Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Painting timber windows

So a few days ago I gave a sneak peak of the windows being painted. Today I will give a bit of a better run down for anyone out there that might want to tackle the dauting task of painting their raw timber windows.

Firstly, Dave asked the painters at his work for some advice (as you do when you have free advise close at hand). They suggested using the below Solver paint. It is an acrylic (ie washes out in water) timber primer that is great for external timbers. They suggested the Multfill puty for filling the nail holes. In the past we have had issues with putties shrinking so it was good to get advice from the professionals.


They also recommended the Monarch brand brushes which I picked up from Bunnings today. You can see a funky one that I grabbed that said it was good for windows so I tried it today. It was ok but can't see the big deal in the triangle shape to be honest. Almost felt too bulky for the fine cutting in.

It is much better, however, that the small kids paint brush I was using last night to do the cutting in. Here is me watching TV whilst painting in the living room. Ahhh the things you do when it is freezing and dark outside.

The painters suggested one first coat of the primer. Here is that fancy window brush in action doing the edges around the glass.

 After one coat is dry, fill the nail holes with the putty.

Once the putty was dry, we sanded it back.

They said you need to sand it until you can see the timber coming through, like this.

Then once they are all sanded you need to sand any other rough spots before wiping away any powder left over. Then apply a second coat of primer and again lightly sand. After that, they said to do three, (yes bloody 3!) top coats of the solarguard or equivalent paint.

This could take a long time. But it has to be done. I just try to imagine how nice they will look in the end.

Ok, back to the paint brush now.


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Let there be light

Yes that's right. We now have a skylight in the kitcken!!! Happy dance required.

Skylight is in. Excuse the mess.

I took my son to Auskick this morning whilst Dave and the plumber worked on the skylight. When I came back it wasn't in yet but the roof was off so I could still get the effect. It was amazing. It is such a grey Melbourne day today (again) so I could get a real sense of the extra light I would be getting even on an overcast day. Can't wait to see the difference it will make on a sunny day.

David even managed to plaster around it tonight. So it looks pretty much finished except for the solar blind and stopping up the plaster and painting. But I am in no rush now. Just thrilled that I will no longer have to have the lights on during the day.

Putting the glue on for the plaster

Helper Heidi cleaning up the mess
The finished product at night time

Looks better in the day time
I also did a little more window painting while Heidi had her sleep.

So that was my Saturday. I am thrilled with the outcome. Now to relax with a Oreo McFlurry. Ahhhh......


Friday, 25 July 2014

Good Friday

Some good things happened day:

1) On my lunchtime walk today I found $2, so I went to the shop and bought a big packet of mini kit kats and gave all my workmates one.

2) Dave got $100 from a workmate who sold some junk from their work site on Ebay and shared the winnings.

3) I got home to find that some more weatherboards had been delivered for the second storey.
I moved the all around the side so Dave could get his car in the driveway.

4) I got the news that I was hoping for. The plumber is coming tomorrow to finish some roof stuff and put the long awaited skylight in! Woo hoo!

5) I got excited and started painting some windows before dinner. Just the smallest ones that I could lift.
6) Our steelwork was being made today. That means soon we can install it and finish laying the yellow tongue flooring.

So it is all happening and I am starting to get a bit of excitement and motivation back. I think once winter has past, and I am not so cold and miserable, we will be getting a lot more done.

Happy Friday!