I didn’t get much work done on Friday (4 th) after going for a walk earlier that morning. After breakfast and two hours of watching catch-up tv it was time to start but I waited yet a further three hours before doing anything and sat with E for a while. My first job was to paint the extra support panel I had made for E’s top-of-the-house workshop worktop, wow what a mouthful! I had moved it into the cellar hallway for it had been too cold in the cellar workshop for the paint to dry properly.
It would be better to fit beneath the worktop as constructed and already painted rather than do it in-situ. Following that exercise I painted around the small store room door and also the two handrails on the stairway.
The store room is on the right of the stone steps in the picture. I retouched the red gloss paint elsewhere in the cellar whilst I had the brush in hand. That was all the work I did that day but I would be back later to retouch the white paint in a few places before I could say the painting was completed, except for painting the floor that is! I had hoped to have cemented the floor by the end of the week but as I write this I am not sure I’ll get around to doing it until next week. No matter how many times I go checking for places that need paintwork retouching there always seems to be more!
All I seem to be doing lately is painting. It is now January 3 rd. For so long it was vinyl silk emulsion and over the last couple of days it has been gloss paint. Whenever I do a project I really enjoy the construction part whatever it may be but when it comes to filling in holes and painting it bores me soft! With the construction there is always something new to tackle or a problem to solve but with the decorating part of the job it is the same thing day after day until the job is finished. Maybe that’s why I am not a fan of the decorating stage. Most of the current project has involved just the decoration aspect. Initially it was the filling in of the countless holes and gaps everywhere before any painting could take place. The painting stage was and is never done in one go, there are usually a couple of coats of paint to apply, sometimes even three and the work never seems to be getting anywhere. Over the past couple of days I have been painting the door frames in a red gloss paint. Originally they had been painted with emulsion being as they are only in the cellar but as I had some red gloss paint left over from painting the worktops in the new utility room I used that. I had to purchase another can though as there wasn’t enough. Today as I write on the 3 rd I have completed the painting of the frames except that they may require touching up here and there later. One frame was shown in yesterday’s post, here are the other four..
The white emulsion on the pipes close-by will need retouching as keeping the red paint off them was unavoidable. They are over the gym and workshop doors. One door frame yet remains to be painted, the one to the small store room. It can be seen in yesterday’s post. Once the painting is finished I will be able to cement the floor in readiness for that to be painted too.
Gosh it was cold on Wednesday morning (Jan 2) as I started off on my morning walk. As I expected there weren’t many people about, partly because it was just after the new year and maybe because it was cold. One thing I did notice was the night club near the route I sometimes take wasn’t open and blasting rock music into the local district for a change. All was pretty much quiet save for the occasional car driving by. I was glad to get back home for once though I do enjoy it whilst I am walking. I hadn’t slept long getting only five hours. I was awake long before the alarm was set to go off and in fact I disarmed it. I paid the price for the lack of sleep later on in the day. So after breakfast I was ready to do a little work. Let me tell you about breakfast or rather where I eat it. Usually it is either a granola or muesli else it is porridge. I have it all with fruit and a fruit drink too. The ‘breakfast room’ keeps quite warm throughout the night even though the heating isn’t on. A fridge and a fridge/freezer keep the temperature topped-up. The curtains (drapes) are kept closed even though there are double-glazed windows. It is surprising how that reduces heat loss from a room. The doors are kept closed so there’s nowhere for the heat to escape, result…the room stays warm. Below that room is the utility room in the cellar which stays even warmer because of the freezers in there. My work though was in the cellar hallway which isn’t heated though it gets warm enough if the utility room door is left open or the boiler room door is likewise left open if the heating is on. I digress. Anyway I wanted to begin painting the door frames with red-coloured gloss paint but only had enough for just a little more than one frame..
I would need to purchase more and did so later in the morning. I downed tools and watch some catch-up tv by which time E was downstairs having breakfast. She had shown me a problem with one of the worktops in the workshop she has at the top of the house. I refurbished the room a couple of years ago but with the weight of all the paper she had stacked upon it she thought it was damaged. It wasn’t but rather than take the risk that it may buckle later on I decided to install an extra support beneath it. However, that had to be made and painted before it could be fitted. I took measurements and made it then gave it a coat of gloss paint but it would need another coat the next day after which it would be ready to install. We then drove off to purchase the paint and some more paint brushes. I didn’t do any more work that day. See, I am keeping to my word by not doing as much work each day and relaxing more.
