Author Archive: Peta Thames

The Shining

So our floor did look like this: It now looks like this: The difference is a satin finish that was spotty, and a semi-gloss that’s not spotty but is extra glossy as it’s sitting on top of three coats of satin. Dave the floorer recommended changing the finish as he doesn’t know what caused the …

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Two Weeks In

We’ve been in the house two weeks and it’s excellent. And daunting – our new rule is that we can’t set anything up until the walls around said thing are painted. So no TV, stereo, desktop computer, books on bookshelves etc until we’ve done some serious achieving. There’s also a lot of external painting that …

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Finishing Touches

We moved in this weekend (yay!), so most of the house is now hidden under boxes (boo). However we had one day to enjoy the newly-polished upstairs floor. We also have a new front fence! Which also translates to more painting, and emergency number finding as we forgot to tell the fence people that we …

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We have power!

We now have lights and floors and working toilets. Which is handy as our rental lease is up on 1st March, so we’re moving in this Saturday no matter what. The lights are great, mostly fan lights which aren’t very sexy but not bad and extremely practical. I’m picturing adding some lamps into the mix …

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Painting Week, Day Three

There was some painting today but then we had to stop and have beer (HAD to! It would have been rude otherwise). Actually after yesterday where we got lights, fans, the kitchen benchtop, and the carport and laundry/storage framed up, today was low key. Brett the floorer from Trojan Timbers came to checkout the downstairs …

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The Long Long Weekend

Australians will know that yesterday was Australia Day, the public holiday celebrating/commiserating the day the First Fleet landed on the eastern shore.  Will and I took the Monday off as well, to give us four straight days of bits sorting and painting. Bits sorting was item one, with a visit to our kitchen in the …

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Walls and Floors and Kitchen Doors

Work has begun in earnest upstairs and it’s already transformed.  Take, for example, the lounge room floor. The upstairs floor is pretty much all laid as far as I can tell.  Various cracks, splits, and outright holes have been filled in with either boards taken from the cut-out for the stairs, or new boards.  None …

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A Time of Learning

Fred and his team put in a stellar effort to get the house weather-tight before the Christmas break, and since then it’s been up to us to do our part, which is mainly oiling windows and preparing weatherboards for paint.  What we’ve learnt, which is actually not much of a shock, is that we’re terrible …

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Nearly Looks Like a Real House!

So much to write about, but we’ve been busy doing rather than writing. We’ve had a plumber through and an electrician.  Cue almost snap decisions on toilets and power points and bathroom vanities.  We have spent some time looking at bathroom fittings before so we did at least have an idea of what we wanted, …

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And rollin rollin rollin some more

Fred recommended we get the first coat of colour on the weatherboards while they were still on the ground.  Not wanting exhaust the generosity of my family, Will and I made a start on Saturday and managed to get through 52 boards on our own.  As with the previous weekend, the worst part was just …

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