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LPlateFlyer Wed 17-Apr-13 11:41:07

Was wondering if anyone wanted to join me in a support thread for all of us doing lots of renovating, odd jobs, diy etc. This can be somewhere we can do some well deserved bragging on a job well done! smile

I have sooooo much DIY that needs to get done. shock

I almost finished the downstairs loo yesterday. All that needs to be done is a second coat of paint on the door and a towel rail and toilet roll holder to be put up.

Yesterday's Tada list:
Painted skirtings in loo 2x coats
Painted door frame in loo 2x coats
Painted door in loo 1 x coat
Put together and installed a small bathroom cabinet

I'm about to start putting together an Ikea book case so that I can get some of the books out of storage!

Liara Mon 14-Oct-13 21:30:31

Aethel, I didn't have the heart to put it in our big oak so ended up doing it over 3 much smaller trees, with another 3 posts concreted into the ground on the far side.

Much easier than trying to support it all on one tree, or maybe I'm a bit too much of a tree hugger to have the heart to put in enough bolts into a tree hmm.

hinky don't know where you are, but have you seen this site?

Aethelfleda Mon 14-Oct-13 14:09:21

Ooh liara, my kids would kill for a treehouse! Unfortunately our Oak is the only big enough tree and it's not spread out enough for one to be feasible....I am planning to negociate them down to a wooden Wendy Shed!....

hinky you're UK based, right? I would either suggest a fabric warehouse/mill shop, or see if you can find a linen supplier in receivership/bankrupt/relocating stock clearence. We got some fab blackout thermal curtains from Mostyn's (who are online sellers now, but did clearance sales of some of their retail outlets last year when we had just moved). Bargainacious!

Rather annoyingly I think I can see through some of the
Paint job in our top room: but the recarpetting is going well, and I also put a new floorboard section into our eves cupboard where the original builders had left a chuffing great hole six inch gap. So it's now got an MDF section bolted in extremely firmly with a pair of iron re-enforcers!
So so many things to do, but with all our baby steps we'll get there!

hinkyhonk Mon 14-Oct-13 08:52:42

Bright blue bathroom is now white after two coats of obliterating paint. Gopping tiles will have to stay as too big a job to replace right now.

Got two questions for you people

1. An upstairs radiator has been leaking god know how long for but it's saturated an old wooden exposed beam in the sitting room downstairs and the plywood ceiling. We think we've managed to turn the radiator off so do I just let the ceiling and beam dry out on their own?

2. Where is good for curtain material? We nee new ones in the bathroom ds2's room and our en suite as a minimum with basically the whole downstairs needing doing as well. I'm handy with a sewing machine so will knock them up myself but having difficulty choosing the different fabrics. And obviously with this many curtains bedding doing cost is a consideration as well. So ideas of where to source please!

Liara Fri 11-Oct-13 20:29:11

We've been planting too!

Went to a nursery and bought loads of plants, but have only so far planted about half of them. I need to clear the weeds out of where the others are going first!

I've also been building a tree house. Yes, that's right, half my house is unfinished and I have just taken two weeks to build a tree house hmm. I tell myself that if I wait until the house is finished my children will have grown out of wanting one.

Aethelfleda Sun 06-Oct-13 20:55:37

Awwww mango she's lovely!

Right, after another embarrasing break, this weekend I have planted 5 Hebe bushes in the garden. Wanted to do six but have been thwarted by discovering an enooormous lump of buried SOMETHING slabbish that I can't get all around quite yet... Need to excavate it and see how enormous it it (gulp), so far its about a yard wide and slopes down into the flowerbed and (erk) under the edge of the lawn... Part of me thinks I should just rebury and ignore it, the other part wants the Darn Thing Out....

And have finished painting the top spare room Brilliant White: it's by no means flawless but looks a lot neater than it did. Now need to fit two carpet remnants I obtained cheaply to provide short-term clean flooring (the old one was grim) until we recarpet the whole of upstairs properly when we have more ££.

Liara Mon 30-Sep-13 20:14:53

Oooh, thank you! So very cute!

Going misty eyed at the thought of all those pees triggered by taking off a nappy smile and blanking all those nights of not sleeping

MrsMangoBiscuit Mon 30-Sep-13 08:40:01

Baby photo now on my profile Liara smile She had her first bath last night, and DH stripped her off in the nursery, to which she responded by peeing all over the landing carpet as he tried to run to the bathroom with her! grin Good job we're looking to replace that carpet next.

hinkyhonk Sun 29-Sep-13 07:24:45

Managed to paint another bedroom yesterday so both boys rooms are now blank canvases to put nice pictures up. Not a jot of graffiti in sight.

