Sunday, January 27, 2013

Flood, foam and fury


A few pics taken over the last four days, January 25-28 2013.
  Considering January was set to break the driest record with only 5 mls of rain, the last few days has seen a few hundred mls dumped thanks to ex-cyclone Oswald. We certainly needed it, what hasn't died plant wise, has instantly turned that eerie shade of green. The sea foam was quite spectacular, like watching marshmallow waves hurling over the shoreline, some homes had their garden trees decorated with "snow" and soft clumps floated on air, to thrill the crowds of camera-clickers. Lots of trees down and some awnings as well, so many roads closed.
Hope you are not too battered at your place, after days of horizontal rain, amazing wind gusts and the carnage that has come with it.
Time to wash the towels, stay dry!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

We've been....


...enjoying the spoils of a totally neglected vege patch. Not as good a crop of cucumbers as last season. Still managed to save at least $50 in cucumbers. Variegated corn was yum. This years grapes are smaller and a lot sweeter, less rain. Bowen mangoes from the tree nextdoor at the Reno cottage, only nine this year saved from the possums and fruit bats. Coriander gone to seed and is drying in a corner downstairs. Mr CH didn't believe me when I said, it smells like stink bugs.

Have enjoyed watching little melons grow. Eating the rockmelons, still waiting for the watermelons. If we can grow them, anyone can.
Enjoying the last of the tasty summer stone fruit, thank goodness because we've eaten too much.
Watching no.3 mix up his batches of slime (Christmas present)

Trying to use up a bunch of ladyfinger bananas we were given in (banana) everything - banana nut cake.

Trying to get back in the baking mode after a few weeks off. Making Mr CH ginger fig oat biscuits as he is back at work. Lots of groaning about that.
Taking our time moving things back into the lounge room, only used by Mr CH and I mostly. Enjoying the brightness before most of our handiwork gets covered by furniture. The floor feels great and surprising to me, hasn't needed a mop yet, just a sweep.

Wondering how, in 35c heat only a Siamese would find the fluffiest warmest blanket to sleep on. Not that everyone who walked past her would let her sleep in peace, she looked so darn comfy.

Trying to find relief from the heat, short early morning beach visits.
Poking the native Blue Blubber Jelly Fish washed up on the beach.

Letting Penny-dog enjoy a beach run. She doesn't like the sand washing away from under her after a wave.

Riding the ripples.

Distracting subject made me forget about a level horizon.

Never turn your back on the ocean.

Had to laugh,  no.3 coming up smiling after being dumped, pockets inside out, face full of sand and Mr CH not wanting to get his shorts wet.

Scoring a lost Frisbee.

Teeny flitting birdies, too fast for a pic.
How's the serenity?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Saving old floorboards - part 4 ,all in the details...

Last post on these floorboards, I promise. I'm sure you are as sick of posts about floorboards as I am, I didn't think it would take this many posts.

Two days sanding and preparing, two undercoats, one coat of white gloss, blue checks, small green checks and two coats of clear gloss to protect it all and we're DONE! 
It took us 10 days, plus a day and a half rest in between the small green checks (definitely getting to old for this...) and 72+ hours for the floor to harden up.
We spent approximately $240 with leftovers, including 1/3 a can of clear coat and a whole tin of green. If we had bought a sample pot (only available in matt) of green we could have saved $23. We wanted gloss paint for all the colours to make sure the overall finish was the same. Just trying to minimise the whole experimentation factor where possible.

This probably was the best part, easy painting and peeling as I liked, could stop at any time.

We decided on a six cm square for our accents and cut a cereal box template. Then it was just a matter of lining up the marks on the square and tracing around. We chose a diagonal not straight position.

 Taping to the slight outside of the lines and feathering brush strokes inwards and recycling as much tape as possible.

 Gave up the idea of a few free hand doodles here and there, probably overkill and we just wanted it finished as soon as possible. Made a lovely tape sculpture though. Christmas tree?

That false elation when you think you have finished and realise  you forgot a square.

 This is one of those original features we decided to keep when painting this room way back. Two quirky and a little bit daggy curtain rod holders, probably handmade by a former owner many years ago. Back in the days before laser-cut everything. The nails about are for the Christmas decorating, if you were wondering.

 Two coats of polyurethane mopped on. We left each coat to dry overnight, even though the product allowed re-coating after 3 hours.

First time we have used this product on floors.  Hope it does have high durability and resist scratches well. We have used polyurethane (oil based) on our kitchen benchtops which are due for a redo with the kitchen, we have used polyurethane (oil based with the hardener) for the kitchen benchtops in the Reno cottage and  we usually use tung oil based  estapol for all the other floors.  After two coats of this water based CFP the floors are only slightly glossier than the tung oil floors in the rest of the house.
This product is supposed to be non-yellowing, which we thought would be the best thing for a white based pattern, we also liked the fast drying time and how there was no noticeable smell. The water based is quite a bit more expensive than the oil based.

Oil based vs water based, cost wise.

 The tape we used was expensive at around $10 a roll (3 rolls), you could probably get it cheaper if you shopped around. But as it is resposible for the whole look, it's not worth skimping on. We were really happy with the edges at doorways. Did consider a doorway border in green. I did get a few fuzzy edges here and there with the green squares, because I forgot to run my fingernail along the edges of the tape stencil just before painting.

 Going to take a little getting used to, really need to stop walking in certain squares (you know-step on a crack, break your mumma's back) For a floor we were trying to disguise, your eyes are certainly drawn to it now. I imagine it's not everyone's cup of tea, but we are pretty happy with how it turned out, scrubbed up well for a very old battered floor, lots more reflected light bouncing around...

 Feels clean, bright and not too serious.  And the aim is - to paint a floor just big enough so that you never want to do it again, or at least until the memories of aching ankles and knees fade.

The verdict from the kids  - No 1 son said "Why white, what was wrong with the brown?"
No 2 son said "Liked it better before the green things"
No 3 son said " Can I walk on the floor yet?"
No 1 and only daughter said "That is so disgusting, why did you paint the floors?"

When are they all leaving home?
 Here's a few of the creative floors from the endless inspirations of pinterest.

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The pic that started all the mischief.
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