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  • Once they'd cleaned it all out and sorted the brickwork, the next step was to put on a layer of something called 'Blackjack', which is a damp proof membrane you apply with a brush. It's black and sticky and smells horrible. At this point all the walls were black - I don't have any photos of this but it looked like a goth's bedroom, as you'd imagine.

    Then the painting started. It takes a good few layers as you are painting white over black, but it started looking better quite quickly.

    I'd bought five bulkhead lights which I was going to fit myself, but the builders offered to do it which saved me a job.

    I came home to see this, which made me pretty happy. It's amazing what some white paint and some lights can do...


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