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!
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Rendering, Skimming & Prepping Wardrobe Doors

It’s been a busy weekend.

I’ve been rendering and skimming in the front room. I also painted another coat of white on the other walls in here.

rendered walls

rendered walls

skimmed walls

skimmed walls

The rendering was a struggle. It’s very difficult and I didn’t get a great finish. I’ll dry line in the future!

I sanded and primed the chipboard wardrobe doors for my bedroom. My bedroom won’t actually need these doors for a few months, but I want to get them painted before I sand the floors in the front room. I figure I’ll get a better finish working on them flat, rather than when in situ.

doors sanded

doors sanded

doors primed

doors primed

I finally got around to putting up a piece of plasterboard above the front door. Just need to touch up the filled screw holes. I still need to neaten up the pipes and the electric fuse box and meter. And paint the wood work around the door.

plaster boarded above door

plaster boarded above door

  • I also filled the huge gap between the wall and ceiling on the wall that doesn’t have coving in the front room and filled ceiling cracks.
  • Oh stripped the paper from the bit of ceiling above the bay… that I’d totally forgotten about!
  • I touched up odd bits of paintwork. A few little bits in the kitchen. And the first few coats to cover the giant water leak stain on the lounge ceiling. Which I’m not sure has actually stopped leaking and the plumbers couldn’t find the source of this leak…

Rendering the Walls

I started rendering the walls tonight. Hands are pretty cut up, probably should have worn gloves..

It’s harder than it looks. Coming out ok, got more to do and then time to plaster.

Luckily most of the brickwork that’s left in the first photo won’t need rendering as it won’t be in view. I’ll be building a fixed cupboard/shelf combo.

re rendering

re rendering

rendering bay window

rendering bay window

After a month of waiting my spice rack turned up. Finally somewhere to store all my spices!

new spice rack

new spice rack

Front Room – Time is Running Out.

The aim is to transform the front room to a neatly finished blank canvas before Christmas. Ready for sanding the floors and decorating in the new year…. excluding the bay window wall, which I’ll render & plaster in the new year too.

filling the chimney
filling the chimney
primed chimney, damp plaster gone
primed chimney

I also sprayed the fireplace for my lounge. Ran out spray though, so it’s not quite done. The room doesn’t have any windows that open either so working in the room later on was an experience..

back to bricks
back to bricks

The plaster by the bay was worse than I thought, so had to take it back to brick and will need to render this before plastering. It’s not rising damp, the downpipe at the front of the house needed re-routing.

more filling & priming

filled & primed walls

filled & primed

more filling & priming

Still got a bit more filling to do.

Some people think that doing up a room, means strip the wallpaper, then stick on a couple of coats of paint. Makes me laugh… cry/laugh, it’s the same thing really right?