Base Paint

Take note .... Paint manufacturers have different base paints, then there are a range of bases generally 1 to 4 , then each manufacturer will vary the ingredients within their paint. So if you love a colour from 'UNREAL Paints' DO NOT get it made up by 'SUPER Paints'.

See the image below for variance in colour using different base paints .... uugghh. Just one coat of each and you can see the difference.   

 

Diary of a Renovator - paint & wallpaper

Painting, ahhhhhhhhh. I actually quite like painting, well, walls that is, ceilings - not so much.

I had my colours picked pretty early on.  I was going for soft warm greys then I found a fabric I loved at Spotlight to recover my dining chairs, ottoman, sofa and headboard.  That changed everything.  I then had to go for warmer shades such as taupe.  And I knew I wanted a bolder taupe/green for the front lounge/tv room and our bedroom.

Ceilings are painted, walls underway

Ceilings are painted, walls underway

I ended up choosing Murobond Alabaster for the hall, kitchen and living/dining in the new extension.  The colour arrived and I loved it - painted 2 coats in the hall then realised it wasn't right.  They had left out the ombre tint - dang.  I had the tint send from Murobond and took the paint to The Paint Place in South Nowra (who are a Murobond stockist and the experts so I thought) so they could tint it for me. However they tinted the paint with their own tint telling me afterwards that the Murobond one had dried up - in fact it hadn't it, comes as as a powder and you mix it in - grrrrrr!!!  So if I run out of paint (which I did) how do I know if I am going to get the right colour again - very frustrating.

See what I mean - tint has been left out!!!!

See what I mean - tint has been left out!!!!

So I slapped on the new colour and while I didn't love it as much as when it had the ombre tint missing I still really liked it and a few months down the track I can say I'm really happy with the warmer colour.

This is Murobond 'Putty' on the walls in the laundry - 1st coat, it took 3 coats to get it just right

This is Murobond 'Putty' on the walls in the laundry - 1st coat, it took 3 coats to get it just right

The front lounge/tv room and our bedroom was painted in Murobond 'Putty', a deep taupe/green.  It changes constantly during the day, sometimes more brown/grey and other times deep mossy green, it's gorgeous - and different.  I took the plunge and painted the kids bathroom and toilet (which doesn't have a window) as well as the laundry the same colour and it looks AMAZING.  This deeper colour took A LOT of mixing - just saying...

Love, love, love Dulux Natural White, so subtle but you can see the difference when it's next to Vivid White

Love, love, love Dulux Natural White, so subtle but you can see the difference when it's next to Vivid White

The kids rooms, including the granny flat/sleepout which is Olivia's room and the study were all painted in Dulux Natural white, a lovely soft chalky warm white = big love.

Grasscloth wallpaper feature wall going up in the Master bedroom - easy peasy!

Grasscloth wallpaper feature wall going up in the Master bedroom - easy peasy!

Then I added a few feature walls - wallpapered for contrast.  Ash's room has 'Woods' by Colefax & Son (she saw it on a wall at Few & Far in Huskisson and fell in love with it) and feature walls in the entry, hall and master bedroom are done in a stunning grasscloth wallpaper imported from America.

Now we are preparing for tiling the bathrooms which should be interesting, can't wait to see the finished results!

Diary of a Renovator - the next step...

Ok, so it rained in the last update but finally we got that roof on!  Next it's windows and cladding...

Windows arrive - yay!

Windows arrive - yay!

Once the windows were in and the cladding on I really felt as though the house was beginning to take shape, but even more so when the linings went in!  This was such a quick process, I couldn't believe that the Gib-rockers actually rocked it like they did!  It happened in about a day all up then they started plastering which only took another 2 days - amazing!  However I must say they were damn messy!!!! Plaster and crap EVERYWHERE (check out the floor in the pic below - grrrr!!!) 

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We resized the kitchen window and made it smaller so we could have a little more privacy in the kitchen and also so we didn't have to look at the apricot monstrosity next door every time we did the dishes!

New windows from the outside - pity about the front door...

New windows from the outside - pity about the front door...

Now we are ready to paint.... we are doing that ourselves and I'm really not looking forward to it - especially the ceilings but we have to save some dollars somewhere.  See you next time x

A Date with Dirty Who?

Dirty Jane is not the name of the person who answers the telephone. 

Dwell has been to Dirty Jane's at Bowral more than a few times but we have not managed to get ourselves to an Auction (weekend, kids sport, husbands etc). It is on our 'to do' list for 2015. Might see you there ;)

Dates for your diary are ....

8th March + 17th May + 12th July + 13th September + 8th November            We have lifted the following excerpt from The Dirty Jane website 

When the gates swing open 9am Sunday morning, you’re greeted with a huge selection of furniture, gardenware, architectural elements and bric a brac displayed in long rows for all to inspect, ready for auction time at 10am. All bidders must register and have a bidders number. A buyers premium of 17.5% applies.

