Friday, 13 June 2014

One wall a weekend painting

The long weekend provided us the right impetus to clear out some of the overgrown garden and to continue painting the living/dining room. Three whole days in a row is such a decadent luxury in DIY land and we didn't want to waste it.

One wall a weekend painting. The living/dining area 

Jason got stuck into the painting. The goal is to paint one wall a weekend, so our living room is cleaner and fresher. Small bite size pieces is the method of attack. The most time consuming part is the taping up of the walls for the cutting-in as there are so many timber architraves and strips in this mid-century house.

The finished's like we never painted. Ha!

Jason painting the black timber ceiling beams. Notice how he hasn't taped up. Go  steady hand Jason!

We also have lovely black timber ceiling beams which need to be repainted. Jason used a matte black chalk paint to freshen it up. It provides a crisp contrast to the Queensland maple timber ceiling. He only painted one of the beams and already it has given our living room a real lift.

The finished's like we never painted. Ha!

Most of the changes we have been making to the house are very subtle. When people come to visit us, they don't actually notice if we've done anything new to the house. But that's okay. I kind of think that is the mark of a good restoration/renovation when people think it is as it should be. Hopefully the cumulative effect of all the changes will bring this house back to its former glory.

This one whole section of wall is now is that one strip of ceiling beam...

And the skip bin was a great investment for the long weekend. We cleared most of the vegetation which was covering our garden shed. It's just tidied that portion of the yard and we were able to give the rest of the garden a much needed prune. Hooray for long weekends!

Skip bin being delivered. It took us one morning to fill up!


  1. I like the pictures very much. And, may I say, your dining table gleams!

  2. You may not be able to tell a huge difference when the whole wall is painted, but you can sure tell a difference in the colors when it's just partially painted, so it's probably brightening up the house more than it seems. You and Jason are so incredibly motivated. I can procrastinate forever, and, of course, I'm worrying about what I should be doing the whole time I'm putting it off. I do wish I could be more like you and just get things done in a timely manner.

    Anita, everything is looking absolutely beautiful Tell Jason I said so too. :)

  3. Bravo you are doing a great job. Your house is very lucky to have found you !

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  5. Ooooh la la! It is looking beautiful!

  6. I love how you guys are preserving the history of the house, I don't think the mid century homes are treated the same as historical Queenslanders, which is a shame as they'll be gone before people realize their architectural significance. Keep up the good work guys.

    Cheers, Col

    PS. Other than one weekend in February, this is the first weekend this year I don't think we've lifted a renovation finger... Loving the break !

  7. Ah yes, the skips!!! We had four or so to clear the previous owners rubbish and then at least one more for the builders rubbish from the renos and I think that we had another one after that! We have another coming in the next couple of weeks when we commence further building works!!! xx

  8. I Love the hanging lights. Electrically speaking, it's a lot easier to do than most people realize. Cleaning the shades, however... now that's a chore!

  9. It feels good to have a good clear out doesnt it. We are lucky our council give us 3 free skip bins each year as we dont have the verge side collections. Except we cant put any of our building/reno rubble in there! But still they are handy for everything else :)


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