I’d love to be able to bring you more posts of finished projects. With beautiful pictures and everything complete and in place. That is certainly the house I want to be living in right now. But the fact is that we bought a fixer-upper and they take time. We are also working on a very tight budget so there’s not the option to get somebody in to do it for us. Occasionally I’d very much like to be able to pick up the phone to a decorator and say “there’s the paint, call me when you’ve finished, I’m going for a massage” but I don’t see that happening any time soon.
Of course I don’t always feel that unenthusiastic about the house and its projects. More often than not I’m raring to go on this place and
like love the challenge. My Dad is a big DIYer. He recently just finished a building project on my parents house in which he doubled the size of it, brick by brick, himself. Getting help to build the chimney stack, finish off the plastering and some other bits and bobs, but it was mostly a five year labour of love with a compound fracture to his ankle thrown in for good measure when he fell off a ladder.
I’m very much like him. I like to get my hands dirty so when I took on the entrance hall and the staircase I knew I’d be occupied for some time.
This was it when we first moved in.
This is the view from the landing. You can see I’ve started to give the banister its undercoat.
At the weekend I started to really get my teeth in to it. Ripping the carpet up, removing carpet tacks and staples and realising just how much wood filler I would need to prepare this area for painting.
The floor will be painted too so every hole that was made by a nail going in to secure it in place had to be filled.
And Ned had to constantly be told not to walk on the wet filler.
The staircase is an absolute pain in the neck to be honest. Someone, SOMEONE, thought it was a good idea to attach the carpet to a staircase built in the 1930′s with about 30,000 six inch nails. So when you’re teasing them out with the claw hammer you can see parts of the stair moving. But it’s a beautiful staircase and I want it on show and not hidden by the pub carpet. I think the banister may be a much more recent installation but the stairs themselves remind me of a Merchant Ivory film in some sort of very obscure way. #dontask
Of course the filler has to be rubbed down which makes it very dusty but this can’t be helped. At least it’s done.
I finished it off last night after watching the first episode of Broadchurch. I was in such a state I needed something physical to do.
Lots and lots of filling is going on with big bowls of wood filler. I do it the way my dad does it, with his fingers. I find it easier for some reason.
But it’s coming along nicely.
And I think I’ll give myself a month to get it absolutely finished. If it takes much longer I’ll want to move house!!!
After that it’s on to the Sitting Room.
So there we have it. One day I’ll have some beautiful pictures of rooms that are complete. I’ll have time to get my crafting groove back. But right now I’m smack bang in the middle of a renovation of sorts which is pretty much taking up all of our time at home. Unless the sun shines, when the sun shines we’re outside…………and planning the renovation of the garden. Oh dear!
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