I can't believe that it is 3 weeks since I updated this page. It's all the "exciting" stuff at the new old house at present. Prep work. Boring you would think but K and I are quite addicted to scraping back the layers of paint downstairs in the living and dining rooms. We are trying to get as much done before our painter starts at the beginning of March. Anything to keep costs down. The quote is interesting to say the least. Ouch! But he is good, very, very good.
So this is what we have been doing. Each day we peel away more paint to get back to the original walls. These two rooms are affected by damp. Didn't show up in two building inspections when we were first buying but I guess at that stage we were in a 10 year drought and it had all dried out. Now after almost 3 months of non stop rain it is very apparent. This is a major job to fix and something we don't have the budget for right now. For the moment we will be doing a cosmetic fix and painting the walls in these rooms ourselves. It is a waste of money to pay a master painter to do these rooms only to have to scrape away the plaster and fix the problem in a year or so. As K moves around a room he moves the furniture and sets up a "vignette" each time. For a blind guy I think he hasn't done too badly. I laughed out loud though when I saw the little oak ladder back chair hanging high up on the window. He says it's Shaker style! At least it is out of the way. Normal people would clear the room out. Not us. (Don't tell K that I posted a pic of him napping on the couch. He'd kill me for showing his chubby knees and yes the curtains are going!)
I've had to rethink painting these rooms white due to the discolouration problems. I'm now thinking of painting them in a lovely rich and dark flat as flat Murowash paint. A colour from the Sibella Court range for Murobond. A really dark inky blue for the living room .... or a dark dark khaki green. Perhaps a deep dark oreo brown in the dining room which will have a tribal vibe. Maybe a custom mix. Need sample pots to patchwork across the walls to help me choose. The joys of renovating a new old house! I'm looking forward to the hand sanding next (not). Lead paint .... eeek. But I'm loving my 150 year old render!