That was more for me than for you.
I have been avoiding writing this and last month I didn't even bother doing an update.
Long story short - everyone has run out of steam.
Not just the builders but me too.
Have you heard of the 80 / 20 rule otherwise known as the Pareto principle?
Well that is what is happening now.
My builders can build a whole new floor but they can't seem to finish up the last 20 percent of the job done.
Mind you this is very common so nothing newsworthy.
I haven't been particularly stressed about it and was very
laissez-faire about the whole matter.
I figured there was nothing I could do about it.
Mr CSW has no house building skills and we knew our options and were willing to deal with the consequences.
Each time I did try and steer plans off course then it would just cause needless arguments so I detached.
As some of you may know, I have been so looking forward to wallpapering something.
But one of the only things I insisted on in the refurbishment was that I have brass fittings in the new floor, Marmaris marble in the new bathroom, and wallpaper in a few select areas.
|Osborne & Little Koi|
The wallpaper was the hardest argument where I had to convince everyone. People came up with stories about old wallpaper and how difficult it was to get off or how old fashion it was etc etc etc.
So it was a huge victory when Mr Minimalist CSW agreed that
I could do what I liked.
Ok, so it was never going to be anything like the amazing results like those of Adelaide Villa.
|Andrew Martin Library Wallpaper|
|Celerie Kemble grasscloth|
Today after waiting three weeks of my builder coming to the house, I was falsely relieved.
He tried putting on the koi wallpaper and it didn't work.
Without getting too technical, my walls on the ground floor were built over a hundred years ago when spirit levels weren't invented so none of the lines were perfectly straight.
The fish motif ( the repeats ) weren't lining up with any of the options we tried. I was willing to leave with a little mistake but one of the walls had a 15 mm slant so there was no way...
I didn't take pictures to show you as
I was just so disappointed at the time.
As a back up, I am just painting the loo with leftover paint we had from one of the bedrooms.
I may bring in a second opinion and see if there is a solution.
I am just thankful I got my wallpaper on sale and there was not big financial outlay.
But I don't want to leave on such a dud note...
I finished doing up my bookshelves on the top floor.
I did get told that there were too many books on the shelves but as you know I am not going to start put a kindle on the shelf!
|Picture from a post I did last year about the kindle...|
Some of my other shelves that show what
it would look like if books disappeared.
( Post done last year.)
Still not completely finished with it.( Is anything ever truly done?)
I know I will enjoy tinkering with it but for now it is done.
It is the only corner of my house that is giving me any joy.
|My bookshelves on the top floor|
But don't worry you are not missing out on anything!