Our renovation story Part 6 - Near the finishing line
I'm so excited (and I just can't hide it!)
Our huge renovation project is nearing the finishing line. OK, let's be honest, it is an Edwardian house and as far as old houses go, there will be PLENTY more to do and plenty more to spend. But, as far as us moving in goes, it is looking more and more like we will be moving into our beautiful house soon. Although, not quite yet. We are supposed to be moving out next week. We still have no floors, no staircase, and no kitchen... Will update you next week on how that has been solved!
We have so far had all the rooms plastered and painted, the kitchen is part installed, and electricity is all re-wired. There are still a few minor things to do, like ceiling roses and coving, and some slightly bigger jobs too like the floor and the staircase.
We have had a few heated discussions about design decisions. Me and my husband both like similar design but we have our differences too. And as we both consider we have superior tastes, you can imagine we have been at loggerheads a few times. One of my absolute musts was to have a blackboard painted wall in the kitchen, and a patchwork encaustic tiling in the hallway and the hearth. Well, the blackboard paint wall is now up and oh my, do I think it will look stunning. And my husband is coming around to it now too. What do you think? Yay or nay?
Then, another decision I sort of wish I hadn't made. My idea for the upstairs bedrooms was to have one yellow, one green and one blue, sort of sliding scale concept. Well, as hubby was dead-set against yellow I conceded and picked a grey-based pale purple for that yellow room. Based on a paper swatch it looked lovely and mellow. On the wall it is, mildly put, in your face. Learning point - do a swatch test on the wall! I think we will attempt to live with it for a while and we will see if we will re-paint it in a few years. Or a few months... And this time I will insist on yellow and will do my swatches.
So here are a few pictures to update you all - you can start to see now what the finished article will be. There will be that modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and worktops. There will be that fireplace (eventually) with an original Victorian mantelpiece. There will be that open space and grey scale paintwork.
And there will be that grand reveal, soon, I promise!
Can you already picture the finished article? I sure can!
Part 1 - Our new home
Part 2 - Surprises
Part 3 - Project management