As those who read my newsletter know when we came back from our holidays over east we started a ‘freshen up’ renovation in the bathroom. We didn’t take on any structural change (though wouldn’t that be lovely) – simply a lick of paint, a bit of woodwork and a bit with the sewing machine and we hoped a fresh new look.
The real goal was to give the children an opportunity to tackle such a project. Though I was the one with the final say, it is in my house after all, the kids did all the work (with a fair bit of help from Peter).
The girls wanted to learn how to paint. So thanks to our friend who owns one of the local hardware stores we learnt which the best brushes were, and how to cut in without the aid of masking tape. Nomi had the steadiest hand so she ended up with the trickiest bits – but Jess had a go and knows how to do it. They painted the ceiling, all the walls, and then enamel paint around the shower and door frame.
Being the wet season when Peter has more time around home for taking on family projects it was a good opportunity for Daniel to work on a wood project. We used to have a big long mirror, in front of two hand basins. I wanted them cut down and framed. Daniel and Peter made the frames. While they were at it they made a frame for the window and a little ledge as well. Daniel was also responsible for removing and replacing all the fittings as well as helping move the door on and off it’s hinges.
Jess took on the final touches: she gave the frames a distressed finish (which she loved doing. She was heard crying – Give me more sandpaper!! Distress everything!!) She painted a blackboard on the wall, made a little curtain and painted the S-P-L-A-S-H letters.
Naomi then finished the project with painting of flowers on the door. This took much longer than we thought but it is all done now – and no one need ever be misdirected to the bathroom again!
So overall – we achieved what we set out to do – not only change a tired bathroom to something we all enjoy, but we learnt lots of skills along the way!