Has Christmas already been and gone? I feel like I barely noticed, what with everything else that's been happening.
When last I posted, we were painting the ceilings in the kitchen with rust converter. That went well, they looked gorgeous all dark and clean.
The grey going over the top here is metal primer...
Meanwhile, in the living room, the Peel Away paper was removed, leaving behind sludgy, softened paint, which had to be removed with a high pressure hose to get all the last paint and stripper off.
It was a messy business.
We used a wet/dry vac to quickly clean up the water, then pulled up all the plastic sheets and mopped and dried the floors off.
Then, after the ceilings had all dried off, the primer was painted down to the white end here, which is old paint but in really good condition.
Still with me? Next up, we started sanding the walls. What an AWFUL job that has been. It's been stinking hot, the paint is stubborn as hell, and we've had to wear full cover suits and breathing masks.
I look irritatingly happy here. That's because I hadn't started work yet.
It's sticky, dirty work, but rewarding as the old layers of paint come away.
In many rooms, we've discovered the best way to remove the last layer of crumbly acrylic paint is with a paint scraper.
It's painfully slow, but it's been far more effective than either of the sanders we've used, one of which is so delicate it does almost nothing here and the other of which is so aggressive it leaves big gouges in the timber.
We also tried a heat gun, but all it did was turn the paint to mush.
So, for now, it's the scraper.
This is about two hours work.
If you're in the Lockyer area, own a paint scraper and are at a loose end over the next few days, please feel free to come our way.
We'd be so happy to see you.