We've just closed on the house and our first small project is to renovate the laundry closet, before the washer and dryer get installed - 5 Mar 2016
Old shelves are down and walls patched
End of the weekend and we've painted and put in new flooring. Super!
The guest bathroom
Guest room (or our DIY storage spot for now)
The lounge. And our new washer and dryer arrive!
The dining room
The back deck
Looking into the kitchen from the back door. We are going to get the floors refinished. They are in bad shape in here.
The back garden - needs a bit of TLC
Patchy grass and silly stones marking the boundary of the beds.
The side yard with the gate at the front. More patchy grass and also overgrown roses along the fence.
Master bedroom. Going to get wood floors installed before we move in.
More master bathroom.
The other corner of master bedroom
Master closet - we're also going to redo this of course. Minimum storage in this configuration.
Hallway, looking towards the front door from the master bedroom doorway.
Dining looking into the lounge
Lounge looking toward the dining room and the guest bedroom where you can see all the DIY crap.
Waher and dryer installed. Loving them!
The loft space - this is why we bought the house - 1200 sq feet ready to be turned into rooms! Looking toards the back of the house
Looking towards the front of the house in the loft
Ceiling fan in the lounge.
The floor guys start to sand the floors. - 11 Mar
I take up all the silly rocks lining the front bed and prune the roses.
We paint the ceiling in the loungs though I'm not sure you can tell in this picture. It's a pale blue. - 14 Mar
The ceilig is all painted and the floors refinished. Love the new floor color!
So happy with these floors!
New floor in master bedroom, looking beautiful in the sunshine.
We decide to paint the fireplace - the lounge will be whites, blues and greys and the beige just doesn't go with that color scheme. - 19 Mar
Painted. Not great with the green but I'm sure it will look great with the blue once the walls are painted.
We get a Weber - bring on the meat! - 23 Mar
Why isn't there any silicone between worktop and upstand!?
Just a place to capture dirt.
Kitchen cleaned and siliconed. New sisal rug down to protect the floor. You can really see the blue in the ceiling here too. - 26 Mar
I start to clean the window sills. Has anyone ever cleaned these!? Before on left. After on right.
Close-up of before and after. Only 12 more windows to go!
New rug for the lounge and furniture all in place. - 4 Apr
I start to edge the rose bed on the side of the house - 6 Apr
And I carry on around the whole back yard, taking up the stupid stones and establishing a clean edge
Nicely edged side yard now. So much better!
Carol buys us a Jasmine - can't wait for the flowers!
just more backyard pics
working our way around the yard edging it and weeding (Carol helps a lot!!)
Need some weeding at the bottom of the deck stairs
All tidy and weeded
Looking good with edging done - just need to get rid of the cairns of stones now.
The loft has become a bit of a dumping ground. - 13 Apr
We start to get organized with our new DIY shelves
Tryiing to make some sense of the mess
The other side of the loft
Starting to make sense of it - collecting the boxes into different piles
Four green chairs now and a storage box
The boards for the closet renovation are laid out ready for staining and polyurethane - 19 Apr
We get a bird feeder and it's an instant hit - 20 Apr
Closet before our renovation
Boards for closet all cut to length and polyurethane being applied - 3 coats front and back - 23 Apr
We decide to paint the bathroom while painting the closet
Shelf supports installed
New ceiling fan in lounge
Front yard - roses are now blooming
And bathroom too. Much better!
No more weird blue!
Top shelf goes up in the closet
We get a bigger table and more chairs for al fresco dining - 29 Apr
Nick is away fishing for the weekend so I decide it's time to paint the lounge. Can't wait!
OMG! It is so much brighter now. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
And the hallway is painted too. Now just need to do all the woodwork!
Starting on the woodwork - After to the left, before to the right. They were seriously discolored! - 1 May
Roses going wild in the garden
Nick installing the shelving
The closet all completed - each side has shelves, a tall rail and double rails. So much storage!
Fully populated now. Tons of hanging room!
Vicki is in town for the Mother's day weekend and we're going to rip out those tall cypresses - 7 May
Yeah! You can see the house now!!
We also take out the fake pavers in the side yard.
Nick and dad rebuild the garden gate so that it's no longer falling apart. Success! - 8 May
The jasmine is going wild and smells lovely. We get a cherry tomato plant as well.
We attach th back deck joists to the house - as advised by the home inspection before we bought the house
It's time for those Yew trees to come out.
Gone! (and the variagated things too)
We start to paint the dining room - 21 May
The beige is just so....beige.
Nick starts on the cutting in. Soon I take over.
We paint the dining room - there are not many walls so the dark blue is not too overpowering. - 21 May
Very happy with how this has turned out.
Now to paint the master bedroom. This is the existing blue - makes the room very dark.
The other side of the room.
We're going to paint the swing on the front porch the same blue as the dining room - 22 May
The bedroom is painted (well, except for the woodwork). Much brighter, even with the dark blue wall. - 22 May
Painted, towel rail and decorated! 1 June 2016