I felt very productive yesterday, not only knocking over some of the work for my day job, I managed the pre-study for my St John's Ambulance first aid course AND I got started on a few of my new projects.
First up - trying to cut out some tile pieces in the bathroom. This one wasn't too successful. For reasons that will be explained in later posts - we have a large gap in the tiles in our bathroom.
|Badly lit photo of the missing tiles in the bathroom|
|All I needed to do is cut that small piece of tile out|
|Grout is cut but I don't know how to get the adhesive off|
So I managed the cutting of the grout - but I can't get the pieces out! So I rang my brother (my dad is on a cruise overseas at the moment, so the little brother had to be the go to DIY advice person) who said he thought I needed a cold chisel. And yes, for a fleeting moment I wondered what Jimmy Barnes had to do with it.... (probably something only Australian readers will get there. See the link at the end if you want to catch up on classic 80's Aussie rock).
Anyway, I have to admit I've given up on that project until my dad does get back to help me out.
But I had more success with my gardening. First I planted out two new hanging pots, and have hung them on the verandah, along with my lanterns I bought from Ikea a few weeks back.
The pot previously looked like this -
A heat gun is a magical thing! It looks like a hair dryer but after a few passes over the paint it bubbles and softens - and can be easily scraped off. No wonder the blue paint was already cracking - it seems like it went straight over a cream layer, which was over a light blue layer, and then a green layer - all just on top of the previous one.
So I haven't got very far through it yet, although this was only about 25 minutes work before it got dark. So hopefully by Easter I can strip both windows back totally, and then repaint. I would definitely recommend using a heat gun for stripping of paint!
And now because I promised to educate you about Cold Chisel - here's a clip of one of my favourite Chisel songs - Flame Trees