This big adventure all started with my kitchen as the first contractor I met with is a kitchen god! Although I knew more or less the colour scheme I wanted throughout the space, the entire thing all started with a sample of the kitchen cupboards. Can you believe it?! When I saw the particular shade and texture, I just knew it would be perfect, and that the neutral and modern palette I wanted would be realised.
The kitchen required a complete overhaul so the Kitchen God drew up some aerial plans for me as to the overall layout. This was so important for me to look at and relook at since trying to picture what it would be like was difficult when all you saw is what it currently was. He also drew up the layout from my view depending on where I was standing which helped me visualise as well.
Who knew a kitchen could be removed so quickly?! It really was everything but the kitchen sink (and fridge) left and all of a sudden there was space, and lots of it!
Once the kitchen carcass started to be placed and installed I finally got a sense of the entire space and what my finished kitchen was going to be like.
I decided to tile throughout the space (including the bedrooms). Not only is this easier to keep clean and better for my asthma than carpets, but it is a fantastic way at creating a more modern and uniform style. Plus I couldn’t face the thought of carpeting after seeing the state of the old carpets, and what the floor looked like underneath since a base covering wasn’t used.
The bathroom was another eye-opener! The previous layout was such a bad use of space that there were approximately three or four full tiles that you could actually see and stand on. The space looked and felt cramped! Not to mention that the shower was a lot smaller than any standard size. Basically, I could stand inside with my hands on my hips and my elbows would touch the sides of the shower! Can you just imagine what it would have been like to try and wash my hair in there?! Plus the shower head was a lot lower than the standard height which would prove another problem if I’d kept everything the way it was.
The contractor I chose for my bathroom (and who ended up doing all the other bits other than the kitchen) was able to see a totally new layout that would make the bathroom look and feel so much bigger and make it completely different. My Mr Man lovingly drew up a layout for me after I moaned once too much saying I couldn’t see the end result. Once I got a feel of the new space and how the different elements would work, I was a lot more at ease.
A whole lot of rubble! A whole lot of space!
In total the renovation took about 1.5 months to complete which is more or less what I’d planned on. And the final product really took my breath away!
The complex has been around for years, and proof of this is how old everything is within the place. (I am sure that the kitchen and bathroom were installed before I was even born!) But because it’s an older complex, the rooms are a lot bigger which is a huge bonus when you have the amount of stuff I do. When I first started looking at properties to buy, I realised how small the new places are with almost zero storage or cupboard space, so finding an older place with such space was a huge bonus!
Because the place was old and space wasn’t being used to the maximum, renovations were in order. These are the before pics (which are actually the pics used on the online property listing).
The dining room (looking to the lounge):
The dining room with a view of the loft area:
Once the house had been transferred into my name, I started obtaining quotes for the renovations I wanted to do. And based on what I wanted to do, the place was essentially going to be gutted! The renovation process is up next…
I have been following Stacey for years and have always marvelled at how she manages with the cards life has dealt her. Not many would cope if they were dealt the same hand, that’s for sure. So when I first heard about this special fundraiser I just knew I wanted to participate, even if it was only a small part of the bigger picture. And then the added chance to dress up…it was a definite!
A colleague at work used to be a professional make-up artist, so when I first booked my seat for the event, I asked her whether she had ever done make-up to make someone look old, and whether she would stay late one day and do this for me. Of course, she said yes! And the end result was better than I could have hoped for.
The before pic (with my hair clipped back).
And the after pic (after an hour’s work).
And the after after pic once I’d found something to wear that would make me look older. (Notice I even mismatched the buttons on my cardigan because that’s classic old-person right?!)
The bingo was super fun! The last time I’d played bingo was for my half-birthday last year at Beefcakes but that didn’t involve dressing up. The bingo cards were quite different this time and didn’t feature a standard square playing card. But it wasn’t a biggie as we got the hang of it really quickly.
I didn’t win a single round of bingo. BIG SAD FACE. But Robyn, who sat next to me, won three separate rounds! Lady Luck was definitely shining on her. Perhaps it’s a sign for her to quit her day job and take up bingo professionally! Ha!
On Friday I was treated to a VIP concert experience with TicketPro. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the band I got to see was One Republic (who was preceded by Gangs of Ballet).
My VIP ticket got me a special parking area so I didn’t need to fight all the peeps in traffic for a parking space in the masses of parking. This special parking area also meant a quick getaway after the concert. The VIP area was a short walk away from the parking area and was on the mezzanine level so I didn’t need to fight the crowds once again. Score!
I was treated to some yummy snacks and an open bar. But best of all was being able to sit on comfortable chairs away from the throngs of other concert-goers with our very own set of bathrooms. (Can you tell I’m getting older?!) After experiencing a concert this way, I fear I may not be able to attend another concert the “normal” way.
