I have been talking about our home renovations plans for quite a while now, the skirting board company were kind enough to gift me skirting boards for the house. Like with everything I choose it takes me ages to decide, I wonder if I am making the right decision, if I should choose something different. I chose Chamfered and Rounded which I felt was a better fit for the house and I am so pleased we did.
The renovations for the house has taken longer than I thought, not too much. It did however led to more work then we originally thought it would. With plaster being removed from the walls, then getting the plasterer in, trades men are notoriously difficult to pin down. After all of the plastering was complete it, we had to wait for it to dry. Which took about a week, as the weather changed and was cold and wet for a couple of weeks……… wonderful.
The painting then began, with two mist coats of watered down white paint, we used a 50/50 spilt of paint and water to make up the mist coat. Apparently it is used to seal up the plaster as it gets quickly absorbed in before you add the top coat of your chosen colour. Each of the bedrooms had a different shade of Farrow and Ball paint that we had mixed up at a local trade centre, which saved us a few pounds on each tin. To get a good finish we put 3 coats of paint on, which I wasn’t expecting to do, but now they do look good.
Fitting skirting boards
After the painting was complete we went on to adding the skirting boards, measuring and cutting the various lengths. Luckily I didn’t have to do anything, my wonderful Hubby is quite the handy man, and so he cut the lengths and made sure the joins looked good. I was then called in to help fix them to the walls.
My hubby had looked into this and how best to attach everything. He decided to use grip fix, which is this very sticky adhesive that also smells awful! He placed it along each skirting board length and together we placed it against the wall and held in place. This was repeated for each of the lengths, once they were in place, he then drilled them into the walls, only adding a few on each lengths to keep them in place.
Once the grip fill had set and they hadn’t fallen off the walls, we then used decorators caulk to finish the tops and then filler for to cover over the drill holes. When dry they were sanded down, flush ready to be painted.
We opted for primed skirting boards, which was a great idea, it mean that once they were really we could just add the stain wood paint. We do not use gloss in our house, we have always used stain wood, we like the finish it leaves.
I am so pleased with the floor boards now they have been finished, they really do suit the style of the house and each room just seems to be complete. Now to sort out the living room and the rest of the house, wish me luck.
Thank you The Skirting Board Shop for gifting me the skirting boards for our forever home.