A Little Painting Progress

When we decided to buy our old house and renovate we really had no idea what we were in for. In the months since settlement we have come to realise this project is so much bigger than we ever imagined. Every day we discover new things that need doing, and every task we undertake takes longer than we anticipate. That said, it does feel wonderful to be (very) slowly breathing life back into this old house…

Reubs took last week off work to work on the house and we naively believed that with a solid nine days behind us, we’d be able to strip and paint two of our three bedrooms, as well our living room. Of course we were way off! We spent four days just stripping, sanding and prepping one bedroom!! We did however manage to get the two bedrooms very almost finished, so I thought today I’d share some pictures of our progress so far.

When we moved in the main bedroom looked like this:

Main Bedroom Before

Last week it looked like this:

Main Bedroom During

And now, it looks like this:

Main Bedroom After

As you an see the skirting boards and windows (and door frame) have only been undercoated and still need a couple of coats of paint, but we are almost finished! You might remember that when we started stripping paint we found the wood underneath had previously been varnished and we decided to keep the wood exposed? Yes well, as you can see we changed our minds. We discovered the hard way that stripping the paint off completely in order to varnish is virtually impossible and the wood underneath was in worse condition than we had realised. Plus, it just looked really dark and yucky. So sadly, the wood had to go.

Here’s the smallest bedroom (soon to be craft room!) when we moved in:

Studio Before

And here it is now:

Studio After

We still need to paint all the trim in there too.

Both rooms feel so much bigger and fresher now! We’ve used Taubmans Ocean Pearl on the walls which is a creamy, ever so slightly lemony, off white. We’ll be finishing the doors, windows and skirting boards with straight white. You can’t really see in these pictures but the ceilings were a creamy colour and they are now crisp white too, which has made such a difference to the spaces, and made both rooms feel brighter and more airy. We’re so pleased with how these rooms are looking so far and the fresh paint really brings the floors we slaved on to life! We can’t wait until the rest of the house is looking so good.

Only one bedroom, the living room, hall, entryway, kitchen, bathroom and laundry to go…

Katie x

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27 Responses to “A Little Painting Progress”

  1. Kathy May 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Yep, painting a room well including sanding takes lots of time so when they renovate on tv a room in 2 hours including painting you know they are not sanding and preparing the room they just slap some paint on the walls. It certainly is a big job but once done you will be so proud. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane , Australia

  2. Emma Axtell May 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Great job! 🙂

  3. Jane @ Shady Baker May 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Great work…so much time and hard yakka! Looks amazing 🙂

  4. The Life of Clare May 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    What fantastic work you’re doing! It must be tiring bt ohso rewarding!

  5. Jime Ji May 6, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    It looks great! Love to see the renovation progress, it’s seems to me that the two of you are really enjoying this process, congrats and go fowars! love your blog for a while now, but never have coment yet! -sorry for my bad english!- hugs from Argentina!

    • Katie
      Katie May 7, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      Thank you for your comment Jime Ji! And despite the sore backs, paint splattered clothes and complaining, we ARE enjoying the process! x

  6. Ali May 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Dear Katie & Reuben, Your main bedroom & “craft room” look wonderful, I am so glad you are painting the woodwork white, the dark wood windows bring in that wall & it makes the room look smaller, every bit of painting looks fantastic, well worth all that preparation, the Ocean Pearl paint is just lovely, it all looks so sunny & light & as you say shows the floors to their brilliance 🙂 , you are going to be so pleased & satisfied with all the hard work in the long term.

    Thank you for the Roast Veg Tart receipe , it sounds easy to make but it looks really delicious !

  7. AmyS May 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    Oh it’s looking lovely! Everything is so warm and inviting. A house will always be a labour of love but look at what you get in return… a place of beauty to call your own. I can’t wait to see your craft room too!

  8. Bekuh May 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Chin up my dear, you guys are doing great!! I can’t believe the progress you’ve made in just a few short months.