It was the morning of the first day of the year (according to the calendar of course) and I had slept for over seven hours in one go! I had retired to bed around nine-thirty but didn’t nod off until after ten. E asked me if I had been disturbed by the fireworks being set off by neighbours celebrating the new year. Well I hadn’t as I was fast asleep. It must be around forty years or more since E and I paid any attention to the passing of the old year into the new. We are of the opinion that it is just another excuse for getting drunk. Be that as it may I never arise from my bed with a hangover these days having given up on alcohol some years ago and certainly never on new year. After breakfast I had made up my mind to finish off the painting in the cellar, that is wherever it needed a coat of white emulsion. To that end I stayed down there for three hours and had it almost completed. There only remained a small area not reachable with the small set of steps I was using and I didn’t wish to get the taller steps from the garage just for that. I would tackle that the next day instead as I would still have to retouch some of the white paint anyway. I include these two pictures which don’t look too much different from those I posted a day or so back though in fact the stairwell had just been completely painted with its final coat.
All the doors in the hallway now had their signage returned and each had been retouched with white paint where necessary. The small storeroom to the right of the steps which had been my previous project had its door completely repainted again for the third and final time. All this was done that morning. The next day I would hopefully paint the then presently blue door frames in red.
When I began refurbishing the cellar hallway I was kind of hoping I would have finished it by the end of the year but unfortunately I couldn’t. Well I suppose I might have done had I worked eight hours a day for a few weeks but come on I am 73 and deserve a break! It is December 31 st as I write this and I have completed another three hours on the project. I went out for a walk just after two o’clock (in the morning) and after breakfast did some more painting, mainly the doors but other things too. Even after two coats of paint there is still a tinge of the original blue colour showing through on a couple of doors so they will need touching up later. The extra pieces of timber I had to fix to the doors have as I write only the first coat of paint applied so again they will need touching up later also. I am satisfied with the walls and ceiling so they can be considered finished. I did as much as I could in the hallway itself then moved up the stone steps and began painting the area above them until I decided to stop work for the year! Sounds daft but I would carry on with the work the following year which was the next day! So taking note of what still requires doing, touching up the paint on the doors and giving one of the doors another complete coat of paint, painting the door frames and architraves in red emulsion as elsewhere in the cellar, complete the painting of the stairwell, cementing the gaps and holes in the floor followed later by painting the floor twice over. Still quite a bit to do and it will take weeks rather than days as I don’t intend rushing it or doing too much at a time. My next project will simply be garden maintenance and digging out the fruit tree stumps on the Mound.
The protective glass screen and wallet for my new computer tablet arrived today having been told earlier it would arrive on Wednesday so I’m happy about that. It had been my mistake not ordering them when I purchased the tablet a week or so before Christmas. Even that arrived before Christmas having been told it would arrive at the end of December.
That is giving the whole room, the walls and ceiling its first coat of white emulsion. Bright isn’t it? I think so. The room had been in an awful state very much as the other rooms I had refurbished during the year. By the time you are reading this at the end of January hopefully the work in the cellar will have been completed. It wasn’t the only thing I did that day for I spent a little time in the rear garden cleaning and hosing down the area in the Plot where we keep the composting bin. It had been looking a little neglected when I went to tip more compost in the bin.
Moss loves the area and leaves get trapped too. In all I spent around five hours working before I decided I’d had enough.
I was determined to go for an early morning walk on Saturday (12) and put aside for a while the things which have been taking up much of my time. It had been around a week since my last walk as I hadn’t the time to spare. This is where having something to exercise on at home is handy, you still get some exercise even if you can’t do it outdoors. I had spent Friday morning doing just that because of a tight schedule. Anyway the day was beautiful on Saturday, nice and sunny with a slight breeze and comfortable in the not so hot temperatures. Although I had the time for a long walk I chose to walk only four and a half miles. On my return home I came across the postman delivering mail close to my house and he stopped me saying that he had mail for me. I took the two small packages and a letter from him as he delivered next-door’s mail. On going inside I gave the smaller package and letter to E and opened the larger package which was addressed to me. Finally the mask I had ordered had arrived so I put on my overalls and the new mask and asked E to take a photo…
Very becoming don’t you think? At last I could finish painting the cellar storage room floor and less than an hour later it looked like this…
I don’t know why the walls seem to be different colours but I suppose it is just the way the light is hitting them. The upper of the two pictures reflects more accurately the colour in the room. Now all I need to do is touch-up the walls here and there and put a threshold across the entrance. That won’t take long and I can then say the project is complete.
