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Since moving into our new home we’ve installed a whopping 16 ceiling lamps…whew!
Not by choice or to simply replace existing lights…nope when you move in Berlin there is absolutely nothing in the property whatsoever except the fixtures in the bathroom and the appliance, gas & water hook-ups in the empty kitchen. Having a basic knowledge of electrics, plumbing & DIY is essential as the first few weeks in a new home are spent installing lights, appliances & window coverings + building a kitchen to make it liveable enough to start unpacking and making it your own.
Having moved from a 2 bedroom apartment into a 3 bedroom house we found ourselves sorely lacking in lights but a visit to the charity shop revealed this vintage beauty for a mere €1.50:
Not exactly my taste but definitely usable…wanna see what I did with it?
Hooray! Moving day is tomorrow bringing with it a very short break from blogging for moi & loads of upcoming home beautifying DIYs, ideas, tips, tricks & tutorials for you!
Our new digs are full of potential so roll up your sleeves, get your imagination in gear & join me on a “before” tour of our soon-to-be stylish new home:
Welcome to our Remise (ree-mee-zay): an early 1900’s farm building that has been converted to a small 2 level house with a yard. An amazingly fortuitous find in big city Berlin & oh-so-conveniently located behind our apartment building – this pic was snapped from our balcony = a pretty convenient move – although trekking up & down the 62 steps lugging boxes & furniture will definitely result in some sore old muscles for a few days!
**the following interior photos were all taken when we first viewed the property and contain the filth, dreck, wall paint & remaining furnishings of the former tenants**
The front foyer is tiny yet functional & just one of the many unfortunate colours the previous renters chose to decorate with
The main floor bathroom with stand-up shower.
All of the scuzzy wooden furnishings will be removed & replaced with DIY goodness
The small room located beside the front foyer.
Walls will be painted gleaming white, the floor replaced with walnut laminate & it will eventually be our guest room
The living room.
The former tenants had divided it into 2 narrow rooms…we shall be knocking out the (uneven) wall, replacing the floor & transforming it back into one large open plan living/dining room.
The kitchen…there are no words.
Check out my thriftastic vintage kitchen furniture here and let your imagination take flight!
Moving on to the second floor with a fancy curving staircase that luckily needs nothing but a good cleaning!
The master bedroom.
Carpet will be torn up and oh so much more!
The upstairs bathroom.
You don’t even wanna know what I saw in that toilet.
My future studio – narrow but nice with 3 large windows!
It’ll be so much lighter & brighter with clean white walls!
The munchkin’s room…in desperate need of a paint job & her fabulous decor!
The attic – great for storage but unfortunately too musty & damp for much else.
and last but certainly not least: the (crazy overgrown) yard…a huge job to be thoroughly tackled in the spring.
S O M U C H P O T E N T I A L !
We’re finally moving into an actual (little yet lovely) house with a yard and everything! No small feat to find in the crowded metropolis of Berlin! This one literally fell into our laps and is located – get this – behind our current apartment building in the “Remise”…
and just what the heck is a Remise? (pronounced ree-mee-zay)
A fabulous old converted farm building!
Since discovering our soon-to-be-new-home I’ve been stalking the kleinanzeigen (online classifieds) for thrifty yet awesome home furnishings and am delighted to share the quirktastic vintage treasures that I scored for my new kitchen:
erm, yeah…I forgot to mention that our new home, although full of potential, requires quite a bit of work to transform it into the spectacular space I envision it to be – this DIY diva is definitely up for the challenge!
How fabulous is that turn of the century kitchen buffet? Some elbow grease & creativity will have it back to its former glory in no time!
I was floored by the awesomeness of this old hideaway wash basin table (it shall soon be transformed into my new kitchen island) + the lovely seller gave us that 1922 typewriter as a “little bonus” – Wheeee!
all this beauty needs is a good old-fashioned scrubbing!
and last but certainly not least my 41st birthday gift to myself:
a gorgeously restored sideboard to complete my vintage kitchen
it even has most of the original manufacturer’s label from 1938 which thrills me to no end!
and just how much did all of these vintage treasures cost?
a mere €230! She shoots she scores!
Discover the (frustrating) ins & outs of moving in Berlin with my detailed Finding a Home in (Berlin) Germany post and stay tuned for loads of funky home DIYs in the future!
Filth, horrific food poisoning and threats of violence were what were waiting for us when we unwittingly booked our last minute trip to Hurghada, Egypt…
Join me as I paint for you the picture of our holiday of huge mistakes & unfortunate events…