That could only be one person: Joost's oldest friend Bram. He was ready to get the crowbars out!
I rubbed my nose, thinking about where to unleash this unlimited power. "A room upstairs maybe?" I offered "which one?" Joost asked. "Doesn't matter, really.. pick one" So both boys grabbed a crowbar and thundered upstairs, making quick work of our lowered ceilings.
In the morning the room looked more or less like this...
|minus the bed though)|
And only one hour later later - no exaggerating here- it looked like this:
How on earth is it possible that Joost, who takes an hour to eat breakfast, can demolish an entire room in one hour? Have I accidentally married a typhoon in human form?
Unfortunately, demolishing is usually quicker than rebuilding, and for more than 8 months, the study room looked like this:
In fact: it was even worse than this, as in this picture there was a light installed, and the (lack of) ceiling was cleaned of all the cobwebs. before that, it really was nightmare-stuff.
When I showed my oldest niece the room, she almost began to cry, no kidding.
Luckily, this spring we decided it was time to pick up the upstairs rooms again, beginning with a good bit of insulating.
|It's getting hot in here...|
Rather than reinstalling that frumpy lowered ceiling, we decided to get the old wooden beams back in sight. It took a lot of swearing -luckily we are experts in that- and measuring, because honestly, our house is more crooked than a mugger with a humpback. But we managed to get all the insulation and plasterboard in place!
Next step was a bit of flooring. We decided to get creative, and rather than buying a normal laminated floor, we went for a floor of underlayment (which is a type of plywood sheet of a certain thickness, used to build floors) It's much cheaper, and it worked like a charm! We bought 60x240cm boards, with tongue and groove edges, so laying it was basically like laying an average floor, but quicker.
|I would marry underlayment if I could, so pretty!|
|hot floor action!|
I varnished the floor in two layers of whitewash (not only for a more subtle colour, but also to protect the wood), and with the basics more or less done,
we were almost finished. No of course not! because why would I buy a desk and a set of drawers if I could make them myself? I just love making things complicated like that ;)
So I began...
|This is a combination of two of Joost's most regular faces, his :"Why did I choose that girl?"- face, and his "Well at least you can operate the electric drill yourself"-face|
|and I simply placed another board of underlayment on top.|
I build a cupboard next to it, assembled from many salvaged parts, which I will write about in the next post.
|still looking quite scratchy to be honest..|
And then the last thing to do was applying loads and loads (and loads and loads and "why are you still painting, please come to bed, it's 1 am" loads) of paint. I actually mixed the colour for walls and cupboards myself by adding drops of acrylic paint (brown, green and black) to white wall paint, for a powdery green/greyish hue.
and this is what it looks like now!
|love this space!|
|I think the exposed ceiling beams work wonderfully in this room (and no, I have no intention of painting them; the old wood is lovely as-is.|
|the reading nook with me in it -still shocked..|
the chair is a thrifted 30 euro chair from Jan des Bouvrie, that I really need to upholster (but who's got time for upholstering chairs when you can smash down ceilings instead? indeed: nobody)
The sheepskin (nicknamed Vladimir) was bought on a holiday with my parents in Budapest.
From a dark and scary room that made my niece sob, to a light space suited for working and diy'ing, and to fill with the things I love.
Behind my is a storage space with sliding doors, that was luckily already there.
|plants in tin cans, simply screwed to the wall, for a bit of extra oxygen|
|the mirror was a 7,50 euro thrift find, though I unfortunately chipped it when moving houses,|
but I like it too much to let go.
|Another lucky thrift find.|
Those wooden shutters were 4,50. I kind of eyeballed the size in the shop, but luckily it's a perfect fit!
|the handmade sideboard is basically an assemblage of different cupboards screwed together, but it works quite brilliantly, as it creates a maximum amount of storage space in this small room.|
|with a little nook for the incredible refashion-machine!|
|like this wine vase (a French brocante find) the gemstone Joost gifted me for my graduation,|
and the paper rabbit we bought on our 'honeymoon'.
|or just to relax in..|
|yet another thrift find ( 3 euros I think?) that I've come to love. It's handmade and adorable. And plastered in paint from all our projects, but I kind of like how it shows our hard work :)|