Got the keys and started work!
First thing I did was gut the upstairs bedroom and rip out some old plaster.
Karen and I rip out the front room fireplace and find some awesome original tiles!
Then while gutting the bathroom I find a secret door
The kitchen gets rewired D;
My dad helps me install a new bath in the bathroom:
And a new sink
The front bedroom gets replastered and then sanded
Then given a splash of colour!
The front door gets a new stained glass piece made and installed
With one room finished I hire a tiny van and move all my stuff in
The kitchen gets replastered and repainted
My dad helps me put in the sink of my dreams- annnnd a dishwasher!
Some nice builders take out my back window and put a set of double doors in instead.
Then they knock through the downstairs
At the same time after weeks of working when I had the time…
…I finish off the kitchen with lots of help from others
Just in time for the feast of friendsmas!
I paint the secret bathroom door tardis blue
And finally finish off the bathroom
I also remove the second fireplace downstairs.
And cover the kitchen in tiles
Then finally, properly finish the kitchen off.
…January was busy.
Downstairs gets stripped down, plastered and sanded within an inch of it’s life.
I go insane painting a 10x5m (32×16 foot) room white
The rainbow chandeliers take their proper place
I reinstall some ‘original’ features as best I can.
I paint the workroom floor green and realise I am a chameleon.
After weeks of painting, sanding and shelf building I finally move into my workroom!
Then with more plans in the works I move my bed into the front bedroom/living room, ready to tackle the middle bedroom.
Then I go totally off plan and decide to take out an upstairs wall because YOLO
Convention seasons starts again and I’m busy as hell.
During this time I work on stripping down the middle room and find some super cool original wallpaper.
I go on a hunt for a porch door
And get the middle room replastered.
I basically do nothing because I’m at a convention every weekend for a month and am filled with tired and sadness
With the one year mark coming up I panic and spend 2 weeks manic working on the middle room.
I sand the floor by hand with a belt sander
Borrow Karen for help in the last few days
Then on July 17th, one year after buying the house, I finally have a proper living room.
I’ll update a post of the full workings of the middle room and some round up photos once I’ve moved my books in, but that’s a rough guide to the first year in the Fantabulous house. I’ve got some scary wall repairs and a bathroom conversion downstairs to come in the future, but for now the worst is over and all that can wait until when I’m good and ready.
It’s been a year of elated highs and miserable dust covered lows, but it’s nice to look back on all that’s been done instead of the ever growing ‘to do’ list of the future. I’ve updated the post archive with dates so you can look back on the past posts- enjoy the journey, it’s a rough one! A big thanks to everyone who helped get stuck in with me- Particularly my Mum, Dad, Karen, Ruben, Amanda and Clementine- you’ve all gotten as filthy as I in my quest to have the house of my dreams.
Now it’s time to have a proper house warming- Until next time, cheers from the Fantabulous house!