Well it’s taken 8 months from start to finish – ok well it was basically finished before now but we finally got a long weekend to finish off the flooring so now we’re done! I’ve put some pictures below but here’s some tips from us now that it’s complete!
- Paint the ceiling, any coving and wood work first! We did paint the ceiling first but because we had to repair a strip of the coving on our new wall we left the coving until later – big mistake as we ended up touching onto the ceiling, and then had to touch back into the walls and then because my touching in at the top of a shaky ladder is questionable we had to touch back in on the ceiling paint. So that was basically a mess of layers of paint until it looked acceptable!
- Use a roller for the walls – we did this and it saved so much time. We painted the feature colour first and then cut in around the fireplace with the lighter paint on the other walls. I think if we’d used a more striking colour as a feature colour though, we would have painted the lighter colour first to avoid having to cover any bright colour mess!
- Cover your furniture or remove it completely – it’s much easier to paint with no furniture in your way.
- Buy decent paint – we used Dulux First Dawn for the blue and Frosted Steel for the grey and they were great only really needing 1 coat and a light second coat for covering spots. We bought cheap white paint though as that’s all the same and covers fine if you’re only painting white on white!
- Wax rather than varnish. We removed our fireplace and waxed it, by using a wax rather than varnish you keep the character and matt finish. It does mean we’ll need to retreat annually but a quick rub down can be done in no time at all!
- Make sure you have enough laminate, trim and cork off-cuts for the whole room – we still have one small spot of trim we need to complete because we didn’t buy cork tiles to fill the ‘door’ gaps in advance.
- Measure your furniture before you buy it. I bought a lovely big snuggle chair – and we have narrow hallways. You can guess the rest!
That’s enough of that – we’ll give more tips when we tell you about our dining room renovation, which has also taken 7 months! Now for some pictures!
and drum roll please…