Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Living room ceiling painted. Phew!

Yesterday, Brad the painter, came and started the living room ceiling. Poor guy had sore shoulders and worn out fingers from filing all the hundreds of tiny nail holes. Then today he came back and sanded and painted it all. 

I am so happy with how it looks now. So much better than I thought it would.

Before:
 After:


It cost us $650 including paint, of which we still have about 7 litres left. Hopefully enough to finish upstairs.

Money well spent I think!
Cheers,
Nat

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Fireplace surround, wardrobe and the blue room

We have come to the end of yet another winter weekend. I am happy to say that it was a productive one. Our plan at the moment is to use the weekends to do the most noisy work involving saws and nail guns; and the weekday evenings doing the quieter stuff.

Saturday saw Dave working on the fireplace surround and mantle piece. I started with my inspiration picture and Dave did some measurements and bought the timber. This was our favourite fireplace that we found on Pinterest.
  this seems like an easy enough fireplace diy. i like the possibility of take the surround to the ceiling since so that it stands out.
 We bought pine boards and routed out the square shapes.
 Glued all the pieces together and ....
Sam and Heidi helping.
..voila. Minus the actual mantle and the bits that wrap around back the wall. We need to find a piece of pine that is thick enough.
Meanwhile, upstairs, I was prepping Andrew's bedroom walls and ceiling. Have you seen these cool sander? A big sanding disk that goes onto the end of your painting pole. Makes the job so much easier.
We had another hard job of choosing the paint colour. It certainly wasn't as hard as choosing a green.
This was the winner. It is a British Paints colour called Peter's Palace.

Doesn't she look so pretty in the tin.

Took me about 3 hours to cut in.


Then after dinner I rolled it. I think underneath the chair rail, we will do the same grey as in Sam's room.
In the neighbouring room, Dave got started on the wardrobe fittings for Sammy's room.





So things are really looking more finished now.

Tomorrow the painter will start work on the monster job of painting the downstairs lining board ceiling.

What did you do this weekend?

Cheers,
Nat

Sunday, 19 July 2015

The green room

Phew! One room down, many more to go. I think this was a good practice room and I think that I will improve with the next one.

This afternoon I finished the final coat on the trim in Sam's room. Then I did a few touch ups, and voila, done!
Valspar That's Bright (green) and Drizzling (grey). With chair rail and vj panel ceiling

Valspar That's Bright (green) and Drizzling (grey). With chair rail and vj panel ceiling. Bespoke window architraves

Looking back out to the retreat. Still need to build the wardrobe internal shelves etc
Meanwhile, downstairs, David finished the pine strapping around the pitched ceiling part of the living room near the fireplace.

Strapping around the lining board ceiling finished

 Then he added the detail under the window sils (ovolo profile) for all downstairs windows.
 Also, the insert mould above the windows.
Insert mould trim above windows

Large window downstairs with trim finished.
 One thing he did last week was to add the architraves to the doors and highlight windows. He had to take the top windows out and adjust them first though.
Architraves around the bi-fold doors
We just sat down tonight, after putting the kids to bed, and wrote out a to do list. I feel more organised now and am looking forward to crossing more items of the list soon.

Cheers,
Nat