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May 14, 2014 / diannegray

RUC – The Big Room

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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.

So far I’ve put up before and after shots of the kitchen and writer’s nook. Now it’s time for…

…wait for the drum roll

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image courtesy: Clipart

The big room

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.

 

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 I hope you enjoyed your visit!

Now – I’d better get back to work 😀

 

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  1. JackieP / May 14 2014 10:39 am

    Wonderful pictures Dianne! Wow, the after picture are so nice! Amazing, you did a lot of the work yourself! You got muscles lady hahaha It looks huge too!

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 10:46 am

      It’s hard doing the work yourself, but in the end you feel the muscles, look at the product and say ‘WOW – I did it!’ YAY 😀

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  2. ygm17 / May 14 2014 10:39 am

    Oh I think you may just have a future in architectural drafting 😀 I LOVE your big room! All that light and space! well done 🙂
    ps. do you have a spare room? your home makes me want to visit!

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 10:48 am

      Yes – we have a spare room that used to be the ‘office’ in the RUC. It was incredibly dingy and had bars on the windows – I could feel the entire house breathe a sign of relief when we took the bars off, made the windows bigger and let the light shine in! 😀

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  3. nrhatch / May 14 2014 10:39 am

    It is GORGEOUS. And I love your taste in furnishings. Just a class act from first to last. Well done.

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 10:49 am

      Thank you so much, Nancy. It was good to get all that furniture up out of storage in the dusty shed, clean it up and place it where it belonged! I’m so glad you like it 😀

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  4. John / May 14 2014 10:45 am

    Beautiful work Dianne! And the floor looks fab too.

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 10:50 am

      Thanks, John! The floor took a while to fix, but boy was it worth it! 😀

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  5. Carrie Rubin / May 14 2014 11:03 am

    This is really incredible, Dianne. I’m so impressed with what you guys have done. Although I have no skills in renovating myself, I always loved watching those types of shows on TV. In fact, I’ve always loved touring homes–new, old, renovated–it doesn’t matter; I just love houses. Have you considered submitting your before and after pics to a magazine? I bet there would be real interest there in showing what you’ve done, especially considering the history behind the place.

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 11:08 am

      I’ve been thinking about putting these pics in a magazine lately, Carrie. I never thought I would before because I actually didn’t think it would come up as good as it has! Every time I do something I think, ‘that looks better than I thought it would!’ LOL 😀

      Hubby cut the floorboards and I laid them (I’m banned from power tools because I’m so clumsy!) and then I released how many muscles I had in my glutes! OUCH, it was hard to walk for a few days…

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      • Carrie Rubin / May 14 2014 11:10 am

        A beautiful house and firm buns to boot. Can’t beat that!

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      • diannegray / May 14 2014 11:22 am

        LOL! It’s great exercise!

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  6. helpwithyourlife / May 14 2014 11:06 am

    Absolutely AMAZING and so beautiful Dianne! Wow, what a transformation!!! I thoroughly enjoyed visiting via your pictures, your wonderful place! Thanks for sharing the power of having a vision and seeing the wonderful results from perseverance, and determination. 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 11:15 am

      You’ve absolutely hit the nail on the head, Cathie. I had a vision and even though there were times that were very tough indeed, I never gave up and just stuck with it. It’s easy to think of big plans, but actually carrying them through to the end takes a load of perseverance and determination. I’ve learned a lot about myself and others through this experience (some good, some bad) and feel like I’ve really grown as a person.

      Thank you so much for your comment – it’s really got me thinking (and that’s always a good thing) 😀

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  7. Ruth Rainwater / May 14 2014 11:18 am

    I am so impressed and love what you have done with the place. It’s a true labor of love. 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 11:24 am

      Thank you, Ruth. I can’t say it was worth every second, but I’ve certainly learned a lot about building and renovating! Even I’m surprised sometimes when I look at the before and after photos 😀

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  8. y. prior / May 14 2014 11:18 am

    what great remodel – love that brown fan – and the writer’s nook just seems awesome – but great before and after shots – and I am now ready for some tea…. 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 11:25 am

      LOL! Tea is being served on the writer’s nook 😀

      I’m so glad you like the place 😉

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  9. Pagadan / May 14 2014 11:21 am

    I love Before and After pictures–and oh, the decisions and work that went in between.

