Tuesday, 21 February 2017
House wafflings: bunch of floors
I've got the plaster to repair round where the new fireplace was put in, and I really need to get round to doing that as we've got some floor oil on order. While we varnished the bathroom floor, we're going to try using floor oil on the boards in the living room as that gets more foot traffic, and I'm hoping the oil will wear less obviously than varnish would. It's more expensive than varnish, so I hope it's worth it. The plastering will create dust, so I need to do that before we sand and oil the floor, and we need to do that before the new sofa and chair arrive. I'll tell you more about those when they arrive.
We've also ordered new tiles for the kitchen floor. We laid the last one ourselves and didn't get them flat enough so they're now all cracked. As the kitchen is 1950s-style, we're replacing them with a proper black-and-white chequerboard, and getting Dan, who did our bathroom, to put them in. He's brilliant at tiling. I know, white on a kitchen floor - I'll spend forever in there wiping it. But it will look lovely. The kitchen also desperately needs repainting as it hasn't been done in a decade and we cook a LOT, so I guess that's another task for us this year.
Incidentally, after all the faff we had finding tiles for our bathroom, it seems the 'eclectic Victorian' look is now well and truly in; Topps Tiles was full of that style. Looks like Mr Robot and I are actually ahead of the trends for once. We'd have had a lot more choice if we'd waited till this year to redo the bathroom.
We finally got rid of the 1950s fridge. Sadly I couldn't rehome it, so the council took it away and junked it. I do feel slightly sad about that. (I'm not very good at throwing stuff out, especially when it's been part of my life for a long time, and 1950s fridges aren't commonplace, either.) But we simply didn't have space for it; we need to put a cabinet in the dining room to hold some of our crockery. As I said, we cook a lot, and have all sorts of pans and pots and crockery. It seemed silly to keep an old fridge that was doing nothing, when a cabinet would help us free up space in the kitchen and make our lives easier and tidier.
Is the coming spring putting you in the mood to do housey things?