The Hall part 2


So, there you have it, the final colour choice for the hall was the dark one.  All day at work on Thursday I was worried that I had made a dreadful decision and that I would get home to something I could not live with. Gladly, that was not the case but I do kind of wish I had a shinier finish than this very matt one which only has 5% sheen. As you can see, it really catches the light none the less.  Out of all the decisions, this is the one I have agonised over the most, thanks to everyone who listened, you’ll be glad it’s done too, I will stop going on about it, I promise.  C and I have spent far too long analysing the floor and whether it has a pinkish hue in the artificial light of the evening.  Now we need to get real, look forward to it looking a little less new; with our gang that won’t take long.  Once the woodwork is painted it will look amazing, it spoils it having yellowy skirting at the moment but, we’ll get there. (one day)

We have started putting the study/music room back together and so far, so good. The skirting has been done to the best of my ability, not sure how I kept managing to paint the floor too. Luckily it wiped right off, phew.

(Nearly)Birthday Girl’s Party

I thought you might like a wee peek at the scene before H’s guests arrived for her party, the back room looked great with the bunting and balloons, not sure if you can make out the ‘Happy Birthday’ on the window above the table.  That feeling of anticipation before the event is brilliant, isn’t it.

The Garden Room pre 6 year olds
The Garden Room – before the 6 year olds took over

Kiss the Fish came along with decopatch creatures to be decorated with lots of brilliant choices of paper, check out the before and after shots.  Everyone loved doing the painting and sticking, the googly eyes and glitter are always the highlight of the decoration process.  Sadly, Kiss the Fish does not have a studio any more but they pop up at craft fairs and lots of other events round Edinburgh and I would highly recommend the party, Rhona has it down to a fine art, excuse the pun.

All ready for decoration, they love choosing who they will decorate
All ready for decoration, they love choosing who they will decorate
all done, eyes and sparkle applied
all done, ready to be varnished

Well, that’s another weekend gone. December is here and the countdown to the Festive season is upon us again.  Not long until the decorations are up and the house feels extra special.  We’ve only spotted one tree up so far, bet that will change over the next few days, let the sparkly season commence, yay! x

The Hall

my favourite thing in the 'before' hall, he's camping in the kitchen for the momen
my favourite thing in the ‘before’ hall, he’s camping in the kitchen for the moment

As you know, I have agonised about the hall and what to do with the floor there for some time.  My parents went to a lot of trouble to get the hall carpet laid flat and true and put plywood under the underlay to make it as perfect as possible.  Trouble was, although it was very good quality carpet that had been laid to perfection, it was just not my thing, peach never has been, sure you could call it coral or something but all I see is peach.  Peach has been on my ‘no way never, ever’ colour  list since someone of my acquaintances had the misfortune to have a full on peach bathroom, from shower curtain with frills to the toilet paper and everything else too, there was probably peach scented spray in there, undoubtably  from Marks and Spencer.  The person in question did not inherit this, they chose it, no idea why.

Back to the hall, it is now white, the colour of the floor has been chosen and I will show you the final result soon, it has not even been finished yet! By the time a little girl I know is hosting her birthday party here, on Saturday, it will be all new and shiny for little feet to tramp across on the way to the fun.  Can’t wait!

Here are the before and half way shots for you, I wish I had taken the carpet out and lived with the plywood, really, it is so much better than the peach.

the day the carpet went, before the deed was done
the day the carpet went, before the deed was done, the clock was my Grandfather’s, they kept it in their box room, on its back, for about 40 years, not sure why. my sister and I used to wonder what it was all covered up in an old sheet
half way through the carpet removal, I smiled the whole time  I did this job, I have waited SO long for this was my thought.
half way through the carpet removal, I smiled the whole time I did this job, “I have waited SO long for this”, was ringing round my head


after the peach had gone, looks so much better already, the walls are white too
after the peach had gone and the painting had been started, looks so much better already, doesn’t it? the light’s poor, not much daylight round these parts at the moment

I am looking forward to sharing the photos of the floor with you, more than that, I am looking forward to a ‘peach free’ home, wonder if it will ever become the thing again? Not here, no way!

Pavillion Gray

The chosen one
The chosen one – woodwork has not been done yet, obviously

Well, here’s the new colour in the middle room, after literally hours of staring at the different coloured samples on the wall, and discussion,  C chose this one.  Our lovely F hates it ‘more than white’, but what does he know, soon he’ll only see the desk and the computer in there.  This colour is from good old Farrow and Ball, it has the usual ability to look different dependant on how the light is hitting the room.

Most of the room was painted on Monday but, being this time of year, I had not actually seen it in the daylight until I got home from work today.  The final cutting in at the cornice was done today and I must say that I am quite proud of my work.  Sure, there’ll be a bit more finishing off to do tomorrow, up the ladder. Then it’s action stations on the hall.  By Monday it will be painted, all we have to do is decide on the colour…..simple.  It definitely won’t be red as F suggested, that’s for sure.