Thursday, November 24, 2011

Amateur re-roofing - Part 1.

Better late than never, the roofing post I've been sitting on for a few weeks. The leak he couldn't find annoyed Mr CH enough to order new iron sheets for the Reno Cottage roof. This was a job we were hoping not to do for a year or so, however the large amount of rain we had earlier in the year has sped up the rusting of the roof.

 Roofing iron and hex screws plus some left-over sarking and anticon insulation from our house,and the fun! begins.
 The roof was originally red ,the previous owner had it tarred and sprayed as bandaid maintainence.  Someone in the past had lifted the iron, placed sarking down and replaced the old lead nails with roofing screws to prolong it's hundred + year life.
 Unscrewing everything, the most time consuming part.
 A glamorous job but someone has to do it.
 While someone sneaks a few backside pics.
 Worn out thinking!
 We only replaced the sheets on the slope, easy for us and a professional can do the rest in a few years or so. The top sheets come off first as they do.
 Above the kitchen.
 We wondered how a rat? got a mop end into the roof space?
 Surprisingly clean apart from the macadamia farm.
 One hundred years of soot and dirt blown in through the open eaves which act as a cooling system.
 Will show the rest next time. I'm off on a road trip with my parents and are leaving the family to fend for themselves, I'm sure they can get ready for school/work without me. Should be interesting, I hope they don't cope too well!
Drooling Penny dog.
Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy vintage finds for 2011.

 Just a few other finds that came to live in the Crazy House this year. I can't say I have gone out of my way this year and have prefered to stay closer to home, so op-shopping has been a hit and miss affair. 
I can't pass a colourful doily or two (not that I need anymore) or a pretty plate or two. A lovely inspirational vintage plaque and a few more napkin rings to go with the pink ones from last years finds.

 5 coathangers for $2, worth it just to get my favourite vintage plastic ones especially with those little plastic flowers(they can sell for $5 each). And a ball of plastic string for $1,different from the modern scoubee(?) plastic string, this is a continuous ball used for making plastic covered coathangers in the 50/60's.
 A few of the books that came home this year mostly to add to childhood collections especially golden books. My gypsy sister has The Rescuers and Mickey Mouse copies so I got these to share with no.3 son.
 I bought this wicker sewing basket thinking I would re-line it with some new fabric, but I have decided to enjoy it's original condition for a little longer if not permanently.
 Another crochet box from the 50/60's to keep the pink one company,not as clean but still pretty.
 I don't need and more kitchenalia but I thought this was sweet. I think there is a flower theme going on here, thowback to a house full of males.
 Not sure what this was, a bread/ flour /biscuit /rubbish bin? Missing it's hinged lid probably green,have seen them before on ebay or somewhere. Was $2 in the hardware section of my favourite oppy, battered and a little rusty just the way I like it.Love the pattern.
 A vintage ice-crusher from the 1950's, open the lid, throw in the ice cubes,choose fine or coarse and turn the handle, open the drawer for crushed ice. The kids like this!
 I don't need more kitchenalia! old working Sunbeam mix master.
 Found in the vintage shop. A homemade shirt with a bias binding hem, strangely the zip finishes 1 inch from the bottom so you would need to step into it. Thought the lovely 60's fabric would make cushions and/or a bag of sorts.
 Appart from that silly lightbulb these clip on lights are so handy. I think they were $6 and $7.

 A cute clock that ticks so loudly at night it now lives in the living room. Now I can see  from the lounge chair that with no daylight saving here in QLD 9 o'clock really means bedtime is 10 o'clock and waking at 5am is really 6am. Right!
 A 1970's Tv chair to add to the to do list. Our families both had these chairs when we were kids and Mr CH has been sitting in this in the sitting room every night because they are just so darn comfortable. Came with its lovely cane lounge covering.

Another piece to add to the to do list. Not sure of the age of this kitchen cabinet, could be 1930's-1950's? Katherine from The Old Boathouse would know. Was bought for $40 by Mr CH (he is a darling) and the chrome and bakelite handles on the drawers are not original. Has been sitting on the veranda of a beach house for a few years after been bought at an antiques fair hence the rusty hinges etc. Starting this is my non house reno project for this weekend. I figure if I get bored with this I can move on to the half-stripped dining table sitting next to it.
What do you think happy find or more trouble than it's worth? Lol.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend, it's looking great so far!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Reno cottage-DIY bathroom update.

 Just a little update I meant to post with the last kitchen update! Sometimes life gets in the way of living. Still lots of little jobs to do, plumbing to connect, splashback, trims etc...The Hollywood light/mirror has been placed where the only light was,on the wall above the vanity (asbestos ceiling). The main light is on the wall near the shower. Still haven't worked out where to put towel racks as there is absolutely no available wall space.We are taking a break from this room and have moved on to the dining and bed 1.

If you can't remember what the bathroom looked like before here's a peek.
 In all it's grossness.
 And this was before the graffiti attack.
 Still deciding between a tiled splashback or the piece of perspex, for behind the tiniest vanity we could find.

 Tiles have been sealed with this stuff,applied with a small brush and allowed to soak in.

 Lots still to do.
 Bed 1 has been sanded, skimcoated,sugarsoaped and washed.

 Rat chewed light wiring.
 Apparently we have a leak we can't find, and bubbles are appearing on the kitchen ceiling.And there is only so much silicon you can use. So we have a post on our DIY roofing shenanigans coming up.
Until then.....
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