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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Kitchen Renovation: Jarrah Jungle Painting Team

It is very surreal to know that after 4 years of living with our 1960s original kitchen and dining and then 6 months of renovating it's actually finished and looks every bit as awesome as I imagined it would be.
I'm now playing catch up on the blog and have some progress posts to share with you before I do THE BIG AFTER REVEAL. Truth be told I have one more DIY art work to do and hang and then I'll be able to take photos and show the whole renovation off in all it's glory.
But until then, here's the paint-a-thon run by the Jarrah Jungle painting team ... Mr P and yours truly :)
Once the walls were prepped, plastered and sanded with the help of some Trojan Tools we were ready to paint the kitchen and dining room. First a coat of undercoat white paint went onto the walls. A lot of the painting was done in the evening after we finished work so I was cooking dinner while Mr P was painting .... See I told you we make a great painting team!
We only managed to get an undercoat on the walls before the splash back was installed so then once it was in we had to tape up everything to paint the walls and window frame. Proof that I do let Mr P stop work to eat occasionally ... I keep his strength up with my Sandwich Queen prowess ;)
Mr P cuts in with a paint brush he's really good at it, whereas I look like a 5 year old learning to colour in the lines! I come along with the paint roller and fill in the walls. Team work at it's best! 

Sometimes Mr P lets me use the brush to clean up the drip marks which makes me feel very special can't you tell :) But then it's back to the roller back to doing what I do best!
Mr P worked his way around all the door frames of which there were 4 in total ... the hallway, living room and laundry plus the new french doors.
You feel like you've made big progress when the first coat of colour goes on the walls, Dulux Mountain Peak is our paint colour it's a crisp light grey and we've painted the whole house in the same colour so it flows. The walls got 2 coats of colour then they were done.
The moment of truth is always pulling the tape away to see how the paint looks and how well our cutting in really is ... I always get butterfly's of excitement and nerves at this point waiting to see the finished product. It looks fantastic, so happy with it and now we deserve a wine or three ... Cheers!
After all that painting work the fun bit is always decorating and furnishing and bringing the rooom to life. Here's how it turned out with the new dining room furniture and clock and art wall project in place.

It has taken me a few weeks to adjust and believe that the kitchen renovation is actually finished and even after we bought the fridge back inside after 6 months of walking into the garage every time we needed something, Mr P walked straight past it and into the garage carrying bottles of wine thinking the fridge was still in there!
So happy it's done and another big project ticked off the Jarrah Jungle renovation hit list.

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  1. It looks amazing!!!!! Great work...and I can so relate! Our house was built in 67 and we have been busy tweaking and changing it too!!! What a beautiful space you all created!!!

  2. I love love love your kitchen dining area! Looks amazing!

  3. maybe that is where I am going wrong - i need to be doing the renos myself!! like you. then it would get done and look spic and span

  4. Looks great! Can't wait to see the full reveal. The doors do look good with the white frames. x

  5. I can't wait to see the big reveal! You two make an awesome paint team!

  6. Love the new color! What a great team you guys make!

  7. You must be over painting by now. Enjoy your beautiful newly renovated home, hope the outsides going well for you xxx

  8. Teamwork is definitely the best way to get a project done! It looks great!

  9. It looks great! Living in a rental makes me really miss doing renovations. Great team work too!

  10. Looks fantastic. Have you seen my love making art blog post? It might be something new you could try next week!

  11. Love your kitchen renovation. We have renovated 2 houses and it always takes a while to get used to the improvements. Well done-the paint job looks fab.

  12. Very nice work!
    Congrats and thanks for sharing.

    Have a nice week.


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