The 2010/11 Summer projects have begun!

The 2010/11 Summer projects have begun!

So, the neutral (cream) walls of our house, that were absolutely one of the things that sold the house to me 2 and half years ago (what can I say, I’m an aesthetics kind of girl, not very logical or sensible when buying a house but there you go), are now just yellow and they need to go. We erased *almost* all of the pink in the house (carpet, trims, curtains) during the last 2 years, but while that was a relief in itself, it also made the walls look worse somehow. Just, more… Yellow.

So off I skipped to Bunnings for a can of paint (never mind I took almost an hour to get it, have I mentioned before how much I love Bunnings??), which then sat in my car for a week, then in the entry way for a week. But today was the day! Miri came over and motivated me to make a start, and hurrah, I have done so. A very small start mind you, since usually when I start painting walls I do a whole room in one go, and am still up the ladder at 11pm. My downfall this time was the bloody huge roller I decided to get to “save time”. I didn’t really think about the extra weight of it, plus the weight of a full load of paint, plus the fact my arms are the weakest mc-weaklings there ever was.

So I quit once I’d done a couple of square meters (if that) and watch Dirty Dancing with Miri instead. I’ll get a smaller roller tomorrow and do the hallway over the weekend =)

1. Miri helping
2. Entry wall, before
3. Shitty paint job? The Painters tape took this off the wall, but not on the wall I had painted
4. Not quite done. You can see the difference in colours here. I love white!
5. Entry wall with one coat
6. Door still needs painting in glossy white, and handle needs replacing (might get them from Bunnings tomorrow too)

The colour is Taubmans – Snow Drop.

Entry Interior Design – finished

Entry Interior Design – finished

Well, almost finished… nothing is ever “done” around here!

A few days ago I realised I hadn’t posted an update on our entry hall room thinger after I first posted about it and we did the floors.

So here it is!
entry-complete

Live Love Laugh wall hangings were a wedding present, they’re available from home wares stores such as Loot or Seaweed and Surf. White Expedit bookshelf from Ikea. J & M letters from Typo. Bamboo mat from Bunnings. Bits and bobs need to be rearranged, such as the dark corner bookshelf (handmade by my Pa), and both fans are there only temporarily (see what I mean about “almost” finished?). I also want to paint the rest of the walls the same colour as the main wall (Beige Chalk). It’s ok for now though =)

Another floors update!

Another floors update!

I promise I will post something more exciting tomorrow (think handmade goodies and other pretty things), but I just had to show another progress photo of my floors because oh. my. goodness. I am in love. With my dodgy DIY timber floors. They are GORGEOUS.

This photo was taken yesterday, showing the first coat of estapol going on over the Jarrah stain. Everything is now dry and has a beautiful satin finish, but it’s too dark to photograph now so I’ll take some of the “afters” tomorrow morning, along with some when I move all the furniture back in (THE most exciting part of the whole process, surely).

First coat of Estapol

First coat of Estapol - the stain colour is a bit red in this image

Preparing to stain and polish our floorboards

Preparing to stain and polish our floorboards

As I’ve posted a few times before, the carpet in our house is a yukky pink/peach colour. It’s in really good condition, as I think the previous owners laid it in the 90’s, but I can’t stand it. I hate the colour, but I also just don’t like carpet very much. It holds so much dust and dirt, and pet fur clings to it like crazy, making our house an allergy trap and also a time consuming clean.

Area that will be floorboards

Area that will be floorboards

For these reasons, we’re ripping up the carpet throughout the house excluding the bedrooms (JA’s request to keep it, I’m going to see if we can get it dyed) and finishing the radiata pine underneath. I got a quote to get the floors done by professionals, it was over $3000. So I’m doing it myself! Luckily my best friend’s partner is a floor guy and he’s going to give us a hand with the sanding, which is the hardest part. In preparation, I had to rip up all the carpet as well as the tack strips along the edges (you know, those damn sharp nails sticking up in the air that you always forget about and step on mid-project?) and countersink all the nails. I knew what I was getting myself in for as we’d done the same thing at my mum’s and also JA’s mum’s place, and I know counter-sinking the nails is the most annoying part, because it’s so loud and echoey. So you can guess how sad I was to see once I pulled up the carpet, that 98% of the nails were already countersunk… =D

Entry with and without carpet

Entry with and without carpet

So far I’ve pulled up the carpet from the hallway and the entry, and I’ll be doing the living room and dining room tomorrow. Then Scott is coming to help Tuesday, and from then on I’ll be coating it with stain and oil (hopefully to be finished and dried in time for a tea party on Sunday, eep). I’ve decided to go with an oil instead of a varnish as it will be easier to buff out the inevitable scratches from the dogs going crazy and playing inside like they do. I’ve also been advised not to stain it too dark as scratches will be much more visible, but I’m doing it a Jarrah colour anyway. I’m a bit stubborn like that.

While most of the small stuff has been moved out of the living and dining rooms I took the opportunity to look at different room configurations with the furniture. It took awhile but I’ve found one I’m happy with, which opens up the room and uses all the space, instead of having a small area behind the lounge that was being wasted.

Area behind lounge that is wasted space aka junkpile

Area behind lounge that is wasted space aka junkpile

Taken from wasted space corner

Taken from wasted space corner

From entry through to living

From entry through to living

No longer wasted space corner!

No longer wasted space corner!

I separated the 2 pieces of the lounge and put the TV in the corner in front of the window

I separated the 2 pieces of the lounge and put the TV in the corner in front of the window

Entry through to living, more open and uses all the space in the room

Entry through to living, more open and uses all the space in the room

So for the next week I will be a busy little bee, making my floors all pretty and tolerable =)

Stay tuned for the end result!