Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The finishing touches

The screws into the plaster using the existing holes did not work and R's toilet roll holder fell off onto the floor. I had a feeling that would happen. We had to move it to a higher position and just start again, so we did and second starting from scratch instead of using old holes and we succeeded.

I bogged up the old holes with patching plaster. Once sanded, it barely needs painting.



Another three lots of five minute jobs was actually exactly that, replacing the bedroom door hooks. Well, maybe half an hour including gettin tools out and clean up.

The old hooks. R's bedroom.


My bedroom.


The spare room.


They all look like this now. Much nicer and match the chrome door handles.


We are not finished yet. While we had very limited choice because of the small size, that is the existing screw holes, at a specialist door handle shop we found new handles for the bathrooms. They were only $6.90 each, but multiply that by ten for four bathroom cupboards in each bathroom and two for the laundry doors. Of course they were out of stock but they came in the next day and I collected them. After the money we have spent on the bathrooms, we were not going to leave them with old fashioned handles that we didn't like for the sake of $70. That is, not spoiling the ship for a ha'p'orth  of tar. This is the old handle.


Replaced by these.


R said, you have to get rid of both that old brown soap dispenser and toothpaste holder. I did, and found these on a great special at Bed, Bath and Table.


We have drains in the bathroom floors, in case of overflowing baths. I washed out the old liquid soap container and put it in the bin and then wondered why my socks felt wet. Yes, suds from me washing out the old soap dispenser rose from the drain.


We really thought we would be absolutely finished by last Thursday, but Regency who were to install our new shower screens has delayed the installation until next Wednesday, which is probably today.

30 comments:

  1. Wow looks fantastic

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  2. Looks very posh Andrew .... Great job !!
    Bed, Bath and Table have some lovely things don't they :)

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    1. Lady J, not too posh or it would laugh at the rest of our place.

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  3. It looks quite nice. You're inspiring me! I desperately want to paint my bath and redo the handles, etc. You've given me a lot to think about. I like your choice of hooks too. I would like one by our back door for when I walk the dogs. The leashes are constantly getting twisted up. A hook would really help!
    Good job!

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    1. Maribeth, you can get a panel with multi hooks for near your back door where you can lots of things.

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  4. The Bed Bath and Table I went to had a wall full of colourful gorgeousness. It was so pretty and all so reasonably priced. It will be one of my first stops after the Year Of Buying Nothing. ;)

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    1. Snoskred, there won't be a subsequent year of the Year of Buying Nothing? We have bought a bit of stuff from BB&T over the years.

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  5. It is looking really good. Hooray for five minute jobs which are.

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    1. EC, five minute jobs that don't take two hours are so rare.

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  6. Looking good I love when the finishing touches are finished, makes it all worthwhile.
    Merle.............

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    1. Merle, we are nearly at that point.

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  7. You'll be auditioning for "House Rules" or "The Block" next! :)

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    1. Lee, we have renovated, mostly in minor ways, so many places, but now our work has all been destroyed in subsequent renovations by others. Our current renovations might look ok even after we are gone.

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  8. Small changes, but well worth the effort!

    However be wary of becoming overly enthusiastic. Next it might be furniture, heating and cooling systems, architectural changes etc :)

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    1. Oh Hels, I was dragged to desk area of the big blue office shed last week. I've fought off desk replacement for near twenty years.

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  9. There's never a lack of small jobs to do around the home...
    I like the new handles, it looks modern now.

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    1. Thanks Sami. There is a bit less to do around home in an apartment, but there is always still something.

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  10. Changing all those small things makes such a difference.

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    1. Cro, we bothered so much over the cost of the small things, when we had spent big money, hence my use of the old English expression.

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  11. I get suds rising through the floor drain when I use the washing machine, my laundry being part of the bathroom you may remember. Angel used to bat at the suds with his paws when he was a kitten but grew out of that when he discovered it wasn't edible.
    I love Bed Bath'n'Table! I go in there now and again just to look around and dream of what I might buy.
    Your new hooks and handles look really great and I like the new soap dispenser too.

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    1. River, well, I hope you don't walk around in your socks on washing day. Thanks for the compliments. I think we today we saw the same soap and toothbrush holder in the Reject Shop, for about $10 less than I paid. But yes, Bed Bath'n'Table is good.

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  12. It looks good! I have found that a teeny tub of spackle lasts a long time and is good for a lot of stuff.

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    1. Mark, it last so long, it has dried out by the time you need to use it again. My Tradie Brother gave me a small bucket of patching plaster fifteen years ago, and it is still good. Just add water and use it quickly before it sets.

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  13. Looks good Andrew.. you are fully fledged handymen now 😉

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    1. Grace, nothing compared to what we used to do, but we are pleased.

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  14. Nice finishing touches.

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    1. Thanks hon. In a way trivial stuff to you, but important to us.

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