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 11:27 am

      So many decisions, Joy! The beauty of doing something like this yourself is that you can change your mind every five minutes (like I do) and aren’t locked-in to a particular theme or design 😀

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  10. EllaDee / May 14 2014 11:29 am

    Have the local paint and hardware suppliers booked their luxury holidays yet? They must have made a fortune 😉 I love that you don’t need window coverings, and also that you haven’t fitted them just because. Our old house has the traditonal smaller windows, and coverings and carpets so I really envy the space and light and timber floors of your big room. And you need it to display your lovely furniture. The RUC suits it perfectly. Clever re-purposing of the trophy cabinets. I can imagine the RUC showcased in a future edition of Australian Country Style Magazine 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 11:40 am

      LOL – so far we’ve only painted the inside, the hardware shop employees will be doing a round-the-world trip when we paint the outside!

      The furniture was in storage in the dusty shed and I hated walking through there and seeing it looking so forlorn. I’m so glad it’s now in the house (hubby and I carried it all up the 18 tread steps btw!) oh, my back 😉 My M-I-L thinks I’m the strongest woman she’s ever met – bless her….

      I rubbed clove oil on the wooden furniture and have not had any more issues with that dreaded mildew (YAY!)

      Hmmm – Country Style Magazine, I wonder if they’d be interested in doing a story 😀

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      • Gallivanta / Jul 13 2014 12:43 pm

        So clove oil really works? Good to know.

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      • diannegray / Jul 13 2014 3:17 pm

        It certainly does 😉

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  11. El Guapo / May 14 2014 12:44 pm

    Wow! It’s hard to believe the before and after is the same space.
    Stellar job! Does having done all the work make it feel even more like home?

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 1:07 pm

      It certainly does, Guap! I could do what I pleased (and because I’m someone who has to sit and look at things for a while, make a decision and then change my mind, it was a lot easier that I did the work!) lol 😀

      Hope you’re having a nice relaxing break 😉

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  12. Amy Reese / May 14 2014 1:00 pm

    The transformation is amazing, Dianne. It’s absolutely lovely!

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 1:08 pm

      I’m so glad you like it, Amy. It even looks better than I expected 😀

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  13. avwalters / May 14 2014 1:28 pm

    Lovely, light-filled, warm and inviting. Quite the transformation. I am impressed. (Plus, I’d never heard of that use for clove oil–for me it’s only been a toothache remedy.)

    We are currently remodeling a little apartment–where we’ll stay while we build our cabin this summer. Right now it’s just raw land and we’re impatiently awaiting the approvals to begin (the building permit process.) In a few months, I’ll have pictures to share.

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 1:35 pm

      I can’t wait to see your pictures. One mistake I made was not taking pictures of the truly awful side of the RUC (the squalor), not that I would have shared it here, but just to remind myself about how bad it really was!

      We had to go through a load of approvals for the RUC as well as having it cyclone upgraded (which I don’t mind at all!).

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  14. jannatwrites / May 14 2014 4:35 pm

    Your place looks amazing! It would’ve been so overwhelming to begin such a big remodel project, but you must be proud of how it’s turned out! Thanks for sharing the photos 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 5:15 pm

      I’m really glad you liked them, Janna. I’m surprised sometimes when I look back on the old photos! 😀

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  15. artfulanxiety / May 14 2014 5:26 pm

    Looks amazing! So cool what you can do with space when you’re a talent like yourself 😉

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 5:38 pm

      Awwww – thank you, my dear! I never thought I had talent in this area, but I’m pretty proud of the outcome! I’m even shocked sometimes when I look at it 😀

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  16. davidprosser / May 14 2014 5:31 pm

    The changes are wondrous Dianne, you’ve both worked miracles. xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    • diannegray / May 14 2014 5:39 pm

      Thank you so much, David. It’s been hard work, but the results are pretty amazing! 😀

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  17. Debbie / May 14 2014 5:55 pm

    Beautiful work Di! I can’t wait to show these to mum on the weekend, she will be so impressed!

