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    A Real House!

    On Saturday we were rather excited to begin painting the front exterior wall, our biggest expanse of wall, and the first noted as you travel down the driveway. The warm tones look far more inviting than the white undercoat The time passed quickly with the lovely company Our next decision is, what colour to paint the front door? Now it is starting to look like a real house.

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    All Covered Up

    With two exterior walls successfully painted we moved onto painting the walls surrounding the deck. With only two short walls and large glass doors, each coat only took an hour and a half. Once again I had the help of team Michelangelo and Princess. The above blue area is waiting for the roof trusses which will cover the deck. Hopefully going up in the next couple of months. Really loving the colour. Children are getting quite handy with the brushes and roller. Still some jobs to complete around the deck but the painting makes it look so much more ‘finished’. Now, to-do-list … roof trusses, steps, sitting benches, decking oil, posts,…

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    On A Roll

    Inspired by the successful outcome of the painting of the end verandah we decided to continue on our painting roll, and chose the side wall as our next project. After preparation we decided we could manage to paint both coats in one day, due to the size and numbers of windows this was possible.  Once again we had the help of ‘the team,’ this time Princess(8) and Jack Jack(6) were also keen to join in the fun. By the day’s conclusion we were racing the sun to finish the second coat, succeeding just in time. A couple of times a day I find myself standing outside admiring the painted walls. To have two…

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    Watching Paint Dry

    With the decking completed on the end verandah we no longer had any impediments to painting the eaves and wall on the northside. The past weekend saw a primer coat on the eaves fortunately the team were in high spirits and set to work in a spirit of high jinks. By the end of the afternoon they had not only rolled on the primer coat they had also painted the first ceiling coat, Gentle Touch (Dulux). Once the second coat was dry and the walls washed down with sugar soap we were keen to begin painting the first coat on the walls, we had chosen, Sandbank (Dulux) and are thrilled with our choice.…

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    Parents Retreat: A Fresh Look

    We were  very pleased to begin plastering our room.  For many months we have looked at dull gyprock sheets. Ours was the last bedroom to be plastered and painted.  This was an exciting moment. Once the slower job of plastering and cornices was done, the application of paint went quickly. We were then able to move back in. Every morning we awake and look with pleasure at our room.

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    Best of Brothers

    We’re progressing at a great rate with the plastering. The last of the children’s bedrooms, Einstein and Michelangelo’s room was completed on the weekend. The boys were the primary painters of their room. With a bit of help from Big Sis and Mum. Einstein rolled for the first time. He also cut in with colour for the first time and did an incredible job:) Michelangelo discovered a talent for rolling the walls. Finished! Best of Brothers have moved back in, room is looking terrific:)

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    A Room for Sweet Sisters

    We have been hard at work finishing the girls’ room. Generally it takes PC two weekends to plaster a bedroom and to cut and fit the cornices. All set and ready to paint. The Sweet Sisters mix the paint. Big brother Carpenter undercoats the cornices and then paints the ceiling white. Einstein helps cut in with the colours. Carpenter rolls in with the ‘paw paw.’ Finally a room fit for two Sweet Sisters. Who welcome a small brother for a visit.

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    A Room of His Own

    This year Carpenter has been expressing a strong need to have his own study area, complete with a desk.  I was determined to help him find ‘his spot’. When my teen expresses a desire to commit to his study, I can’t help but respond. Searching for and rejecting a few spots, I suggested a sunny nook in the guest room. When asked if he would like the room as his own place to study in, Carpenter flippantly rejoined he’d like it as his own room too. Much to his surprise, I agreed. After all diligence to his work deserves a reward. He’d ‘pressed the right buttons’ when he begged for a…