They really do, my studio renovation especially so! It has taken much, much longer than I ever would have anticipated. With the day job, Brad's new business and 'life' getting in the way I've had the tenancy since December - and I still haven't fully moved in - oopsy!
Hopefully soon we will be officially located at The Orange Tree Cottage!
I thought I would show you some of the pictures of how the room looked before we started...
Okay - so these may not be the best photos - but essentially there wasn't a lot wrong with the room, other than the door needing a repaint, the carpet was new. And the space was painted white. I just felt like we should do the space justice by bringing up the carpet to show off the timber floors and add a little more colour.
First up we attacked the door, this is what it looked like from the back...
It has been a bit of a family affair - Brooklyn made sure my 'office hands' were well protected in the renovation project - my first ever! Normally I boss about telling people what needs to be done - I seldom actually muck in and do the work.
Meanwhile Brad was busy re-plastering my wall getting it ready for the feature to be done!
I have never used a power tool in my life prior to this project, but I decided I was going to tackle the floor. Brad helped me to pull up the carpet and then whilst he was working over the weekends I spent many an hour sanding it down.
Initially I started with a hand sander, which was nice and easy for me to use and control but took WAY too long to get the job done and chewed through the sandpaper.
So, I decided to borrow the belt sander instead - the very first time I turned it on it flew out of my hands and into the wall - WOOPSY! I eventually managed to work it by using a whole lot more muscle, but ached for a couple of days afterwards, major drama.
Then when I tried to change the sandpaper I took my fingernail off. GAH - ended up taking it home so the manfolk could replace the paper for me each time it ran out. Tell you it was a bit of a hoot getting it done, but it has all been sanded back now.
So, there you have it - how it is all going - at this point in time the space is 'primed' to perfection, ready for the final layers of paint to be applied, the door to be re-attached and the furniture to be set up. Hopefully I'll have those pictures for you soon (okay, EVENTUALLY).