As is the case with most people who have moved house, funds become severely depleted and the life focus is generally trying to get settled into the new place and bring the finances back on track.
Anyway, there is a lot to keep us out of mischief over the next few weeks...
We'll be all about the very low cost jobs around the new house - things which don't require a big financial or time outlay but still make a cumalative impact on how the house looks.
|The built-in cabinetry in the bedrooms are coming back to life with some furniture restorer and a good oil.|
Some of the jobs we've been doing since we moved here are just TLC kind of jobs. Re-oiling the timber panelling, doors, cupboards and timber architraves is one such job. We're doing it progressively...but gee it looks good. The timber doesn't look as sun faded and tired and it is definitely a worthwhile endeavour. And no, we will not be painting over the Queensland maple plywood...it's survived 50 years intact and deserves respect.
|Eww...laundry door knob was particularly grimy|
Another small job is polishing all the old Schlage (American brand) door knobs throughout the house. Under all the years of grime, the door knobs are a shiny chrome...you'd never know they were 50 years old in their shiny state. There are 22 knobs to do and we've tackled the worst of them.
|shiny schlage door knob|
Jason also whipped out his huge gerni, as one does, and has started high-pressure cleaning the brick work and paths. It's an instant pick-me-up for the house.
|Cleaning the blonde bricks on the curved driveway|
|After shot of the brickwork|
There's nothing like a good old basic clean to make everything look better. Like our poor old ceramic stovetop...it's a little bit beyond redemption, aesthetically, but at least the knobs are white again!
|One white knob...|
We also ripped up the 1990s style floor vinyl in the kitchen. We've scraped off most of the adhesive from the timber floor boards but the floors will need to be refinished at a later date. Again, just having the vinyl off the floor is a step in the right direction, despite it being far from perfect.
|Jason in DIY mode|