So I stayed for the week with nothing but a change of clothes, a puppy that was intent on getting into all things dangerous, and many, many tubs and boxes that needed to be unloaded.
At first unpacking was fun -- much of my kitchen stuff, for instance had been packed away for the last 3.5 years, since leaving the house, so opening each of the tubs marked "kitchen stuff" was a bit like opening the Cracker Jack box as a kid... Who knows what surprise lay in store! After I ran out of space though as I could not unpack to my cupboards, the duty quickly became frustrating... So here I sit in my sea of boxes waiting for cupboards to be complete in order to unpack.
|Kitchen stuff that was fun to unpack|
|More kitchen stuff that was fun to unpack|
|Curtains that I made for the kitchen (had planned to use the fabric in my last house, but finally got around to making them)|
|Curtains that we had in a former apt that fit the guest bedroom window... sometimes you just have to use what fits.|
I spent the week fixing the cupboards -- repairing holes in the wall, removing layers of paint, muddying, sanding, taping, priming and finally painting. Most of the cupboard work is now complete, just waiting on shelves to be built for the front closet to make it more functional (the shelves previously were haphazardly nailed into the walls, rendering most of the space unusable).
Living room closet Before -- at time of original posting, closet had not been completed
Master Bedroom Closet #1 Before/After (Duckling card covered hole in the wall)
Master Bedroom Closet #2 Before/After
Guest Bedroom Closet Before/After (most of the shelves in the house had decades old contact paper covering the boards)
It took 4 days for me to break down and buy food for this place -- that long for me to decide that I actually live here now and that my trip here was not a quick stop on my way back home. Bittersweet feelings -- leaving our whole support network / starting something new.The current plan is to head back tomorrow to empty the apartment, hanger, etc and wrap up our dealings in Michigan.