Sunday, 23 March 2014

Slates and paint


Finally, after a week longer than planned we have a roof! Which is just as well as the evening after it was finished we had rain and then the next day rain and hail showers! The outside rendering has also been finished off and the insulation is almost finished.  Then we can get on with plasterboarding, plastering and then the more exciting work can begin! I took some semi-aerial view shots of our reclaimed slate roof from the second bedroom window.


This prolonged work has given me ample time to dither over paint colours. I've finally settled on Linen Wash for the dining room and garden room and Hollyhock for the sitting room. It's funny how much tastes can change over a few years. We've lived in our cottage for 4 years this August and when we first decorated I was very keen on having a different colour for each room, although they were still quite soft pastel colours. I went for Acorn in the sitting room, Linnet in the dining room, Teresa's Green in the second bedroom and Starling's Egg in the main bedroom and Stock in the kitchen. Out of all of these choices, I really think that the main bedroom and the kitchen are the ones we got 100% right. Now I find that I am drawn much more to more neutral colours for decorating as it means that you aren't quite so limited when it comes to upholstery and accessory colours.

http://www.littlegreene.com/linen-wash
The bathroom remained Dulux white, but we are suffering from a bit of paint bubbling due to the condensation (despite having a bathroom fan fitted). So, we're going to try out the Clay paint by Earthborn which is supposed to be ideal for bathrooms as it is breathable and hygroscopic (moisture absorbing), which reduces the occurrence of condensation. We're going for White in the cottage bathroom and garden room bathroom.

ETA: Just a quick explanation, as my photos are a bit puzzling if you don't live here! The shots of the garden room above were taken from our second bedroom window, so you can see the roof of our kitchen extension directly below. The red brick building that our garden room has been built next to is an old Victorian warehouse which backs on to our garden. The entrance to our garden room is down the opposite side of the garden room (past the wheelbarrow!)

10 comments:

  1. Hi,I do LOVE catching up with your building progress,I still can't quite see the geography of it though,do you access it from your house?Your colour palette sounds very calming and I cannot wait to see it all finished and decorated,it's sooo exciting,thankyou so much for sharing with us,I've always been interested in other peoples homes and their choice in d├ęcor etc.Wishing you a good week.'bye for now Pam.

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    1. Hi Pam,
      Yes, it is a bit confusing! I've added an explanation to the end of my blog post.
      Charlotte

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  2. Your building work looks great so exciting. My tastes has changed so much the last couple of years. I am now finding myself drawn to white walls and less clutter and now some retro pieces. A few years back in another house I had deep red walls and green carpet.......I don't know what I was thinking so dark! Looking forward to your progress.
    Rosezeeta.

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  3. It looks like the build is really coming along. I'm a bit confused. I thought you had said that this would be at the end of your garden. Who does the brick building that it's attached to belong to!? Where do you enter from?

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    1. Hi Janice,
      Thanks for pointing that out, I've added a quick explanation to the end of my blog post.
      Charlotte

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  4. Ooooh, you are starting on the exciting bit now.....can't wait to see!
    Love Helen x

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  5. It's getting there :) It's going to look amazing once it is all finsihed, I can't wait to see it all done so I dread to think of how excited you must be getting to have it complete x x x

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  6. Charlotte, the slate roof didn't disappoint. It all is going to look so charming.

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  7. Your new building looks wonderful Charlotte and I like your choice of paint colours very much. I think your dining area and living room will look magnificent in these shades.

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