Setbacks and Progress



So remember my last post – “Stripped”? Oh how naive I was…

Soon after and I don’t quite know how this happened, we found ourselves stripping off all the wallpaper that lined the rooms late late into the evenings… [I cant even bear to think of those cold exhausting evenings now they are passed]. I think it started because our coving was coming off anyway in order for the plasterboard to go up [cheaper and quicker than re-plastering] so naturally it would leave some parts of the wall bare.

Living Plasterboard
[plasterboard going up and wiring installed]

Anyway… we ended up stripping it all back to the bare wall and needing to patch and fill all the gaps and uneven surfaces. Halfway through when David and I could barely carry on anymore – our lovely builder and project manager Matt stepped in and suggested some additional help for a nominal fee. Gratefully we handed over our stripping tools and breathed a sigh of relief.


Stripped Walls3

A setback. You know the lovely wooden floors we discovered? Turns out that they are not the right kind for stripping back and shining up. The floors we have are essentially the bare bones of the building – they have sawdust underneath and are too noisy and hollow to live with. So we have no option but to lay a new floor…

The week building on our bathroom began it was sheer chaos. We were chasing wall tiles, floor tiles, shower trays and fixtures and fittings left right and center… and we are STILL waiting for the enclosure to be delivered as it was promised this past weekend but the company kindly phoned us on the Friday and said sorry but it was out of stock!!!!

[scary waste hole]

Gutted-Tiles Gutted

We also ripped out the fireplace surround to see what was behind it so we can channel wires behind it for the TV. We haven’t decide whether it’s going back up yet!



Setbacks and roller-coasters of emotions aside the exhaustion and stress of last week already seems far away. Our bathroom is beginning to taking shape… the piles of rubbish we accumulated have magically disappeared [thanks to the lovely Matt] and dust and plaster is beginning to fade. We can see the outlines of how our bathroom will look and our beautiful tiles and fixtures are peeping out of their boxes to be installed.

Hopefully I’ll be able to update with even further progress next week : )

[plastered bathroom yay!]

GardenTradingLights BathroomTiles
[new stuff!]

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

5 Comments on Setbacks and Progress

  1. Mummy
    Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 10:54 at 10:54 am (10 years ago)

    Ooo fire surround painted – thats progress! xxx

  2. Rohini
    Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 11:08 at 11:08 am (10 years ago)

    Not really that was just me playing! x

  3. Evelisa
    Friday, March 16th, 2012 17:30 at 5:30 pm (10 years ago)

    Wow more power to you guys for pitching in with the work. I’m sure this will be all worth it at the end.

  4. The Squirrel's Drey
    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 03:15 at 3:15 am (10 years ago)

    I notice that you’ve got battons and plasterboard ceiling for your re-wire. Is that because you have a concrete ceiling? I ask because we have, and it’s stressing me out!

  5. Rohini
    Friday, May 4th, 2012 12:55 at 12:55 pm (10 years ago)

    No it was because we had awful ceiling patterning and moldings and it was cheaper and less time consuming to re-plaster!

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