Thursday, November 22, 2012

Fothergay fabric and saving windows,

 Thought I might start this post with a few random pretty pics for a change. Don't know about you but I don't find pics of mouldy walls and power tools very interesting.
I covered a new lampshade in this fabric I found in Grandma's bits and pieces. It's called Elstree by Fothergay fabrics, don't know the age, though it looks more modern than what I would usually use. I thought the brown branch when well with the metal base and it has butterflies. I used the same spray glue that I used on the desk fix-up last post and did the roll shade with a pencil to make a pattern. Surprisingly easy for a truncated pyramid (Mr CH told me that)

When I was flicking through the old Better Homes and Garden magazine pics for the Santa cross stitch, I found these pictures that I'd saved. From 1996, back in the day when all the home interior pictures came from America (Aussie homes must have been considered un-stylish at the time)
I still love that boat picture on the wall...

...and think these chairs look amazing, probably not comfortable though. 
A little bit Granny Chic/50's diner goodness.

Back to the renovating... the rest of the front wall has been undercoated (oil based) and the front fascia (under the guttering) has been painted in oxblood.

This pic can stay small. Call me Wilson (Home Improvements).
My MIL thinks I'm growing muscles (just what every girls wants!) I think it might be Mr CH and his cooking of Chicko rolls.
Lots of these to paint!

 How to save old windows fit for the dump.

Mr CH using his trusty little Dremel cutter to cut through the old putty so that he can pull out the glass  to clean and patch (if necessary) the wooden frames.

Much of the putty has already broken away.

 The veranda railing on the north side will need to be replaced. An awning over these outside windows should avoid this happening again.

The metal strip is the rail that the middle windows slide open along, the two outside windows are fixed windows.

 The bedroom 2 has also had the light/fan wiring moved to the centre of the ceiling and the old hole patched before we (Mr CH) paint the top coats of white.

The lining of the veranda ceiling has continued in fits and starts. The 4mm sheets of 3ply have been nailed up. At $22 per sheet, this is the most economical solution for our $10 000 budget. Mr CH can nail them up by himself (if he's home alone) and the strapping we will use to hold them in place will disguise any crooked bits common in these old houses. Plasterboard would have required extra ceiling studs and we have never done plastering before (that's 'cos we like vjs). Ply won't crack during the shrinking and expanding that most houses experience. And in-case of  DIY collapse it (hopefully) won't give brain damage.

I zoomed in a bit so you could see Mr CH's nifty angle fitting of his studs on the top wall.

Unfortunately the standard sized sheets we bought from a local "pot luck" dealer didn't cover the full length of the ceiling. So extra strapping will be needed.

We have a fan up! In bedroom 1. Starting to see progress.

El cheapo $55 ceiling fans because we just don't know how well someone (renters) will look after them.

Lights! Lovely aren't they?
Our kind and thoughtful neighbour wondered if we could use these on the veranda! They were in his house and he was saving them for ??? He really is a wonderful neighbour (he kept an eye on this house while we were away the first year) and this house is to be rented but... these are too darn U.G.L.Y. So think hard, we need a really good excuse as to why we didn't use these. I don't think he would go for the "Someone stole them" tale either.  Excuses please.

We will use the inside light fitting though.

Sneaky peak at the awnings I'll show another time.
 Thankyou to Caroline from West End Cottage for the offer of an award, they kind of freak me out though. Still humming an hahing over an "About Me" post (I'm just too darn uninteresting).
Thankyou to Anita from Fun and VJ's for the plug on her blog, crazy reno people need to stick together, much appreciated.
Have a great weekend everyone. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Stair repairs, tearing tin and a desk fix-up.

Been a little off colour the past two weeks hence the lack of movement at the Crazy "Reno" House blog. Seem to have picked up a belly bug (or two) which you really needed to know right! Gross!!!
Anyway, I've a backlog of posts as usual, so here's some reno repairs I was going to post two weeks ago. Our neighbour has recently given us some "free" stair treads to replace the rotten ones. He managed to score himself a complete set of free stairs and he only wanted the metal frames, so we got the treads and they are in perfect condition. Probably saved us a few hundred dollars. We folk who live in old wooden houses seem to keep spares of everything "just in case"!
The bottom side is getting painted so they can be bolted in place.

