This weekend has been a busy one in the house and it’s been great to hear the bangs and hammering of work going on in different places.  We’d hoped to do all of the outside decorating ourselves (windows, barge boards, new guttering) but The Boyfriend has not been very well and is recovering from an operation.

We’ve therefore had to call in some help and have had two decorators in.  They spent yesterday prepping all the woodwork and the plan is that by the end of today we should be all set to start painting the windows.  We’ve then got a carpenter booked to come during the week to repair the ends of the barge boards so that we can finish off the outside wood work.

IMG_1982One of the biggest issues we have with the windows is that they have all been painted shut.  It meant that during the winter there was a gap where they did not shut properly and then this summer we’ve not been able to open many to get a draught through.  All in all they were not in a great condition.  When we first moved in we were all set to replace them with modern sash windows but we quickly realised we could not afford to do that yet AND that we actually quite liked the old glass.  They are all original and over time the glass has sunk a bit so in some of the windows you get a bit of a wobble.  

It was therefore very exciting to actually get the windows open yesterday and after a lick of paint they will look great.  In the majority of cases we’ve managed to get the top and bottom windows open but in some cases just the bottom (but we’re still working on those).  There are just a couple that wont budge but in those rooms there are still several that do so it won’t matter from a ventilation point of view.  The Boyfriend insisted on doing some too!

IMG_1984 IMG_1986The decorators also took down the original wooden guttering from the top floor as it was completely rotten and needs to be replaced.

IMG_1974 IMG_1975We popped out in the middle of the day and it was brilliant to come back and see the primer and undercoat already on – things are definitely moving in the right direction:




About katerenovates

Hello and welcome to Kate Renovates - a blog about my attempts at renovation. The Husband and I have now been living in our house for four years and changes are being made slowly. It's an unloved Victorian townhouse that had been converted into two flats. Armed with a little bit of know-how and bags of enthusiasm, we have turned it back into one house and are transforming it into our home. Many of the original features remain but the flats had been rented out and so none of the rooms were in great shape. Luckily, it has a fully functioning kitchen and we recently finished the new bathroom and so things are getting more and more comfortable all the time. We're learning as we go and sharing our ups (and downs) on here as we try (fingers crossed) to bring the house back to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog or any tips you may have on our house project, so to contact me, please email
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