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Laundry Cupboard

Laundry Cupboard

To save $380 buying a new laundry cupboard and sink I decided to spruce the old one up.   The sink wasn’t that bad, it just needed a good clean, but the cupboard part was very rusty.  So I rubbed it down and sprayed it.   I first used a metal primer and then a matt white […]

Trouble with the steps

Trouble with the steps

We came up with a bit of a problem with the 3 steps from the main room leading up to the bedrooms and bathrooms. When we brought the house, the steps were carpeted and posed no slip threat but we wanted to tile that area, which then caused the problem because our tiles are high […]

Tiling coming along nicely

Tiling coming along nicely

Big tiles

Big tiles

Lee had to do the floor tiles in the kitchen/dining/lounge, on his own, not only because I was busy doing the bathroom tiling, but mainly because the tiles were so big.  I would have had to have my arms out at full stretch to lay one and I am just not that strong.  Looking at […]

Kitchen going in

Kitchen going in

Buying a complete pre-assembled kitchen was great, but it was a lot harder than we thought to make it fit our space.  Lee’s woodworking skills really came into play here and with a few extra shelves and a void in one corner it looks great.

Tiling

Tiling

Started laying the tiles, which is always a bit daunting at first.  I have done tiling lots of times before, but I am far from professional at it, so I lay only a few at first (the easy ones) then when they go off, I have a good base to work from.  I must say, […]

Kitchen floor

Kitchen floor

The kitchen and dining room floor, had a ‘very 80’s’ vinyl floor, which was sticky when we walked in after the tenants left, (err gross). Taking this up was another nightmare job that had my name on it! (I get all of the best jobs). Parts would just pull up, but most of it came […]

Bathroom and en suite ripped out

Bathroom and en suite ripped out

Knocking the tiles off the walls of the bathroom and en suite went quite well, other than a few hits to my poor hands via a very heavy hammer. Next job was trying to get the residue of tile adhesive off, which didn’t go quite so well. Each blob of glue seem to take ages […]

Support beam

Support beam

When we first saw this house we decided that if we got it we would pull all the brick partition walls down and leave it all open spaced. This would be the kitchen, dining and living area all in one, even though there was a step still dividing the room, it still would look a […]

The big knock down day

The big knock down day

Lee starts on the arch between the kitchen and the dining room.Taking all the horrible brick partition walls down. What a difference it makes. Leaving the center post up for now, until the new wooden one goes in. Kitchen out and fireplace gone.

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