The main bedroom…a blank canvas

Our main bedroom before.  More of the flowery carpet and peeling wallpaper, a ceiling that hasn’t been touched by a paint brush in decades and layer upon layer of hideous wall paper and a wardrobe that even we can’t make pretty.

After tearing down the wardrobe we discovered some wallpaper that couldn’t be painted on. Normally we would never paint on top of wallpaper, but in this instance the wallpaper seems to be holding the walls together. The walls are very old and not made of plasterboard and scraping off the wallpaper would require us to tear down all the walls and replaster. Not in this budget. The paint is good enough for what will become a rental property and should last at least 5-10 years, so good enough for us. 

So we nailed up some hardwood panels which came from  the back of the wardrobe we tore down (we love recycling stuff!). We were going to paint the wood but soon realised it was a waste of time as the new wardrobe would cover the wood anyway and hopefully noone would ever notice. ..shhhh

At least now we have a nice, clean blank canvas to work with. There’s still plenty to do: sanding floorboards, adding pictures above the bed, bedside tables, bedside lamps, a nice warm rug, curtains and blinds, some more furniture, bedding and pillows.


Has it only been six months?

It seems like we’ve been working on this house forever and at times it feels like we’re getting nowhere fast. I think we forget though just how much we’ve done. (prepare for a long and probably not too exciting list..)

1. Replaced all of the broken windows panes

2. Built a new fence

3. Completely rebuilt the deck and painted 2 exterior walls and gutters 

4. Installed a glass brick window where this ‘mess’ was and removed badly placed old taps with a nice shiny new mixer tap.

4. Painted the laundry a nice fresh white colour. It took four coats as it hadn’t been painted for so long. (We have no idea why there were three different colours to paint over!)

5. Pulled up old lino (removed dead squished lizards..ewww) and laid new wood ready for new flooring

6. Built a new pantry

7. Repainted the kitchen walls, installed a new benchtop/extractor fan/sink. Rebuilt the top cupboards, look how crooked they were! Said goodbye to the faux marble benchtop and car paint tiles. Added new picture rail to remainder of kitchen

8. Filled all the holes in living room and painted.

9. Painted the hallway and sanded the floors. Floors haven’t been treated yet but you get the idea..

10. Scraped off the horrible wallpaper trim in the bathroom and brightened it up with white.

11. Painted the dining room, sanded the floors

We haven’t even touched the three bedrooms yet. Hopefully we’ve finished all the big things now and won’t take too much longer. We’re already looking for our next house to renovate!

Trigger happy

Thanks to a  trigger-happy-staple-gunner we’ve spent most of this week pulling staples out of the kitchen/dining room floor. We’re using a pry bar for lifting up the masonite/hardboard flooring and mole/vice grips to pull out the staples. It’s lucky we’re both patient people with a load of  determination. Check out our supervisor kitty in the background.

We’ve finally decided on the flooring for the laundry and bathroom. Wherever possible we bring samples home as nothing looks the same in place as it does in the shop. The lino we loved in the shop was completely different to the one we picked when we got home. We loved the wood effect one but as it will be next to the real floorboards (if we ever get them done..) then it wouldn’t look so good. Instead we’ve chosen the dark grey one.                                               

Laying lino must be one of those things that looks a million times easier than it actually is. We tried and after an hour or two of confusion decided to ring the installer rather than ruin $400 worth of flooring. There’s not much we haven’t been able to do reno-wise. Lesson learnt!

No matter how busy we are though there’s always time to stop for a lesson in hammering from Mieke.

Chocolate wall could be a very bad idea..

Yesterday we painted a feature wall in the living room to get rid of some of the blandness and to warm things up a little. The paint colour is called ‘Swanky’ but should probably be named ‘this room will make you fat because every time you sit here you’re going to crave chocolate’.

It’s always a challenge to get a nice crisp line between the lighter colours and darker colours. We always use the best quality tapes, but somehow always need to do some minor touch ups after. Does anyone have any tips to share?