I’ve lost count now to be honest. It feels like we’ve been living in another universe where time as we know it doesn’t exist.
We were hoping to be done for Christmas. And we should have been really. Easily. But we weren’t. And it was fine (it wasn’t, but you know what I mean). So the project continues into 2017 and every time I think we might have just one more week left to wait, something crops up. I’m fed up of waiting for the final reveal post now, so i’m going to have to write this Preveal post, just to satisfy myself really. Oh and to keep you guys up to date too I guess. And if i’m being totally honest, to thank all the brands that are working with me for being so patient throughout this whole project. I’ll be giving them a little shout out so you know who they are…
First off, some slightly better photos of the staircase.
Instead of a landing balustrade, I really wanted boxed in plasterwork. Clean, flat lines to compliment the simplicity of the white square edged staircase stringers. And it’s done. It just needs its final coat of paint.
All spaces painted in Dulux Trade Diamond Matt in White from their Light and Space range
I love this view from our bedroom door. You don’t really see the staircase at all do you? Just what we wanted. Although we will be having a white, powder coated, metal handrail that will run up the edge of the staircase and get us past building regs. This is getting measured up next week, but we won’t have that until the end of February now I wouldn’t have thought.
When the sunshine joins us, the light that passes through the open risers is all kinds of special. A real joy to sit and appreciate for a moment.
So what else has happened?
The black, birch stained sliding doors to our hanging rail and eaves storage was fitted a week before Christmas.
They’ve turned a pretty unusable area of the loft into the most glorious storage space that was ever built. And do you know what? We’ve managed to get everything we had in the loft before the build (minus some tip runs and charity shop drops) back in there. Result!
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Finally putting all the tiny pieces that have been in my head for months (years?) into the loft bedroom. Always the most satisfying bit on a project isn't it? Just a radiator to be plumbed in and one more coat on the woodwork and this room is all done. The planter from La Redoute has been sitting in a box for over 6 months just waiting for its new home. And the cheese plant of course. That was always the plant of choice for this room. Big thanks to @badmachinery for the Artek poster. Couldn't have been any more perfect for this room. Looks spiffing in its Ikea Stromby frame. Can't wait to show you guys the rest of the room. Fingers crossed for the first week in January 2017! Not long now… Eeeee!
This time last week, on New Year’s Eve, we had our first proper overnight guests staying in this room. My nesting and faffing, mum mode stepped up a gazillion notches in an attempt to make this loft room (with no heating) as cosy and comfortable as possible.
Wall lights from Factorylux
You’re only getting this one photo of the bedroom. You’re gonna have to wait a tiddly bit longer to see the room as a whole. I know. I’m annoying. But ya know, i’ve got a couple of extra pieces to add to the pot, and some skirting to paint before the room is looking its best for the le grande reveal post!
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Today, Monday feels like Wednesday. I'm tired squared. All kinds of tired. Tired Mc tired. We have people staying overnight in 36 hours. The husband is building a bed. I'm cleaning. Again. The bathroom has some tiles and not much else. Nice tiles though eh? Are we going to be ready for Wednesday night? Nah. Are we going to be done for Christmas? Probably not. Are we going to be ridiculously happy, relieved, relaxed once this whole build has finished? Hell frickin yeah we are. Bring on 2017!!
The bathroom on the other hand, has been a right pain in the arse. Honestly, i’ve never known a bathroom fit take SO LONG. Jesus. A tile a day it’s felt like.
Rather sexy towel heater and radiator from Soak
Progress since has not been helped with our plumber getting the flu, other fun issues here and there and those bloomin’ Christmas hols. Totally unnecessary, we were painting on Boxing day. Pffft!
We now have a fully tiled bathroom with beautiful marble effect, hexagonal tiles from British Ceramic Tile. Everyone who has seen this space so far has commented on the tiles. I love them. Our sink sits proudly on the wall with the most stunning black tap, waste and bottle trap from Olif Design. Who’d a thunk you’d ever see the words ‘Stunning’ and ‘Bottle Trap’ in the same sentence?
So what’s left to do?
- Fit rest of shower (two screws missing, waiting on those) and enclosure (last minute swap)
- Hang mirror
- Paint A LOT
- Lay the landing floor, sand and seal
- Build eaves storage on landing
- Hang pics
- Fit skirting, handle, rail, hooks and other stuff I can’t think of right now
- Some faffing
- Bit more fiddling
That’s about it. Well it won’t be, there will be another list by the end of next week i’m sure. But i’m hoping by mid January I will be sharing a post with less words and more pics but most importantly with the words FINAL REVEAL in the title.
To end, a little reminder of what our loft space looked like at the beginning of September 2016….
Before and….. ??