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When you live in an old house, the work never stops and there is no chance of being bored ever. I’m still quite excited about all of it but everyone ends up hating the constant work at some point.

We haven’t done much yet, only just started on a few little projects, this weekend it was the patio that got some attention. A fresh coat of paint is always a good idea, and we wanted to paint all the railings white, instead of the quite heavy looking brown. I know at some point I would like a more decorative pattern for the patio railings, but this is fine for now, at least I get a bit of upgrade with the paint. The deck needs to be oiled too and we have the materials for it but it’ll have to wait until next week.

We bought a standard white fence paint, which was unsurpringly almost blue white. I don’t like that shade of white, I don’t think it really suits an old house at all. Luckily we had a bit of the manor yellow paint left over from when the house was last painted by the previous owner, so we used that to tint the whitewhite into a very pale cream colour. Below are some tests and I think we ended up with a good colour in the end.

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Now the problem is that we kinda have to paint all the windowsills and trims with the same colour as well for it all to be cohesive. Those are on the list anyways so I guess it’s not a big deal, I just hope we can get it done this summer.

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Do you own a house or an apartment and if so, what was your latest home project or a project you need to start soon?



PS. I took a page from the American landlord -playbook and painted over plenty of bugs today…



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I also have an old house and can agree that the work is never done. It is like painting the golden gate bridge, once you think you finished you need to start again. The main project I am working on at the moment is insulating the attic for the winter. It is taking ages, especially in this heat where I can only spend 20 mins at a time in there, I call it Bikram insulation. I will take a leaf out of your book and wear my swimsuit although, I am sure that insulation will make me itch.

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Bikram, haha, I know what you mean, attics are crazy hot this time of the year. Ours is not insulated either and that is one huge project to be done at some point if we actually want to use it. I just looked at your latest post about the topic too and it’s a good point that you’ll loose a lot of heat through the attic and with these energy prices, that is not great.

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I did some roofing most recently, replaced a couple opaque roofing sheets on one of my garages that were damaged in a hailstorm. It worked out well, but working on the roof isn't something I like doing. My old, decrepit, fragile old person dinosaur bones don't bounce off the ground when I fall like they used to.

There's always something to do around the house huh?

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How big were the balls of icy hell?

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Big.

Funny story...I was standing under my pergola videoing the hail when one came in at an acute angle and hit me in the balls...The gods were angry with me that day. All good though, everything is still in working order.

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Ouch, you should have put some ice on that… 😝😝

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Haha, well ice caused the bloody problem in the first place...I used a different treatment.

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To be honest, that looks like such an annoying project 😅

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It took me about six days to design it, to haul the materials from the hardware store and to build it. They weren't complete days because my lunch breaks were longer than the usual 30 minutes. But driving the poles into the ground was hard work. About 20 were 1.5m tall not including the 50 cm long anchor. Five were 2m tall. I had to stack up a couple of car tires to be able to reach the top with the sledge hammer and to deliver enough force to the top of the pole with the hammer. It took about 45 minutes to finish sinking the anchors of the door frame into the ground. I had to be careful because the two sides of the frame weren't perfectly aligned and the thing started gradually to fall apart. The door frame had to be assembled before driving the anchors into the ground because controlling the direction in which they sink in would've been impossible otherwise. I'm there was only about 3 cm to go before it was complete. It's good enough.

I had no help from anyone. I'm glad I managed to finish it.

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A house that is 50 years old.
There is always something to renovate and of course everything is always urgent to do: this year, it was the gutters and the underside of the roof: I called on a craftsman because it is technical work that I cannot not master. I also have the edges of the bay windows to repaint: I'm waiting for the end of the heat wave at home in France: the paint dries in 20 seconds.
I see that you paint: the swimsuit is just for the photo? When I paint, I put it everywhere.
Given the climate in Finland, you should perhaps opt for paint made for wood by the sea: ultra-resistant.

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I'd have no problem watching you paint. Looks like you are doing an awesome job!

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There are always those people who just likw to watch other people work 😝

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