The apartment came with its original 1950’s wardrobe in the entry room. Saving it would’ve been the best, but no. It was not really clean (and the idea of putting all my clothes in there made me cringe), and too small. It had to go. I saved the doors though, I think I can make a desk out of one of them.
It took me a very long time to tear them out. 1950’s wardrobes like this are so sturdy and well made. Actually everything original in Swedish apartments from this time period is well made. In the late 40’s, after the end of the war, some serious research were made in Sweden to build better homes. I will write more about this later when I show you the kitchen. It’s really interesting!
In both the entry room and kitchen the previous owner had put in laminate flooring. The problem with it was that it was loose. You basically tripped on the floor if you tried walking on it. I tore it out and in the entry room I also tore away the vinyl flooring under it.
So, I was left with a completely bare room. And a really scary pipe thing that was exposed when the wardrobe came down!
The baseboards were also a pain to get rid off. Had to use the crowbar again.
The biggest problem about using violence to get rid of baseboards is that big chunks of wall comes out with them. Had to fix it with some putty powder that I mixed in an old ice cream container (very professional).
Fixed the holes in the concrete floor with the same putty.
Some spackling paste on top of that plus some serious sanding made everything smooth.
Fixed and painted the ceiling.
And then,it was time to tackle the walls!
At first I was thinking a soft lavender shade in here, and then I thought maybe watermelon would be cool. In the store I was just not feeling the latter, I even though it was too much. I’m not sure how it happened, but ten minutes later I was walking out with this shockingly pink flamingo one instead. It’s a slap-in-the-face kind of color. I love it. I mean, I own this apartment, might as well just make one room look crazy!
I had the intention to install hardwood floors in the enrty, but then one of my friends commented that my bare concrete floor was “Very New York” and that got me thinking. I’m not sure if its a thing over there to have bare disgusting concrete floors in your home, but in the end I decided that keeping the concrete could be interesting. I cleaned and painted it white with concrete paint.
Aside from the fact that my entry room walls now has the exact same shade as my Barbie doll’s house circa 1992, it’s actually very nice color. If you like pink, that is…
Next step is to cover the pipe and install some other type of storage.