Sunday, 22 May 2016

So close to a finished ensuite

Firstly look at my pretty basin!

It was Wednesday when the plumbers came back to fit off the ensuite. Also that same day the shower screen was installed.

There was one hiccup though. Because the tilers put such thick grout under the tiles, the pipes for the shower mixer didn't stick through far enough to put the mixer on. So Dave had to cut through the new, freshly painted wall behind it and move the noggin foward a bit. That was depressing and took hours because the noggin was nailed in and the nails were so close to the pipe we had to be super careful we didn't cut the pipe. But it is done now. We turned on the shower once we fixed the pipe and water spouted out the join in the shower rose. So now we need to wait until the plumbers come back during this week until we have our first shower. However the basins and toilet are all working.
 This morning David hung up my Pottery Barn mirror and it looks terrific.
As you can see in the below photo, we are still waiting for Dave's brother to do the drawer fronts for the vanity. Not sure why he didn't turn up. I guess it is a brother thing.
At the moment, we just have a suction toilet roll holder for $10 from Bunnings until we save for something decent.
 In the below photo you can see the shower screen.

 Finally I bought some light globes for the wall lights.
 Today saw Dave put our new entrance set on the laundry door. It will be great to be able to go straight from the laundry to the clothes line instead of walking through the house and out the back door and down the side of the house.

 He even went old school carpentry on the striker plate notches.

 I love the look of these handles.
I went to Ikea yesterday and bought the farmhouse Domsjo sink for the laundry and the yummy black tap and the base cabinet. Hopefully the plumbers can fit this off during the week and I will actually be able to move the washing machine out of the bathroom and into the new laundry. Wow!! What will that feel like? I have been doing laundry in the bathroom for ages now, I don't remember what it is like to have it in it's own room.
We also sold our old baltic pine floorboards on Ebay tonight and made $460. That just paid for my Ikea trip. Also sold our old plaster sheet lifter for $150. I am trying to sell 3 old internal doors too so fingers crossed that they sell. Every little bit helps.

Have a great week everyone.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tip for cleaning engineered stone benchtops

We have had our kitchen for about 10 years. It has an engineered stone benchtop in a Glacier colour. It has been wonderful; up until about 3 months ago when I started to notice some staining around the most used area.

I tried many things to remove these stains (many wear cup marks from my tea cups) but nothing helped and I think the metho even made it worse because after that it started to stain even more.

Today I tried something new. Toothpaste.

Here is the before shot.

I used plain Colagate toothpaste that we use on our teeth everyday and an old cloth.
I had already done most of the cleaning in this photo so the bench looks ok here.

Here is the after shot. Note that I have only done up to that join so you can see the difference in the two areas.
Here is a closer shot of that area. I might say that it did look worse in real life than in these photos.

Needless to say I am so thrilled that I no longer look at my bench in despair and it now looks fresh and clean again.


Thursday, 12 May 2016

Door trim

 Last night Dave added some trim to the doors in the new laundry.

Tick! One more item off the list.

Also he did the last architrave on the back of the bathroom door.
Obviously still need to fix the plaster where the old door was.