No more polystyrene tiles (ever)

A couple of weeks ago I got rid of the last polystyrene tiles… they were on the landing.
I’ve also stripped the last of the wallpaper in the house – the stairs, landing and master bedroom.

making a mess

making a mess

second lot of filling, mid wall awaiting plastering

second lot of filling, mid wall awaiting plastering

I’ve mostly prepped the walls now. Just need to sand down where I’ve re-filled and should be ready for painting the top coat colour. But no point painting until the plastering is done.

ceiling patched up

ceiling patched up

I’ve patched up the massive 3.2m x .65m gap in the ceiling where the wardrobes used to be. I also chased in a misc. live elec cable and rendered over. The ceiling and wall is also ready for skimming.

elec cable chased in

elec cable chased in

The plasterer said I needed to get the wooden edging strips off the chimney, because otherwise the new plaster would crack. Took a while to get the strips off, they didn’t want to budge. And loads of plaster and render came away in the process. Doh.

wood off the chimney

wood off the chimney

You can see the holes in the chimney where I was seeing if there was a fireplace hiding behind it, but I didn’t find one.

Now just to get the last bits of wallpaper down and patch up the rendering before I can get the plasterer in.

I also viewed a house down my road, just to know the market more and see what I can aim to sell mine for. The asking price was £130k. Bigger bedrooms and the third room is a proper room and a decent size. But shabby as hell, with a skanky bathroom, dodgy pipework for the radiators running across bedroom walls, awful cladding in the small kitchen and very badly finished throughout.

If that sells for anywhere close to asking, I’ll be very happy… as it means mine will be worth more than I thought.

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Bathroom – partly plumbed

It’s been a long weekend! We were working all day Sat and Mon. And Sunday morning, before escaping for an afternoon and evening out in the sun.

Dad put in the fan, had fun and games plumbing in the shower and bath and put the shower screen on. I did some tiling and grouting and lots of other little jobs.

Now that the baths in, I need to finish the tiling around the bath so it can be used!

partly plumbed bathroom

partly plumbed bathroom

bath and shower installed

bath and shower installed

shower screen installed

shower screen installed

heart shadow shower

heart shaped shower shadow

Bathroom – ready for plumbing & fitting the suite

2 and a half weekends later I’ve done all the tiling until the plumbing and electrics are done (hello dad).

I’ve also done most of the grouting. Just got to buff up the tiles to get rid of the cement dust.

In a couple of weeks I should have a fully functioning bathroom 🙂

just needs buffing and the fan to go in

just needs buffing and the fan to go in

alcoves just need grouting

tiling done til shower bought and plumbed in

waiting for sink plumbing to be done

waiting for sink plumbing to be done

need to paint the ugly brown door frame!

need to paint the ugly brown door frame!

Bathroom tiling has begun

Tiling walls is way less pain than tiling floors. 8 hours later I’m still totally shattered and my back hurts, but no knee or ankle pain! 🙂
And tubbed adhesive makes the job lots faster! My hands aren’t cut to shreds yet either. Win, win.

Have done way more than I thought. Really pleased with it too.

bath wall

bath wall

window wall

window wall

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.

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