Week 18 + 19: Paint and Tiles.

December 13, 2018

So I haven't written a post for a few weeks...please excuse me, I was too preoccupied with EXCITEMENT over the fact that our house has been covered in paint and sprinkled with a tile or two!


Much to our relief, there have been no further delays since our kitchen install, with everything running perfectly to plan (and looking damn good in the process). In addition to paint and tiles commencing, we have also had our garage door and downpipes installed.



What a difference paint makes. I have to say, one of my biggest question marks prior to starting the build was how the rooms would feel. How they would be lit- would they get direct sunlight or would we miss something and not harbour the awesomeness of the sun to it's full potential. Sure, there were parts of the house which I knew for sure would be lit well however I was never completely convinced of how the main living area would feel especially since its main light source would be from an alfresco which sits under the roofline. 


Having seen the house painted, I really feel like this is one of the greatest (and most surprising triumphs) of the build so far. The white walls really lift the space and while the area will not receive direct sunlight, the quality of the light it will get is fantastic. 


The paint we have chosen is Whisper White by Dulux for all walls and the standard Builders White (I'm assuming that's by Dulux as well) for the doors, architraves and skirting boards. May I say, best decision ever*. The reason why we chose Whisper White was because of it's 'warmer' tones which create a relaxing environment rather than 'cooler' whites which remind me of a bulk-billing GP at 11pm at night or worse...the dentist.


The reason why this was the best decision ever* was because of the contrast between the wall colour and the doorway colour. As we have upgraded to higher doorways (2300mm), the different paint colour emphasises the height and scale of the doors, making them look all the more impressive. I would highly recommend this, especially for those building with higher ceilings and doors.




This week saw the commencement of our tiles being laid. I'll include some photos here but they are still a work in progress so will post updates when they are finished.


One thing is very clear- whoever is doing those tiles is doing a damn good job. I know absolutely nothing about laying tiles but one thing I do know a lot about- being a type-a personality.


My fellow type-a personality friends would most likely join me in my excitement when I discovered that all of the grout lines have so far matched up perfectly. Hallelujah, someone give that tiler an early piece of Christmas cake!



What we're loving

  • The colour of the walls. Loving Whisper White. Enough said.

  • The white 'marble look' tiles which are a feature wall in our ensuite look fantastic. Cannot wait to plant a tree outside the window in the shower- will hopefully create a great feature (time to start operation convince Steve we should have a Japanese Maple tree there).

  • Dark grout with white subway tiles. Love how it ties in with the charcoal coloured overhead cabinets directly above the splash back. Really wanted something understated here so that the climbing plant we grow on the fence behind will become the main focal point.

  • Our shelves have been installed! Love all the storage space.

What we're not loving

  • There are a few doors/walls which have obvious paint defects. I completely understand that this is to be expected and to be honest, I am looking forward to acting like Keith and Dan from The Block while I go through with little dots to create my defect list! I have no doubt these will all be corrected in time.

That's it for now. Hopefully there is progress over the next week in the lead up to shut-down for Christmas at the end of next week. Fingers and toes are crossed for work to recommence mid January however I wouldn't be surprised if trades didn't get going again until the end of Jan.


Hope you enjoy the photos- happy building!


*Best decision ever = slight over exaggeration 





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