Bathroom preperation

The bathroom is ready for tiling now.

It’s been emptied. Luckily dad was around to get the cast iron tub out… even in bits that thing was SO heavy! Dad also built the stud wall framework for my recess shelves. The shelves just need to be done.

I’ve stripped the artex, patched up render and plastered a fair bit of the walls. I plastered more than I needed to, just to practice plastering. It’s so much easier with proper plaster than it is with the patching plaster which is effectively joint filler.

before

before

empty

empty

boarded

boarded

tanked

tanked around bath/shower area

stud wall for recess shelves

stud wall for recess shelves

rendered

rendered

rendered

rendered

The plastering around the window was so dodgy, with the newer plaster sticking out a good few mm. No use for tiling. Made good now though.

first plastering attempt

first plastering attempt

plastered

plastered elec chased in for fan

plastered

plastered

Plastering is phsyically mega hard work. Just holding a loaded hawk for several hours kills your hand. Plus, I don’t own a drill bit for mixing, so mixed it all by hand.

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Awe Inspiring DIY Pallet Furniture

I’ve got a recent fascination with pallet furniture. When I have a bit of time I’m going to try my hand at making a DIY pallet table / seat etc. Just look how incredible these all look!

Pallet Stools byjoost.com

Pallet Stools byjoost.com

Pallet bed, side table and end table. Door headboard. www.grahamandco.org

Pallet bed, side table and end table. Door headboard. www.grahamandco.org

Pallet Shelves http://www.flickr.com/photos/66127114@N06/with/6021037884/

Pallet Shelves thedawgsdish.com

Pallet Plate Shelves http://www.katrinarens.it/full_html/

Pallet Wine Rack & Doors http://www.katrinarens.it/full_html/

Pallet Island www.home-dzine.co.za

Pallet Island www.home-dzine.co.za

Pallet Headboard homebyheidi.blogspot.com

Pallet Headboard homebyheidi.blogspot.com

Hello Again – Plastering & Restoring Floorboards

I’ve not posted on here for a long time! I was ill for most of Jan and Feb, so didn’t do a lot of work. But I’ve been busy the last few weeks.

I’ve rendered and skimmed a couple of dodgy areas in the front room.

rendered

rendered

render

render

skimmed

skimmed

And I’ve just finished sanding and varnishing the front room floor.

I’m very pleased with it and now have a proper drum room so I can buy my new kit 🙂

before

before

before

before

after approx 10 hours of sanding

after approx 10 hours of sanding with a hand belt sander

maybe get a better dust mask next time

maybe get a better dust mask next time

3 coats of varnish later

3 coats of varnish later

Left to do:

  • Fill in a couple of holes and paint over a patch of new skim
  • Build the built in desk in the left chimney recess
  • Add new skirting board
  • Tile / paint hearth
  • Add ceiling rose
  • Buy and hang blinds
  • Build door frame & hang door
  • Make pallet sofa…. big project for later on!