Second time lucky with this post. Typepad went all wacko before!!
I bought my house about eight years ago and it’s an old house – over 100 years – and the guy who owned it previously was a bit of a cowboy when it came to maintenance. Since I’ve taken over I’ve renewed the roof, the side fence, the pergola, a new lounge room window, and revamped the backyard. He was also a junk collector so there wasn’t really a backyard. His wife made them move so she could get away from it. He took quite a bit with him which he ended up junking and left way more than he should have here which I used two mini skips to get rid of a lot of it.
I’ve also done some work on the inside. I painted the bathroom a year or so after I moved in. Then when JJ was three months old I painted his bedroom from the pink that it was. Even if he had been a girl I still would have painted. This was an interesting process as motherhood was new to me and he wasn’t a great sleeper during the day so as soon as I’d put him down for a sleep I’d go and paint. I vowed that I would never paint another room in my house again as there is so preparation work to be done in an old house.
Three years later I found myself painting my bedroom. I didn’t have time to find a painter to do it for me as I had a very short time frame before the built-in wardrobe was done.
This time round I’ve got a painter and he’s going to do nearly the rest of the house starting in the back room.
This sample was done around the time I painted the bathroom – before JJ was born – and I haven’t touched it since. It’s not going to be this colour but it’s an indication of my slackness that it’s stayed like this for as long as it has.
The other photos in this set (click on the photo to view) show that undercoat wasn’t even put on some of the walls and note the lack of skirting boards. Obviously when the room was built the job wasn’t finished properly.
The walls are being painted today.