The tops of the frames in three places were badly rusted, so Mr CH cut the tops off with the angle grinder, cleaned them up with the wire brush and welded new flat supports in place.

 He used the large flat washers that you use for cyclone rod tie downs. They cost less than 20cents each and are the perfect size for this job, and they have a pre-drilled hole.

Some repairs on the front wall weatherboards have been cut and patched with old boards.Which have already been undercoated (I am a bit behind in posts)

The awnings have had the tin "torn" for them and one has been assembled. Don't know if you already know this, but you can tear tin. In any direction, simply snip the edge and pull and it tears. You can score a line for the tear to follow or you can pull one way to manipulate the tearline. No more struggling with tin-snips. I did think of painting Mr CH in a pair of safety boots, but he is who he is - A THONG WEARER! Good thing he has a head for the motions of physics.

Sneaky peek at the new awnings.

The old desk that we found at lifeline has had a re-finish and is in it's new spot upstairs.

I don't think I showed the inside before. It has a funny little rack for paper/envelopes/cards etc. inside.
The key wouldn't open in the shop so we weren't even sure if it was a desk or not and bought it inside unseen. A pleasant surprise to finally open it at home after a bit of wiggling with different keys.

I saw a piece of furniture with this makers stamp on it , which was dated 1950 so this piece may be of a similar age.
A.F.H.Chatley furniture manufacturers, Preston?

The inside of the bottom shelves I simply wiped with a metho-soaked cloth, which re-set the shellac and made the scratches disappear. I simply stripped off the old shellac with the metho/steel wool method I used on the "super-ugly sideboard" fix-up. I then re-applied a dozen or so coats, sanding with super fine sandpaper in between each coat. You should ideally finish with a super fine steel wool buff and wax, but I didn't with this piece. I'll save that for the table that I'm still working on!!!

I forgot to take a before pic of the top until I was part way through stripping with steel wool. There are two ink stains in black on the top unfortunately, which I hoped would be camouflaged with some black stain.
 The inside (other than the door) was in good condition and simply needed only a few coats of shellac. I then used these two products (cheaper from an auto shop than a craft shop - 2 for $14) to add a bit of nostalgia to the inside walls of the desk.

I colour-copied some pages from an antique book (found in Grandma's belongings) onto some thicker scrapbooking papers, sprayed the paper with the spray gloss to coat them (mainly dust proofing rather than waterproofing) and then applied the pages to the walls in a patchwork fashion. I will (hopefully) do a post on the pretty book I used, as I think it deserves a post of it's own.
I wanted it to be a semi-permanent make-over that would be easy to remove later if I wanted to.

Some of the hand drawn sketches from the book.

We re-screwed the letter rack back inside, moving it as high as it would go to get more space underneath for a closed laptop, etc.
 Sorry not a very good photos.

 I forgot to take a pic of the top while it was outside and it's a tad dark in this spot. I stained the top with black stain which starts out very dark, however some stain pulls off with the first gentle wipe-over of shellac. The stains are not as visible as this (blurry) pic shows and you wouldn't notice them if you weren't looking for them. I was trying to bounce the flash off the white back door as I don't have a white ceiling to use - tricky and didn't work, ha.

Some of the small veneer chips are no longer as visible after naturally darkening with the shellac coating and overall we are very happy with the finished piece - it matches the formerly "super ugly sideboard" perfectly.

Never having a long enough "to do list", I also have started a little santa cross stitch. I'm thinking the  closeness of Christmas might motivate me to finish it in time, to use this year rather than next.

Found it in a Better Homes and Gardens from 1996.
How close is Christmas? Well if this weeks junk mail is anything to go by, it's pretty close. 1.3 kgs worth!
That's all, I'm done! 
Hope you all enjoy what's left of the weekend, we woke to the sound of steady rain on the tin roof, we love that sound. 
What a treat after hardly any rain for the past 4 months.
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