Renovation Diaries 10. Portray the complete Chapel, kitchen plans, reclaimed flooring and extra… – HOUSE PLANT HOUSE

Renovation Diaries 10. Portray the complete Chapel, kitchen plans, reclaimed flooring and extra… – HOUSE PLANT HOUSE

Portray the Chapel was by no means going to be a speedy enterprise. So over the previous couple of weeks I’ve been a little bit quiet on-line as I’ve spent most waking hours in my overalls, in various levels of being lined in paint! The additional daylight has made it attainable to work for longer into the evenings which has been good for this activity. For right this moment’s publish, I needed to point out you ways we’ve been getting on with portray the Chapel. Alongside this, I’ll share the preliminary plans for the kitchen, transferring the entrance doorways and starting to put the ground…

So. A lot. Portray!

As a lot as I liked the freshly plastered Chapel inside, it was time to get some paint on the partitions in the principle house! You may keep in mind from the earlier Renovation Diaries publish that we’d began to mist coat a few of the smaller areas.

Properly it was now a activity on a way more voluminous scale. I used to be actually excited to get began on this as a result of I really LOVE portray! After I was youthful, I used to color theatre units so I’m aware of portray areas of bigger proportions. I additionally did the occasional mural – my largest scale mission was portray a little bit women’ room with animals across the partitions and a sky with clouds on the ceiling. With my artwork college background, I’ve develop into adept at prepping and portray areas for hanging exhibitions too… Principally, I’m no stranger to a pot of paint! I wish to assume these duties have ready me considerably for the job in hand…

I began reducing within the again wall with the mist coat and over a few days, made my method across the house… Seeing white on the partitions actually began to elevate the inside because it immediately felt lighter and brighter. Quickly, it was time to construct up the scaffold tower once more to succeed in the lofty heights of the principle dwelling house. The double top quantity was going to be tougher to succeed in!

We managed to get right into a groove the place we’d break up duties at this level – both reducing within the edges, portray at ground stage, or up on the scaffold tower. Armed with two lengthy rollers and two paint scuttles, we have been making progress, portray the Chapel house little by little.

Portray the Chapel continues…

With the mist coat on in most locations, we went in with a second coat of paint that wasn’t watered down as a lot. The paint was masking so significantly better that I had ready myself for which was an enormous bonus. Portray white on white can get a bit complicated after some time although!

Above exhibits the shadow of one of many home windows on the ground within the midst of a portray session. It’s the primary time we have been seeing issues like this after over a 12 months of renovating! And sure, I’ve relegated my trainers to portray apparel at this level…

With the partitions trying good and prepped for color, we calculated how a lot paint we have been prone to want for the entire house. Having gone by means of many, many litres of white emulsion as a base coat, we had a reasonably good concept. I’ll chat in additional depth about paint decisions in one other blogpost. I’ve at all times been very into paint color charts.

Under is a publish from my Instagram renovation web page, the place I am going a bit extra into our color palette decisions to date. You’ll be able to swipe by means of the carousel of images to see extra…

I have to admit that portray the Chapel within the golden hour night gentle was fairly a memorable expertise. I believe I discussed in one of many early renovation posts that we made an intentional selection to not play music within the Chapel while working. This was fairly out of the bizarre as I sometimes have music taking part in more often than not! It’s laborious to articulate why precisely, however the house has at all times had such a relaxing, generally monastic ambiance, the quietude felt applicable in these moments.

Kitchen Plans…

Within the final Renovation publish, I shared the sketch beneath because the beginnings of my kitchen designing course of…

We needed to make use of this reclaimed wooden that got here from an outbuilding in my grandparents backyard to make the kitchen worktop. It’s both teak or iroko and is a beautiful color which can look unimaginable when oiled! A wood worktop will get higher with age, particularly one that’s comprised of reclaimed timber and I’m not an enormous fan of issues like marble. Wooden is sort of excessive upkeep to maintain nourished and searching tip-top, however I don’t thoughts that in any respect.

The method images beneath are all courtesy of my Dad, who set about turning a pile of framing (above proper) into one thing rather more refined! He’s received a workshop on the prime of the backyard and I believe he secretly enjoys the ‘tasks’ I rope him into doing…! In regular conditions I’d be serving to, however this was all throughout lockdown – he was in Wales and I used to be in North Yorkshire!