Below are some of the fabulous stalls within the 'warehouse style' set-up of Dirty Janes 

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Bi-monthly Auctions are held in the Market Car Park, Banyette Street, Bowral 

 For more details and info please call Kev (not Jane) on 0411 286 440

Note: The real Dirty Jane died in 1883. Click here to find out more             'Who was Dirty Jane?' 

Diary of a Renovator - Let it Rain!!!

My first update ended with the completion of brick foundations for the extension.  Even though at times it feels like the renovation train is at a standstill we have actually come a long way since then.  

Floor installed in extension

Floor installed in extension

Old kitchen floor cut out and ready to be replaced

Old kitchen floor cut out and ready to be replaced

In the last month our builder Jason Kearns and right hand man Chad have put down the sub-floor for the extension including cutting out the old kitchen floor, 'jacking up' the sagging wall between existing lounge (to be the new winter lounge and TV room) and installing a new floor that flows out to the extension and put up wall framing.  

Framing in extension goes up

Framing in extension goes up

Once the frames went up the roof trusses went on then the existing roof was 'broken into' to join the new roof in.  However it is now that the heavens decide to open and we have the wettest August on record since 1998, of course that was always going to happen and I can't begin to tell you the frustration felt by all parties!  The new tiles finally go on and the existing roof has a little straightening happen in the process.  The new roof tile is the same profile as the old tile and we chose colour 'Barramundi' a charcoal grey.  The rest of the roof will be painted to match at a later date. At this time we are up for progress payment No.2 and are a little over half way into our renovation budget.

Roof trusses up and new tiles on

Roof trusses up and new tiles on

During this time work is on-going in the existing part of the house, the bathroom and toilet are gutted ready to be re-sheeted.  Windows have been removed in both due to the extension and the toilet will have an exhaust fan/light installed in ceiling while the bathroom will have a state of the art roof window which opens with a remote and closes when it senses rain, it also comes with a blind to keep out the hot summer sun - cool huh?  However it comes with a hefty price tag, over $5000 which is nearly half of our entire window budget!  I'm sure it will be worth it, we are all pretty excited about this little bit of technology, especially Jason!

Bathroom

Bathroom

Toilet

Toilet

The colour palette has been a work in process and I have been busy painting where I can - trim around all internal doors and wardrobe doors in Dulux Vivid White, bedroom walls in Dulux Natural White though I can't do the window walls in each room until the windows have been replaced.

Hall cupboard in the process of being painted in Dulux Vivid White and a glimpse of Ashleigh's bedroom painted in Dulux Natural White

Hall cupboard in the process of being painted in Dulux Vivid White and a glimpse of Ashleigh's bedroom painted in Dulux Natural White

Next on the agenda is construction of the rear deck, cladding and windows.... back soon folks!

Beach House Bathroom Makeover

A few months ago we were contacted by an client we worked with a couple of years ago who requested a bathroom makeover for his holiday house overlooking Easts Beach in Kiama.  The existing bathroom was looking a little tired as you can see below...

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We selected a gloss white rectangular 300 x 600 wall tile and a sandy coloured square 300 x 300 tile for the floor.  The floating vanity gives the illusion of more floor space and the large bath is a luxury for holiday makers at the end of a long day of surf, sun and sand.  We love the finished result, it's fresh and stylish and a big change - smiles all round!

Diary of a Renovator - Fees & Foundations

It's always been a dream of mine to renovate.  Over the years we have carried out a few minor home makeovers.  Simple ones like repainting walls, stripping window frames, updating an 80's kitchen and have even had a go at tiling an outside laundry/bathroom.  Then last year we got serious.  We owned a rental property in Auckland and after 8 years of tenants it was time for a major overhaul to get the property ready for sale.  It was so successful, the house sold in record time for a great price soooo..... we decided to take the plunge again.  The photos below are of the first stages of our renovation here in Kiama....

The small sunroom above will be demolished to make way for a new dining room, 2nd lounge, master bedroom with ensuite and walk in wardrobe - bring it on!!  Of course to get to this stage we had lots of work to do and lots of fees to pay, these included....

1. Retrieve original plans of house from Council $57

2. Council building & construction levy $527

2. Detailed survey of property $1133

3. Draughtsman (includes all council and private certifier paperwork) $4840

4. Private Certifier (including all inspections paper work) $1337

5. Engineers plans for footings and foundations $880

All of the above was paid up before any building began so make sure you allow for fees if you are planning a renovation, it is a big hidden expense that a lot of newbies don't factor into their budget.  It took around 5 weeks to get that all organised and the plans were approved quickly thanks to our Draughtsman and Private Certifier.

Once the sunroom was demolished, bricks were removed from the back of the house and it was boarded up to keep the weather out.  Then the footings were dug, concrete poured and brickwork began on the extension.

 

The termite mesh is on and we are now ready for bearers and joists which should be installed by the end of the week - weather permitting - followed by the floor, frame work then removal of part of the roof!  Stay tuned for the next step, trust me it will get a lot more interesting over the next few weeks (I promise)!!