paint party – the retake

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Ok, when we painted the walls for the first time I thought: this is it… a few more weeks and we are done…

well…

not really. there were some good and bad things inbetween and a lot more things to do. The harder we worked the more suffered our walls. So we gave them again some much needed love and another layer of farrow and balls beautiful strong white.
I invited my girlfriends over and with them we also invited auntie Vera and uncle David (Martins beautiful sister and her love) and they didn’t hesitate to come and give us a helping hand.
Like the last time I can highly recommend the farrow and ball paints they are easy to apply, great to work with and they don’t smell.

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Linda and I had been the supervisors of this paint party day…
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and we told everybody off to do the work they matched the best, like Anja who had the perfect height to paint the wall standing on the kitchencounter.
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Uli surprised us with a sweet homemade baby-package including some bathing oil and creme she made from her own bees wax. Thank you so much!
Linda (and I) are big fans of her new nurture line!
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the nursery – wooden shingles on the wall

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You know we had some special plans for decorating our nursery wall with wooden shingles which we imported from our latest trips to the far west of Austria. I love the look of those little beaver tail shingled houses in the region of Vorarlberg and I thought it would look beautiful in our nursery too. Like small ruffles – girly but not too sugary.
We had our insider Anja over (she’s originally from Vorarlberg knowing those ruched houses too well) to help us dealing with the shingles. My dad and Martin decided to go with an air pressure stapler instead of glue and so we started.

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My part was (being 38 weeks pregnant and almost unable to move in any other way than far-preggo-slow-mo) to sort the shingles (there’s a front and a backside and I also sorted out all of the broken or twisted ones). While my dad, Martin and Anja began to ajust the laser and start to staple the first shingles onto the wall.
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After a few rows we they had figured out the best way to get a good and even result and a pretty productive workflow. Like with every work the beginning is the hardest until you find the right flow, here it was tricky to decide whether to mount the shingles with the mathematical levelness or the optical one, the house is old and hardly anything in there is really even. (we went for the middle path and did a mixture between mathematical and optical)
That day we worked for a few more hours until we reached the light switch.
Martin spend his entire after-(day-job)-work-hours during the entire week in the treehouse mounting hundreds of shingles one after the other and dealing with tricky parts like embed the light switch fixture. A hell of a lot of work but it truly payed off.
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I love the outcome so much! Maybe the nursery is my favorite room so far! (sorry bathroom!)
Schorsch and Martin also installed sliding doors for Linda’s future built-in-cupboard.
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I painted the doors in three different colors and of course I chose them from my favorite color supplier: Farrow & Ball
(Hello, my name is Katharina and I’m a F&B addict!..) I picked a vivid orange, a brownish shade of grey and a (not too pink) salmon tone. Again I wanted it to look warm and girly but not too-hello-kitty-girly-pink (no offence miss kitty!).
Farrow and Ball paints are pricey but they have such a high coverage that I could paint the cupboard door (three times) and it was still enough paint left from the 0,75l container to paint Linda’s changing unit and the door frame also with “London clay”.
I show you the results in a few weeks when everything is finished and we are finally moving in!

 

running water

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Last weekend was a truly happy one for us. Our plumber was on location to install all the tapware and water supply stuff. He worked really fast and got our bathroom installed as well as the kitchen (water and gas-fired hob) as well as the L O O !
Yes! We are a 21st century household with the possibility to now pass water without leaving the house. (which comes in oh-so-handy if you are 27 weeks pregnant and you feel like peeing every 2 minutes!)
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I’ll do a detailed post about our beautiful bathroom (and the vanity) as soon as possible. so stay tuned..