Last month something incredible happened… (apart from getting married)…I won a competition! That’s never happened to me before!
Zoopla were running a competition on Twitter to win a £100 gift card for B&Q, and named lil’ old me me as the winner. BOOM!
So, I offered it out to Joe as he is the main DIY’er in this here household. Although I was so incredibly tempted to buy cushions and pictures frames and all that girly decorating stuff, Joe got giddy at the thought of getting some supplies to crack on with the third bedroom – you can see what it looked like at this point here.
I took some shots around the room to give you the general idea…
Wanting to plaster the room himself, Joe had already stripped the walls of the original plaster that was falling off the brickwork, and went off to B&Q with his shopping list, which included:
+ 2 bags of dry wall adhesive
+ 1 plaster hawk
+ 2 trowels
+ 1 joint spatula
+ 1 joint filler
I’m aware that I’m not doing much for the stereotype when I say this, but I’ve very little idea of what those items are, whether I’ve spelled them correctly or what they’re used for. Nonetheless, Joe was chuffed to bits and ordered some plasterboard too whilst he was at it.
(The plasterboard was so large, Joe had to cut it in half to get it in the house! – Here it is on the driveway. Thank flip it didn’t rain!)
This is about as technical as I get on the matter to be honest. But Joe tells me, he then primed the brickwork with PVA, and whilst that dried measured and cut the plasterboard to shape. We’ve got a bit of an odd shaped room so this was a tough and time-consuming job. With the door closed, I could just hear muffles with a few shouty bits thrown in, with heaps of dust trying to invade the hallway via the floorboards.
Then, after mixing some drywall adhesive, he started placing the plasterboard to the wall – of course I was getting in the way trying to snap some pictures with my iPhone!
It might not look like much for the time being, but it’s another step towards having new walls in this bedroom, which means we’re one tiny bit closer to the best bit about renovating the house…decorating.
Joe has done an amazing job. Sometimes, he’s hard on himself and doesn’t think his work is up-to-scratch. Well, I don’t know many people who would put in all the effort and time to learn a new skill and better their family home. And whilst a professional may claim to do a better job, I think Joe deserves that accomplishment once it’s an office or spare bedroom to say that he did this room himself. I can’t wait.
To be continued…