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 4:16 am

      Thanks so much, Deb! A lot of work has gone into it, but it’s really worth it! Give mum a big hug for me 😀

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  18. Rebecca Bradley / May 14 2014 7:04 pm

    Oh wow Dianne. It’s stunning!

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 4:17 am

      Thanks so much, Rebecca. It feels so much more like a ‘home’ now (and not a construction site) 😉

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  19. Jill Weatherholt / May 14 2014 7:14 pm

    Incredible! Obviously you have tremendous talent in this arena, Dianne. Perhaps in your “spare” time, you and your husband should start a remodeling business. 🙂 It looks fabulous and so welcoming! When’s the housewarming party? 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 4:28 am

      LOL – the housewarming party will be soon, Jill (I should also have a virtual housewarming party!) I’ve always thought I’d be pretty hopeless in the ‘renovation’ stakes, but I’ve never tried before. It’s amazing what you can do when you combine a vision with a load of determination! 😀

      I’m so glad you like it – it’s hard to tell when you do it yourself and stand back and think ‘is it just me thinking I’ve done a good job? or does it really look as good as I think it does?’ 😉

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      • Jill Weatherholt / May 15 2014 9:08 am

        You did a fantastic job…it looks great! Pour a glass of wine, sit back and admire your workmanship…it’s awesome!
        Oh yes, a virtual housewarming party would be great!

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  20. ramblingsfromamum / May 14 2014 8:55 pm

    Thank you darling, the high tea you served was simply devine, I shall come again soon 🙂 I can’t believe those floor boards were hidden, how appalling. Your hard work has paid off and still is I guess with the painting in store. Fantastic shots and your pretty damn good at the interior design caper too, then again it is YOU we are talking about, whose a clever girl 🙂 hugs and thanks for the invite xxx

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 4:35 am

      Strangely enough, I’ve always thought I didn’t have an interior design bone in my body, but for some reason this place just brings it out in me. Hubby is right into Feng Shui (don’t you love it when the tradesman’s feminine side appears!) and is going to do a ‘plan’ so I know where to place my pictures. It’s done with a compass and each area of the room is designated for each area of your life (children, ancestors, success, etc) so I’m really looking forward to that.
      I’m so glad you popped in today! More high tea and a chat very soon 😀

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  21. maggiemyklebust / May 14 2014 9:46 pm

    Looks like all your hard work has paid off… Soon you can relax and enjoy 😊

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 4:37 am

      So true, Maggie! With every accomplishment comes the ‘sitting back and enjoying’ part and it makes it so much sweeter when it’s something you’ve done yourself 😀

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  22. anotherday2paradise / May 15 2014 12:36 am

    Absolutely gorgeous, from floor to ceiling, Dianne. What a lot of hard work it’s taken, but so worthwhile. Even though the ‘Big Room’ is so large, you’ve managed to make each area look cosy and inviting. Well done indeed. I’m so impressed. 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 4:44 am

      Thank you so much, Sylvia. I’m looking forward to getting a few nice floor rugs and my pictures on the walls.

      I wasn’t going to take photos of it in the beginning because it was so revolting, but I’m really glad I did now because I’ve got something to compare the ‘now’ shots with. I’m sure you’ll take photos of your place and I’m really excited about seeing your ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics as well 🙂

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  23. Betty / May 15 2014 12:47 am

    Beautiful!

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  24. Jacqui Murray / May 15 2014 12:57 am

    Wow. I can’t believe what a difference it made just seeing the layout. Now I understand. A lesson to me as a teacher in explaining every topic multiple ways.

    What a great veranda! We have one along the entire backside of our house. Now I wish I’d wrapped it around.

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 4:51 am

      The veranda here used to cover all four sides of the house (I guess that’s why the big room is SO big – it was the main house) but over the years rooms were built on the veranda (kitchen & bathroom). We needed a bedroom so we closed off the west facing veranda. It’s so interesting that this is how we can date the house. Before the first world war houses were built like this, after the first world war they became smaller and the verandas became smaller, after the second world war the verandas became a porch at the front of the house. It all had to do with the availability of materials.

