Slowly but surely on our DIY journey

We are making slow but steady progress decorating the lodger’s sitting room and downstairs loo. It has been exhausting in the heat this week. 

I finally started papering the walls yesterday whilst Mr S fitted the new skirting boards. The papering is taking ages and is so hard to do! I am using a thick thermal wall covering. It is great when you have a flat wall with nothing to cut around. However, I started with the loo – a tiny room with toilet, sink and lots of pipe work. What a nightmare! You cannot cut the paper to shape in situ as you usually would. This stuff bends, creases and breaks if you attempt that. You have to measure every obstacle and cut it too shape before you stick it to the wall! No mean feat. I would have ripped my hair out if it wasn’t covered in wallpaper paste!

Add to that the feeling of working in a small oven due to the heatwave and you get the picture!

Before…

…and after!

On the plus side it really covers all the lumps and bumps and the walls in there are really terrible. The improvement is remarkable. I still have a bit to finish today then I can get on with the big room, which should be a lot easier and Mr S will be able to help me today. 

Hopefully when the winter comes we will reap the rewards of our hard work with warmer rooms and no mould. 

We were so exhausted at the end of the day that Mr S treated us both to fish and chips with a huge mug of tea. I needed it. Back to the grind now. We will get there!

5 thoughts on “Slowly but surely on our DIY journey

  1. Well deserved fish and chips! Working in a small loo space is tedious. It will be worth all the effort 🙂

  2. Well done indeed, it looks lovely.
    Is that a pickle I see on your plate with the fish and chips?
    Here in the US they are loved and eaten by many, not me I hasten to add.
    I do not recall having them in UK, but then again I have lived in the US for 26 years so times change.
    Good luck with your decorating.
    Pam in TX.

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