I never knew I could hurt this much….
This past weekend, MOTH and I started painting the living room/music room and the master bedroom as we have ordered new carpet and we came to the conclusion that we better paint BEFORE the new floor covering arrives… (After a minor spill of white gloss on the existing carpet – I now KNOW this was a good idea!)
We achieved a lot over the weekend. MOTH painted all the ceilings on Thursday while I was at work and on Friday he took a break because we have a gig on Friday evenings. Saturday morning I had to attend LHM’s first cricket game from 7.15 AM!!! I must say that cricket isn’t half as civilised as junior footy – at least there’s COFFEE at football!!! ( I will be much better prepared this week!) Anyway home from cricket at around lunchtime and straight into the painting! We managed to tape and paint all the windows (we have multi-panes) and skirtings and architraves (primer and three coats of gloss white) and our feature wall which is “chocolate”. It looked like chocolate in the can too – I was almost tempted to dunk a marshmallow in it!
Just the walls to go (antique white) and neaten up the edges on the feature wall and then we can call the carpet guys in! MOTH also put up some new light fittings to replace the yicky 70′s inspired floral ones that were there!
I can’t wait for the new carpet. The old carpet is around 15 years old, the underlay has deteriorated to the point that the black rubber is starting to make stains that just wont budge and it’s so thin that it feels like the carpet is laid directly onto the concrete!! The new carpet is a 80-20 wool nylon mix (very hard-wearing) in a chocolate colour and we have red cushions on the bench seat and a gorgeous red rug! Just need to find blinds (romans), a new sofa at some point and I am going to treat myself to a RED stitching chair! (I think).
All in all everything is coming along nicely!
But…and it’s a big but…I hurt. I hurt in places I never knew I had bits that could hurt AND I have a blister on my paintbrush hand. My hands ache so much I couldn’t stitch on the train this morning and I am so tired that probably wouldn’t have been a good idea – I could envisage a lot of frogging.
Tonight it’s early to bed again because tomorrow is SAL night and I don’t want to miss out!
Here’s some piccies of the work we’ve done
This is what all our windows/architraves/skirtings look like BEFORE – it’s a yicky dirty looking lime-washed type wood – yucky! (apologies to those who have it – and like it – just I don’t!)
This is what they will all look like after – all nice and crisp and white. You can see the pink walls that look even pinker now!
Here is the newlight fitting! The white part of the fitting is supposed to be metal but we have to get the trimmed a little so they fit better on our bayonet fittings. The old fitting was that brassy-looking plastic with etched plastic”glass” shades. We had these in nearly every room (inherited from the previous owner). I did take a picture but it’s not a good one.
Here is Cara investigating the spill…I hope she has her toxic hazard boots on! You can see how icky the carpet looks – I believe it was once green!
And just because they looked cute (as always) Banjo (bottom) and Cara (top) asleep on the bed.
I will post some pictures of the feature wall once the carpet is laid, etc!
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