Alas it is the small finishing jobs that really take the time and cause the most frustration. I have, in all honesty, painted the bathroom cupboards 5 times now, I have masking taped, touched up, re-masked, re touched up the edges until I can no longer see straight. HOW do you paint a window without getting paint on the handles? How do you beeswax right to the edges without marking the skirting? How do you stop the paint brushes from going manky, even after you have soaked them. These are life's big questions to which I will never know the answer!
I had been warned (many times) of the stress of a project like this, the strain on ones relationship, tempers would fray, arguments inevitable. But as the early 90's icon Sheryl Crow once said "No one said it would be easy, but no one said it would be this hard". A 6am wake up (body clock haywire) complete with hangover, things weren't off to a great start, 8am skip arrival, with nowhere to park didn't help, skip loading pre 9am... steadily worsening...no milk for coffee - oooops, the final straw? A trip to Ikea, yup that should do it!
All we needed was curtains and a loo brush, how bad could it be....? Dear dear lord, 2 hours later with ear drums perforated from the sound of screaming children, we emerged, battle torn and barely able to look at each other, let alone speak. Still, we have curtains!
On my own personal going up and going down barometer.
Arrival of belongings post van Gate (sorry again Phil, see leather chair and lamp)
Small corner of the bedroom which I have styled (makes me very happy- see photo)
Curtains in bedroom (see photo)
Sofa's and a TV set up in the living room (Jeremy Kyle is accompanying me as I write)
Removal of skanky dust sheet that was red carpet in corridor, bare floor boards vast improvement
Bathroom very very pretty.
Quantity of mouse poo I found and swept up in under stairs cupboard. (No amount of naming the mice and pretending they pets will appease me with that scale of rodent guests)
Bath now leaking, dodgy washer or some such.
Shower head not working, lack of pressure.Still no actual lights fitted - loose wires and bare bulbs - industrial chic, yah?
Majority of house still squat like dust bowl.
Next stage, kitchen planning (and lots lots more snagging, obviously!)