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Another "my new apartment" thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Lucky Strike, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. coconut

    coconut Well-Known Member

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    Check out apartmenttherapy.com. It is the closest think to this forum that I know of for apartment decorating.
     
  2. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Well-Known Member

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    Check out apartmenttherapy.com. It is the closest think to this forum that I know of for apartment decorating.
    Just did - seems v. useful, thanks. Update; we're debating whether to keep the place-built shoe closet, or get a new one made. The builders are, naturally, strongly in favour of tearing it down. (If we decide to keep it, the cost of fixing it up properly may be higher than having a new one made.) [​IMG] I'm also considering this art deco chandelier (I can buy it for $100, which is a very good price). Excuse bad photo. [​IMG] I also got hold of an art deco table/lamp, originally from a 30s cabaret theatre here in Oslo. Here it is, on its way to restoration (new cloth cord of the original type, frosted glass tabletop and refinishing of the top, where the varnish has "boiled". [​IMG] Other furniture under consideration, all original 30s: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Glass table-top must be changed. The bar-stools (2) and the sofa will have to be reupholstered, of course - I'm thinking about a tweed-like fabric, - maroon?
     
  3. speedster.8

    speedster.8 Well-Known Member

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    Look for fabrics in "high marindales" wear resistance testing.
    But any good upholstering company can guide you. Throug contacts they can possibly recomend some furniture & cabinet makers, and also som fabric distributors in your area. .
     
  4. otc

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    bye! let me know what you think!!


    I think you're about to get banned
     
  5. Toiletduck

    Toiletduck Well-Known Member

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    Hows your apartment going LS? Looking like its going to be a mighty cosy place to be.
     
  6. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Well-Known Member

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    Hows your apartment going LS? Looking like its going to be a mighty cosy place to be.
    The painters, and the electrician moved out yesterday, actually, - so, the painting and the electric stuff is all done. None of the doors have handles, and there are quite a few DIY projects for me to do for the next weeks. The old structured glass-fibre wallpaper has all been spackled aover and painted matt eggshell white, the door- and window frames are glossy pure white. We had the ceiling in the bedroom put back to its original (~5 inches higher) height, mostly to get hidden lighting strips installed behind the railing which is now ~ 5 inches below the present ceiling height. I really like indirect lighting. The floors were scrubbed with little discernible result, but I think a few more good scrubbings with a hard brush and old-fashoned, gritty soap powder will work wonders. (I don't want to sand it down, as I like the patina.) Ah, and we bought the sofa, table and barstools above, but as they all need to be reupholstered/fixed, we probably won't get them before very much before Christmas.
     
  7. Luc-Emmanuel

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    The floors were scrubbed with little discernible result, but I think a few more good scrubbings with a hard brush and old-fashoned, gritty soap powder will work wonders. (I don't want to sand it down, as I like the patina.)
    [​IMG]

    !luc
     
  8. fritzl

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    A couple of different corners; window framing before and after:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Why did you do this?

    What happened to the shoe closet?
     
  9. Toiletduck

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    The painters, and the electrician moved out yesterday, actually, - so, the painting and the electric stuff is all done. None of the doors have handles, and there are quite a few DIY projects for me to do for the next weeks.

    The old structured glass-fibre wallpaper has all been spackled aover and painted matt eggshell white, the door- and window frames are glossy pure white.

    We had the ceiling in the bedroom put back to its original (~5 inches higher) height, mostly to get hidden lighting strips installed behind the railing which is now ~ 5 inches below the present ceiling height. I really like indirect lighting.

    The floors were scrubbed with little discernible result, but I think a few more good scrubbings with a hard brush and old-fashoned, gritty soap powder will work wonders. (I don't want to sand it down, as I like the patina.)

    Ah, and we bought the sofa, table and barstools above, but as they all need to be reupholstered/fixed, we probably won't get them before very much before Christmas.



    Sounds like a very long process in place! I kind of miss that kind of moving in. Being in Hong Kong, everything is pretty much ready made and completely done when you move in. There is minimal to no DIY projects :S. I guess its a function of the lack of time HKGers have to themselves, the extreme lack of space to put DIY projects together, and the lack of products to achieve this as well
     
  10. Lucky Strike

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    [​IMG]
    Yep, something like that. Does that smell like resin?
    Why did you do this? What happened to the shoe closet?
    The old window frames are a later addition, and the profiled bits are completely incorrect for the date of the building (1929). These are slightly more correct. We kept the shoe closet - pics to follow.
    Sounds like a very long process in place! I kind of miss that kind of moving in. Being in Hong Kong, everything is pretty much ready made and completely done when you move in. There is minimal to no DIY projects :S. I guess its a function of the lack of time HKGers have to themselves, the extreme lack of space to put DIY projects together, and the lack of products to achieve this as well
    I like projects like this - it's the only way to get things exactly how you want them. Found this chair at a junk dealer's on Monday, still not decided on it: [​IMG]
     
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    Yep, something like that. Does that smell like resin?
    yes, it's been the official "dirty apartment" cleaner for decades here: walls, wooden floors... The only drawback is that you need to rinse.
    Not sure about the chair.

    !luc
     
  12. Toiletduck

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    [​IMG]


    Chair for your desk? Looks mighty uncomfortable. Must be expensive seeing that its under lock & key [​IMG]
     
  13. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Well-Known Member

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    yes, it's been the official "dirty apartment" cleaner for decades here: walls, wooden floors... The only drawback is that you need to rinse. Not sure about the chair.
    That must be the more or less the same stuff under a different brand, then. I'm not sure about the chair myself, it will be $100 to buy and another $2-300 to reupholster. The tentative plan is to use it as a desk/occasional chair. I'll hva to decide on it before the week is over.
    Chair for your desk? Looks mighty uncomfortable. Must be expensive seeing that its under lock & key [​IMG]
    Nah, it's $100, as I said above - it's in a junk shop. The chair is fairly comfortable, I'm just not sure if I like the style, or rather, if it has enough style.
     
  14. Lucky Strike

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    Sofa and barstools came back from reupholstering: [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Sofa looks perfect there. I like the color, mine is the same.
     
  16. Toiletduck

    Toiletduck Well-Known Member

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    nice. Is there going to be a coffee table?
     
  17. Lucky Strike

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    Yep, this one - I'm picking it up tomorrow, but I'll have to change to the black glass table top, which has a crack. [​IMG]
     
  18. Toiletduck

    Toiletduck Well-Known Member

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    ooo sweet...whats going to be the coffee table book
     
  19. neirvy

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    Verily, it is a beautiful place -- love the pine floors. In terms of the fundamentals, it has all of the appreciable qualities one could want in an apartment. Esp. enjoy the "glow" of the Scandinavian sun in the photos. I'm assuming you took them in the summer? I lived in an apartment in Sweden for two years (Gothenburg), and it was so enjoyable to have "soft sun" constantly flood your place -- I really miss that.
     
  20. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Well-Known Member

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    ooo sweet...whats going to be the coffee table book
    Here: [​IMG]
     

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