Next target is the royal blue bathrooms walls...

Liara Thu 26-Sep-13 20:31:42

I didn't have to because of my terrain (it's stony and sloping), but if water tends to accumulate where you are planning to put it do put in some form of drainage, or your dc could end up jumping on a pond.

But, yes, it does very massively reduce the amount of loom. It was getting me down, now I am suddenly quite fond of the thing. We have put some pretty coloured pebbles in front of it too, so I'm finding it almost appealing. Not sure what an attractive one would look like though, can you send me a linky to yours?

Any chance of a baby photo, Mango? [pleading eyes] I'm in a mood for cooing...

MummytoMog Thu 26-Sep-13 11:53:03

Congratulations! Liara, trampoline burying sounds awesome. I might make my builders a cake and see if they fancy digging me a big hole at the bottom of the garden with their mini digger in exchange for a sneaky backhander. Our trampoline is quite attractive as they go, but it does LOOM.

Liara Wed 25-Sep-13 21:05:54

Congratulations Mango!!

MummytoMog, yes, I dropped the trampoline into the hole. I still have the safety netting on, as it was on a slope so the ground still falls off to one side, but it is still much less obtrusive.

Many people do remove the netting once it's sunken, though.

hinkyhonk Wed 25-Sep-13 20:55:12

Welcome mini mango!!

Aethelfleda Wed 25-Sep-13 18:57:50

Yaaaayyy!!! Congratulations mango, that's lovely!


MrsMangoBiscuit Wed 25-Sep-13 09:40:29

Hello again. Not gotten much done in the last week or so. We decided on a black/white/grey colour scheme for the hallway, so I bought fabric, and managed to make the new hallway and landing curtains last Sunday night. Was somewhat busy on the Monday, and DD2 arrived 00.16 on the Tuesday morning. Can't see us getting much done for the foreseeable future, other than maybe a bit of planning. grin

MummytoMog Tue 24-Sep-13 22:47:59

So did you just drop the trampoline into the hole? So then it was level with the surrounding garden? And you don't have to have a net? I quite fancy that, and it would make the trampoline less 'dominant' in our garden...

Liara Tue 24-Sep-13 21:56:29

What do you want to know about the trampoline burying?

We just made a great big hole, then levelled it using stones, built a stone wall around the leg bits, filled the gap to the rest of the hole with soil and more stones, flattened the area a bit, and then for good measure decided that what the area needed was some raised beds made out of stones and a path and a whole load of paving around the beds made in yet more stone.

Are you getting a picture of the kind of area we live in?

MummytoMog Tue 24-Sep-13 12:12:19

I want to hear more about the trampoline burying please - I have a digger in my garden right now and it sounds very enticing to bury the trampoline at the same time.

Other than that, we are living in hell. I won't ennumerate our woes again, but suffice to say that there is a single sheet of ply between us and the outside world in the living room, the bathroom ceiling has fallen in, the kitchen ceiling is on the kitchen floor and the plumber who moved our boiler ballsed it up.

BUT we got the chimney swept and a nice fire goes a long way to making me feel better. And I have a cupboard to paint tonight. And the remortgage came through. And Pinterest is giving me lots of brilliant ideas for how to use the new space in the house. So it could be much much worse.

Ikea kitchen planner is great though isn't it! A bit clunky and won't think outside the box, but I love being able to see how a room will look in 3D.

50shadesofmeh Tue 24-Sep-13 11:13:01

Hello just coming over from buyers thread , just moved into lovely 4 bedroom late 1970s house that literally hasn't been modernised since then, Avacado bathroom suite and the original wooden kitchen that's seen better days, just pulled out dishwasher in kitchen to discover its been leaking and damp all along floorboards.
Ikea kitchen all designed online and plan to fit that ourselves in the next few weeks whilst simultaneously painting , filling, plastering and re flooring nearly every other room in the house.
We have already finished one bedroom so my sons furniture is going up today and we start my 2 younger girls rooms to tomorrow .
Bloody harder work than we thought it would be :-/

hinkyhonk Tue 24-Sep-13 10:54:34

we managed to put up two curtain rails over the weekend and some garden hacking was done which always puts me in a good mood!

the aim this weekend is to finish painting the boys bedrooms and we have a plan of how to do it this weekend so it might actually get done. if those are done then at least we can move on to do the next bit, although which bit is currently up for debate.

