Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Kids study area

In the upstairs kids retreat space, we want to split half of it into a couch and TV area and the other side into a study zone.

Obviously this makes it look bigger than it actually will look like but this is the layout.

So I imagine along desk under the window. Like a nice slab of timber with some shelves above and two chairs so that boys can have a space to do their homework.

I have pinned some ideas that would be kinda like what I imagine.

Voor meer personenin love <3  Black And White Home Office Space With Stylish FurnishingsDIY rustic wood desk mounted on wall. Would work as a corner desk or straight desk. Zebrawood plywood + shelves.
 Office shelving ideas
One of the desks (the one that turns the corner) would even have a nice window above it so would get lots of natural light.

I think they would like it anyway.


A bedroom wall and a clean couch

A slow but productive day in the end. It was the day to tackle the stained couch and armchair. I was told by the carpet cleaner man that I should  not remove the couch cushions because they will shrink when washed and would be impossible to get them back on. The tag on the couch also said the same thing. I got this couch from Freedom as a 21st birthday present so it is 15 years old now and has only been steam cleaned twice in that time. As you can imagine it was filthy.
Ignore the grey spots on the lens again.

Look at those stains. One was just from juice a few days ago.

The armchair is about 6 years old and is from Ikea and has a washable cover. Again I have only removed it to wash it twice in that time.

See how horrid the arms are.

So I removed the cover and sprayed the stains with stain remover and washed them in the machine. I added some drops of tea tree oil. You should have seen the colour of the water. So I took a photo for you all!
The inside of the cushions. I vacuumed these thoroughly and put them in the sunshine.

The water from the washing machine. Mmmmm yummy!
The armchair covers still looked grubby so I put them back in the machine and added bleech to really whiten them up. It worked a treat. Look at them now.
Still have to sew the button back on the back cushions

Farewell dust mites and old stains. And it was easy to get the covers back on, so there silly carpet cleaner man. You ain't getting my money anymore!!

On the extension front, Dave got a wall built upstairs. It is the dividing wall between the boys bedrooms.

Gives us a real sense of the size of the rooms upstairs. It was a bit awkward because of the pitched ceilings. Just took more time to measure and cut everything. Looks cool though :)


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Framing the lower roof

What a night it was last night. The wind was blowing strong; so strong that poor hubby only got 2 hours sleep worrying that the tarp was going to blow off. He got up at 1am to check the ropes were still tied down. Then today the rain came and once again we found ourselves out the back with towels and buckets trying to keep the floor dry.

Dave got to work on the framing up of the roof on the west side lower floor. Luckily it was easier than the east side even though the steel beams were out of level and giving some issues.

 Here is the first beam going in.


 Yesterday Dave built a long work bench along the north wall of the back area. Here we can lay out the pine lining boards that are getting painted to go under the eaves.

Sadly today it was too wet to paint and I spent the day catching up on the inside house work.

Though I did get out some bleach and scrub off some mildew that had started to grow along the bottom plate of the wall. Hopefully the roof will go over this new section soon so we can avoid the mildew aspect.
Tomorrow I am continuing me efforts to rid the house of dust mites. My allergies have been really bad, especially my itchy eyes. Today I vacuumed the couch and washed and vacuumed the side cushions and back cushions. They look so much brighter and cleaner now. Tomorrow I am going to remove the covers from the seat cushions and wash them. Hopefully they don't shrink and I can get them back on the cushion because the label says not to wash them. Eek!! They really need doing and it is worth the effort to stop my itchy eyes.