I liked the green bath and shelving accessories! Philistine!
Tonight, I was mostly pooping myself on a 50 year old ladder and some warped/wobbly planks.
Bear the ladder and board arrangement looks like A clip from the first few minutes of casualty. If you need to do owt else I have one of those indoor stepladder platform combos you can borrow . it can give a flat levelish platform on steps . we live in Leeds hence the loan offer.
I actually had my phone in my pocket, just in case something went wrong
That's very kind of you thank you; wish I'd asked beforehand now! Hopefully that and the second coat will dry to give a decent edge; if it doesn't though I'll be in touch thanks, as no way am I doing that again.
Amazing the difference 45 litres of paint makes.
Great job! I renovated my last house top-bottom (5 bed Victorian detached - bloody high ceilings!!).
Very impressed so far. The hardest bit is to keep motivated until the very end. The last bits make the biggest difference.
Keep going bear. When's the carpets being fitted, I found that always gave me a serious push deadline wise
Carpet?! Next job is to tackle second bedroom & that toilet you can see, all of which will be a plaster & ceilings down job, again
Thought I'd bump this thread to see how bear was getting on...
Now that you've done a lot, what advice would you give yourself at the start if you could have?
Inspiring stuff, I get the keys to my moneypit/hovel on thursday, so have read this with great interest....
Oh, hello & congrats
I've downed tools for a few months and actually enjoying summer; got a
bit sick of it and I can recommend a break!
What would I do differently?
I wish I was more 'tradesman-wise' at the start, but nothing I could have done to prepare myself really for that.
Other than that, nothing really as all the help here and challenges have been all part of it and experience will help for the next 'push'.
I can recommended taking a break for definite, having more money than I had, taking time to actually live in it and understand what you want where (permanent fixtures etc) and not fretting when the place looks like a deralict shambles, 'cos a plasterer transforms a room!
(Saying that, I've been doing this/living by myself. Pressures may be different if you've got a partner, or may be easier!?)
, taking time to actually live in it and understand what you want where
I get the point of this, though I intend to get a load of messy stuff done before moving in. Are there particular examples where you had planned one thing, lived a bit then changed the plan?
I have a partner, but I think she'll make it easier, as she's as keen to get stuck into doing stuff as I am.
A break sounds like a good plan, will probably take a week or two at xmas to visit relatives etc. so that'll be a chance to get away from the carnage!
Are there particular examples where you had planned one thing, lived a bit then changed the plan?
Pretty much everything so far
haha, ok I get it, what's that quote about no plan surviving contact with the enemy?
I'll provide a better update soon, but today the last ceiling came down.
I am so happy I don't have to do this again. Horrible job!
However, got to clean up tomorrow.
Forgot to mention that if you're doing similar ceiling/plaster removal, invest in one of these. A quick prime & spray every few minutes and minimal dust will be created.
Today I cleaned up.
In other news, I have some doors now and some lighting.
A bit camp.
Mega-camp death star
A bit less camp
Progress may be slow, but it is being done with wages alone!
What you have there is essentially the lighting fixture equivalent of....
Today, 11 months on, I bought my first piece of furniture!
I appreciate this may not seem significant, but it is to me
Tomorrow I order my first bit of carpet/fitting as well and next week, I discuss finer details of windows and doors, with a view to sign on dotted line...it's just all all go-go-go*
*money, that is.
Today I am shitting rainbows; the bedroom is finished!*
*New furniture is needed obviously and pole & curtains are on order (thanks Bunnyhop for some advice last year) but I am so, so, so, so pleased to have a room that is carpeted - oh the luxury
My house (ok, the bank's house) at last, looks vaguely habitable, in one room.
Thank you all for the advice from here in various threads, it's really appreciated. (this is also a caveat there are more to come!)
Also, for some advice, any suggestions what to do with the fireplace ? Just paint black is my thought (I have the grate somewhere), or is there a better option?
I'm actually not minding the fire surround white. I think because the rest of the room is quite crisp and pale the fireplace would shout too much if it was a contrasting colour, especially as its in a corner rather than the focal point in the room. That would maybe change if you add or change furniture or whatever over time, but with the room as it is I think the white is fine.
Did you not have time to fit the mirror on the ceiling?
Thanks It's a big deal this for me as you know and only folk that have been on a similar journey will appreciate the small victory this is!
I should have been clearer, I mean the innards of the fire - what to do with it?
Just looks a bit 'argh' as is. Surround stays as is.
Spots in a bedroom? Noooo.
You need black silk sheets to go with flashy's suggested ceiling mirror and those spots.
ahh I see. maybe Grate Polish on the metal - more of a pencil-lead black than a black-paint black.
Seriously? You think spotlights suggest I'm a deviant?!
Anyhow, got any better suggestions for lighting in the second bedroom you two?
..and thank you G, I shall google this grate polish you speak of.
Some of this in the front garden, I assume?
Thats a mark II Jedi remote training orb thingy isn't it?
Lol @ CFH
CFH. I remember my parents giving away a pampass grass when we lived in Torquay. A couple came around, dug it up and gave me some sweets. In hindsight, I got away lightly.
..and yes, it is basically an LED deathstar/glitter ball. When a friend who works for a lighting company offers you anything at retail minus 70%, you can go a bit crazy. (You wouldn't believe what that sells at!)
I do like it though
Looks fantastic, what a great amount of effort you have put into that. As it is, I like the spotlights.
Like that Death Star glitter ball. Wouldn't have it in my house like, but fits with the rest of your lighting being modern.
Nice fireplace, just needs bit of polish and then maybe try salvage places for some more ornate grate to make it look nicer.
Living room tackled, I'm bloody knackered.
Any opinions as to whether to leave brickwork exposed on just on the front of fireplace, or leaving on the front and either side as well?
Not sure if anyone cares about updates anymore, but just in case
Back garden has been turned into a blank canvas this week, with hired help of a couple of northerners (ok, they did most the work). Genuine good-guys and complete work-animals.
....and the front garden is currently shitting itself
Not sure if anyone cares about updates anymore
nice work, fella
Keep the updates coming!
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