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…

3 Months Later…

This is posted a little late. Bit annoyed at builder for slowing down considerably, plus I’ve been doing less myself the last 2 weeks, I’ve been more sociable and have seen a few different friends I hadn’t seen in a couple of months.

Also frustrated in the fact that if the first builder hadn’t cancelled one me after and the plumber hadn’t screwed me around I’d have been at this stage at least 4 weeks ago…


  • The kitchen floor is done and the back door is in
  • The kitchen base units are in
  • The kitchen plumbing is done
  • The kitchen lighting and electrics are done and have my electric certificate
  • The kitchen is nearly fully skimmed
  • The roof is half tiled…
  • The lounge ceiling and alls are painted
  • The lounge skirting boards are sanded ready for painting
  • The front room no longer has the suspended ceiling
  • The front room is stripped and I’ve started filling it
  • The wetroom is nearly complete
  • … oh and the plumber was completely incompetent, fitted the wrong boiler and tried to bodge it… so I’m awaiting a second plumber to fix his mess! Luckily I should still come in on budget for this)

Nearly ready to paint

Big Difference… Big New Kitchen Diner

Nearly a Wet Room

As much as I get on with my builder, I really want him to go now! I want my house back.

The are small bits left, like fitting the door to the wet room, plastering the stud wall, finishing the tiling in the wet room and grouting it putting the window handles on etc, plus skimming the hall.

I’m hoping by the end of next weekend I’ll have the kitchen painted and the wall units on…

There’s a delay on the worktops, I’m getting them part fabricated before they are sent out, so that adds on 7-10 days delay, which is annoying as it means no the hob can’t be connected yet.

Time to buy my kitchen floor tiles and start the tiling, this will be my first tiling job and there’s approx 16sqm to lay, with quite a lot of cuts, thanks the room stepping in part way down, so I expect it to take a long time.

One Month Later…

Well, it’s a month today since I picked up the keys. The house looks totally different but still lots to do. This is what has been done so far:

  • stripped wallpaper from lounge, kitchen, hallway and bedroom 2
  • removed ceiling tiles from lounge, kitchen and hallway
  • scraped, chipped and steamed tile glue from lounge and hallway ceiling
  • sanded lounge & hallway ceilings
  • knocked off plaster from kitchen ceiling
  • taken down all sliding doors downstairs
  • washed hallway
  • washed, prepared and painted bedroom 2 walls (except chimney breast and window surround)
  • painted bedroom 2 ceiling
  • filled bedroom 2 door and painted it
  • sanded, primed and painted wardrobe
  • started washing lounge
  • plus moved 1/4 of belongings over from rented house

Not bad, considering I’ve only had evenings and weekends to work on the house and some evenings I’ve worked late and had other commitments.

Week 4 Update

Well bedroom 2 had my attention this week and it’s almost finished. It’s all painted apart from the chimney and window surround, these will be done Tues. Then it’s time to give the lounge carpet a thorough steam clean and lay this in the bedroom.

black satin door

Black Wardrobe

Progress in pictures…

Bedroom 2 progress

There’s now one week before I need to be fully moved in. I have a couple of days booked off work. As well as finishing off bedroom 2 I’ll wash the living room walls this week too. Then it’s waiting for the rising damp to be sorted before painting the walls.

I’m also seriously thinking about skimming the hall walls. I spent hours washing the walls, but there are some four parts of the wall where two doors used to be that will never look good unless skimmed and the walls are pretty bad generally… so realistically it makes sense re-skimming. So stopped work on the hall for now.

Sanding the bleeding ceiling…

Ok, so you know how I said I had to get the tile glue off the ceiling. This is not a fun job! It takes ages and you’re working against gravity so it REALLY hurts!

I bought a sander, I’ve spent around 6 hours working half upside down this weekend and my wrists and neck is complaining. Couldn’t finish the lounge ceiling off today, hands couldn’t hack it. Gave them a rest and went to scraping the hallway instead.

Keep Smiling…

After struggling on one patch of ceiling for around 2 hours yesterday, I seriously thought about paying to get the whole ceiling re-skimmed. After a bit of pondering and laying on the floor staring upwards, I realised the ceiling had a different finish over 4/5s of it, so I had a go at this area, luckily the glue was coming off a lot easier. I got the knack to it – slice under the edge with the scraper and then peel the glue blob off by hand.

The sander’s not heavy until you’re working against gravity

I then sanded most of that patch of the ceiling, a slow painful job, but it looks so much better. I still need to tackle the nasty, horrible patch… that is going to be a complete pain!! But, on the plus side I’ve saved myself £100+ that the skimming would have cost (I need the sander for other jobs).

Nice hair! (I bought a face mask soon after this!!)

It’s a ceiling, so it doesn’t need to be perfect, but I need to go over some of it with the sander again. It feels pretty smooth though, so it’ll look a lot better when painted.

I’ll then be ready to ‘wash’ this room. Preparing this room for painting will take a while as there’s lots of rawl plugs, holes etc! (Bleeding Victorians lol).