Stage 2, Day 19

IMG_1909Oliver, Ruby and Rose were prisoners today as there was just too much going on inside the main part of the house. It was for their own safety: there were open widows, several trades in and out, roof cavities exposed, so I managed to get them all in the bedroom. Oliver was under the bed hiding anyway, Rose asleep on the bed, but it was Ruby I had to lure in.

IMG_1908She was all ready to help P the plumber with the shower installation.


When P the plumber positioned the shower tray in the top floor bathroom it became clear just how small the shower I bought actually was. I hate being a client who changes their mind (especially this late) but this was a significant problem. It’s just the guest bathroom for us but it would also be a shower we might use if ever the boiler broke down. Also this is the only ‘family’ bathroom with a shower (the big shower is on our en suite and there is just a large bath in the other bathroom), so a new owner might have teenage or adult family members who would use this bathroom regularly. P and I got the internet and ordered another, bigger shower. I can sell this one on eBay.


The plastering in the utility and toilet were completed.


Such sharp lines.


The vaulted ceiling looks great – I am thinking that I might dispense with the door on that loft space as the ceiling has become such a feature in this room. I have a couple of wicker hampers from last Christmas that I could use up there to store things in – or I could buy some more from the here (thanks iODyne!) the right size for the space.

IMG_1939Blue sky through the skylight. Luckily it is starting to warm up now.

I have engaged P the decorator again and he will be starting next Friday. He and T will decorate the utility room and toilet, the bathroom, the guest bedroom and the back staircase. I ordered decorating supplies today.


In the utility and toilet I have decided to lighten the colour of the walls to Farrow and Ball’s Calamine, which we had in our dining room in our last house. It’s a very pale pink and it changes in different lights. This will go well with the utility room cabinetry and the black and white floor. I also decided to dispense with the wainscoting in these rooms – just too busy in terms of the small space and it would also mean too many colours.


For the back stairs and top floor bathroom I have got some standard Dulux Magnolia (pictured above). Many British people loathe Magnolia. I’m not entirely sure why but they can be quite vehement about it – perhaps because it was a colour big in 1990s and popular with landlords, so it either reminds people of rented or outdated properties. I don’t mind it though and it will probably be good to have some basic neutrals in the house.

house white

Call it Farrow and Ball’s House White and everyone loves it again…


The bathroom floor was stripped ready for the ply to be laid. Looking at the room empty it could easily be a single bedroom and I imagine that originally it was, probably for a child or even their Nurse.


The plasterer patched the walls where the removal of the old tiles damaged them.

IMG_1893And along the basin tile line.


The lounge repair had its skim coat.


The creepy top floor cupboard is having a makeover! It will be creepy no more.


Today it was over-boarded where the plaster was cracked or missing. It will be skimmed tomorrow.


In between the stripping and over-boarding, the old hole that Oliver and Ruby explored was reopened. I took the opportunity to have a look into the roof space of the back section of the house.


That hole is only cat-sized, so I had to lay down on the floor and peer through, taking photos with my phone. I tell you, when we’re finished I don’t think there’ll be an inch of this house that I don’t know.


I am glad to report that there were no wasps nests! That’s insulation in the bottom part of the picture.


There was, however, an old bird’s nest in one corner. The birds would have got in through some holes near the roof line that were repaired during the last stage of the renovation. No dead birds as far as I could see. The water stains on the rafters look old, and the roof has been repaired, so I hope they’re OK. No sign of mould or rot.

IMG_1954Creepy top floor cupboard door off its hinges – that could be original paint on the inside.

IMG_1955Rim latch and knob.



5 thoughts on “Stage 2, Day 19

  1. Magnolia is still a bit of a joke between my husband and I. My father painted everything magnolia back in the late seventies until he died. For a long time I think it was because it didn’t show any nicotine staining, but he continued using the colour long after they gave up smoking. So in my mind magnolia and smoking are intertwined.

    I love the triangular loft space. Once painted it will be beautiful.

    After rain for the last few days I must say the blue sky makes me a little jealous. Of course here in Virginia at this time of the year it is rain or brutally hot at this time of year.

    • Hmmm, interesting. I hadn’t thought about the smoking thing. My parents always had yellowing wallpaper so I associate wallpaper with smoking and old fashioned houses. Cream coloured walls seemed quite modern when I was younger, though I’m from the southern hemisphere. I had never heard of the term Magnolia for cream paint until we came to the UK, so perhaps it’s a northern hemisphere thing. It goes to show though how our reaction to colour is influenced by memory as well as trends.

  2. Love the cats and love that the doorlock has a ‘Trade Made Union’ medallion on it. There’s a collector of those out there somewhere.
    Never mind Magnolia honey chile, the 80’s in Melbourne were totally and repulsively PEACH.
    Have to wonder how a shower so tiny would even be made – knock your head bending, knock your elbows reaching for your back. etc. Wishing you a swift sale to somebody making one of the very trendy Tiny Houses (Pinterest is full of them),
    have you seen Wonderlandy interiors?

  3. Wonderful link thank you I was rivetted by the whole thing and thinking ‘plenty of UNION cylinder locks on Australian houses I wonder where YALE came in’ … and then they did.’ the Parkes a perfect example of how ‘the middle classes’ evolved out of the industrial revolution and oh that 1933 factory in The Style Moderne.

    this bit “not easy for women employees – they were not allowed to speak at work” made me think aha not just those swarthy Saudis.

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