Friday, September 14, 2012

Almost there!!

So the bed and couch have arrived, the kitchen is now connected and ready to use (apart from the fact they messed up and sent 2 white cupboard doors... so they will change), the kitchen cupboards are full of crockery (from Nonna... who wouldnt let us leave until we had pretty well robbed her of all the plates she doesn't use), the curtains are up and today we filled the hole separating our apartment from Lorenzo's parents house with insulation and an sheet of iron (and in the next few days will be covered with a wardrobe)... umm Party???? Our only issue is that the mattrass will be another week and a half... but that's why we bought a sofa bed right?

Lorenzo started it when he chose a purple kitchen, I continued it by buying a pink and purple Mokka (sitting on the bench next to the white cupbords) and then Lorenzo's mum topped it off by buying a pink flowing plant and a pink dust pan..........  I think we need to invest in some new colours!! (cute though right? We can see whose kitchen this is!! haha)

Ready for a dinner party- thanks Nonna!

I know what you're thinking, and yes, keeping this couch white IS going to be a challenge, but look how pretty and white it is!!.. for now.

Thank god for under-bed storage!!

These little bed side tables belonged to Lorenzo's Nonna's Nonna, you do the maths!

Hole is filled!!

Oh another minor thing that the apartment is missing are doors. We have a front door, but are yet to get the bathroom or bedroom door. Open living style!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Casetta Part II

As promised, here is the current progress of our little house... We're getting there! Since the last lot of photos we've filled in, sanded and painted the walls, cleaned and treated the terracotta floor, put in the dividing wall between bedroom and lounge, painted our little bathroom niche and layed the wood flooring in the 'kitchen area'... what do you think?!?


Riccardo (our friendly know-how man) painting our 'niche' with venetian style plaster.

Bathroom equipped with crazy.

The 'men' at work. Who knew terracotta required so much work!? Alkaline wash overnight, scubbed in and washed twice, acid scrubbed in, rinsed and dried, anti-stain chemical rubbed in and dried then two coats of varnish to finish...!!

Presenting our living room! How nice is that floor!

Wooden flooring to cover the kitchen/entry area.
Tomorrow arrive our new couch and bed!! Yipee!! Pity the electrition hasn't come yet and we have no lights!

In other news, I had my Italian entry test yesterday, which if I were to fail would mean the end of my visa... Luckily for me I passed... Yet I think even my dad and his 2 words of spanish would have been fine. They passed all 6 of us, even the 2 students who didn't know how to respond to any of the questions they asked during the interview... suggesting they partake in a basic italian course before the start of uni...
So now that stress is off my shoulders I'm free as a fiddle until the 24th September, when I start uni.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

La Casetta

Buongiorno a tutti! Good to see nothing has changed in relation to me and my slackness in writing posts. Same discourse as last year though... Nothing is really happening that is blog worthy, I don't want to put you to sleep!
I haven't blogged about the work on our little appartment yet because I was waiting for it to be finished... But alas I have decided that considering I have one thing going on at the moment, I might as well milk it for all it's worth!
These are the photos I took in the early days of the renovations, unfortunately I don't have any photos from before we started.

In this first photo you can see the remaining proof of the wall the wall that was demolished (originally dividing the office and workshop from the lounge room) to create space for our kitchen.


On the back wall, the smaller of the two doors is a new hole, and will become the door to our bathroom - the foundations above that door are too important to hack into so that's as high as the door can be... no extra tall people allowed!! At the moment, the other, normal sized door leads to Lorenzo's parents part of the house, which will soon be closed in with a 90kg sheet of iron (bolted to the wall on the parents side), insulation and a set of shelves (because of building rules and regulations the house can't officially be separated, so in theory the house can be reunited if necessary)

 This room will eventually become the kitchen and lounge room, with the door on the side wall being our front door. It's a bit hard to tell yet, but I think it's going to be really cute!!