Thankfully our kids are pretty resilient. They don’t complain about much, and seem to have faith in us. It is all just a big adventure.
The rooms of our Hamilton do up were pretty grotty. I believe the previous owners had rented out the bedrooms to anyone and everyone. The bedroom doors had dents, extra locks and even a periscope! Some of the hinges were damaged. I’m not sure what happened but I felt sorry for the house.
It needed some love and TLC. The doors got dumped!
After weeks of sanding, painting and repairing, the bedrooms finally resembled those of a happy home.
Isn’t it amazing how you can fall in love with a property online, and then when you go to the open home you wonder if you are in the right place! With the use of filters and the right lens the real estate agent can portray even the most dark and dingy of properties as sleek and stylish. In the advertised photo the bathroom appears a very bright white, when in actual fact it was a grubby pale yellow.
Replacing the vinyl would have been such a mission, as the Hardie Glaze wall lining sheets would have had to of be removed, and replaced, which was way out of our budget.
I removed the ugly cabinet, which intruded into the toilets personal space, and the broken heated towel rail. It was time to call a tradee.
Replacing the toilet and installing a pedestal basin were not in my list of skills, and so a plumber was required.
The plumber found numerous open pipes, which should have been capped by a previous plumber. These open pipes are unhygienic and can attract rats into the home, as we found out, uncovering the remains of a rather large rat nest. It was not pretty.
My crappy plumber knew that I was going to patch up the holes left in the gib, and yet he left pipes protruding out of the wall. My DIY skills are limited, and the tools I had available did not include anything that I could use to cut a brass pipe, and so I had to get the apprentice plumber’s supervisor to come back to cut back the pipes and to cap them. Weird I thought to of left them uncapped as we had uncovered others in that state that he had fixed up.
The toilet had a cistern within the wall cavity, so I opened the wall from outside, and removed it, repairing the external wall in the process.
With a coat of paint on the walls and ceiling the bathroom was complete. A functional clean and tidy family bathroom.
We bought this unloved dismal 6 bedroom home in the Hamilton suburb of Pukete. The street is gorgeously lined with trees, and an entrance to the endless paved river walkways is just across the road. Its an awesome location for families. Zoned for Pukete Primary, and so close to the Te Rapa Shopping complex.
We were all moved in. Now we faced the impending do up….
Lets start at the bottom…
Downstairs is a large open space with a concrete floor, and two dodgy dark and dingy rooms with filthy carpet.
One room was a deep blue and the other a kinky vixen red. Something that could have come out of 50 Shades of Grey. The first thing to do was to rip out that nasty carpet and the prima the walls!
After freshening up the rooms with a nice neural tone, called Quarter Cloudy and painting all the trim white, I installed imitation wood self adhesive vinyl planks.
The rooms looked amazing! Even worthy of guest accommodation!
I am in love with Senso self adhesive vinyl floor planks, purchased from Bunnings. I used Rustic Walnut and I think it looks amazing! Its so much more realistic than some of the vinyl products out there, especially the ones at my end of the price bracket. It was so easy to lay, using metal rulers and a Stanley knife.