Renovation Diaries 10. Portray all the Chapel, kitchen plans, reclaimed flooring and extra… – HOUSE PLANT HOUSE

Portray the Chapel was by no means going to be a speedy endeavor. So over the previous couple of weeks I’ve been just a little quiet on-line as I’ve spent most waking hours in my overalls, in various levels of being coated in paint! The additional daylight has made it potential to work for longer into the evenings which has been sensible for this job. For immediately’s publish, I wished to point out you ways we’ve been getting on with portray the Chapel. Alongside this, I’ll share the preliminary plans for the kitchen, transferring the entrance doorways and starting to put the ground…

So. A lot. Portray!

As a lot as I beloved the freshly plastered Chapel inside, it was time to get some paint on the partitions in the primary area! You would possibly bear in mind from the earlier Renovation Diaries publish that we’d began to mist coat a few of the smaller areas.

Effectively it was now a job on a way more voluminous scale. I used to be actually excited to get began on this as a result of I truly LOVE portray! After I was youthful, I used to color theatre units so I’m acquainted with portray areas of bigger proportions. I additionally did the occasional mural – my largest scale challenge was portray just a little women’ room with animals across the partitions and a sky with clouds on the ceiling. With my artwork faculty background, I’ve develop into adept at prepping and portray areas for hanging exhibitions too… Principally, I’m no stranger to a pot of paint! I prefer to assume these duties have ready me considerably for the job in hand…

I began slicing within the again wall with the mist coat and over a few days, made my approach across the area… Seeing white on the partitions actually began to raise the inside because it immediately felt lighter and brighter. Quickly, it was time to construct up the scaffold tower once more to succeed in the lofty heights of the primary residing area. The double top quantity was going to be more difficult to succeed in!

We managed to get right into a groove the place we’d break up duties at this level – both slicing within the edges, portray at flooring degree, or up on the scaffold tower. Armed with two lengthy rollers and two paint scuttles, we had been making progress, portray the Chapel area little by little.

Portray the Chapel continues…

With the mist coat on in most locations, we went in with a second coat of paint that wasn’t watered down as a lot. The paint was overlaying so significantly better that I had ready myself for which was an enormous bonus. Portray white on white can get a bit complicated after some time although!

Above reveals the shadow of one of many home windows on the ground within the midst of a portray session. It’s the primary time we had been seeing issues like this after over a yr of renovating! And sure, I’ve relegated my trainers to portray apparel at this level…

With the partitions wanting good and prepped for color, we calculated how a lot paint we had been more likely to want for the entire area. Having gone by many, many litres of white emulsion as a base coat, we had a reasonably good concept. I’ll chat in additional depth about paint decisions in one other blogpost. I’ve at all times been very into paint color charts.

Under is a publish from my Instagram renovation web page, the place I’m going a bit extra into our color palette decisions to this point. You may swipe by the carousel of images to see extra…

I have to admit that portray the Chapel within the golden hour night mild was fairly a memorable expertise. I feel I discussed in one of many early renovation posts that we made an intentional selection to not play music within the Chapel while working. This was fairly out of the atypical as I usually have music enjoying more often than not! It’s onerous to articulate why precisely, however the area has at all times had such a relaxing, generally monastic environment, the quietude felt applicable in these moments.

Kitchen Plans…

Within the final Renovation publish, I shared the sketch under because the beginnings of my kitchen designing course of…

We wished to make use of this reclaimed wooden that got here from an outbuilding in my grandparents backyard to make the kitchen worktop. It’s both teak or iroko and is a beautiful color which is able to look unbelievable when oiled! A wood worktop will get higher with age, particularly one that’s constructed from reclaimed timber and I’m not an enormous fan of issues like marble. Wooden is sort of excessive upkeep to maintain nourished and looking out tip-top, however I don’t thoughts that in any respect.

The method images under are all courtesy of my Dad, who set about turning a pile of framing (above proper) into one thing way more refined! He’s bought a workshop on the prime of the backyard and I feel he secretly enjoys the ‘tasks’ I rope him into doing…! In regular conditions I’d be serving to, however this was all throughout lockdown – he was in Wales and I used to be in North Yorkshire!

