Friday, October 24, 2014

Renovations...The kitchen (part 1)

After waiting the required 10 days for the floor to cure (and they were a long 10 days when we couldn't do any work!) we were able to start installing the kitchen. It was also the period where we started to really move into the house, filling up the garage with our stuff...after making some room amongst all the tools and supplies.

In the end, we had to buy both a new sink and oven. The day we installed the oven, it fell over and the glass front may be repairable, but we decided it just wasn't worth it. I'm hoping to sell it on Gumtree. The sink had a dent in it when we removed it from the packaging, the corner had rolled over, and while we may have been able to bash it out, again just not worth it.

The bench tops are two lengths from Bunnings (about $500), colour is Kaboodle Flint Stone if anyone is interested. We used the Kaboodle Cut and Butt method to join them, but didn't actually cut them. And when I say 'we' I mean, me, SJ and Dad who we couldn't have done it without and who has taught us so much. I'm quite handy now haha

There's still a bit to do in the kitchen, but I'll cover that in the next post!

Mum and Dad with the firs two carcasses (checking they are level)
Adding more carcasses (the drawers and start of the oven tower)

More oven tower

The deck during all this...
Drawers in place
The kitchen after Day 1 - oven was broken at this point!

The kitchen after Day 2 (bench, sink, stove and oven in...didn't take many during photos)
Close up of the new benchtops
Cooking our first meal in our 'proper kitchen'. All the doors needed new screws before we could hang them.
Another close up of the bench tops

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Renovations...Polishing the floor

First of all, Happy Birthday to me! I'm now only 1 year off scary.

As luck would have it, today's post is on of my favourite results of our home renovation, polishing the floor. A lot of what we were doing was leading up to the floor and it was the last piece of major work before we could really start living there. I'm so happy with the results, we get a lot of complements on it and it's super shiny. The decision to go gloss vs matte wasn't a hard one for me, matte is a bit on trend but high gloss is definitely classic and really brings out the natural colours of the timber.

Our schedule for the week ended up something like this:

- Weekend - sanding the floors
- Monday night - returning the drum and edge sanders and picking up an orbital, cleaning all the dust from everything and very very lightly mopping the floor
- Tuesday night - first coat of two-pack polish (finished just before 11pm) [We used Urethane Duothane]
- Wednesday night - scratch sanding the first coat, another lot of cleanup and the second coat of polish (finished after 11pm)
- Thursday night - repeat of Wednesday
- Friday night - admired our shiny new floors (though we also noticed lots of flaws)

By the next weekend we were exhausted, we were staying at my parents place while we couldn't be on the floors so were barely home before midnight each night. We had a bit of a rest on the weekend at least, the floors couldn't have any heavy traffic or furniture on them for 7-10 days so there wasn't much we could do inside. Instead, SJ got to work in the garden and I did little jobs. During the week we also had our gutters replaced, had an escalation in our possum problem and I worked on a rug I am making...but I'll save them for another post.

Living area

Living and Hallway

The dining/kitchen doorway (taken at night), most of the scratches came out

The kitchen

The kitchen again
Bed 2

Main bedroom

Hallway/Toilet space. The change in timber colour is noticeable but I like it

And finally, Bed 3

Monday, October 20, 2014

Renovations...Sanding the floor

Once the house was painted we could finally, finally sand and polish the timber floor. You may, like many of our family and friends, believe that the floors look great as they are based on the photographs I've shared. I'm sorry to say, I've deceived you. I usually took photographs of the house and the end of each stage of work when we had cleaned everything up. This usually involved me mopping the floors so I took photos immediately a result, in some shots we appear to have beautifully polished floors. We didn't.

The floor has an original coat of sealer applied after the kitchen was installed but before most of the house was carpeted. It makes the floors appear finished but if you had seen them in person you'd know there was marks from carpet underlay, plenty of nail holes from the carpet, hundreds of tack holes from the kitchen lino (one every 10cm!), unpolished areas of floor (under the kitchen benches and a random part of the hallway) and lots of scratches and dents on the originally exposed areas of flooring (the dining room and hallway).

So the floor really did need to be redone, it was a 'need' as much as a 'want'. We hired a drum sander (operated by Dad) and an edge sander (operated by SJ) and the floor was stripped back over a weekend. We filled all the holes with a dark wood filler, in the kitchen it was watered down to make a slurry which we swooshed around the whole floor to fill the holes. Some had to be refilled after it dried but it was a much faster method than the traditional scrape and fill we used for the bigger holes. Prior to sanding we also checked over every inch of the floor to punch any wayward nails.

The worst of the floor, showing the widened doorway between kitchen/dining + scratches in the dining floor + tack holes in the kitchen floor

The originally exposed timber floor in the hallway, all the dark black marks are scratches

The unfinished floor in the linen cupboard, the timber lino to the left is over unfinished timber as well
The kitchen with some test runs, the unfinished timber under the old kitchen, drum sander, my Mum and my neice

Living room floor after the first run, all the dark blobs are filled holes 

Dining/Kitchen sanded

Hallway floor sanded (most of the scratches came out)
Bed 2 sanded

Main bed sanded
Bed 3 sanded

Living area sanded
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