Hallway total refurb. Part 1

The walls were bumpy, the wallpaper was painted magnolia and the skirting board was rough. It all had to go.

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Above one of the doors was an oversized box which housed the electric meter and old consumer unit with many addons.  The previous owner had done a fair job of painting it and making it better, but it was still not to our liking, and was too big once the new consumer unit was installed.

Mains power cable was surface mounted and on show for a good 2 foot inside a piece of conduit. As the whole hallway was going to get replastered, it was the time to make a mess of the walls.

It took a few nights to get the old wallpaper off. The paper was the type to rip anytime you got the scrapper near it and frustrated me no end, but I sorted it in the end.

The power cables were all chased into the wall with a SDS drill on hammer. This was simple as the age of the house meant that there was a thick layer of black mortar/plaster for me to hide the sides into.

The floor was freshly carpeted before we bought it, but they neglected to lay underlay and it was on a concrete floor. Up that came and into the garage it went, to be used in a few weeks time to re-carpet the new stairs that I put in, in the first month of living here.

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With a new front door fitted it was time to start the rebuild. We chose real slate tiles for the floor, which happened to be on an offer in wickes at the time. Why slate? We always liked the look of it, but the last house just didn’t have the ‘right’ feel to pull it off. This one has a more country feel about it.

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All the walls got plastered, many after work, late into the night. In a week or so I was finished with the trowel.

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Tip. Never steam wallpaper after skimming the ceiling. You are guaranteed to get it cracking from the heat! Oops.
Plaster coving up, held on place with ready mixed wall tile adhesive. Easy to use, easy to clean and very sticky stuff!

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Just need to fill and sand the corners. You can start to see the new box the meter and consumer unit are in but that’s for another post.

Stay tuned for part 2.

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