Our stay in Arizona flew by as we were busy making this condo, which had been vacant for over 2 years, a home that we could be proud of. We couldn't of done it without the help of Craig's parents who joined us for some fun painting, changing light/plug receptacles, installing ceiling fans, etc., etc. We also recruited our friends Debbie and Art in on the fun of hauling garbage, tree branches and stumps to the dump. Oh what fun!
We painted all the rooms that we wanted to paint; living room, dining room, den, guest bedroom, master and ensuite. We pulled, dug and raked all the weeds and bushes from the front gardens and replaced it all with a desert landscape. Craig took down the tree in the backyard along with the two bushes - all of which made a mess in the yard by dropping leaves and seed pods. We will tackle the back yard when we return and also make it an easy and clean landscape. We still have a bit more to do like replacing the garage door, new windows and a new counter top in the kitchen but we will contact the professionals to do those jobs. During our next visit our work load will be minimal compared to this time, just some odd jobs that need to be done and pictures to hang.
We were going to leave today but decided to stay one more day, Craig and Art are out golfing this morning and I am relaxing in the sun. The temperatures have been great during our stay and I'm happy that we made the time to visit and explore with Craig's parents and our friends. Here are a whack of pics of before and after.
The fireplace looked old, dated and tired
It's amazing what a coat of paint can do. It took mom and I
two days to paint the fireplace but it was so worth the effort
Off white walls everywhere
New paint on the walls, a couch, some accessories and a
Navajo rug that we found at the flea market
We loved the armchair that we purchased in the spring so much
we purchased another one
So much cozier and warmer
My friend Petra will be please to see the bull skull on our fireplace,
we named him Diego
The view looking from the front door through the dining room
kitchen and the back door
Plain looking dining room
Got some personality to it now
The other view
The guest bedroom ready for a coat of paint
Now ready for guests
We didn't paint the bathroom as it didn't need it but
we distressed the cabinets and accessorized.
No before pic of the den - walls were the same throughout the condo
Painted them a sage colour, sleeper sofa and a couple of Shorthairs
Tiny TV to watch some movies or catch the news
Too much to do and explore in Arizona, who needs TV?
Also didn't get before pic of the master but it was the same plain boring colour
Here's the after with a king sized bed us and the dogs
We painted the master a cool grayish blue colour and hung
tone-on-tone drapes on the door to go outside.
The ensuite is a few shades lighter than the master itself
View from the master into the ensuite
We joined Art and Debbie and their Canadian friends one day and headed to Los Algodones, a small Mexican town which is only a short 16kms away from Yuma across the border. I love Day of the Dead skulls and I knew I would find a couple of perfect ones there. Had to do some bartering but it was so worth it as I absolutely love the two I purchased.
This one is red in colour and some birds on either side
This one is orange and covered in flowers
Another great find, thanks to Debbie hooking us up with an
amazing local artist Kristie.
I contributed a couple of my prints from the Antelope Canyons
Here is the other canvas - both are in the dining room
Here's a before pic of our front yard taken in the spring
You can see the garden is weed infested
Dug up everything except for the yucca
Prickly pear cactus and succulents planted along
with some roadside finds of large rocks and driftwood
We also did the garden in between the two condos,
I hope our new neighbour approves
Will be interesting to see how much these plants will have grown
when we return
More view of the garden
And another one
This was our view out the front door
Here it is now
Our backyard had this larger tree that dropped it's leaves and seed pods like crazy
We also had a small bush beside it and a massive bush on the other side of the yard
Craig taking down the last of the branches
We will likely hire someone to remove two of the four
slabs of concrete so that we can plant low maintenance plants and river rock
Other view of the back yard
Craig painted the outside ceiling and his dad and him added a ceiling fan
Well that is all the major renos that we accomplished during our stay in our southern home. Tomorrow we will start our journey back to the Arctic where I think all of us will be in shock and will need time to adjust to the colder temps.
Last night we headed out to catch another Arizona sunset and here is what I captured.
Miss Molly ran around the desert a bit then got tired an laid down
and watched Blitz run like a maniac
Pic of them in front of an ocotillo cactus at sunset
Looking east at sunset with some ocotillo cactus in the foreground
On our way searching for the perfect sunset spot, I yelled
at Craig to stop. My love for old buildings and cool looking trees came together
Here's a closer look at the decaying building at sunset.
The building was a wood structure and the walls looked like
they were made of clay.