Listed below are a few of my drawings I used to be doing on my pc and in my sketch pad to present you an concept of a part of the format. That is alongside the again (south) wall:

As I labored on the design some extra, the brackets I’d ordered months in the past arrived from Europe (photograph under left). I favor shelf storage to wall cabinets so these had been integral to the look of the kitchen wall so I wished them early on. I used to be planning to make use of the identical brackets in all places in the primary area for bookshelves and so forth. so ordered one thing like 40 brackets in complete! I’ll present you extra within the subsequent publish once I get the timber reduce to dimension for the shelving.

Plenty of woodwork happening from my Dad’s workshop in Wales…

Transferring the entrance doorways

As we had been awaiting the supply of the floorboards (extra on that under…), the joiners turned their palms to shifting the double doorways of the Chapel. If you happen to’ve been following the method up so far, you would possibly recall there have been wrought iron gates on the very entrance. With it changing into a house, we wished to deliver the attractive doorways to the entrance of the porch. We have now plans for the stunning outdated gates for use along with the constructing. Fortunately, the aperture and form of the door body could possibly be re-worked barely, while not having to make a brand new body!

In a short time, we’ll shorten the door barely to permit for a step to be constructed within the porch inside. First although, the porch will should be dug out. Then, a DPM (damp proof membrane) and concrete base will likely be poured simply as in the remainder of the Chapel to deliver it as much as regulation necessities and so forth.

Ending up the porch woodwork

With the remaining scaffolding now down, our sensible joiners mounted up the remainder of the woodwork on the entrance of the Chapel. The finial was now in place too. As soon as we’d completed portray the Chapel inside, we primed and painted the outside woodwork in Little Greene Clay Mid. It seems a lot smarter than earlier than!

I like these angles of the entrance of the constructing. And the blue skies in fact!

Laying the reclaimed flooring

Again inside now, and the floorboards are right here! While the unique floorboards had been sadly too broken to re-use, we knew we wished to supply our personal outdated boards. It appeared solely proper to switch like for like, so listed below are our reclaimed Victorian pitch pine boards. They really got here out of an outdated mill in Halifax! It’s good to know their provenance and former use. A few of the wooden was flooring, while different elements had been sawn down beams. These boards have actually attention-grabbing markings – with holes from outdated equipment and fixings and so forth.

We selected the identical width boards as our outdated flooring – 5 inches. I do know this is likely to be just a little too ‘rustic’ for some tastes, however I like supplies that inform a narrative!

After a day of slicing planks, the Chapel smelled unbelievable! I bear in mind how beautiful the aroma of pitch pine is after sanding again the vestibule doorways however this was on a complete different scale.

Up on the mezzanine…

Subsequent up, the boys moved as much as the mezzanine to work. We wished to maintain the wooden the identical all through the area, operating from entrance to again for continuity. They labored methodically across the first flooring and it was very thrilling to see! The wooden provides such a heat to the inside and it seems higher than I may have imagined.

Is it me or is it truly beginning to appear like a habitable area…?!

It’s onerous to see on this photograph however there may be going to be an escape step construct underneath a ‘lure door’ model opening right here for fireplace regs. This will likely be a little bit of a piece in progress – I’ll present extra in a later publish.


I hope you loved seeing an replace on how we’ve been progressing with renovating Home Plant Home. It’s been a really labour-intensive few weeks and I’m undoubtedly aching after many consecutive days of onerous graft! Portray the Chapel was a milestone second and it appears like we’re at fairly a pivotal level of the challenge now. It’s thrilling to be on the stage the place we are able to actually begin to work on website once more. Through the intervals of heavy development, the place felt extraordinarily ‘constructing website’. However now, it’s in a limbo state of beginning to look much more homely!

Now that I’ve caught up a bit with the renovation course of, I’ll get again to sharing an replace each few weeks on a Sunday, round my common houseplant content material.

For straightforward navigation, I’ve made a ‘Renovation’ tab on the homepage to catalogue this collection. Alongside sharing the important thing factors of the renovation on my most important HOUSE PLANT HOUSE instagram, I’ve bought a devoted secondary web page — HOUSE PLANT HOUSE renovates, the place I’m sharing extra of the Chapel renovation challenge.

This course of is definitely fairly intrinsically linked to HOUSE PLANT HOUSE as a result of alongside being an area for my crops and I to develop, it’s additionally going to be a spot from which I can run my small enterprise. This was one thing I’ve needed to placed on maintain for some time, with re-locating and all, however it’s a aim I’ve been working in direction of behind the scenes for the previous couple of years. Basically, the Renovation Diaries will doc the creation of a bodily iteration of HOUSE PLANT HOUSE, which I’m actually wanting ahead to sharing.

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