We'll be doing a bit of sightseeing.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
We'll be doing a bit of sightseeing.
Monday, June 14, 2010
But because the bricks are so rough and in such poor condition, we're going to "blue-board" it.
The blue board can be painted just like plaster, but it won't catch fire.
Isn't it good to see a bloke who knows his way around a vacuum cleaner?
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Do not adjust your computer settings. This haze has been caused by dust taking over Number 10! Again.
We think we've settled on the heater (gas log fire) we want, but it means MONT has had to remove a row of bricks on either side of the fireplace cavity to accommodate it. What was tricky though was making sure the lintel, holding up the chimney and all the brickwork, was extending far enough into the remaining side bricks so the entire fireplace didn't collapse.
That would not be good....although, come to think of it, it would mean we could have any size heater we wanted...no, what am I saying!!! NOT GOOD AT ALL!
Just how MONT wants to spend his Sunday mornings... demolishing the brickwork without demolishing the entire fireplace and getting covered in black sooty dust for good measure....
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Sometimes you ask yourself WHY?
Why would someone, who supposedly calls themselves a "designer' come up with something so silly and more importantly, UGLY that you question their ability.
The other question I ask myself is: why would someone give that design the go-ahead.
Let me explain.....we've been without a heater at Number 10 for some time now because we re-located the old one to Number 3. Check out the link and you'll see why.
The Rinnai Royale was terrific. It looked good, heated the house and we were really pleased with it.
The thing is, trying to find a new heater for Number 10 in this freezing Melbourne weather has been a lot harder than we imagined, because many of the current day units are either too large for our small fireplace cavity, or won't heat the area we need.
I considered going back and buying another Rinnai Royale and checked out the latest model....and that's where my REAL disappointment set in, because it's ugly. Instead of the controls being a couple of discreet black push-buttons at the base of the unit, it's now a control pad with a plastic cover, located on the top of it.
Why would you place the control pad on top of the heater that gets pretty hot and when you're trying to make it look as much like a real log fire as humanly possible?
Rinnai, it's UGLY. In fact it's worse than ugly.
The Rinnai Royale is a great heater and is (almost) perfect for Number 10... But you've lost yourself a sale Rinnai. The way you've got your control pad set out is just NOT ON...not for me anyway...even the person at the Gas shop turned up their nose at it...so that's saying something!
So, we're now faced with the task of not only finding a new heater...we'll also have to re-model the entire fireplace/chimney to accommodate a larger one that will not only look good, but will warm the house as well.
I love renovating, but this is just plain annoying
I mean really...is it too much to ask to have something that looks good as well as performs well?
Friday, June 11, 2010
Some years ago I went to an auction at a house where everything was being sold off and I picked up this old Singer sewing machine frame
MONT cut a top for it, which I painted...and it now sits happily in the front hallway.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Voila! We met and hit it off immediately. In fact we became such good friends that even when Sue moved back to Sydney and was planning to get married, she asked me to make her Wedding dress...and I even threw together our bridesmaid's outfits.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Nope, she was the only commenter from the US or Canada.
I wish every prize/giveaway was that simple huh?
Congrats Gail. Hope you post about the item you choose so we can all see what goodies you got.
Also...thanks Eileen at CSN Stores for making the giveaway available...
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I planned to draw the name of the winner for my giveaway tomorrow (Friday) but so far have just ONE comment.
Now, I know the giveaway is only open to readers from Canada and the USA (unfortunately), but so far with just one comment, it's not looking good!
One can only hope anyway.