Please excuse our mess!

Hello and welcome back!

I thought I would start off by sharing our recent paint job. When we bought our big house, it needed quite a bit of work to get it to a place where we would have a comfortable existence.  Among other things we added insulation, replaced the HRV system (a home ventilation unit) and added lights and new appliances where the originals were either broken or non-com pliant with the city’s housing codes.  We have now lived in this comfortable home for 2 and a half years, but there was still work to do.  The original owners had decided to paint the central living area an insanely dark blue colour called Takaka. Even after we replaced the one light in the room with 20 odd LED lights, it was still dark.We didn’t have the time or money to paint it back then, though, so we just left it for another day.  Fast forward to moving time, and we’ve chosen a much better colour.  It’s a paint by Resene called “Resene Double Pearl Lusta”.  It’s a beautiful warm soft yellow colour with lots of character.

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Starting to undercoat the first wall

We didn’t have the time or money to paint it back then, though, so we just left it for another day.  Fast forward to moving time, and we’ve chosen a much better colour.  It’s a paint by Resene called “Resene Double Pearl Lusta”.  It’s a beautiful warm soft yellow colour with lots of character.

We started painting by masking off the room and applying the first layer of undercoat to the big wall. You can see our progress in the pictures above and below.  It took about three layers of undercoat to cover the Takaka paint. Victor and I worked tirelessly to cover this room.  We had to work in shifts to get it all done because we started out with only one set of proper painting tools! We really needed to get another set so we decided to head to our favourite New Zealand home improvement store, Mitre 10! When we returned we were able to get significantly more progress done before the night fell.  Thankfully, the undercoat we chose was a fast drying type20180414_090844.

When doing painting of any kind, it is vitally important to cover the carpet and furniture. As we found, it’s also useful to keep boisterous year-old cats as far away from the work area as possible. They have a propensity to seriously mess up your protective covers and can track paint all over the house. We didn’t want to have to do a full re-carpet as well!

As you can see we have done our best to cover most of the exposed surfaces so that our final result would be pleasing to any potential buyer.  We want to get the “best bang for our buck here” as they say so it was really important to tape things correctly and take off all the light switches and sockets well before we painted the wall around them!

We’ll upload some more pictures later so you can see the final paint job! Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

 

 

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