The Teenager's Retreat

Fussing on the kid's bedrooms starts with the nursery .... goes on through the pre-school & primary school years and then takes an ugly turn for the teenage years! This does not have to happen if you are a constant rearranger/decorator {I am} therefore boy wonder is not surprised to come home to a clean, rearranged room with a different colour scheme/wallpaper or mountain peaks painted on the walls.

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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

Black Paint, Tape & A Bit of Nerve

Black is very Black - that's just how it is!

So here we go ..... this is a lesson in how to combat your fear of black paint & unleash that creative side - all in school hours ;) but I do admit that my project was during the school hols.

 

Step 1 

Get a wall. A kid's bedroom wall is perfect because they will love it (and you for painting it black - not that your'e buying their love!) and then you can shut the door on it - BINGO - everyone's a winner ;) To make your scene 'pop' it's best if you paint the wall first, in this case I painted the whole room Dulux Lexicon 1/2 strength the week prior.

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 2

You can paint a mural, stripes or mountain peaks. The reason I chose peaks is because I felt there was less chance of an error. So grab your tape (I like tape that gives you a few days before you need to remove it) & map out your scene. Yes you can pencil it roughly on the walls and then tape it  - this way you have a good idea of the proportions & heights of the peaks. I  did not use a pencil & played with the tape ... removing it if not happy so it took a bit longer. Now you will achieve a lovely point at the top of your peak but the tricky bit is getting a lovely point at both joins of tape. Use a sharp knife & a steady eye. Check out the tape in the picture below .....

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 3 

Using the same colour paint as the walls - in this case Dulux Lexicon 1/2 strength - Paint on the tape & under .... weird?? Noo - this forms a 'skin' over the tape so your next colour does not seep under the tape (CRITICAL + CLEVER!). Then let it dry (IMPORTANT).

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 4 

Get your colour ready. I used black paint so I was pretty tense! Best if no one is home to ask "What can i eat?" 'When are we going?"

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 5 

Get to it. Now hopefully you've got a painting technique as your a brave DIY-er & this is not your first painting project.  I used a small brush to edge & a roller - I worked quickly as I was panicked by the black paint. The 1st coat looked awful (streaky & sludgy-green) but the 2nd coat was great .... it really needed 3 coats but the ceiling light in this room shines directly down so I got away with 2 coats. 

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 6 

Remove the tape while your 2nd coat is still wet. This is where you are grateful to have bought good quality painter's tape. The result .... sharp lines!

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

Step 7

Style your (their) space - have your moment of glory 

Then they will change it x

Image by Dwell South Coast

Image by Dwell South Coast

More on black paint to come ....

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!