Oh For Some Warmth!

The past three months have been pretty manic in the Domino household, thanks to my husband deciding winter was a good time to start refurbishing the hall, stairs and landing, seeing as he couldn’t get out and work in the garden. Bad move!

100_6791 The work definitely needed doing, from it’s acid yellow walls full of bumps and cracks and a carpet I was totally ashamed of, although beautiful when it was new some 25 years ago. Just before Christmas, off came all the internal doors, as these were all going to be replaced. It wasn’t too bad with no doors when the heating was on but, oh boy, was it drafty when the boiler was off. As soon as the festivities were over, we called in a plumber to replace the downstairs radiators, thus for several days we were without heating.  When the radiators were connected again, it was found we had a fault on the boiler, which necessitated another plumber calling several days later to make the repair. Again – no heating on all day. It was certainly a good job it was a relatively mild January. We then had the plasterers in, which again, necessitated all the outside doors open so they could do the messy mixing part outside. Brrrr! Thank goodness for my halogen heater.

Once the plaster was dry, Dave could start painting the woodwork. We were turning our dark mahogany wood into white, so several coats were needed. During all this I was unwell with the nasty flu bug that was doing the rounds this winter, with a cough I couldn’t get rid off. Then commenced the long, slow task of painting the walls. Dave could only do this of an evening or at weekends as he is still at work. He didn’t want me to do it, although I offered. When the painting was complete, the carpenters were called in to fit the new doors and a new wooden floor downstairs. Again, the front door was required to be open all day so they could do all the sawing and sanding outside. And still my cough wouldn’t go away.

The whole three months this work continued, it was a constant battle with dust, noise, seemingly constant banging, and workmen in and out of the house. I couldn’t make plans as Dave would come home from work and say, “Oh, so-and-so is coming tomorrow at nine o’clock,” or some such. Three times I had to cancel my appointment with the hairdressers. Or I needed to be in because something was being delivered. During all this time, I was curtain hunting. I just couldn’t find the right curtains to go with the new colour scheme. I was swamped with samples and swatches.

Dave was repainting the wrought ironwork on the stairs and I started coughing again. It wasn’t the bug, we determined, it was me allergic to the paint! As some touching up to the woodwork was needed, I arranged to be out the following Saturday so he could do what was needed. I came home to find him in tears. He’d dropped a can of white gloss paint down the stairs, all down the wall, over the new wooden flooring and up the new solid oak panelled door to the lounge. We spent several hours cleaning it up, with visions of having to have another floor laid and a new door. Didn’t help my cough though! Thankfully, we were able to clean all the paint off. Phew!

100_6880Choosing the carpet was easy, for we had already decided on the same carpet as was fitted in our bedroom last summer, as were the hall walls the same colour choice. Come March we were nearly there, just waiting for the carpet fitter, and I finally found curtains I liked, just had to wait for them to be made to measure. It was raining the day the carpet fitters came, so the carpets had to be cut inside, in the lounge. I can’t begin to describe the noise and dust made. It took me nearly two hours to clean up.

100_6885Finally, the week before last, the curtains arrived and we were finished. We’re thrilled with the results but have decided to wait until next year to do the lounge and dining room. We’ve had enough decorating for now and intend to enjoy the summer in the garden.  After I’ve done a deep clean of the house, that is.

9 responses to “Oh For Some Warmth!

  1. Oh, man, I feel your pain, Kit. We’re in the midst of a bathroom remodel, so in another month or so, you’ll hear my stories. Lol. I love the curtain material, and everything looks lovely and goes together well. I let out a huge “Oh, NO!” at the paint spill. I’m so glad you were able to get it cleaned up. I feel for your husband and his angst that day.

    • Having redone our bathroom 18 months ago, I know just what you’re going through. Timely rest now from paint and woodchips. And thank goodness for waterbased paints. 🙂

  2. Really beautiful. I’m not surprised as you have an artists eye for design. I’m like Laurie, I let out a gasp when I read about the paint spill. Thank heavens for water based paint. Fifty years ago it wouldn’t have come off. We’ve remodeled/redecorated every house we’ve been in. I love being able to do some of the things cost wise that we didn’t do when we had the Pacific house built. But if I had it do again I’d have this one painted and the floors done before I moved in. You’ll be finding dust you missed for months. Or at least I am.

    • Thanks, Lavada. As you so, thank goodness for water based paints. They are supposed to be odourless but something in them all certainly doesn’t like me. Not looking forward to doing rest of downstairs but if the end result is as good as we’ve done so far, it will be worth it. Getting too old for this milarky. 🙂

  3. oh man. I wanted to cry with your love about the paint spill. WOW> I am so glad you could get it all up. Loving the look and that wrought iron is lovely. Sorry the process made you so ill. JIllian

    • Thanks, Jillian. It was whilst we were repainting and I was coughing we remembered why we stained all the woodwork in the first place instead of painting it all those years ago. Ho hum, memory failure. But have to admit it’s been worth this chaos. Next time, I’m booking myself away on holiday when there’s painting to be done. 🙂

  4. Valerie J. Patterson

    Love it, Kit! That banister with the wrought iron scrolling is quite lovely! Are you feeling better? Have you finally gotten rid of the cough? And, yeah, I would wait to do more. One project at a time with some down time is probably best for your sanity and your checkbook! 😛

    • Thanks, Val. We’ve had the ironwork for many years and pleased it fitted so well with new scheme too. Next time he gets the decorating bug, I’m booking a holiday! 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh, it looks great! LOVE it! I can’t wait to see it in the flesh. That’s rotten about the paint spill and I can feel Dave’s pain. Very glad you managed to get it cleaned off. Sorry to hear the paint fumes making you feel bad. Years ago I had paint poisoning when I decided to paint the living room in the winter with the heating on and windows closed. Yes, I know. Stupid. Thankfully I’ve grown a brain since then.

    Hopefully, this gorgeous weather we’re having will continue and you can keep Dave occupied in the garden so he doesn’t go getting any more ideas just yet 🙂

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