Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Day Twelve: All Hands on Deck

The nicest variety of renovation is that which happens before one’s eyes, and with the carpenter, electrician, plumber and three girls on board today, there was plenty to see. The kitchen has had a luxurious upgrade from an au naturel dirt floor to wooden panels (to be lino’d- in keeping with the house’s tradition.) 

There are two windows in the kitchen and one in the bathroom that have been framed up and await the arrival of glass. Gas and water pipes have been laid, and fresh weatherboards on the new bathroom await a lick of paint (which poses the question of colour...?) The good old green bath has had needles removed, been given a new frame and will soon be restored to its former glory.

Lucy sanded plastering in the living room and applied more plaster to other cracks in the hall. I climbed on the roof with my lovable crowbar and yanked out all the nails that held the disintegrating tin sheeting over the kitchen in place. Here’s hoping we don’t have a cyclone in the next 48 hours. 

I did some more paint-stripping, some sanding, then Anna arrived in time for us to paint bedroom #2. With three hands on the job (six, striclty speaking) we got it done in a couple of hours. Clean, white, fresh, new...ish. 
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