After resting from my project on Thursday I returned to duty as it were on Friday (27). However, Thursday had not been spent just sitting down as yesterday’s post revealed. Once again I had difficulty in getting to sleep even though I could hardly keep my eyes open well before I went to bed. Nevertheless I did fall into a deep sleep seconds after I had looked at the clock at 3 in the morning. I awoke fully refreshed just after 8 o’clock and arrived downstairs for breakfast an hour later. I waited for E to join me and soon after I prepared her breakfast and she had eaten it I put on my overalls and went down into the cellar. I had two things set in my mind to do, one was to paint the rear of the door of the storage room……and as you can see I painted it in mauve. The other task was to fill in the gaps and small holes in the floor as you can also see in the above picture and in this one….
All that is left to do is to touch-up the white paint on the walls in one or two places and also the architrave around the door. Later I propose to paint the floor, which will be a kind of test before I do the same to the floor in the Gym/Boiler room. That room still requires that I fill in the holes and paint over it as I said I would in earlier posts. At the time of writing I am finding much of my time is being spent looking after E’s needs and ferrying her to her various appointment venues. Let’s hope her condition improves so she can return to her normal routines soon. I know she is keen for that to happen too of course.
My next project may be outside if the weather allows but there are others inside that can always be started if that isn’t possible. One of those is the room we call the laundry though it had chest freezers in it too!
Yes, I think it is a mess too at the moment. The first task in there would be to replace the old sink unit (bottom picture) but the whole project may have to take a back seat for a while.
……or bit by bit. It wasn’t that I wanted to get up early but I had a really good night’s sleep and woke up just after six o’clock. I was downstairs and ready for breakfast by seven but as I usually do if up first I unlocked the porch and front doors. It was then I noticed the free newspaper in the letter box. It must have been delivered very early for if it had been delivered late in the evening E would have seen it when she locks up the front doors way after midnight or even after one o’clock as she most often stays up that late. I took it into the lounge and sat to read it for a half-hour before going into the kitchen for breakfast. That meant I had finished eating around eight so I thought I would get some painting done downstairs. E had an appointment at the hospital and had asked me to accompany her for she was expecting to receive a steroid injection as part of the treatment for her foot. Evidently she was told it could cause her to be unstable on her feet hence I would be there for transport and support. I wanted therefore to get at least some work done in the day knowing it might be impossible later. The appointment was at eleven-thirty and after that it would be lunch time. I managed to paint the interior walls of the cupboard with the white emulsion we have been using in the room by which time it was approaching eleven o’clock. I drove E to the hospital and we were there for nearly an hour. As it happened the injection had been put off til another day allowing other treatment to be tried instead. After we had paid a visit to the Post Office Sorting Depot E asked if we could visit Dobbies for a coffee. So after all that we didn’t get to eat lunch until two o’clock and then we relaxed for an hour watching catch-up tv. At three-thirty I decided to put on my overalls again and do some more painting.
The cupboard decoration would hopefully be finished the next day, Saturday though I may have to leave the floor untreated for a few more days whilst it thoroughly dries out. The only other decorating tasks in the room would be touching up the paintwork here and there. As yet we haven’t decided on what we will do with the floor but I think it will be simply patching up and sealing it.
………..Well maybe but at this point in time all I can do is wait and see. I think I made the right decision in calling our house ‘Hassle Castle’.
There are always little problems here! Anyway today, that is Wednesday 21st, which also happens to be around the Spring Equinox, I have spent most of the daytime in the cellar room we now call the gym. It is also the boiler room and the room in which we hang washing if it is raining outdoors. Having done all the work in there over the last few weeks it looks more like a gym than it ever did. Today I spent some time on the equipment before breakfast and after breakfast I gave the room a good tidy-up removing all those things not now needed in there. I then finished the painting of the boiler cupboard and the window frame.
Before doing anything else I did some remedial work on the furniture of the door leading into the room and also on the room cupboard. All that work took me till lunch at one o’clock. After lunch I began applying a priming coat of paint to the interior of that cupboard. A few days earlier I had spread some concrete screed over the floor inside the cupboard and it looked as if it hadn’t dried out completely in the rear corner on the right-hand-side. In the picture above the same area looks a little darker than the rest. Whilst applying the priming paint on the walls around that spot I noticed the paint wouldn’t stick and it could only be due to moisture. I would leave the base area alone for a few days to see what develops. It would either dry out or remain damp. Our house does not have a damp proof seal between the lower bricks, it was designed that way when it was built. On the rear of the cupboard wall on the outside of the building is a downspout and surface water drain which I had sealed around at ground level with cement a couple of months ago but it could be that I need to investigate the possibility that water is somehow still getting into the wall by some other means. Had we not bothered decorating the room and the cupboard (which did need a good refurbish) we would not have noticed there might be a problem. A case of out of sight out of mind! It isn’t a major problem but it requires looking into.