I know that there haven’t been a lot of updates lately, but to be honest the worst part of the renovation progress is not fun nor interesting. It’s a mess! You know that stage where the floors are gone, everything you own is in a pile of dirt and the walls are covered in tape? Yep. But luckily that’s all done now. We’re IN! Lately we have been spending time on orders and taking measures of everything. Washing machine, wardrobes and even a Murphy bed / office space. It will take 4-6 weeks to get the wardrobe in place, so I guess we just have to learn to live with the chaos for a while.
I decided to paint my contrast wall in the living room with something called Lady Minerals from Jotun, it’s a paint that gives a limestone finish to the walls and I really love it. You start by painting with a brush diagonally. Be quick and don’t give yourself any breaks between because this paint dries fast and every brush stroke shows. It had a terrible color when it was fresh and I must admit I was freaking out between the layers. But when it finally dried, I really love it!
The color name and code is Lady Minerals 1623 Marrakesh. I’m going to use an acrylic mix in the same shade around the kitchen area, this paint is really sensitive towards stains and water so don’t do it in a hallway or a kitchen area without a sealer!
And.. I love our new floors!
Today was my first day off after a heavy work-week in the air. It’s high season and everyone is going on their holiday. Me? I’m juggling renovation and a full-time job. And Daniel has two.. Jeezes! Welcome to Chaos.
I had stops in Molde, Tromsø & Harstad this work period so Daniel painted the ceiling and repainted all the white walls while I was gone. It seems like the white walls were not so white after all.. I should have known, that there is nothing called just «white» in the interior world. Our old shade had some sort of yellow hint to it, eggwhite or whatever the correct term is. We wanted pure white walls, the problem with that was that every single thing in the apartment was just that.. eggwhite. The skirting, windowsill, the sockets, the doors and even the whole kitchen fronts were eggwhite. With the freshly pure white walls everything else seemed dirty and yellow. So I had to decide; repaint or redo.
I have decided to paint the frames and windowsills shiny white. And I’m going to have a darker contrast color surrounding the kitchen fronts to make them more clean and white. I’m not quite sure what to do with the doors. We have 3, were one of them is the bathroom door that already has some water damage. So I think I might just replace them. We’ll see…
Tomorrow I’m doing my second coat on the contrast wall in the living room and Daniel is continuing on the floor. To be continued! 😀
Even though I love how big and bright the apartment looks with the white floor, I know it’s not going to last with our lifestyle. We want a pet eventually, I paint, Leo likes to drag his cars and toys all over the floors and I don’t want to worry about stripes and marks. I’ve bought some samples and it looks like we’re going with the shade that we wanted from the beginning.
We’re going for number 3. It’s not too white, and the structure is rough and more rustic.(Marks and wear is going to add to the charm, not become an annoyance.) I like the warmer shades, but I’ve never had light floors before and want the apartment to still look bright and clean.
These two pictures are exactly the same as sample number three, but as you can see the product photos come off completely different than the real deal. My advice to anyone who is looking to get their floors replaced is to quit wasting time online and go directly to the shops. I promise you will save yourself a lot of time and confusion.
I am really looking forward to get the roof and walls repainted, so we can get started on this! The floor really sets the tone and mood of the room. Right now we are ripping off skirtings, throwing out old wardrobes and prepping the rooms for paint!
Today I’ve been together with Daniel for 3 years. It’s really odd, sometimes I feel like we meet yesterday and other days I feel like I’ve known him my whole life. For the last 6 months we have been looking around for apartments, I feel like we’ve been everywhere. Renting is expensive in Oslo and it feels like a waste of money even though we have really enjoyed our old flat. This summer we finally came across an apartment we could afford that meet our expectations. So we celebrated 3 years together by getting the keys to our new home today! It feels amazing, but at the same time it’s hard to grasp that I actually own my own place. It’s right in the city center and best of all.. it has a sunny garden!
The apartment is from 2008, so it is in good shape but needs a layer of paint. We went straight to the store and bought supplies and paint this evening. So we might just go all in and start tomorrow. I can’t wait to spend the next months nesting and coming up with cool ideas.
So if you’re looking for interior, renovation and DIY inspo, this is it!
My name is Tonje. I work as a flight attendant and my spare time consists of creative outbursts with a lot of Netflix and chill in between. I like to bury myself in creative projects and loose track of time and place. It’s my contrast and opposite to my busy life in the air with high “On Time Performance”.
I come from a small place, and when I say small I mean really really small. I come from a fjord at the Norwegian west-coast with about one thousand inhabitants. It’s known as Tomrefjord. I got restless at a young age and I’ve lived in many cities, studied illustration in England and backpacked in South East Asia. I am currently living in Oslo and I am engaged to a wonderful and kind man named Daniel. I have a stepson with the name Leo (7) that stays with us in weekends and holidays. He brings out the kid in me and I think we all need that one soul that justifies an entire afternoon spent in a pillow-castle blowing bubbles as time well spent! Whenever we are able to, we travel.
This is my outlet to share my projects and log my journeys. My intentions are simple; I hope you find something here that inspires you or just make you smile 🙂
With love and some unicorn dust,
Oh and this is me.. I’ll try to ditch the mobile pics and get my hands on a proper camera soon. *Pinky promise*