  9. Heather May 7, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    It’s going to be great! keep going, you will get there. it will be so nice to be adding the finishing touches and it will feel so great that you got all the ground work done! Heather x

    • Katie
      Katie May 7, 2013 at 9:15 am #

      Yes, I can’t wait to finish all the yucky stripping and painting and get to the fun finishing touches bit!! x

  10. caroline May 7, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    The rooms look great…I can’t wait to see your craft room!!!! It would be so fabulous to have a craft room….like Martha Stewart!!!! hahaha 😉

  11. Rita@thissortaoldlife May 7, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    Your floors are so gorgeous, and I love the way the light walls set them off. So sorry to hear that you went to all the work of stripping the window trim, only to find that it needs paint after all. I know how much work and mess that is! I also know all about overestimating how much you can get done. We’ll have been in our place two years this summer, and we often feel like we’ve just begun! We’ve realized that we have to enjoy the process and other parts of life, too. It’s helped us see what’s most important to us. It’s great when we get a space feeling better, but we’ve realized there’s so much of life we can enjoy even when we still have fugly wallpaper up in our bathroom. 🙂

    • Katie
      Katie May 7, 2013 at 9:08 am #

      We needed to strip them anyway, even just to repaint, because the paint was flaking and blistering and we would have gotten a terribly finish if we’d just painted over the top. So no harm done! It is a hideous job though… I like what you said about enjoying the process and other bits of life too. When we fist moved in I wanted to get it all done RIGHT NOW, but now I’ll be happy if we just get the place painted and a few other tasks under our belt by Christmas 🙂

  12. Louise May 7, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    We had the same problems when we moved into our house. One job woukd lead to another and so on.
    I’m so jealous of your floors. It must be the Aussie wood but our pine boards wouldn’t look anywhere near as good as yours do if they were varnished. Most of our floors are carpeted.
    Looking forward to seeing the completed rooms 🙂

  13. Maria @ Cheeky Pink Tulip May 7, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    Hah! You’ve made such good progress guys! The rooms are looking loads better. I love the white. I think I’d paint the floorboards white too!

    Maria x

    • Katie
      Katie May 7, 2013 at 9:10 am #

      White floors look lovely but with out grotty dog and kitties shedding fur and treading dirt everywhere I don’t think they’d be very practical for us. Besides that, after the weeks we spent sanding and varnishing those floors, that finish is here to stay! 😉

  14. Milynn May 7, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    I love how your home is coming together! its looking so great!

  15. Elle Mental May 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Projects almost always catch what my husband calls “scope creep”, it usually takes longer than you think it will. Things will be found that have to be fixed before you can finish your intended project or supplies run short (as well as money…), but when you see the results of your labors it will all be worth it! Don’t worry too much about how long it takes to “finish”… you’re young 😉 , take your time and enjoy each step in the process. Your floors look amazing and the new paint really makes the rooms fresh, bright, and much larger! You two have done a great job!

  16. Kitty May 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    It’s looking fantastic! It’s tedious work, but so worth it.

    We’re renovating our 1969 bus-house and used ocean pearl for the interior. It is a lovely shade of white.

    Hope you have a wonderful week.


  17. tors (girl, meets wolf) May 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    I’ve just spent six months painting my entire house, I totally feel where you’re coming from. I thought it would be done in a two, maybe three at a push, haha!

    Looks like it’s coming along lovely though, can’t wait to see what it’s like when it’s all finished. Keep on trucking lovelies, you’ll get there in the end!

    • Katie
      Katie May 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

      We’ve decided if it’s done by Christmas we’ll be happy. I have to say, it’s a bit of a relief to hear we aren’t the only ones who’ve found this process slower than we expected! x

  18. Zara May 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    Wow, the difference a coat of white paint can make. the rooms look huge.

    • Katie
      Katie May 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

      The main bedroom actually is quite huge! And the new paint has really opened it up 🙂

  19. Sarah @ Chantille Fleur May 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    It looks so different Katie! You and Reuben have done a wonderful job! x

  20. Kimberley May 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Amazing work guys! I am blown away by the transformation you’ve made. You should both be so unbelievably proud of yourselves! And make sure you enjoy a well deserved break between rooms 🙂

  21. Alli @ ducks on the dam May 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Stunning floors. Our big smoke house – first home – had floors that we discovered just like them. Love them.

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