On Tuesday I filled all the gaps and nail holes in the stairs.
And on Wednesday I gave them a second undercoat.
I also decided to see how the lounge would look if I applied some obscure film to the bottom of the windows.
This window is quite close to the footpath and because we have Roman blinds people can see straight inside when they are open. I don’t really mind that but now that the new fireplace is installed, and it will be getting dark earlier, I thought there are bound to be times when I nod off in front of the fire and I won’t want to be on display to the entire street. The obscure film is just high enough that it reaches the eye level of pedestrians, which is precisely the same eye level of a person seated on the sofa.
Standing up you still have a nice view outside so it doesn’t feel like I have blocked the entire window. It also helps that the film doesn’t go right to the edge of the glass – it looks more like an etched glass feature.
Someone wasn’t happy though, and I felt a bit guilty for depriving Ruby of one of her great pleasures: observing the street and passers-by, in particular the neighbour’s cat Albus.
I thought about it overnight and came up with this compromise.
A little spy hole for Ruby at both ends of the window.
After I did that this morning I gave the stairs their top coat.
I am quite impressed with how they have turned out.
I might even leave them like this permanently, or if I decide I still want carpet I will be able to have it fitted as a runner down the centre of the stairs.
The paint was taking ages to dry – the tin said two hours but seven hours later it was still tacky in places so I couldn’t risk the cats running up and down on it.
The tin foil barrier seems to working so far. They have to use the maid’s stairs at the back of the house.
The stairs being painted also means that the entrance hall is now complete!
You can really appreciate the architecture now.
I will have to do some before and after shots so you can compare side by side.
Desk in the hall. It’s a good place to leave the mail and is also handy for writing cheques and such.
In other news, I went to the hardware store and bought a leaf rake. I am now prepared for this giant tree – a native lime – you can see the leaves are just starting to turn.