Listed below are a few of my drawings I used to be doing on my laptop and in my sketch pad to offer you an concept of a part of the format. That is alongside the again (south) wall:

As I labored on the design some extra, the brackets I’d ordered months in the past arrived from Europe (photograph beneath left). I choose shelf storage to wall cabinets so these have been integral to the look of the kitchen wall so I needed them early on. I used to be planning to make use of the identical brackets in all places in the principle house for bookshelves and so forth. so ordered one thing like 40 brackets in whole! I’ll present you extra within the subsequent publish after I get the timber lower to measurement for the shelving.

A lot of woodwork happening from my Dad’s workshop in Wales…

Shifting the entrance doorways

As we have been awaiting the supply of the floorboards (extra on that beneath…), the joiners turned their fingers to shifting the double doorways of the Chapel. In case you’ve been following the method up up to now, you may recall there have been wrought iron gates on the very entrance. With it changing into a house, we needed to deliver the attractive doorways to the entrance of the porch. We have now plans for the stunning previous gates for use along with the constructing. Fortunately, the aperture and form of the door body might be re-worked barely, with no need to make a brand new body!

In a short time, we’ll shorten the door barely to permit for a step to be constructed within the porch inside. First although, the porch will have to be dug out. Then, a DPM (damp proof membrane) and concrete base will likely be poured simply as in the remainder of the Chapel to deliver it as much as regulation necessities and so forth.

Ending up the porch woodwork

With the remaining scaffolding now down, our good joiners mounted up the remainder of the woodwork on the entrance of the Chapel. The finial was now in place too. As soon as we’d completed portray the Chapel inside, we primed and painted the outside woodwork in Little Greene Clay Mid. It appears a lot smarter than earlier than!

I like these angles of the entrance of the constructing. And the blue skies in fact!

Laying the reclaimed ground

Again inside now, and the floorboards are right here! While the unique floorboards have been sadly too broken to re-use, we knew we needed to supply our personal previous boards. It appeared solely proper to interchange like for like, so listed here are our reclaimed Victorian pitch pine boards. They really got here out of an previous mill in Halifax! It’s good to know their provenance and former use. A few of the wooden was flooring, while different elements have been sawn down beams. These boards have actually attention-grabbing markings – with holes from previous equipment and fixings and so forth.

We selected the identical width boards as our previous ground – 5 inches. I do know this may be a little bit too ‘rustic’ for some tastes, however I like supplies that inform a narrative!

After a day of reducing planks, the Chapel smelled unimaginable! I keep in mind how pretty the aroma of pitch pine is after sanding again the vestibule doorways however this was on an entire different scale.

Up on the mezzanine…

Subsequent up, the boys moved as much as the mezzanine to work. We needed to maintain the wooden the identical all through the house, working from entrance to again for continuity. They labored methodically across the first ground and it was very thrilling to see! The wooden provides such a heat to the inside and it appears higher than I may have imagined.

Is it me or is it really beginning to appear to be a habitable house…?!

It’s laborious to see on this photograph however there may be going to be an escape step construct below a ‘entice door’ model opening right here for fireplace regs. This will likely be a little bit of a piece in progress – I’ll present extra in a later publish.


I hope you loved seeing an replace on how we’ve been progressing with renovating Home Plant Home. It’s been a really labour-intensive few weeks and I’m positively aching after many consecutive days of laborious graft! Portray the Chapel was a milestone second and it appears like we’re at fairly a pivotal level of the mission now. It’s thrilling to be on the stage the place we are able to actually begin to work on website once more. In the course of the intervals of heavy development, the place felt extraordinarily ‘constructing website’. However now, it’s in a limbo state of beginning to look much more homely!

Now that I’ve caught up a bit with the renovation course of, I’ll get again to sharing an replace each few weeks on a Sunday, round my common houseplant content material.

For straightforward navigation, I’ve made a ‘Renovation’ tab on the homepage to catalogue this collection. Alongside sharing the important thing factors of the renovation on my fundamental HOUSE PLANT HOUSE instagram, I’ve received a devoted secondary web page — HOUSE PLANT HOUSE renovates, the place I’m sharing extra of the Chapel renovation mission.

This course of is definitely fairly intrinsically linked to HOUSE PLANT HOUSE as a result of alongside being an area for my vegetation and I to develop, it’s additionally going to be a spot from which I can run my small enterprise. This was one thing I’ve needed to placed on maintain for some time, with re-locating and all, however it’s a aim I’ve been working in the direction of behind the scenes for the previous couple of years. Primarily, the Renovation Diaries will doc the creation of a bodily iteration of HOUSE PLANT HOUSE, which I’m actually trying ahead to sharing.

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