Decorating our way through the house, might be a long and slow process but it means we are getting to know the very ins and outs of the house. Noticing it's foibles and little nooks and crannies, the way the old original skirting boards are matched up with new more modern copies. Seeing original woodwork that has never seen paint (and never will) waiting behind cupboard doors to be discovered, the same wood that was put into place in 1920 when the house was built. There's not much of the original house, but what there is will be treasured. As I paint my mind wanders and plans emerge where once there may have been only the vaguest hints of ideas.
The Spare Bedroom above is complete except for the curtains and light shade which we will bring from home this coming weekend ...
... the bathroom is complete except for the cupboard door, which was still drying when this picture was taken just before we left on Sunday afternoon.
This cupboard is the 'pop' of green for this room, every room will have one somewhere, it is a slight variation on my favourite shade of green, we had the paint mixed after taking in one of the cushions, which match the new curtains. We have enough paint to highlight the whole of the house in one way or another. You will have to play 'spot the green' as I reveal each room!!
The upstairs toilet is completely finished except for a net curtain which really is needed for this window, although the view is breath-taking so will the view into the room be from the main road as someone goes to sit on the toilet :-)
It was truly the fiddliest room in the whole house to paint, it is so tiny hence the corner toilet. The pop of green for the moment is the greenery outside, as that is to be masked from view by the net I will have to introduce it somewhere else.
The ceiling in the office is now painted and when we get back there I will start on the walls. They are all needing at least two coats to hide the deep cream colour that is currently on them, but it is worth it as the finish looks wonderful once the second coat is on and it is so much easier to paint when there is nothing in the rooms.
Lovely Hubby has now laid the tiles that the Aga will sit on and they have almost two weeks to set solid before it is being installed. Yay, I can't wait. It's like the house is waiting for it's heart to be delivered, we have brought it life and love and the Aga will bring it warmth and a beating heart. Yes .... I'm a soppy thing when it comes to Aga love :-)
Why the previous owners tiled around the kitchen units we'll never know, you'd think it would be so much easier to tile the whole floor and then sit the cupboards on top, especially considering they laid the floor and fitted the kitchen after the extension was built.
The wall behind where the Aga will sit is also being tiled and these tiles will continue around the kitchen, three high on this wall and filling the gap between the base and wall units on the other side. We chose a simple 'Subway' tile in plain white to keep the look simple and fresh. Although a patterned or green tile might have looked really good with this simple creamy coloured kitchen and the cream coloured Aga, what if our tastes changed and we lived to regret it. Far better to keep the fixtures and fittings plain and simple and add the wackier and more colourful touches in things we can change for little cost in the future.
Well that's it ... a weekends work, summed up in six photos.
We have this week at home and then we will have two weeks at the new house to really get stuck in to the jobs that need doing. It's all the big jobs, the expensive ones that will be happening over the next fortnight. The new oil fired Combi boiler is being fitted, the new larger log burner is being installed and the old one removed, the carpets are being cleaned and my wonderful re-conditioned Aga will be delivered and installed during our second week there after the kitchen units are re-arranged slightly during the first week.
It's lovely to watch the house accepting and rolling with our plans, slowly and surely it is turning into our place, the one we have dreamt about and planned together. The one we have scrimped and saved for over the last couple of years, the one we will live in and grow old together in.
Our Forever Home.