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lunamonkey    118

I moved house a few weeks ago and just started doing the decorating and ripping out all the crap.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunamonkey/se...57622915761944/

Day 0

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Day 4 ish

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About day 7

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Getting the cables done for speakers

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Chasing cables into the wall

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Got a plasterer coming tomorrow to sort out this ceiling. Removed the weird light already

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Damo R.    29,671

keep us updated!, that's some serious home improvement!

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lunamonkey    118

Had the plasterer round. Exciting stuff hey? :/

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Next step is to let it dry out for a week, then paint it ready for the rest of the decorating.

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Damo R.    29,671

how can you have christmas and do DIY round the house :unsure:

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lunamonkey    118

I think you've answered that. :/ I don't even have a normal TV set up to watch E.T. or something. :p I'm working until the 24th anyway, so I'm not building up any festive cheer.

I'll just go to see family instead, let them host. The lounge should be ready for around New Year. But I don't have any furniture for the TV or bookcases or anything yet.

For the lounge I've still got to

* to replace the skirting boards and undercoat them

* remove some plug sockets that are superfluous

* fix some plug sockets that are dead

* tidy up any little holes or rough patches in the plaster / walls

* white wash the ceiling twice on the new plaster

* paint the ceiling properly

* drill holes ready for front and surround speaker brackets

* paint the walls

* gloss the wood-work and radiators

* buy a dining room table

* buy TV units

* Install my gadgets

* and hopefully not a single cable in sight. All either chased in the wall or ceiling

At the end I will have

* 47 inch LG 47SL8000 LCD

* HTPC with Bluray drive and 1TB hard-disk, homebuild from ebuyer

* FoxSat HD dual tuner 320gb drive

* Sony HT-SS360 surround

I really can't wait to get this stuff out of the box, the TV is just sat there in the kitchen doing nothing :s Madness

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+John Teacake    454

Id love to get a shell of a house and do it up, Thats my ultimate aim although I do have expensive tastes so I recon it would bankrupt me. Keep us posted on how it goes. It helps if you have mates with trades i.e Sparkys, Plasters, Plumbers etc.

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lunamonkey    118

Some updates, not posted much, but I've been working hard.

Before

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After

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I've still got lots to do, and lots that I haven't updated here. I'll do a full before and after soon. :)

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multimediatechy    1

I've still got lots to do, and lots that I haven't updated here. I'll do a full before and after soon. :)

Well done mate...thats a drastic improvement so far...i've been in a similar situation myself and its tough to start off with but well worth it in the end.. I could never have afforded my house if it had been all nicely done for buying or would have to buy a smaller house...i knew buying it that it would be all ripped out etc...i have 3 bedrooms which is great but its amazing how quickly you furnish it and aquire generic stuff. I even have a driveway thanks to buying a house that needed some work doing to it...every room had to be ripped out so not for the faint hearted but at least i got a say in what went where etc.

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lunamonkey    118

Thanks for the encouragement :) We've got a lot of furnishing to do yet, the finishing touches are a long way off. All the little bits add up and it seems like I've just let the dust settle from one job, think I've finished and then realise I've got a whole other job to do. Even changing the plug sockets out for new ones presents a big job. I realise the plaster is loose or the wiring is poorly done, and I have to take a day repairing it. I do wish I had a drive way though. It's an old terrace with a tiny front "garden". Anyway....

A small update, just finished off a few little bits.

Bathroom - before - tiled but messy

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Bathroom - After - repainted and refinished the window

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Office - before we moved in

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Office - just getting started - carpet removed

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Office - Halfway done, stripping old wallpaper

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Office - After - painted, carpeted and wood glossed

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Bedroom - before we moved in

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Bedroom - halfway - gut the place

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Bedroom - Finished - repainted, fitted new wardrobes, new curtains and bed.

There's plenty of room, camera angle makes it look tight.

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Set page : http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunamonkey/sets/72157622915761944/

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Konstanov    58

If you stained the wood a lighter color, it would make the space you have seem bigger. I think it would contrast with that shade of blue better as well.