      Sorry about this history lesson – I got a bit carried away! I’m so glad you like it 😀

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  25. Don't Quote Lily / May 15 2014 2:19 am

    Wow, if I didn’t know it, I’d swear those are two different places! Amazing work! 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 4:55 am

      Thanks, Lily. Sometime I find it hard to believe they are the same place! 😀

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  26. char / May 15 2014 5:56 am

    Wow, wow and Wowzers! Your house is amazing! I love the before and after shots. You have got to be loving life now with all that hard work behind you.

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 1:26 pm

      It has been a little more relaxing lately, Char 😀

      I’m so glad you like it – some mornings I wake up, stumble in there and then get a shock when I see it LOL 🙂

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  27. Roy McCarthy / May 15 2014 6:05 am

    Char ^^ took all my exclamations, just wow! I hope your husband allows you a cleaner so it can be kept in that condition while you get on with writing. I did wonder why the verandah faced north and east until I remembered…:-)

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 1:29 pm

      I really want one of those ‘robot’ vacuum cleaners, Roy 😉 But I think I’ll be waiting years for that unless the kids read this and decide I should be spoiled for my birthday 😉

      I’m so glad you like it – it’s been a heap of work but all worth it 😀

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  28. the eternal traveller / May 15 2014 6:15 am

    Every time you post about this house I am amazed anew by your vitality and dedication. You must have a great ability to see beyond all the yuck parts and visualise what the house could look like. It’s simply stunning.

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 1:32 pm

      Awww – thank you! I did visualise it but it actually looks better than I thought it would. It was so nice to drag all my furniture out of the shed where it’s been sitting for about 12 months! I’m just so relieved it’s done now 😀

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  29. Sheila Morris / May 15 2014 9:07 am

    I bow to the artistry, effort, perseverance, grit, determination and beauty created in the RUC, Dianne!! Honestly, I don’t know how you guys have made this incredible home, but I really admire you for what’s you’ve accomplished!!
    I’m trying to decide where I would’ve quit if I’d been you – hm.
    I hope you enjoy your home for many years…keep writing, too. 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 1:37 pm

      LOL – I think I did quit once, but I got back into it again a few months later so lets not talk about that 😉

      It was a big effort and well worth the results. If I had the chance to do it again? Absolutely not, but I’m glad it’s done now 😉

      I’m so very happy that you like it and I’m hoping I can kick back now and enjoy it for many years to come 😀

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  30. jmmcdowell / May 15 2014 11:27 am

    Wow, indeed! You’ve done an amazing transformation with the RUC! The before and after is as impressive as any I’ve seen on home improvement shows. You and your husband should be proud of your efforts!

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 1:42 pm

      I’m so glad it’s done now, JM. Sometimes I walk in there and get a shock because I’ve forgotten it’s finished (but I’m quickly getting used to it) 😀

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  31. agjorgenson / May 15 2014 1:01 pm

    This is really quite amazing. My wife and I are currently trying to figure out how to resurface our deck and add a little to it; and we are nearly undone by this teeny task. Good on you!

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 1:44 pm

      These projects can certainly test relationships, sanity and patience – but it’s all worth it in the end.

      Best of luck with your deck – maybe some before and after pics are in order 😀

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  32. pommepal / May 15 2014 4:23 pm

    What an amazing transformation Dianne. How do you find time to fit so much into your life? Do you ever sleep?

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    • diannegray / May 15 2014 6:03 pm

      Funny you should say that – I usually get up at 4am 😉

      I’m so glad you like the transformation. I’m loving it! 😀

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      • pommepal / May 16 2014 10:06 am

        It looks almost finished. Have you much more to do?

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      • diannegray / May 16 2014 4:42 pm

        Not much left now and it will be completed (according to the council). Just the steps and the bathroom (yikes) 😉

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      • pommepal / May 16 2014 8:31 pm

        I can imagine the bathroom will be a major undertaking. Reminds me of the TV reality shows maybe after all your experience with RUC you should put your hand up for the next show….

