Yesterday I was wiping black dust from bags and boxes before storing them in the attic cupboard. Today they got a new layer of dust as Gary sawed hardboard to make hatches. Oh well, this dust is fairly pleasant compared to plaster and brick dust.
I though the there would be hatches that you push into place but these hatches are hinged and have handles like kitchen cabinet handles – actually much better. Gary has already painted them white.
Also there is a second coat of paint on the doors, and there are now radiators in Xan’s room and the spare room.
The first coat of Gentle Fawn went on today. It doesn’t coat well, said Gary, as this is water-based satin. Looks like I managed to buy the “quick dry” satinwood formulation for this colour – there is just so much choice in paint types I didn’t notice. But Gary thinks the water-based satin is fine, and two coats will do it; it is only the ‘Once’ paint he doesn’t like, as two coats are always better.
Carl hadn’t called, but I got home fairly early and gave him a ring. He was still waiting for the carpet delivery, having expected it earlier in the day. We arranged 9 tomorrow.
I worked from home. Gary arrived first, then Carl prompt at 9.
Gary had an idea about the order for tackling the rooms, and he and Carl had a chat about that. We all carried paint cans out of Xan’s room, and Gary helped Carl move furniture around later on.
Carl was here till 6, and did Xan’s room, the bathroom, the spare room. Xan’s chocolate brown and purple looks really nice, and the dark marine in the spare room has set off Spring Breeze perfectly so it is now exactly right. The bathroom colours I’m less certain about – the dark vinyl abutting the line of dark cabinets looks slightly dingy, and the bland countertop doesn’t help – but overall (and awaiting the landing carpet, something sandy and bobbly chosen in a rush) the results are pleasing.
Gary installed the towel rail radiator today. He’s going to come on Monday to finish painting the stairs (I think these are mended now) and then Carl can come on Tuesday to do the stair carpet.
I was surprised when Gary offered to build Xan’s bed. On an Easter holidays childcare day Kev had assembled the IKEA bunk bed that now becomes exclusively Fern’s and I was thinking that next Tuesday’s childcare day would be a chance for Kev to build this one – not that it wouldn’t be better for people and dog to go out for a walk.
Anyway, Gary got the bed built, and luckily it does fit into the back alcove in the room. Gary had to use his own screws as the set provided had a small number of extra ones with no identifiable purpose but no screws for the slats though these were all drilled. There were two bits of timber left over when the job was finished but Gary surmised these had been used to pack the boxes firmly. And there were two of the clip-on bedside shelves though the website had shown a single shelf – however, one of these would need re-drilling and adjusting to actually clip over the bed while the other one isn’t so bad.
Gary got Carl to get the wardrobe and chest back into Xan’s room. And this room is now ready!
It was the last day of term. Xan, Fern and I wiped the wardrobe and chest (Gary had wiped both but they still had a dusty white sheet). Then we polished them with oodles of wood polish and the results were surprisingly good, especially considering what these furniture items have lived through.
So Xan moved in!! The gerbil, still alive, doing much better on his new diet of soft, moist food, hasn’t come up due to the smell of polish. But we want to welcome him up there soon.
The den under the bed is fab. The pink and black tiger-print foam chair is underneath, and has been tried in different configurations, as is the pine chest.
Fern and Xan played in the spare room and begged to keep it as a playroom, but piles of stuff is waiting to invade.
There are no curtains yet and the summer sun will rise in the North East and burst into the room early on. But no worries. We fetched a clock upstairs so Xan will know whether it’s time to get up yet if she wakes early.
This isn’t actually Xan’s first ever night away from Fern ever because there was a single day recently when she slept over at a friend’s house. But it is the second night ever when Xan and Fern have slept apart, and the start of a new era for two babies who always turned to be facing each other in their shared cot.