This week before I turned in my keys to my old apartment, I was reminded of what our apartment used to look like, before we made it our own. It gave us some good laughs.
Armed with cleaning tools and a big tub of spackle, we set out to restore the apartment to its former glory. In this case, it meant recreating the wet bar that we had long since done away with.
A wet bar is not my favorite feature in an apartment, especially when the kitchen sink is only twenty feet away. This was in Lane’s room, which was a small room on the side with no closet and no room for a dresser. We didn’t need a wet bar, we needed closet space. The shallow glass shelves were not helping.
We removed the glass shelves and replaced them with two sturdy boards. Along the bottom we added a sheet of pegboard covered in white fleece, which made a soft surface and covered up the sink.
We put in a clothes rod, baskets and a hanging shoe organizer to organize all the little outfits and baby items. These were things we could take with us and continue to use after we moved.
It was a joy to open those cabinet doors and see all those cute things every day. It wasn’t hard to change it back to a wet bar, either (so the next tenant can figure out what to do with it).
To make a space you love, be willing to make some changes, even in a rental.
It’s your home. Make it yours.