Gangs of Ballet were absolutely amazing. They sound exactly the same live as they do on the radio. And I didn’t realise how many songs of theirs I knew! I have a problem where I sing to a lot of songs on the radio but generally tune out when the DJ says who the artist was or what the song title was.
Just before One Republic came out a big announcement was made that the band’s first DVD was going to be filmed that night so we were going to get an extra amazing concert and that we should be extra amazing with our applause, woohoo-ing, etc. Excitement!
The concert was phenomenal! I sang along to all of the songs and had an absolute ball. I couldn’t quite believe how full the venue was. It must be the first times I have seen the Dome looking so full!
That right there folks are thousands of cellphone lights. What an awesome scene from our little spot.
The finale where confetti burst from the ceiling.
A big thanks to TicketPro for this amazing experience and allowing me to see such an awesome concert.
It’s been a busy year with a LOT going on all at once. Who was Einstein kidding when he said:
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
The Blairgowrie house was put on the market at the beginning of January and by the end of the month there had been a lot of interest but ultimately one excited couple and a signed offer to purchase. It’s taken a while for that house to get wrapped up but it finally happened at the end of May.
Once that house was on the market and the interested buyers had signed paperwork, I decided it would be a good idea to start looking at the property market in terms of what was available, whether I could afford what I wanted, which areas to look at… I quickly found out that my budget and the areas I was looking in did not quite match up so I had to extend my search a little, and toughen my skin learning not to get despondent when the perfect place didn’t smack me in the face on the first try.
I basically inquired about (almost) any and every property that was in the areas I was looking at, at or below my budget, and with my minimum requirements. I had reached the point where I’d decided to wait for the Blairgowrie house to finish up completely before looking further when it happened…
I had first been put off by this one property because it had a thatch roof (asthmatic and spiders-falling-into-my-mouth-while-I-sleep worries) and needed work to modernise it, but once I saw it I realised I had hit the jackpot! Two bedrooms, one full bathroom, loft area, dining room, lounge, and kitchen. By the end of February I had seen it twice and decided I had to make it mine. By the first week of March I’d put in an offer to purchase which was accepted. By the second week of March I had received bond approval. And by the third week of March I’d already started signing paperwork. It was transferred into my name in the first week of May.
In the space of just over two months I’d managed to get a place of my very own! And today the renovations started. But that’s for another post…
Last Wednesday I was invited to a special screening of The Rewrite at the Ster Kinekor Head Office in Sandton. I wasn’t too sure what the movie was about when I RSVP’d, but since it starred Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei I just knew it was going to be a goodie.
The Rewrite is a romantic comedy (my favourite type of movie) and is about a “one hit wonder” screenwriter who has no choice but to take a job opportunity teaching a screenwriting course at a university so he can pay the bills. He starts an illicit affair with a student, selects his course participants based on looks and not their sample scripts, and starts an argument with one of the faculty members. And that’s just the beginning! But by the end you learn to love him and he finds romance and happiness. It’s just the type of movie I’d buy on DVD and watch over and over again.
Oculus was brought out in 2013 at a film festival and was released to the public cinemas in early 2014. This is a psychological horror film about a brother and sister. After a series of supernatural events, the brother is convicted of murder and taken away. Years later his sister tries to exonerate her brother by proving that an antique mirror is responsible for this “crime”.
As much as I end up watching scary movies with my hands covering most of my eyes, I really love them! As this movie progressed I thought how predictable it all was until towards the end when I was left open-mouthed. Definitely a movie to watch with a loved one…so they can “protect” you and you can grip their arms until they turn blue.
Some awesome peeps from TicketPro, the newest tech savvy ticketing innovator, got in touch with me to tell me about their #MysteryTicket Competition.
This competition is awesome! It is so awesome that I have already entered and am considering bribing my family members to enter and then hand over their prizes to me if they win. Sneaky sneaky.
With this once-in-a-lifetime #MysteryTicket Competition, you stand a chance to win one of two season tickets to events at South Africa’s premium multipurpose venue, as well as other daily prizes of your choice. The competition is running through TicketPro’s Facebook page with daily prizes including:
– Branded TicketPro selfie-stick (worth R350.00)
– Branded and signed TicketPro +Proteas T20 jersey
– Airtime voucher (worth R300.00)
– Double Golden Circle tickets to see Chris Brown live at the Northgate Dome on 2 April 2015 valued at R1,500.00 each. (Note: should Chris Brown’s tour be cancelled for any specific reason, the winner can choose any other concert happening at the Dome in the year of 2015.)
The competition runs until 25 March 2015 (next Wednesday). Enter through the #MysteryTicket app found on Ticketpro’s Facebook page.