We began with the bathroom, because personal hygiene is actually a concern of mine despite what the photos that follow may suggest. My bathroom was originally a bedroom that had been turned into a large room with a bath, sink and shower stall, and a separate, much smaller room that had only a toilet and a sink. Interestingly, both rooms had windows, if you can call the teeny tiny piece of glass in the toilet a window. Mum pointed out that if we moved the dividing wall to the other side of the shower, we'd have a single bedroom and a small family bathroom. Plan! I've drawn out some (very bad and not in scale) blueprints of the two rooms to show you how it looked/looks.
Dotted lines signify the previous layout so you can see the changes we've made. I haven't managed to dig out any of the untouched before pictures (assuming they didn't get lost in the big laptop debacle of 2012) but the following should give you some idea of how it used to look if you imagine bright pink wallpaper with white flowers on the walls. Apologies for the quality, my camera/phone plus Welsh sunlight does not a good photo take.
|RIP my ladders, stolen by scrappies from my backgarden|
|Remnants of the hideous pink wallpaper and matching curtains|
The final picture shows the new wall (on the left) and the remains of the old wall (wood on the floor) and the shower. In an effort to conserve money and be a bit clever, that shower has remained as is now over the new bath. The entire avocado suite has been replaced with an old style white suite from B&Q and looks approximately six billion times better, particularly after my Mum and I tiled. Not well, I'll admit, especially given how not straight the walls are, but tiled we did.
We've (I say we, I mean Mum) also begun stripping the staircase of approximately 40 years of gloss and nicotine, we've (I say we, I mean my Stepdad) painted the ceiling and coving in the bathroom and we've (I say we, I mean me) painted two of the four bathroom walls antique white to match the ceiling and coving. It. Looks. Awesome. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture yet to show you. I do have progress shots though, and gratuitous covered in paint shots.
|I got mistaken for Trade whilst wearing my overalls in B&Q, but you'd think some guys had never seen a girl in overalls judging by the stares!|
|Lovely Mummy, risking acid burns to remove old paint on 100 year old bannisters|
|Who is that paint covered hot chick?|
- Bathroom ceiling - tick that box for it is done
- Bathroom coving - ditto
- Bathroom tiles - ditto (check our badselves out!)
- Shower holder - installed
- Bathroom walls - white paint applied, third coat needed one half of one wall, blue paint still to go
- Staircase stripped - in progress, due to be finished tomorrow
- Dining room ceiling - first coat applied, second due tomorrow
- Kitchen coving - tomorrow
- Lounge coving - tomorrow
- Lounge ceiling - tomorrow
Woo yeah, not bad for four days work. I haven't put the full list down because I'm afraid that would terrify me but for information, rooms to be completed are:
- Kitchen (repaint)
- Dining Room
- 'Kids' Room
- Guest Room
- Master Bedroom
Thanks for stopping by,
* Admittedly, I have to keep telling myself that or I'll probably start crying. A whole house? All at once? Definition of insane, right there peeps.