s rec-room up in here.
The first thing I did after the landlord cleared out? I started tearing up little corners of the carpet just to see what might be underneath. And, what do you know, there are wood floors under all that carpet. Who would do such a thing? Now, don’t get too excited. It’s a good thing this is Chandler’s apartment and not mine, because you know I’d do something idiotic like rent a floor sander, attempt to do the whole thing myself in the dead of night, and get shot by a disapproving landlord. Of course we wish we could do everything, but sometimes you have to know when to say when and there really isn’t room in the budget to make my beautiful wood floor dreams come true. Chandler isn’t nearly as bothered by the wall-to-wall as I am anyway, so we’re working around it.
Off the living room, there’s this little hallway that leads to both bedrooms and the bathroom. The door at the end is a closet, one of FIVE in the apartment. Oh, the things I would hoard with that much storage space.
This is Chandler’s bedroom, which is also large and has an ENORMOUS closet. Another room, another set of dusty old vertical blinds. They make me sad.
There’s a second bedroom, too, but Chandler’s not totally sure if she’s going to live here alone and use it as an office/craft space or if she’s going to get a roommate and rent it out. So we’re probably mostly going to leave it alone.
Finally, the bathroom. It’s pretty decent, with a new toilet, but could definitely use a little help. Getting the bathroom in good shape is a high priority for Chandler, so it’s the first project we’re tackling after all those initial first-apartment-oh-my-god-I-have-to-buy-so-much-stuff shopping trips are taken care of.
So there it is! There is a lot of work we’d LOVE to do, but given a super-duper tight budget and a short amount of time, we have to pick and choose our battles carefully. How far will we get? We’ll all have to wait and see.