There are some of the things that happen when you are managing remotely that when you get here, it’s already done. It’s either tell them to pull it all apart. You’ve got to decide is it worth that amount of angst.
Hello, everyone! Stephen and I’ve been up here three days. We’re flying back shortly and I thought I’d just do a quick walk around of the project just to give you a bit of an idea of where we’re at. Unfortunately, I have to go back because I’ve got stuff I have to do. But I’m coming back next week. I think another two days and I’ll be done.
Now first thing, this light fitting up here. I know it’s too tall, but I hate it. I’ve actually just been to meet him today and bought something different. A glass pavement on a broad like comes from a mix-match section and I think that will be a lot better because we’ve got glass here as well and it will tie it in.
Incidentally, the electrician’s coming back to drop those down. I don’t know what it is with electricians and lights being really high but it’s very annoying. But things are really coming together.
One of the things that Stephen did is he installed the window dressings so the timber venetians – white timber venetians. We bought these on special that spotlight. And so we did the whole house for nine hundred dollars.
However, I suspect that if we also included Stephen’s normal hourly rate, that probably cost us thousands. But thankfully, he’s donated his time for free! Well, the joys of being married to a renovator.
So I’ve got a few bits and pieces. We borrowed this sofa. I was a bit concerned that it might be too big for the area, but it actually works really well. I’m really happy with it. Don’t have the dining table yet, but I’ll just sort that out before I get here. But there are quite a few touch-ups the painter needs to do so he’ll be coming back. You can see the skirtings haven’t been done since the floors were done. And so he will be coming back to do those next week. Just into the kitchen. A few things left here.
Oh, I’ve bought a clock off marketplace which will be going up next week. I need to find a solution to this. Not really sure what’s going on. It’s a range hood – Robinhood range hood, but I’m not sure what was meant to be here. But I’ve been out and bought some drawers to see if that will solve the problem. But as you can see, so just need to get the kitchen light, put an infill placing. Gaps like that really detract from the quality of the install. So he’s coming back tonight. So he’ll do that. He also has tiled the splashbacks, which they look great and he’s coming back to silicon tonight.
As the house is not completely powered up, we’ve had to boil the kettle down here. The laundry is almost done. It needs a really good clean. But yeah now it’s looking quite good. We’ve got some leftover cabinets so we’re thinking we want to slot it in here because there’s room to do that. And also to lay six hundred four by four portions.
The porcelain sink is in. Unfortunately, because of the plumbing. The guy actually installed it with the plumbing waste to the front which looks a bit odd. But you know what? I’m just gonna live with that. There are some of the things that happen when you are managing remotely that when you get here, it’s already done. It’s either tell them to pull it all apart. You’ve got to decide is it worth that amount of angst.
The toilet floor still has old vinyl. I had the vinyl go I think because they’re doing a front room and all of them just go straight over it. They said, no, they wouldn’t. And that’s their concern. That’s asbestos. So I’m taking a bit home with me to have it tested. And if it’s not asbestos, they will just rip it up and do it.
This is the smallest bedroom which is still – you can actually put a double bed in here. Yeah. So I’ve just got to sort a bed for this. And because we couldn’t fit a standard size on this window in terms of the venetians, I’ve got rods to put curtains and I think colour will sort of make that a focal point of the room. So we’ll arrange the room so that it looks like it’s meant to be like that. Thanks for great camerawork, Stephen!
Next room is the bathroom. Still got some grubby little details here as well. The main one being down here where our darling plumber decided he wouldn’t chase the pipework into the wall. And if you are not here they will take the path of least resistance. And really, I just find it really frustrating. So you get back. And now, in order to get that, if I did want to chase that now, we have to rip up half the tiles and it’s just not worth it. My fantastic handyman – thank you Vivienne Halliday! – is going to sort that out for me tonight.
We just got a new cabinet in. This house is gonna come with a year’s supply of toilet paper because Stephen is such a bargain shopper that he can’t leave the shop without buying bulk. But that’s okay. Everything else is looking nice. Yeah, dirty but nice.
This room is at the moment is the junk room that we’re just storing some things – here we got a bedhead. That’s the double bed head I’ve just got to find a double bed. I bought this right from Spotlight this morning. And I’ve got some a few cushions that I borrowed so we’re sort of getting there!
Then into the master. And this is a stunning room. I’m just so happy with it. And so we just threw the bed together just to see how – we had it on this side of the bedhead and we just decided that we would put it over this side. So it’s the first thing you see. And also, it shows you the window seat.
Now, I went to IKEA last night to buy fabric, to cover the cushion that goes on the window seat. And annoyingly, IKEA has reduced its range of fabrics. And I’ve got next to nothing. But I had a brainwave. And I’ve bought a cool cover in this gorgeous pattern and we’re going to cover that. And also I borrowed these cushions, and you know, necessity is the mother of all invention.
So I borrowed cushions from my friend Michelle, and obviously they don’t match. So we did a quick cushion covering. I’m just going to show you how to do it because it’s really, really clever! So you push the cushion right to the bottom and then you get your thing and you just envelop it in. So, envelope it in so you’ve got a nice square.
Now, if you want to be really fussy, you can get some stick-on Velcro dots to hold that close or even do a buttonhole. But you know what? Nobody’s ever going to be handling that. So there you go – two cushions made in two seconds! Do you like that hack?
I went to IKEA and bought these beautiful blue velvet European pillowcases and feather pillows for them to go on. So because we don’t have a bedhead in here, we do have a bedhead but it’s under the bed because it comes up too high. And of course, this was from the lovely Viv. So this room is just about done. I think I might move those cabinets somewhere else into one of the other bedrooms. But anyhow, we’ll work that out and some of that. So all I’ve got to do is dress that seat. Finish dressing the bed. And we’re done.
Now out here. This is the last frontier. So firstly, this part is coming up next week and we’re putting vinyl timber look flooring down. We bought this freedom setting off the Facebook marketplace. But I bought it without actually going looking at it. And I thought I could just wash the covers but they are really yucky. So I’m pulling them off and I’m taking them home and I’m going to dye them and bring them back. Put some coloured cushions on them and put a rug on the floor and some palms and this area will look lovely. That’s happening next week.
This is the vinyl that’s going down. Like if you’re doing this reno for yourself, you’d totally rework this area because it’s a bit ugly. But we’re on a budget reno and it’s a fantastic place for kids. You’d think on a rainy day. It’s massive here, I think it’s about 30 square meters. So we just want to make it look as nice as we possibly can. We decided that our budget was going on the kitchen and the bathroom and we had needed to be frugal with everything else. Turf is not going in until Monday of next week. Now you can see a new driveway and it’ll all look just so much better.
But if I come back for two days next week, I expect to be on the market by the end of next week. So I’m excited! I hope you enjoyed the walk around.