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      • diannegray / May 17 2014 7:12 am

        The bathroom will be painful because one of the walls isn’t very straight, so we have to straighten it because otherwise the tiles won’t fit – argh 😦

        Now I wish I’d got a camera crew in at the very beginning because the whole deal and all the ups and downs would have made for great reality TV (LOL) 😉

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      • pommepal / May 17 2014 10:26 am

        Would certainly be good ratings for them too…

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      • diannegray / May 17 2014 11:46 am

        😀

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  33. restlessjo / May 15 2014 7:59 pm

    I want to come and be a lounge lizard 🙂

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  34. lacunakittie / May 16 2014 1:23 am

    That looks beyond amazing…. when are you coming to do my house? :p

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    • diannegray / May 16 2014 5:47 am

      LOL! Thanks for the invite my dear – I’ll be there tomorrow 😉

      I’m really glad you like it 😀

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  35. Janna G. Noelle / May 16 2014 7:20 am

    Dianne, those picture are amazing! It truly looks like a home, and if I’m not mistaken, living in the Southern Hemisphere, being north-facing actually what you want for the best light exposure, yes?

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    • diannegray / May 16 2014 4:40 pm

      Absolutely, Janna! I’m so glad you like the pics, it IS feeling like a real home now. Phew! 😀

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  36. EJ / May 16 2014 8:35 am

    It looks fab – what a project!! xx

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    • diannegray / May 16 2014 4:41 pm

      Thanks, EJ – huge project, but really worth it (now) 😉

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  37. T. W. Dittmer / May 16 2014 9:52 am

    Wow. Impressive.

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  38. Inion N. Mathair / May 16 2014 5:53 pm

    We’d have to agree with the dozens of commenters and tell you, ABSOLUTELYFREAKING GORGEOUS, Dianne! 😉 xoxo ❤ sharing now! 😉

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  39. billyraychitwood1 / May 17 2014 1:16 am

    Where are you getting all the energy? Beautiful shots!

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    • diannegray / May 17 2014 7:15 am

      Thanks Billy Ray – the energy comes and goes! (LOL) 😉

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  40. Dawn Whitehand / May 17 2014 1:57 am

    Looking good!!

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  41. laura bruno lilly / May 17 2014 8:32 am

    Have your lizard critters discovered your new environs?!

    What fun to watch this dream reno take shape for you. You get to do it, and I (we) get to be a part of it via your posts+photos.

    peace

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    • diannegray / May 17 2014 8:51 am

      Not too many lizard critters (yet), Laura 😀

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the changes and feel as if you’re part of it! That’s just wonderful 😀

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  42. roughwighting / May 17 2014 10:56 am

    AMAZING! I think you should make a before/after collage and hang THAT up on one of those walls!

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    • diannegray / May 17 2014 11:49 am

      What a brilliant idea! I’m going to get one of those electronic picture frames and put all the photos on there as well! It’s been an amazing journey 😀

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  43. Tiffany / May 18 2014 12:02 pm

    Holy Moley Dianne! You guys have done an absolutely beautiful job. It seriously looks like pure magic! I love the transformation and wish you luck with all the things left to do.

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    • diannegray / May 19 2014 7:47 am

      Thank so much, Tiffany! Sometimes I can’t even believe it myself when I walk in there. I absolutely love it 😀

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  44. donnajeanmcdunn / May 19 2014 2:25 am

    Wow! What a difference! The work really paid off big. You should be so proud. Just beautiful!

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    • diannegray / May 19 2014 7:51 am

      I just love it 😀 There were times when I wanted to give up – but I’m so glad I didn’t now 😀

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  45. bruce thomas witzel / May 19 2014 2:23 pm

    What a masterful job of recycling this building into a beautiful new home. I’m a carpenter, so I know what a feat this is. By the way, Diane. . . I’m Fran Guenette’s hubby, and I came over here from a recent comment you made over on Disappearing in Plain Sight. Good work here and cheers, to you and your husband,

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    • diannegray / May 20 2014 4:29 am

      Thank you so much, Bruce – I’m very flattered you really like the job. If anyone would know how much work has gone into this it would be you as a carpenter 😀

      I’m so glad you took the time to come over and have a look 😀

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  46. Letizia / May 20 2014 12:35 am

    Haha, I loved that you included the words “before” and “after”! As you pointed out, the difference, thank goodness, is quite clear 🙂 It’s so great to see how you’ve transformed the RUC. I love how you’ve been able to keep the great original features, highlighting them in your new beautiful space. Uhm… what’s with the footprints? 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 20 2014 4:38 am

      Thanks so much, Letizia 😀 I’m so glad you could see the difference (lol) 😉

      Squatters or vagrants must have painted their own feet on the floor at some stage. Those footprints were such an annoyance to me. Every time I looked at them I’d just think ‘Arghhhhgrrrr’. I did a little happy dance when we finally finished the floor 😀

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      • Letizia / May 20 2014 4:50 am

        How fascinating! I thought you might have painted your own feet for laughs, haha!

