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Painting Progress


I haven’t done anything exciting this past week to post about. All I’ve done is paint, paint, paint and then paint some more. This is how the back of the house started out. Seriously peeling paint and partially yellow.



Not done yet, but if you ask me a huge improvement. The yellow’s gone and about three coats of paint on all surfaces.

Still to do:

* Second coat on insides of the upstairs windows & balcony door.

* Paint window & balcony door trim inside upstairs.

* All paint to go on inside and out on downstairs windows and door.

* Major window cleaning session. Hate.

* Installation of the new awning fabric.

* Putting furniture back.

Oh, and I met with my contractors the other day and they will give me a quote for a new decked area to be built next spring. I can’t want to get rid of the stone slabs and most of those flower beds. Making it mine.

Happy Weekend! One more week off work and soooooooooo much to do!

Wallpapering a Floor?


Have you ever wallpapered a floor? I’ve seen it done in exhibitions and now I’m considering doing my hall floor which is currently linoleum in the most horrid peige (pink-beige) shade. It’s kind of like those stone slabs I hate outside but inside. Aren't I lucky to have so much?

Anyway I think I’m going to give it a try and it will last as long as it will last, at least until I figure out what I want to do permanently. Three coats of vanish on top of the wall paper should do it I think.

Now the big question is. Which wallpaper to choose?! I’d love a bit of color and preferably one color (Kelly green? Blue?) on white and I want some sort of pattern. I’ve already tried the Marimekko pattern above and the lily pad pattern too but neither are perfect. Too much black I think. Cole & Son's Vivienne Westwood Squiggle is a strong contender at the moment though.

Any other suggestions?

Ding Dong


As I’ve been working on making the front of my house look more appealing to me, my visitors and neighbors I also had to address my door bell. This is the exact same door bell that I grew up with, it’s kind of standard issue over here. I’m not nostalgic so it had to go. Besides it still had the previous owners name on the label.



This is more my style! I had the same door bell at the old house but in a shiny finish and immediately knew I wanted "same again". I got mine at



It’s pretty straightforward to change door bells. All I had to do was remove the cover on the old one, unscrew it from the wall and unscrew the wires and then screw those wires into the new door bell. The new door bell has  slightly deeper thingy at the back than the old one so I used a chisel to chop off a bit of the wood around the wires so it would fit.



And there it is, all bright and inviting looking! And see, I washed the side of the house too, to welcome little Mr. Ding Dong.



Too bad the door it goes with is still a poopy brown eye sore. I’m waiting for my concrete blocks and pebbles (the gravel I ordered is actually more like soft beach pebbles) to arrive and when they have I’ll be choosing a new color for the door and the foundation. Can't wait to see the brown go. The sooner the better.