DH wants to do the spare room which I think is bonkers seeing as we are never in there and i would rather do our bathroom as it has no curtains and massive windows and was very chilly in the cold snap last week. it needs sorting asap imo and its somewhere we go every day so would see the benefit of it. but again what colour scheme in a bathroom?

so can we have a survey: what colour palette is in your bathroom?

Aethelfleda Fri 20-Sep-13 23:40:42

well, I've definitely had grind-to-halt moments hinky, I think it's inevitable whenever there are lots of things needing to be done, and then real life gets in the way all the time! I;ve nearly done the first coat of white on the top room now, Have wrapped the rollers and brush up in plastic bags so need to finish the painting before they solidify!!!!!
Will try to have another go sometime this weekend.....

Regarding kitchens, it's really a piece of string. My SIL got a nice IKEA setup including new appliances for about 3,000, but they saved by fitting it themselves. I have been ogling very expensive Lacanche ranges (strictly window shopping!) and John Lewis/Bosch full height fridges and freezers..... fortunately perhaps, we have no cash to redo the kitchen so are making do with the 12 year old but perfectly servicable one we have already. oh for a bigger freezer!!!

hinkyhonk Fri 20-Sep-13 15:06:08

Am in awe of aethel keeping up momentum I've ground to a halt. Still need to focus on finishing off bits for the ds' rooms, pipe painting and curtain taking up, more graffiti over painting them a top coat of emulsion. Also need to decide on curtains to soften the blackout blind in mini ds room but want something that will last. Are camper vans an odd choice?

Next mission is the kitchen but need to figure out the cost of the roof and windows to decide budget. How much does everyone else spend on kitchens. I know it depends on size and complexity but we are only after a straight run of base units and an island. Surely that can't be too expensive... Am on denial re the cost of new appliances too

Aethelfleda Thu 19-Sep-13 20:05:18

How's everyone doing? I've started on our top dressing room, it needs a complete repaint, have done the replacement skirting boards with one-coat satin gloss (I hate oil-based paints but that's what we had). Now need to get two coats of brilliant matt white on the walls and ceiling, then trim the carpet (we have a remnant that doe half the room where the old carpet was damaged. Hope to find another cheap remnant to do the other half til we can afford to recarpet properly). And then want to get it organised as a spare room/storage area. Started off OK but then got interrupted mid-paint... Need to restart! Oh and want to hang an electrical extension cable on the wall so it's out of DS's reach, but not even thinking about that til I've found the hidden-wire-locator as am now so paranoid about hidden cables!!! On we go....,

Liara Wed 11-Sep-13 20:44:16

Ooh Aethel, that sounds nasty. I hate electricity with a passion. Fortunately dh doesn't so he's lumbered with it.

I spent all weekend sitting on a digger. I feel like I've been shaken to within an inch of my life. Had trouble going to sleep as I had that feeling when you're finally in dry land after being on a boat and your balance is all shot. Would hate to do it for a living!

Still, at least the trampoline is buried....hmm

MrsMangoBiscuit Thu 05-Sep-13 07:49:54

Ouch Aethelfleda, I hope you're ok. I took a shock from fairy lights years ago, still have the scars where the wires burnt my arm. The mental shock was worse than the physical damage, really shook me up. Not pleasant.

Well done on finally getting the MDF in though, did it work well?

Good work hinky!

puffy, I want your hall! Ours is dreadful, nasty anaglypta, frayed carpet, big dents in the wall, I tend to keep my eyes focused on our lovely front door when walking through it! grin I'm fairly certain we will have to get people in, neither DH or I are good on ladders. Just trying to decide if we do the hall as our next big project, or if we turn the conservatory into a laundry/sewing room rather than the dumping ground it currently is. We've got part of the storage in there (left overs from ripping out the ex-kitchen) but it needs a lot more.

Aethelfleda Wed 04-Sep-13 19:14:35

Hooray for hinky!

today I ......wait for it..... Nailed Three sheets of MDF panel over exposed beams in our eaves cupboard to stop the fibreglass from falling out and make it a more useful storage space. Baby steps!

Though in all seriousness PLEASE everyone be super careful in your DIY. I managed to hit a live cable at the weekend putting in a tiny picture hook. Am OK but it was a hell of a shock (in both ways) due to doing stuff while jetlagged. Just didn't think about leccy as on automatic, it was "only" a little hook.....

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