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      • diannegray / May 20 2014 7:25 am

        LOL – no, I’m not that artistic 😉

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  47. 4amWriter / May 20 2014 11:31 pm

    I love these pics. You must feel such an amazing sense of accomplishment. I am not handy like that at all, and my hubs wishes he were handy, so you can imagine we don’t tend to do a lot of house renovations. 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 21 2014 4:53 am

      I think my ‘handiness’ has been borne of necessity. Hubby is naturally handy which is great. But he’s like one of those kids at school who you know is really smart but just doesn’t try – when he puts his mind to it he’s amazing (so I carry a big whip!) LOL 😀

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  48. Kourtney Heintz / May 21 2014 8:34 am

    Looks amazing. You can absolutely tell which is the before and after–but wouldn’t it be funny if someone wanted the house to go in reverse?

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    • diannegray / May 21 2014 9:17 am

      I’m glad you like it, Kourtney 😀 It would be funny if they wanted it to go in reverse! 😉

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  49. bulldog / May 23 2014 12:31 am

    Oh wow this has turned out to be one brilliantly beautiful home… you’re quite clever…

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    • diannegray / May 23 2014 8:54 am

      Thank you so much! It’s been a load of work and sometimes even I’m surprised when I look back at those pictures 😉

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  50. Britt Skrabanek / May 26 2014 3:25 am

    Wow, Dianne! The RUC looks fantastic. I love the before and after shots, so we could fully understand the transformation. Looks like you have a beautiful space to live (and write) in. You go, girl!

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    • diannegray / May 26 2014 6:28 am

      I’m so glad you like it, Britt. What a big job it was! 😀

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  51. dex / May 28 2014 6:32 am

    Wow! The after pictures are amazing! Nicely done. 🙂

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    • diannegray / May 28 2014 7:18 am

      Thanks so much, Dex – it’s been a lot of worth, but well worth the effort 😀

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  52. Kozo Hattori / May 29 2014 1:38 pm

    I want to see the before and after of your biceps after all the scraping, sanding, and painting, Dianne. 🙂 Beautiful, just beautiful. {{{Hugs}}} kozo

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    • diannegray / May 29 2014 1:57 pm

      LOL! Great point! It’s been a lot of ‘muscle building’ work 😀

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  53. mcwoman / Jun 6 2014 10:05 am

    It’s good you took the “before” pictures because no one would believe it’s the same place! The work you’ve done is amazing. Wish I were half as talented and motivated.

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    • diannegray / Jun 7 2014 6:02 am

      Even I didn’t recognise the ‘before’ pictures Barb! And sometimes I still get a shock when I walk into the big room and think, ‘Did I do this?’ LOL 😀

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  54. Hazy Shades of Me / Jun 17 2014 11:56 am

    Oh, you have come such a long way. It is gorgeous. You (and your hub) have done an amazing job. Now, drink that wine!!

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    • diannegray / Jun 17 2014 2:17 pm

      I’m so glad you like it! It was a lot of work, but really worth it in the end 😉

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  55. Piper George / Jun 27 2014 7:47 am

    That is so beautiful. I’ve been waiting ages to see pics. SO very jealous and SO very impressed with what you have done, Well done.

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    • diannegray / Jun 27 2014 8:49 am

      It was a HUGE job – but so worth the effort 😀

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  56. Gallivanta / Jul 13 2014 12:46 pm

    Looks wonderful. Interesting to read about the fire prevention measures built in to the home.

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  57. Bonnie / Oct 6 2015 7:12 am

    I somehow missed this post and I am loving the before and after photos you shared here! What a super special space!! Beautiful Dianne!

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    • diannegray / Oct 7 2015 7:56 am

      Thanks, Bonnie! My daughter was really shocked when she saw it in ‘real life’. She can’t stop taking photos. We’ve come a long way 😀

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