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Master bedroom makeover: Painting progress

Total silence from me in no way means nothing is happening ’round here!

It’s all happening, just as fast as it can. Sometimes I get frustrated that it’s not fast enough… but for various reasons of work, weather and a weekend off, this coming weekend will be the first in six that we get more than a couple of hours to hit this master bedroom renovation.

I’m hoping for some dry weather so we can remove the windows for sanding and painting. But if we don’t get that, there are plenty of little things like putting outlet covers back on, installing some “new” wall lights, and planning and possibly materials shopping for the wardrobe.

But first, here’s a mass photo drop of our plastering and painting progress to date.

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Have a lovely weekend x

A snowy Auckland evening

Felt like snow in Auckland the other night. It looked like it too at our place…

We now know why everyone said “oh gib stopping is such a terrible job… get someone else to do it”.

But with such a small area to do it didn’t seem worth paying a whole lot of minimum charge to someone else. In hindsight, maybe it would have been worth it (that’s if they clean up the mess afterwards too?).

One less than perfect job later though and we can say it’s done! And another skill up the man’s sleeve.


Gib Stop Art

Modern art? Kind of interesting I thought anyway. Two grown-ups enjoying a bit of plaster with a trowel on a free to create (temporary) wall… actually I’m pretty sure it’s just “cleaning off the trowel between trowels” but it caught my eye!

The gib is up, and I have to admit the next stage of stopping happened quick enough that I didn’t get any “post gib but pre stopping” pictures!

Here’s the room from one end:

And from the other:

In case you noticed the blue glove saying hi from both angles – it’s just hanging there as a warning not to bump your head on the bit of metal sticking out from the wall. The bit of metal being a bracket for shelves to be installed some time soon.

Should you wish you can take a look at the detail:

Or check out our supplies:

And make sure we’re using the right equipment:

Sanding tomorrow or Saturday and then I’ll have to get my painting outfit on!

Fluffy goodness

With all the warnings about insulation being a nasty, nasty job, I certainly wasn’t expecting to enjoy it. But indeed I did! When I saw all that fluffy goodness filling out my walls I got warm fuzzies! (And I don’t even mean the itchy kind!) Plus it didn’t take as long as I thought – a few hours while the little one slept in the afternoon, then another hour or so that night and voila! Done!

To refresh your memory, here’s a nice tidy “I can see your rafters” shot:

And then another job ticked off the list (I was on walls – the pink stuff, Andre had the ceiling – the yellow):

Look at the lovely fluffiness – like a little fluffy chicken!

Sleep tight rafters!:

Essential protective gear (along with long pants and sleeves!):

The room was noticeably warmer immediately and I’m picking it will become my favourite room in our house. It gets a lot of sun, and with the concrete floor to hold the heat we’re hoping it’ll help the rest of the house too once it’s opened up to the lounge again. (You can see where it is currently walled off to the left of the photos above.)

Even more exciting is this is now all covered up with Gib… but I have to get some more photos first. Come back for that in a couple of days!