What's that greek guy I'm thinking of? Just when I dust my hands off with a smug grin, there's more stuff somewhere. Fuck me there's a lot of crap hidden away in random boxes and cupboards from the house move and various projects around the new house these last 7 months.
Nope none, it sticks really well to anything. I painted over old paint, actually I did use a watered down bit for new sections. It dries with a kind of acrylic-like finish, but not shiny.
I previously used dulux weather shield, then bloke in paint supplier recommedned this, about half the price too and its great.
On the plus side, there's a guy coming to pick this old kitchenette up tomorrow so we can get started on fixing this room up. Spare bedroom? Drumkit room?
You're doing some kind of pegboard behind the bench?
Though a full-width mirror would work too.
Obvs. And ceiling mirror ball.
Definitely drum kit room.
Finally finished both daughters rooms. Only thing I didn't do was paint the skirting board but it's taken me since April to get this far. Happy with how they've turned out. Going to get a modern style picture rail to hang some pictures.
Right, this is how I rennovate floors:
You will need
How to do it:
I know that reading it seems like a lot but its one of those jobs where you work yourself into a trance-like state and come out the other side feeling pleased with yourself. There is nothing like standing back and looking at your work when you've finished a job like this.
Would strongly advise that you take your time and dont rush it.
This video is pretty good and the guy is working in a similar way to what I have tried to describe, but if you click on the links he's trying to get you to click on you will be asked to buy his e-book about sanding floors.
Thanks, you're a star. That's answered lots of questions.
Feels good, doesn't it? Don't bother with the skirting boards, I kept meaning to paint them in our old house but never did and then we sold it. Bye bye skirting boards!
Who are you? A wizard?! These well written guides to stuff are amazing.
Lifted some insulation to get some wiring redone before topping up insulation and overboarding. The old stuff between joists was obviously there before the roof was redone and is covered with crap. Is it worth replacing this with new while I'm at it? Seems like it may be compromised by being compressed/dirty.
We had similar, ancient insulation. Not very effective. Got chaps in to board part of the loft and put in a ladder after laying more insulation over the top. It’s too messy to take out the old. All advice I found online was just to put new over the top (at right angles). House noticeably warmer!
What primer would be suitable to give water-based external masonry paint good long-term adhesion to cast stone and old oil-based paint?
A few years back I stripped some of our windowsills mainly using a heat gun to soften the old paint and a scraper. The smooth sandtex that I used is peeling off in places. If I redo it, can I prime first to stop that happening again?
I'm not sure but Gardz from zinnser might be right for that. They have a few different primers that could be an improvement on what you have. These days I use all coat from them for exteriors. It's held up well on where it was put on 5 years ago, that's as long as I've been using it though.
Just had a quote from Sharpes for a built in wardrobe that was, unsurprisingly, staggeringly expensive
I'd attempt building what they suggested myself, but a) the walls aren't very straight and it's in a fiddly alcove, and b) I can't be fucked
Has anyone used a good, or are themselves, a south London based carpenter who fancied coming to have a look and quote?
I've got a bit of a dent in my beech kitchen worktop. Can I fill it with resin mixed with sawdust to get a colour match? If so, what resin (obviously needs to be food-safe).
Yes but if it's relatively small and shallow get a wet cloth and an iron. Put the cloth over the dent and hold the hot iron over the cloth for a couple of minutes the steam should penetrate the wood and expand pushing the dent out.
I can help but I'm busy at the moment so it will be a while before I can get to you. I can ask a couple of good carpenters I know who work in that area if they can give you a quote.
Modern exterior paints can cause issues in traditional masonry as they form an impermeable barrier trapping moisture behind them.
That'd be great, thanks
Funnily enough I think that was the exact problem with the oil-based paint. Although it hadn't affected the underlying masonry, which is basically concrete. My understanding is that Sandtex is breathable, so it wouldn't cause any issues, it would just be great it if adhered better.
That's the fella
drum kit room
drum kit room
Tried it, too noisy. Instead I've put them in what we've dubbed the horror movie room, at some point to be converted into a bathroom. I know e-drums aren't very metal but what's a marginalised middle aged man to do.
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