I've been trying to get myself to post this all day. After I went and looked at the place again yesterday I got a little overwhelmed - trying to make decisions about what to do and really just about how much effort and money to spend to do things when we really won't be there for too long.
I do like that there is so much natural light in this room - there are three big windows and one small one. This is more natural light than we've ever had in any place we've lived. It will be good for me.
It just seems like a big task right now. We won't actually move until the end of May when Peter is finished with preschool (yes, you are going to have to wait a long time for after pictures), so I've got quite a bit of time to do some research and make decisions (I might need some help!).
I have to keep reminding myself that this will be worth it. We moved and made a big change (I quit my lab research job and became a piano teacher) about a year before we moved out of California and we were so happy that we did it, so I'm trying to remember that when I get overwhelmed.
And the funniest part - when we were all looking out the window as I took measurements, Peter said, "Look, it's like a yard!" Too funny - I replied, "It is a yard, Peter!" I think at least one member of our family has a 100% chance of liking this change.
p.s. I did not take a picture of the sponge paint - I think I may take your advice, paint over it and risk losing the deposit (it's really quite small - nothing compared to the $1000 deposit we made for one of our California apartments). If I do, there will definitely be a before and after.