Painting stage I – complete

I’ve just completed the first stage of the grand repainting of the flat. All of the matt emulsion has now been applied, which means two coats on the walls of the living room, bedroom and hallway. This leaves the kitchen and bathroom paint to be applied in (unsurprisingly) the kitchen and bathroom, which is to be preceded by a session with sugar soap. That will be painting stage II.
I’ve also begun preparation for the other decorating stages. Dave is working on the drawings for the planning application for the windows (aren’t you, Dave?). Yesterday, I purchased five new (but cheap) doors to replace the monstrosities that have been here since I moved in (including the famous kitchen door featuring the hole where some previous occupant put their fist through it). I’ve also been researching carpet for the living room and hallway. Dad has been working on making a replacement bath panel, and at some point he’ll help me lay the new carpet tiles (which I’ve had for, um, five years) in the kitchen and bathroom. Mum is going to take up my new curtains for the living room, and, tomorrow, Hels and I will go to IKEA to purchase some prints and odds-and-ends to make the place look a little brighter and more attractive (Hels believes that it needs the woman’s touch. I’ll not disagree, if it helps to sell the thing!).
So, it’s full speed ahead. Anyone interested in buying it? Only £150,000. Discount if we do it privately, without an agent.

4 Replies to “Painting stage I – complete”

  1. Hmmm my mate is selling his flat. When he told the Estate Agent he was planning to decorate it (similar to what you are doing) the EA asked why.

    Of course his flat will sell for 40k so hardly worth doing anything to it anyway…

  2. m: yes, very exhausting.

    Gordon: actually, I’m doing it on the agent’s advice. The intention is to make it look fresh and bright and therefore more emotionally appealing, particularly if the potential buyer is female.
    In total, the work I’m doing (excluding the windows) will cost around £500 to £800, but should make a difference of £5000 to £8000. If I actually do the windows before I move, the agent and I agree that we will consider that as equivalent to reduce the flat by that cost.

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