Sunday, 17 June 2007

Lots to recap.

Last weekend was the first weekend of major DIY - Gord patched and fixed the floorboards -

- in the process discovering that the electrics under the floorboards were an accident waiting to happen... so then he fixed up all the electrics too. He also knocked out the ridiculous arch-shape in the doorway through to the bedroom. Here's the before shot -

Jim and Sean painted nearly the whole living space and bedroom -

Mum was a wallpaper-removal machine (and cooked Chilli con Carne for the troops!) -

Amber came later with Jonah, and Jess brought cake which we ate at the end of the day with cups of tea. Last weekend was such a mission. I painted, bought building supplies and beer (Very important!).

This weekend, Robbie came round again and helped finish painting the walls and ceilings, Mum catered again (so important - thankyou!) I painted and tidied and had a mini-tantrum trying to paint the window frame in the bedroom with enamel paint. BAD idea. I have since sanded off most of what I painted in preparation to go over it in water-based which looks much better, less shiny, and is much easier to use. Grrr.

Gord doesn't cease to amaze me - he's finished most of the electrics, wired up the TV antenna -

...finished plastering the newly rectangular(!) doorway -

....patched and planed the uneven floorboards... the list goes on. I'm so lucky.

And all that was the lead-up to tomorrow when the FLOOR MAN comes to sand and polish the floors. After hearing a few horror stories I decided there are some things best left to the professionals - no not electrics, not plumbing, just floorboards. :) ha ha. I can't wait to see when they're done... we're having them stained darker to help match all the different timbers. Something like this -

Not too dark... and not too shiny. I'm going with water-based instead of polyurethane finish so it looks more natural - less plastic.

Man that was a big round-up.

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