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When we got the keys

January 7, 2019

Today marks 8 years in this apartment. The one we went to look at for fun, that no one else wanted. I think the pictures below will tell you why, don’t think I have posted all of them before. You can read the story about our home here. When we saw the apartment, before moving in, we never went out on the balcony, so the first thing we did was running out to see if we could see the TV-Tower. With some effort, yes.

First picture from the interior. This is where Johan’s desk is those days.

There was dirt everywhere.

The kitchen had several layers of carpet that we removed, to get down to the wooden floor.

The secret room, which we use as storage and closet these days. Will go through all stuff and make a corner for writing, reading and solitude. Like this, but better.

The bathroom was horrendous. No basin, coal heated water, so dirty we both almost threw up while cleaning. The lady who lived here before (for 40 years), decided to put new plastic carpets on the floor instead of cleaning, so you can only imagine what was between the layers.

The walls were not sponge painted, as we first thought.

Fortunately we got new stoves (only 1 is new in this picture, as I guess you can see).

It took several days of cleaning before we could think of painting.

How satisfying is this? Deep breath.

Some of the trash made a beautiful picture.

Johan, 8 years ago. We used the window as fridge.

I have never lived this many years in one place before and never this big. We went from 34 square meters to 100 square meters, I think I still haven’t gotten used to how big it is. So happy we decided to take care of this place, it was a lot to do and I will probably never start a project like this again, but here we are and I hope we can stay for a long long time.

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  • Reply Natalia January 8, 2019 at 8:39 am

    What an idea to put new lino on the old one :-O It was definitely a catastrophe!

    • Reply Sandra January 8, 2019 at 10:21 am

      Instead of cleaning I can look at those pictures and the apartment looks very good 😉 Should do that for 40 years ha ha ha.

  • Reply Karen Sofie January 8, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Oh my god such a big effort! But what a great result, I remember seeing photos on the fvonf-page, it’s such a beautiful home.

    • Reply Sandra January 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you, dear. Working on making it beautiful again, it’s been very low priority the past few years. I’m back! 😉

  • Reply Christine January 9, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    The work ones does in old homes when one is young. You did an amazing job and had the vision to see what it could be. I hope the rent is good for all that work you have put into it. I love the different shape rooms. It is a lovely place.

    • Reply Sandra January 9, 2019 at 10:03 pm

      We got 4 months free rent for the job, if it would have been today, I would have asked for more 😉 We’re lucky though, the rent is fixed so for this big space we pay a very good rent compared to many others in our neighbourhood which is going through a mayhem gentrification. Glad you like it, thank you for commenting, Christine!

  • Reply Debdor January 9, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    How come the Landlord didn’t clean it out before you moved in? Even so, like you, I would have still taken it, as you can see the potential….

    • Reply Sandra January 9, 2019 at 10:05 pm

      In Sweden, the tenant who moves is obligated to clean the place. In this case, the lady who lived here was dead. Would have been great if the landlord would have taken care of the cleaning at least, but it’s not their style. They are more into not answering when you need something, hmm.

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