Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Reno cottage - fixing window surrounds and floor prep.

It's finally starting to feel a bit like autumn, cooling nights and warm clear days. What a lovely time of the year. After so much rain this year we are hoping for some dry winter weather. Because our dry winters are the perfect time to paint outside walls (after a few dry weeks to shrink the wood first).

Before the floor gets varnished, the window surrounds on the north side have been getting a fix-up. The wood surrounds have been pulled off back to the bare bones for an undercoat.

Some of the window surrounds getting undercoated (oil-based) and some of the already painted skirting boards for the bedrooms.
Hammering the surrounds back in place.

Oops unpainted surround up (I must paint too slow for the Mr). For those not acquainted with these old "Queenslander style" house windows (cordless sash windows), the top window sits on the half piece of wood and usually doesn't move unless you have the "flap thingies" see below and the bottom window sits in front and slides up and down. Originally both the side of the window and the frame weren't painted for easy sliding. But that doesn't look pretty, does it?
Used to open widows up, to let the often stifling summer heat escape.

Lots of washing the floor sanding sawdust from the ceilings and walls in readiness for varnishing the floor.
Forgot to mention, I've finally finished painting the ceiling trim around the blue bedroom and the ceiling fan is in.

Found some scrunched up newspaper pieces from 1970 in the white ant holes in the walls. Advertising lingerie, stocks and bonds, the Remington Rand R2 copier and fabric by the yard from Myer - wave Myer's P.B.A and say "charge it please".

Wall stuffing circa 1970.

 The sanding and vacuuming has been done, as well as we could anyway, considering the floors were previously varnished and the floor is ready for varnishing.
Which is the scary part!
 Hoping you have a great week wherever you are and that your days are lovely and sunny too.


  1. Hi Simmone...it's looking good. I found that a quick wipe down with microfibre dusting cloths worked really well for taking off the floor dust. It got a lot messier when the cloth was wet. I hope we get a dry winter too, our house needs to dry out as well. We have green mossy stuff growing on a few walls outside.

  2. I was only just having the same discussion re painting our existing sash window with the builder. The inside of our windows have not seen a lick of paint since they were installed (and I agree, it doesn't look very nice.) However they still move very well considering their age. Your floors will come up a treat. xx

  3. Glad to hear the weather is playing nicely with your renovations. All those jobs must be so much more pleasant with the mild temps.

  4. I love your high ceilings, the rooms look great painted!

  5. I love those old sash windows sadly our Queenslander came with only one room with the original windows and the rest are just aluminium windows. Look at those old bits of newspapers, I wish we had kept some of the papers we discovered under the lino here. I hope all of your varnishing goes well too, those floors will come up a treat. Have a wonderful weekend. x

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  7. Some people I know don't give much attention to window surrounds. It's either they do not know how important it is to keep them in shape or they just don't want to waste effort on the less obvious details of the house. The surrounds have a lot to do with the window's efficiency. Good thing you guys aren't the same.


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