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Geoffrey B.    1,415

Always nice to see people go at it them selves rather than have a paid contractor :D

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multimediatechy    1

loving the bathroom - what a difference mate. I like like the tiling and that blue/aqua colour is nice. it is so bright and more spacious - well worth the effort you have put in.

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mokthraka    159

do you mind if others post there DIY home improvement? I just moved and there is lots of yard work im doing to get it looking nice again

also anyone know how much it is to make your own inground pool? I know it would be a hard and lengthy task, but it would be worth it since getting it done by contractors and what not is around $20,000

or I guess It might be better to make a pool that is set in the ground a foot or so.

oh my friend also helps his grandpa make pools. and when I say pools I mean pools costing 200,000 and more

or would it be possible to get an above ground pool kit, but put it in ground?

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lunamonkey    118

do you mind if others post there DIY home improvement? I just moved and there is lots of yard work im doing to get it looking nice again

also anyone know how much it is to make your own inground pool? I know it would be a hard and lengthy task, but it would be worth it since getting it done by contractors and what not is around $20,000

or I guess It might be better to make a pool that is set in the ground a foot or so.

oh my friend also helps his grandpa make pools. and when I say pools I mean pools costing 200,000 and more

or would it be possible to get an above ground pool kit, but put it in ground?

I'm not sure. Maybe I should have titled my topic more specific to me. But then again there was only 3 threads in this forum when I started this topic. Maybe start your own though and if I mod ever sees this, maybe retitle it and append " - Lunamonkey"

^^ It's a little late to stain the wardrobes lighter now. :) I can't bleach them :p

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Konstanov    58

I'm not sure. Maybe I should have titled my topic more specific to me. But then again there was only 3 threads in this forum when I started this topic. Maybe start your own though and if I mod ever sees this, maybe retitle it and append " - Lunamonkey"

^^ It's a little late to stain the wardrobes lighter now. :) I can't bleach them :p

You can always bleach wood furniture. Sand any gloss off the top few layers, then use a two part hydrogen peroxide bleach. Neutralize with vinegar and clean off with water. Then allow the furniture the to dry, then take a fine grit piece of sandpaper and go over the furniture once more, then allow it to sit another day, and you can stain the wood another color.

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lunamonkey    118

Little electric cupboard - Before - whilst viewing the house before purchase

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Little electric cupboard - Halfway

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Little electric cupboard - Finished - Rewired electric sockets and refinished all the wood. Skirting fixed.

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Dining - Wider shot - Halfway - ceiling getting plastered soon after...

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Dining - Almost finished - Lights, pictures etc to be fitted - 90% there

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Almost there..... :/

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lt8480    51

Good to see some proper DIY rather than the sprawl of cables some people put round their houses. Good job.

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lt8480    51

Also to disagree with an earlier post, I think the dark wood looks fine.

Its a commonly spread lie that light airy space and light colours make rooms feel bigger. The biggest change to making a room feel bigger is laying it out correctly... because it does make is bigger in the sense you have more usable space.

also too many people see rooms in isolation, you can make a living room or kitchen seem bigger by how you decorate the hallway, and how you pass from one room to another. Sometimes deliberately small quirky rooms and corridors next to simple bigger lviings rooms that are used more often can make them feel even bigger.

If you aren't planning on using your chimney you should block it up with some insulation (though make sure you can remove if later if needed. A chimney hole is like leaving your front door open 24 hours a day, and you loose no end of heat.

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deactivated170812    11

Office - After - painted, carpeted and wood glossed

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Are those colored stripes stickers or...?

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Fred Derf    217

Are those colored stripes stickers or...?

It looks like a wallpaper boarder but they usually aren't used vertically.

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Rudy    457

Pretty cool thread, I'd love it if you have an update for us (I realize this is an old thread...)

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deactivated170812    11

Yeah, probably my fault :blush: . I was just randomly browsing around and found this topic.

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lunamonkey    118

It looks like a wallpaper boarder but they usually aren't used vertically.

They are paint. You should see what I've done in the kitchen. Oops, need a structural engineer. :(

Got a pet cat to help us settle in a bit more.

More, some of the utility room that I need to gut out and fix some minor damp.

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