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Doing the dining room

The poor dining room was quickly getting left behind by progress in the rest of the house.  Glancing in to the dining room from was like looking into a timewarp, complete with two-pin sockets (and probably a few ration books, threepenny bits, etc).

So we set about ripping up the carpet, removing wallpaper, fireplace, shelves – pretty much everything went!

After patching up the rough bits of wall we set about painting.  White (of course).  Unfortunately the ceiling wasn’t too keen on being painted white – it much preferred to keep the 40 years of nicotine staining, despite several coats of emulsion.  Two options to solve it were:

A) Sugar soap and a LOT of scrubbing

B) A coat of some potent Zinsser Cover-Stain primer

We went with option B, which worked a treat but the fumes from the Zinsser paint were absolutely horrendous, the Tesco groceries delivery driver certainly got a smelly shock when he came to the door that evening…

Once the painting was done we boarded out the fireplace opening – this will be purely decorative as the chimney will be capped.

And finally, we got to work on the flooring.  The existing boards are actually quite sound, albeit stained a drab matt dark brown, but we didn’t fancy sanding them down – couldn’t face the mess after doing this in the living room.  So we opted for laying a new solid wood floor on top of the existing boards.

After perusing the samples in B&Q we went for the “Hand Scraped Wheat” solid oak flooring.  These boards are quite light in colour and have a slightly rippled uneven surface, giving them a slightly aged look.

The instructions gave a few options for laying solid wood flooring on existing floorboards: glueing the tongue and groove joints, using a self adhesive underlay or using secret/hidden nails.

The first two options sounded messy and a tad unreliable – nails seems like the best solution.  A quick trip to the local tool hire shop and we were equipped with one of these:

It quickly became apparent that secret / hidden nailing was a good solution – it was really quick and easy to make progress – time for an action shot…

As per the instructions it was important to leave a gap around the boards to allow for expansion of the wood.  The absolute best way to hide this gap would have been to remove skirting, board up to wall (with gap), then put skirting over the board to hide the gap.  However we opted for the easier option of using some beading tacked on to the skirting – gives a perfectly good finish without the hassle of removing skirting…

Still plenty to do – like the fireplace, hearth, light fitting, mirror, remainder of beading, threshold bar, etc.  However the floor is down and furniture is back in – hooray!

Oh, the next instalment on Barnacles Choice will show you our brand new windows!


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B-Day+207: More bits and pieces

No posts for a few days, but things have been progressing…

The tiling in the extension is done and grouted (with exception of the shower room which is being done next).  

We now also have skirting boards – so the rooms looks neater around the edges.  We even moved our sofa into the new extension to see what it looks like in-situ – and took the opportunity to remove the covers to wash off 207 days worth of brick dust, cement, sawdust and general filth!

Next steps: plumbers will be back to do the downstairs WC. And we must get the kitchen worktops done this weekend so the electricians can install the hob then test the electrics for Building Regs on Monday.

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B-Day+201: More tiles

Our tiler did a bit more today but not as much as the previous day…

Click on the photo for a bigger version!

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B-Day+180: a morning stroll

Wow it was cold this morning, but I took the opportunity to venture into the chilly extension and grab a video showing the latest progress. There are rumours of heating being switched on tomorrow, can it really be true?

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B-Day+165: Screed indeed

The screed is done!  This means the extension is out of bounds for a few days – here’s a picture looking out:

And another picture looking back in (note the parapet wall is capped!)

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B-Day+164: The need for screed!

All the plastering in the extension is done, and we are ready for screed tomorrow, after the addition of a little extra insulation on the concrete slab.

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