Real Life Reno Blog: Post #11

We are nearing the end of the last day of the reno and I have been sleeping late the past week to get all these work done!

This is how I planned and get things ready for this renovation considering the limited amount of time I had:

  • First, I flew up to Brisbane for a pre-settlement inspection
  • Then I arranged for asbestos removal a week before the reno started and people to come in to strip the bathroom and the toilet
  • Lastly, I made a list of the tasks to get done and update it daily

So here now are the tasks that transpired since my last post:

  • I already bought the flat packs and installed them in the bedrooms
  • I changed my mind from using an acrylic splash back to using tiles
  • It was difficult to find someone to remove the lump of sand in the backyard from that old above-ground pool so I just hired a machine and did the job myself since I already have my own bucket
  • The backyard is all cleaned up
  • Done majority of the landscaping!
  • All exterior paint done except a little bit of a fascia board at the bottom of the deck in between first and second story
  • We have been putting up the blinds
  • The ceiling fans are replaced
  • Floor sanding is done! It is my first time to do it so I've had to hire someone to do it. (In the future, I'll do it a little bit earlier in the phase)
  • We have also stained the floors
  • I ended up going for tung oil instead of using polyurethane (It was easy to apply and dried up really quickly plus it looked good too)
  • We have finished all the architraves in the toilet
  • I still have to put in the blinds in the last bedroom
  • We still need to paint the staircase steps and the deck
  • We still need to do touch up and balustrade in the front
  • I already have the mirror to put in the bathroom
  • Continue the landscaping

Architraves Now Completed
So the architraves are now finished around the windows and around bathroom door. The door jam is also repaired and finished. The skirting boards are on... and we've completed the architrave on the toilet and around the other doors as well.

Finished Painting The Inside
Just when I thought the inside painting is all finished and is looking good, look what I've found...

Time To Start Sanding Floors
This is my first time to do this so I have to hire someone to do it. Let's see how this goes.

Sanding The Land From The Entrance
We have finished the first sand in the land from the entrance. It has come off well but we still need to do the edges before doing the first coat.

First Coating On The Floors
Just starting to do the first coat on the floors using the tung oil instead of the polyurethane.

Removing The Mound Of Sand
The backyard is now cleaned up from that heap of sand from an old above-the ground pool. $300 for a Bobcat is well worth it.


Links to all posts in this Real Life Reno series:-
Blog Post #1
Blog Post #2
Blog Post #3
Blog Post #4
Blog Post #5
Blog Post #6
Blog Post #7
Blog Post #8
Blog Post #9 
Blog Post #10 
Blog Post #11 (you're here!)
Blog Post #12
Real Life Reno: Completed!
Real Life Reno: Photos from the finished project


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