December was Luke's first opportunity to come back to us - the man has been really busy all year!
Back in June we had decided with him what we wanted in terms of hanging space, shelving, drawers, etc; and he had drawn it in his diary (that's how I know it was June ...). So the last thing to decide was what doors to have. We had already decided on bi-folds, but what style? Plain solid (hollow core, really) doors would create an overwhelming white mass along that wall so I suggested louvred doors. Luke baulked at the cost of them but I blithely said 'no worries' or 'hakuna matata' or somesuch.
Luke set to work, fitted everything beautifully, and did several other jobs (wires along the trellises so plants can be espaliered, more shelves in the hall cupboard, attaching the chinese cabinet to the wall to stop it falling over in an earthquake, et al).
Undercoating the walls was easy and quick, even doing the ceilings inside the wardrobes and in the little corridor was quick. But those doors! What a pain in the proverbial!
|Insides of both wardrobes undercoated, corridor walls primed/undercoated and one set of doors primed/undercoated - exhaustion had set in and it was 6pm so I stopped, had a shower and got into my PJs. No chardonnay - too tired!|
There are 3 sets of bi-folds, i.e. six doors, which equates to twelve sides. Each door has 65 louvre blades, each blade has two slots it fits into (130), the gaps between each slot have to be painted from both the outside and the inside of the door (260). Then there's the 65 louvre blades on each door which have to be painted from the inside and the outside. That doesn't count sanding before painting started and then between each coat! AAARRRGGGHHH!!!
The dear man is going to get the guy who does his painting to spray paint them. So the doors aren't finished but all other painting is done and the doors are undercoated. They will be taken off and away to be made beautiful - it'll be back to no doors for a while, but we can cope!
We are now reconstructing the wardrobes, and we will put the clothes in too.
|David looks suspiciously like he is caged, but really he's lining up the frame of my set of drawers to screw it back in.|
|See, he can back out any time he wants - honest! As I type this, he is trying to remember the levels his shelves were at ...|
Do I regret that decision? No, because even with just primer/undercoat, I can see they are going to be lovely. 👆👆😄