Saturday, October 7

The house has been crumbling with loneliness


while the Man and I have been away these last two years. I've been trying to attend to some of the issues and earlier this year I turned my attention to our very sad laundry room. I asked a builder to take away the remaining tilework, remove the radiator, take up the tiles, lay a concrete floor and set up a new worktop and shelving. There was the usual game - he said he'd come in April, finally making an appearance  in June - perfectly timed for me to progress from being fed up to sheer gratitude that he arrived at all. His work was mostly great - except for the bit about the floor. I'd asked for polished concrete but builder-man hastily dumped some screed (not quite enough) and left it looking like lumpy cookie dough. I arrived home before the floor was dry and spent several hours scraping down the lumps, I've painted it with a bold design in the hope that the uneven surface is disguised. The room was dark and dingy with a single tiny window but my cunningly placed mirrors have amplified the light - and do you like my jolly appliance-hiding curtains?

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  1. What is it about builders? You say polished concrete and the builder does lumpy porridge.
    Still, the painted pattern looks good...

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    1. It is amazing how the two textures can be confused isn't it - and thank you xx

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  2. YOU PAINTED THAT FLOOR???? sweet mary sunshine, sugar, but i thought you'd had encaustic cement tiles installed!! well done you! xoxo

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  3. Too bad about all the aggravation; a very nice result though. The mirror, painted(!) floor, and curtains certainly spiffied up the place. Well done!

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    1. and there's nothing better for the soul than a spot of spiffery xxx

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  4. Echoing Sav here – you painted that floor?!!!! Looks marvellous, X

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    1. from a woman of taste - I thank you xxx

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  5. I do indeed like the curtain. Do you think there is a curtain large enough to throw over my entire kitchen??
    Also, love the floor!
    Sx

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    1. That would turn your kitchen into a large birdcage - I could arrange that - and thank you xxxx

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