It started with a little improvement in the weather, just enough nice-looking days to get cracking on painting the windows.
'Painting' then turned into major renovations inside and out - staff and parting beads off, new sash cords all around, sashes out, filling, sanding, replacing all the panes with minor damage. (You understand that this is mostly what Mr U-t-B has been doing, not me. I paint, and am capable of the filling and sanding bits (though quite frankly, I'd rather not) but the rest is a mystery to me!)
The kitchen window...
The dining room bay...
Miss U-t-B's bedroom bay...
But once the kitchen window was finished it made the room look, well, grubby. A bit of a spring-clean would sort it, surely? Sugar-soaping the ceiling certainly made a difference, but once you've sugar-soaped, you might as well give it a quick coat of paint, mightn't you?
The whiter-than-white ceiling just made the two papered walls look irrevocably tired. Good thing I'd already been hunting for a replacement!
|Bye bye Laura Ashley wallpaper. You were nice and easy to live with, but I now want something with a bit more impact, and a little brighter.|
Two loooonnnggg afternoons of wallpaper stripping followed, then an ideal opportunity to show Mr U-t-B that while he may be Mr Handyman Extraordinaire, I have earned my stripes in the decorating department. Whilst he went out to watch 'Iron Man 3' (which he correctly predicted I would have no desire to see) I cut, pasted and shoved the new wallpaper up like someone out of '60 Minute Makeover' (only with a slighlt more generous time frame, owing to the lack of minions to help).
By the time he returned from the cinema, the papering was mostly done, and I was sitting, still a little damp from a shower, trying to pretend I'd done nothing more taxing all evening than flicking the clicker for the telly. I suggested a cup of tea would be nice, and then was rewarded with a 'Bloody hell!' that let me know he was suitably impressed with the speed of the transformation.
|Hello Sanderson's 'Fleur Trellis'. We all agree that this is lovely and cheery!|
Woodwork in Barley White from Dulux
|Photo courtesy of DecorSupplies.co.uk|
And the two walls that don't have wallpaper on them...
|Walls in Wild Primrose by Dulux|
|Sanding the floor is 'on the list'. I know we should have done this first, but hey...|
So, unexpectedly, we end the week with a much cheerier kitchen. And two more rooms that look in need of an update on account of being next door to the kitchen. Where will it stop?