Reno #4: a mixed bag

It’s been a bit of a week.

I’m awarding myself a couple of days off to sew. After a week or so of up and down ladders, bending and kneeling, the old bod is now insisting very firmly on a break, so it’s just as well I’ve finished painting the two bedrooms!

You’ll have to content yourself with this cutting-in ‘in progress’ shot, where you can just about see the difference between the old paint and the new. I debated taking ‘after’ photos, but it would have been pointless; two rooms, one painted a slightly bluer grey than before and another painted a slightly stronger pale green than before and you’d have been hard pressed to spot the difference in a photo. Except for the sanding and filling, that is. Still, they’re now immaculate, waiting only for the new carpets being fitted on Wednesday. After that I can start moving things in, hurray. Or I could, if only the blasted rain would stop long enough to get a load over there….

In the kitchen, chaos apparently still reigns. I say apparently, because although it looks chaotic, there is forward progress. The cabinets have been assembled, the gaps in the flooring have been filled, the gas line for the gas cooktop is in, the plumbing has been taken back to the wall ready for the sink to go in, etc.

In the bathroom, the old loo has been excavated out, the soil pipe has been repositioned and the water supply for the cistern has been moved. Now all we have to do is take down the walls and make good, chip up and replace the rest of the floor tiles, install new basin and shower taps and a new shower unit to replace the leaky old job that bangs the Husband on the head because it’s hung so low. Oh, and yes, it’ll all need filling and painting… At some stage, once Bill has concreted in the new soil pipe for the loo, I have to lay tiles around it so that the plumber can install the new ‘throne’, which has to go on top of the tile so that if there’s ever a leak it doesn’t creep under the tiling and start to rot adjacent wall timbers. Yuck. So I guess there’s more kneeling and bending in my future…

So thank goodness for a quiet couple of days with my sewing machine πŸ™‚



53 thoughts on “Reno #4: a mixed bag

  1. cazinatutu says:

    I dread to think what you’re using for a loo in the meantime … OK, just ignore that comment and move on

  2. Lots of progress I see … all looking good … can’t wait to see the kitchen finished … πŸ’–

  3. jeanswenson says:

    I so enjoy following your reno journey! It’s all looking great! I too so enjoy reno projects but as age continues to creep upward, have to pace myself, especially when doing a bunch of up and down on the ladder when painting, since it brings on terrible night time leg cramps 😣

    • katechiconi says:

      … and hip pain, and back pain and shoulder pain. Yup, I hear you. But sometimes if there’s a deadline I just have to bite the bullet and get on with it. There’s a bit less of the very strenuous stuff for a while, except for the floor tiling in the bathroom.

  4. anne54 says:

    I am loving your reno project too, and am very grateful that it is not me! Although I do see a new kitchen for me somewhere off in the distance…..

    • katechiconi says:

      Listen, for most people the renovation would not be as extreme. If the kitchen cabinets had been a standard size and shape, we’d have kept them, put on new doors and countertop and left it at that, but they were all over the place and constructed in situ, so couldn’t be moved even if we’d wanted to.

  5. Nanette says:

    Is that your master bedroom in the top shot? Nice to have windows on both sides. It’s coming along, as renos do, in their own good time. You’ll be having us in for tea and scones in no time.

  6. katechiconi says:

    Yes, that’s the master bedroom. The other two walls are occupied by huge built in wardrobes and the bed. It’s not a huge room, but it’s well laid out. Scones will probably have to wait till my kitchen’s a little more complete πŸ™‚

  7. magpiesue says:

    Hopefully it will all be worth it in the end. What a lot of work though! You certainly deserve a break.

    • katechiconi says:

      It is a lot of work, but already I can see and feel how it’s going to be to live in. Well worth it, indeed. The finishing is going to be what takes time in the end, always the final hurdle.

  8. I love watching someone else’s renovations! You’re doing well, not much more to go…:)

    • katechiconi says:

      The living room will be ready as soon as all the tools and timber are removed and the counter top/ breakfast bar is installed. The two bedrooms will be done as soon as the carpet’s down. The kitchen and bathroom still have a lot of work to do, but it’s now possible to list what’s needed instead of just looking at a bomb site!

  9. WOW I am amazed at ll you have done and to get sewing in is great. You are Wonderwoman!

  10. tialys says:

    I suppose the good thing with a total renovation is that you won’t have to do any more painting/decorating/much of anything for years now.

    • katechiconi says:

      I expect a few things will need painting a bit sooner than that; this climate tends to fade and stain paintwork, but I’d agree that no more major works should be needed. I hope….

  11. nanacathy2 says:

    Your energy, drive and skills continue to impress me. Well done you, enjoy your two days of sewing.

    • katechiconi says:

      Energy… limited. Drive… deadline driven. Skills = 60% terror. 30% good luck, 10% knowhow! Still, stuff is getting done, plus today I got the ITAA quilt bound, the label on and the hanging pocket half stitched on. Tomorrow for the rest of it.

      • Joanne S says:

        Taking a little break will do you some good. 60% terror, 30% good luck made me laugh! πŸ˜€ It seems once you put your mind to it, Kate, whatever it is, it does get done. 100% determination.

      • katechiconi says:

        Sometimes, I have to admit defeat, but then again, I choose my battles carefully! The break is helping somewhat, but as the sewing I’m doing is standing up, it’s not quite as restful as I’d have liked!

  12. craftycreeky says:

    It makes me tired just reading it! I’ve lived through renovations like this, it’s just head down and keep going and suddenly it all comes together πŸ™‚ Enjoy your sewing days, you deserve them and you’ve got to look after yourself!

    • katechiconi says:

      Exactly. Head down, bum up, get cracking… and then one day you look up and realise that there’s only a bit left to do. By which time, of course, you’re almost too knackered to enjoy the sensation!

  13. rutigt says:

    IΒ΄m impressed! You are really doing a total renovation of the house!!!! Wow!! I hope you will live there for ever πŸ™‚

  14. Dayphoto says:

    OH! Everything is coming together so very nicely!

  15. Way to go. You make a full reno look easy… Not easy enough for me to contemplate. Oh no. Horrors. But I’m very much enjoying your journey… vicariously πŸ‘

    • katechiconi says:

      Your place has its own benefits and challenges. Plumbing would be a lot easier but filling and painting would be harder (tall ceilings, wooden windows, etc). On the whole, I think we’ll stick with what we have πŸ˜‰ I hope you’ll pay a visit one day.

  16. kathyreeves says:

    Such a huge amount of progress this week! Enjoy your very well deserved rest in the sewing room!

  17. Oh how I love a big construction mess because when it’s all done, the finish looks twice as good. Enjoy your down time…while it lasts. πŸ˜‰

  18. KerryCan says:

    I ache just reading about the hard work you’ve been doing–I’m glad to know you’re listening to your body and taking the occasional break!

  19. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    I’m sure you’ll enjoy your sewing !!

  20. Wow! Things really are moving along at a good clip. Sorry to hear about your weather woes. Is it cool rain (the refreshing kind) or the hot, sticky tropical kind? Best of luck either way.

  21. On the subject of tiles, I was watching a home reno show the other night and they used your tiles in the monochrome version throughout the house. They looked fabulous. The rooms really popped because colour was added by painting walls bright colours.

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