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Patching and Painting


I am super excited to announce that the bathroom is finally painted! It doesn't sound like much, but after living in building-site conditions for around nine months, there's something about a painted wall that brings an end to all the dust, dirt and grime!

In my last bathroom update, I had just finished plastering the ceiling - I had planned to do this just before we went on holiday so I wasn't impatiently waiting for the plaster to thoroughly dry out. Four weeks and one holiday later, we're back on the bathroom renovation and first-up was finishing the ceiling!

I applied two mist coats of paint at a 50/50 mix of paint and water. This is because fresh plaster absorbs a lot of liquid and can otherwise lead to peeling paint if painted directly onto. Two coats later and the ceiling was looking pretty darn good for a first-time plasterer! There were of course some lumps and bumps, particularly in the first section I plastered, but nothing that stood out dramatically! I went over the ceiling with some poly-filler to smooth out any of the mistakes I had made. Being a bit of a perfectionist I did this three times.. It was a two day job with a lot of poly-filler dust, but now it looks awesome! I don't think you'd ever know a newbie plasterer had done it! Super impressed.


I painted the ceiling and walls again with a coat of white paint to double-check there were no more stand-out imperfections. There were a couple of little nicks in the walls to fix, but otherwise it was looking goooood!


Colour time! The colour I chose is 'Matchstick' in Modern Emulsion (suitable for bathrooms) by Farrow and Ball. I've never used Farrow and Ball before, but always swore one day I would. The paint is water-based so it's a little more liquid-y than normal paint, which also means it goes a little further, although I still needed two cans. At £40 a tin, they're not exactly cheap! But I'm loving it! I love the fact that it's quite a low sheen - I really hate high sheen paint, and unfortunately other brands bathroom paints tend to be very sheen-y! This one is just perfect! I love the colour, it's perfect for the ceiling too and I'm thrilled with the results!





If you're wondering why the bottom half of the wall isn't painted - it's because we're going to add some panelling to that part, so made sense to save on paint!

Huge improvement, right?

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