The new place is quite small compared to our last apartment (1000sq ft smaller to be exact!) but it's super cute, has vintage charm with modern updates, and is perfect for us! Downsizing hasn't been easy, lots of our furniture will end up on craigslist, but it feels good to finally be in an apartment that we love and can see ourselves staying in for a couple of years. To make things extra awesome, the landlord has a panel saw in the garage. I might live here forever!
The hardest part of the move was getting the 500lbs. vintage tanker desk I so lovingly restored from one apartment to another. We ended up knocking a whole in the wall trying to get it upstairs. When I said "up" I meant straight up while Jerome thought I meant forward. Apparently communication is key when moving large objects! So is mind power...after knocking the whole in the wall, we realized we could just take the desk out the back door and have only five stairs to deal with. Oops.
Though I didn't have time to snap pics of the rest of the house before we moved our stuff in, I did take some quick pics of my prized desk so you could see it before it was covered in junk!
Before: Relatively good condition with minor rust, though the grey painted finish was gone in many spots.
After: I LOVE the color! The yellow is actually a little deeper in person.
The left cabinet has a pull out typewriter stand that I use for my printer. Above the three right drawers is a pull out tray.
It took me about two weeks to refinish the desk but it was worth it. When restoring a tanker desk, they tell you to treat it like a car. Most people take them to auto body shops and have the desks professionally sandblasted and painted. Unfortunately that wasn't in my budget which meant a lot of time spent reading car forums, getting materials at Pepboys, and a lot of sanding, painting, and wetsanding down to a perfect finish before waxing and polishing. Talk about tedious! I loved the outcome so much I'd happily do it all over!
This weekend, I'll post links to the helpful websites and forums that will guide you through a tanker desk DIY in no time! Stay tuned :)