After a few days soldiering away solo with a sore shoulder on the Little House, Dan called in reinforcements - a couple of handy friends from Toowoomba came down today to help him out.
Between them, they've re-sheeted most of the kitchen and started to move on to fitting in the cabinets.
The bathroom/laundry is being tiled.
Meanwhile, April 10 and the finish line for this renovation draws ever closer. No rest for the wicked though, it's straight into work on the big house then. That will be a slower, more delicate process. The kitchen is ordered, and I've finally decided on timber bench tops.
I'm also considering this tile as a splashback, although we haven't got a quote yet so I have no idea if it's feasible.
Also, it's a floor tile. It's name is the Amity, because - yes - it was used as a bathroom floor tile on The Block. But I love it. I think the colours and detail would be so perfect.
Lighting is the next stop. This is the pressed metal ceilings in the dining room, leading into the kitchen at the end. We've got to find three light fittings that complement the space nicely. On a practical level, ceiling fans would be fantastic - but it's a question of finding some that actually sit well in here.
Of course, before new light fittings can go in, the ceilings have to be re-painted. Dan is really dreading that job, as - I'm sure - is his shoulder.
This is what they look like out in the hallway, where there's no water damage.
I think, in retrospect, it was these ceilings that sold this house to us to begin with. Everything else here seemed so daunting in magnitude, from the crappy aluminium siding to the leaking roof. We really wondered whether it was worth the time and energy restore it.
But then, you walk into the big old dining room and see these ceilings and just have to believe it'll all be worthwhile in the end. If you're a fan of traditional Queenslander-style pressed metal ceilings, our house is Mecca. If you're a fan of massive spiders and getting rained on while you're sitting on the couch, our house is also Mecca.
What made you pick the house you live in now?