Tackling the waspy wall!

This week I have had a week off work and decided that I was going to use it to tackle Billy’s/spare room and the wall which let in the wasps.


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On Sunday I started the job, and removed the hideous textured, green painted wallpaper’s top layer having first had to waste time clearing out a load of Billy’s stuff that he was supposed to have cleared when he was off work on the Friday and Saturday morning! The wall which had prompted the task was even worse than I thought and was wet, mouldy and crumbly! I looked outside and saw that the brickwork was all wet too! YIKES!


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I felt there were three possible causes: 1) blocked guttering (which would at least be simple enough to remedy); 2) leaking mortar/bricks which would mean repointing and sealing or 3) water getting through the unused chimney – a bigger job than I could manage. Luckily for me, Sol volunteered to be my knight in shining armour and he came round to see the problem. He diagnosed a blocked gutter, to my immense relief, and he said he would unblock it for me as I don’t have a ladder. (Must invest in one so I can do these little tasks myself as I’m very happy to use ladders.) He also said he would chip off the damaged plaster and then when it was dried out he’d re-plaster the wall for me. What an absolute hero!

After a long day Sunday, I had managed to remove the top layer of paper from the whole room, and got cleared up just in time to watch City v Fulham on the computer. This game had originally been arranged for Monday night so I’d given my ticket to Lee to use, but when it got changed to the Sunday, I felt it was a bit late to mess about and change plans. As it turned out, the game was not that good so I was glad I hadn’t given up the work I’d done so I could go. It finished 1-1 after a poor performance by City. MCFC’s 60 second highlights here and Kippax Blue’s photos here.

On Monday, I worked hard all day to remove the lining paper that was left on the walls and finally, by the end of the day, there was nothing left of the hideous stuff.


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However, the walls themselves were a pretty mixed bag! One wall was very unevenly plastered, though the “artist” was evidently proud of himself, and the wall with the door was actually made of bits of wood nailed together – with holes taped over!


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I just about had the energy to put a first layer of paint on the battered old radiator before I treated myself to a bath to ease my aches at the end of the day.


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On Tuesday I painted the only decent wall in the room with the leftover blue paint from our main bedroom, and then I studied the wooden wall which houses the door. I reluctantly decided that there was no way it could simply be painted as it was so uneven and full of holes that it would need something on top to smooth it. Mum had given me a couple of rolls of leftover textured wallpaper as I had originally hoped I might get away with using that on the window wall and it looked like I was going to have to use it after all. I don’t like textured wallpaper as I prefer smooth painted walls, and it’s always a pig to remove later. However, this stuff went up like a dream (I’m not bad at wallpapering, which helped😉 ) and in no time at all the wall looked nice and tidy.


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This wall was always going to be black but I was a bit tentative about it as I started. However, the texture gave the black some warmth and though it was hard work working the paint into all the pattern, I was pleased with the result.


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I did take a little time out on Tuesday to nip to Homebase with Billy to get some more of the blue paint – in part because my blasted car battery had died again and the car needed a run after Billy recharged it. Otherwise, I’d put in a really solid day’s work and my aches had aches! Billy cooked us a gorgeous curry for dinner with which I had a well earned glass (or two!) of wine. We then snuggled up and watched a DVD together – The A Team – but we weren’t quite sure what to make of it. We’d heard it was a good film, but we were not convinced – maybe we’re too used to the original TV series.

Wednesday was a mixed day. I spent the morning giving the blue and black walls a second coat, the radiator a second coat of paint, and I did half the other long wall with its first AND second coats of blue. This wall was very uneven but I could just about get away with only painting it – I’m a great believer in the eye seeing what it wants to see and by the time furniture and pictures are in place imperfections will largely go unnoticed. I could only do half this wall as the rest joins in to the damaged wall and will be getting a plaster skim where it’s cracked. It’s a bit frustrating only doing half the job, especially as I’d taken the week off specially to get it done and heaven knows when I’ll be able to finish it – but if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly.Thanks to Sol, at least we’ll know it’s all done well and we should have no further problems.

In the afternoon, Billy and I went to Argos (I dragged him away from watching his cricket all day 😉 ) The room needed some furniture as the chest of drawers was broken, and the wardrobe didn’t really go with the new look. We found a wardrobe and shelf set in Argos which was reduced from £39.99 to £19.99, and I’d given Billy a £10 voucher to use so that it only cost £10 for the set! 🙂


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Once home, I spent the afternoon assembling them – the wardrobe was fiddly (trying to balance the long bits of wood whilst attaching cross bars) but manageable. The shelves can only loosely be described as a flatpack I think – I virtually built the thing from scratch! I then enlisted Stephen’s help to swap his and Billy’s wardrobes over as they suited each other’s rooms better than as they were. Stephen’s wardrobe is black but he’s put stickers on it and painted a face on it – but after a coat of black gloss I think it’ll look good in Billy’s room. Sadly, I’m as yet unable to paint it for the same reason I can’t do the white gloss work in the room – I can’t afford for the paint to still be tacky when he chips the damaged wall apart as I don’t want bits stuck to the paint.

So there we are – I’ve come to a halt, and can do no more until the damaged wall is dried out and made good. Once that’s done, I need to paint the remainder of the long wall, paint the window wall, do the gloss work and paint the wardrobe. Not sure when I’ll find the time to do all that, but here’s hoping 😉

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