It’s nearly Chriiiistmas!! Which marks two whole years since we moved into the place – what the heck, time has seriously floooown by!!? With our ‘dust free for 2016’ commitment firmly in sight, we cranked it up a notch these last couple of months to try and make this goal become a reality.
Plastering a house is one of the ‘biggies’ when it comes to reno’s; it costs a lot, it covers everything yet again with dust, and it means you have to move everything around your house umpteen times to be able to give the guys room to work…and we have a LOT of stuff. As we’d taken about 90% of the house back to bare brick and timbers this process hasn’t been easy. Saying that, it’s taken just three and a half weeks to get the best part of it done and blimey has it made a difference.
So first let’s reminisce, because frankly the last two years are a bit of a blur and we have plenty of “I forgot how bad it was” and “I can’t believe we did that” moments when we look back through photos.
I cannot tell you how time consuming stripping these stairs has been, and it’s still not over…must stay strong. A pretty offensive bannister turned into a fairly nice one once the paint was removed.
It’s kind of weird seeing none of the structure anywhere anymore, we’d gotten so used to it – exposed joists, pipes, plasterboard and bodged brickwork, now it feels very plain and weird…and beige, everything is beige. It’s gonna take some getting used to I guess. It’s nothing we hadn’t envisaged, but it’s just so, well, different to what we’ve become used to. Hmm, am I getting bored of it being almost finished already?? …Nah!
So what does new plaster mean? PAINTING! And loooots of it. There’s something to be said about getting paint on the walls, it’s nothing short of a miracle moral booster and changes the feel of the place so much, it feels like there is definitely a little bright light at the end of our renovation tunnel! And when you enlist the help of some of your nearest and dearest it is definitely a good feeling knowing that you’ve got a team by your side. A big shout out to our motley crew who gave up their Saturday to come and help us blitz a hefty chunk of the mist coat over the new plaster. It just goes to show how far a bit of bribery with pizza, beer and lemon tart can get you! And my sweet mum and Paul who dressed like wallies to help with a lot of the painting…they’re gonna kill me
We just vacated our bedroom which was an absolute disgrace, one day I might pluck the courage to share to the world how we were living in there all this time, but most certainly not until we have a nice room to distract from the shame of it…it was seriously bad, no but seriously, bad. bad. bad. We’ve started stripping it anyway, all those shameful memories are now dust, and we said toodles to the last of the wallpaper and those bloody awful polystyrene ceiling tiles!!
Sooo, we are currently sleeping downstairs where the temporary kitchen in the back of the lounge was…it’s fairly near a radiator in the new kitchen at least and hallelujah for mild winters as our plumber ‘aint back until April…yup, a four month wait – he’s in demand. It’ll give us time to suss out what to do about a bowing ceiling in our main bedroom that we’re desperately trying to avoid pulling down. I am so over filling rubble sacks!! No more rubble sacks for 2016 – now that sounds good to me