Reuben and Poppy

It seems that all we have done lately is scrape paint and sand floorboards. In Katie’s case, that is exactly what the last two weeks have consisted of! I’ve been a bit luckier in that I’ve had to go to work so my days have been a bit more varied, but after two weeks of working flat out on house stuff, we’re both a little pooped.

For the first time since settlement, today we didn’t go to the house. We’re so close to finishing the floors and starting on the walls but for the sake of our backs and our sanity, we just had to have a day off. I’m sure it’s been nice for our future neighbours to have a break from listening to us sanding too. We’re so eager to get our renovations done and move in, it’s hard not to feel anxious about taking time off. But we all need rest! We have to remind ourselves that we’re in this project for the long haul and we don’t want to burn ourselves out.

Tomorrow we’ll get back to it, refreshed and reenergised. The floors will be finished this week and (hopefully) the walls painted shortly after that! We’ve had a few questions about whether we are painting our walls before or after doing the floors. Some people suggested doing the floors first (in case the skirting boards got scuffed up during sanding) and others suggested doing the walls first, so that we wouldn’t drip paint on the floors. Both arguments made sense to us! In the end we decided to do the floors first and lay sheets down before we paint, mostly because I had three days off last weekend (which never happens) and we weren’t sure when we’d next have a few consecutive days to get the job done.

We hope all is well in your world and you are managing to find a moment to stop, catch your breath and rest. Wishing you good things for the week ahead!

Reuben 🙂



About Reuben

Reuben is a green thumb with a knitting machine for a brain. He likes dinosaurs, The Beatles and homebrew (among many other things).


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15 Responses to “Rest”

  1. Kelly February 4, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    You sound like you deserve a rest! Sometimes it’s really good to walk away and come back to appreciate it a little more 🙂
    Goodluck with finishing the floors!

  2. Milynn February 5, 2013 at 1:05 am #

    you both deserve a day off! Good luck with finishing up, it’s looking so good so far!

  3. Elle Mental February 5, 2013 at 5:36 am #

    I am happy for you guys! You are really making quick progress! Are you staining the floors before you seal them? If so, what color? I can’t wait to see how it looks! Thanks for sharing!

    • Katie
      Katie February 5, 2013 at 10:11 am #

      We’re using a type of tung oil that you can add a tint to, so will be staining and sealing the floors at the same time. The colour we have chosen is called Oak 🙂

  4. Rita@thissortaoldlife February 5, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    Our house is still constantly in progress (after 1.5 years). We’ve found that taking breaks is essential. If we don’t take time to recharge and remember why we want a home together (because we love each other! because we have fun together!), it won’t matter how great the house is.

  5. Gina February 5, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    And our house is still “unfinished” after 20 years! There’s always something to do that’s fun or something to redo eventually. What I REALLY want when we have to get a new roof is a tin roof. My husband’s in agreement. They pretty much last forever. They come in colors, too.

    Reuben and Katie: What IS the roof and foundation situation? Are they in good condition for now?

    Can’t wait to see the next installment….

    Syracuse, New York, USA

    • Katie
      Katie February 5, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      Yes, we probably we won’t ever be “finished”! At the moment we are just aiming for “livable enough to move in”. Haha! The roof and stumps are old and will eventually need replacing, but they are not in urgent need of repair. They are big, big projects we’ll have to save for! x

  6. librarygirl February 5, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    doing floors before walls is better: otherwise you get a fine layer of dust from the sanding all over your freshly painted walls, as I know from bitter experience!

    • Katie
      Katie February 5, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      Yes, good point! Our walls are so dusty at the moment. They are going to need a very good scrub with sugar soap before we paint 🙂

  7. Heidi February 5, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Sounds like the renovations are coming along fantastically well. And yes, it’s always good to take a rest in between so that even though it is a lot of hard work, you can enjoy the process of seeing your new home come together. I can’t wait to see the floors when they are finished, I bet they will look amazing 🙂

  8. Zara February 5, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    A very well deserved rest.
    We found even during moving house, with all the packing and cleaning we went out for a coffee to have a break from it.

  9. Sarah @ Chantille Fleur February 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Hope you had a beautiful, restful day yesterday! You have certainly earned it! 😀

    Wishing you all the best,
    Sarah x

  10. no spring chicken February 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    I’ve had a blast perusing your blog! I’m a vintage mom who remembers (ah, the 70’s) everything in all of your pictures. You’re both adorable…

    Blessings, Debbie

  11. Kathy February 5, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    It’s all so exciting and very exhausting work in deed. Not sure if you have ever watched “the block” however you will realise how much work those guys do in a short space of time. Taking a day off is a very wise idea to get refreshed as it all can be so addictive. Kathy A, Brisbane

  12. stevie February 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Could you possibly do another reclaim series and ”what katie wore” next time you find time to blog? Because I have been having fun with cans and doilies but are running out of enthuisasium. Do you have any inspiration to spare? good luck with the floors! Their lookin good.

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