So, house progress? Getting there, slowly but surely. Stripping and sanding down the bannisters has taken over a week. Interestingly, we also found evidence of a small fire once the paint came off on the stair section, with blackened areas and the inside of the supporting newel post having dried to near charcoal minus the black. Thankfully, the blaze was obviously small enough that it didn't cause any major structural damage and with a little bit of filling the newel post will be stronger than ever. I will be repainting the staircase once done, but first we had to remove the rock hard drips of paint, the layers of gloss and added bonus of nicotine stains in order to get them looking their best again. Each post is intricately carved, especially the supporting newel post at the bottom, so perhaps you can see why it's taken Mum and I so long to remove the paint and then sand off the remnants of sticky varnish and gloss. In what was, no doubt, Victorian/Edwardian logic, the upstairs bannister is much simpler than the downstairs one, perhaps because guests would never have been invited upstairs. The upstairs version was much nicer to sand as it's rounder and therefore easier, downstairs each spindle is actually square (see bottom two pictures) and the ridges in the newel post drove my mother round the bend.
- Dining room ceiling - done!
- Dining room alcoves - stick a fork in them!
- Living room alcoves - just as tasty looking
- Dining room chimney breast - partially painted, ready for the roller!
- Bannisters (up and down) - sanded and ready for re-painting ... mostly (3 spindles left to go!)
- Homemade wooden spoon oil cooked up (check me out!)
- One kitchen worksurface re-oiled with above oil (looks great!)
NEXT ON THE LIST
- Paint the chimney in the dining room
- Finish the bannisters
- Paint living room ceiling
- Paint living room chimney
- Clean (this sneezing is killing me)! And prep downstairs for new flooring
Next update in a fortnight. Big changes ahead peeps, big. Huge. Like whoa!*
* I don't know why that phrase amuses me so much but it does, bear with me, I'll get bored of it shortly. Promise.