RUC – The Big Room
I’m still working on The Big Room in the RUC but I thought I’d share some before and after shots with you.
I’ve actually named them before and after, but upon reflection I’m thinking it’s probably pretty obvious (I hope!)
Kick off your shoes – enjoy a tea, coffee, wine or beer and come in and relax with me.
To do list
- rehang doors to bedrooms
- paint door architraves
- put in thresholds
- hang pictures on walls (and I’ve got a LOT of pictures – lucky I’ve got a lot of walls).
I’ve put a mud map below of the RUC so you can see where I’m working. I’m not very good at architectural drafting, so bear with me. A couple of people have asked me to do this because they can’t picture the entire place when I’m talking about the parts I’m working on.
…wait for the drum roll
The RUC is a perfect square (although, I’m not sure if my silly drawing looks like a perfect square, so just pretend). And The Big Room is slap bang in the middle (the white part in case you missed it) 😉
The front door faces due South.
Did you count the amount of doors I had to sand & paint/varnish and repair? Ick!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the RUC you may be a little shocked at the before pictures. The RUC was an empty building for some years and was going to be demolished when we saved it and moved it to the farm. I even have a copy of the demolition order! Vagrants had lived in it for some time. There was a fair bit of ‘street art’ on the walls (I say street art, but there was no art to it) and I removed it before I took the before pictures because it was pretty disgusting, so you don’t have to worry about seeing amateur street art in this post. However, I did leave the painted feet on the floor for a while (even though those feet annoyed me for some time!)
We put fibre cement sheeting beneath the revamped floor. I would never have thought of this, but hubby has worked in the fire protection industry for so many years that this was the first thing he thought of. Fire safety is his number one concern and the sheeting now ensures if there is a fire in the man cave below it won’t spread to the floorboards above. The exterior cladding on the RUC is also made of the same material in the event of a bush fire that spreads to the sugar cane (God forbid). This is something I would never have thought of – so thanks hubby for keeping us safe!
The book shelves you see on the walls were the old Rugby Union Club trophy cabinets (Silky Oak). I removed the top curly bits and I’m going to make shelves out of them.
Check out the front door in the first photo. I scraped/burned/sanded nine coats of paint off that to discover it’s beautiful Silky Oak wood.
I hope you enjoyed your visit!
Now – I’d better get back to work 😀