Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cabinet Handles

The cabinetmaker who fitted our kitchen returned this morning to fit the handles too. 

I can hardly wait to start filling those glass-fronted cabinets up with colourful bowls and bits and pieces, but I suppose I better wait until we've sanded and painted first...


We're gearing up now for that job by checking which areas are definitely lead paint. Pretty much all of them, in case you were wondering.


Lead paint = expensive protective gear. Our masks and the gas cannisters to go with them have cost about $800 (gulp). Plus there's coveralls and various other bits and pieces still to buy. At this rate, getting rid of the lead paint safely is going to cost almost as much as getting rid of the asbestos (the professionals did that) and take a lot more of our time.


We're not excited about wearing these masks for a week right in the middle of Summer. 


Dan has already made the relevant 'Lu, I am your Father' jokes, by the way. Lu is not a fan of these masks whatsoever. She describes them as 'bery scawy', which is also what she says about Santa Claus. 

Tis the season to scare your toddler, evidently.

10 comments:

  1. Is it mean of me to say, glad it's you and not me? Wow what a hard horrible job. Wish you all the best with it.

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  2. Just think of it like a sauna and getting rid of those extra couple of Christmas kgs. It does pay to be very careful because you do not want any of this getting into your lungs so the money even though it's painful it's your life insurance. You want to be around to enjoy your beautiful country life. I'd be excited about the kitchen cupboards as well.....Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  3. Oh thinking of you guys and not envying you one tiny bit. As our walls were not too bad I just primed right over the top and then did a very light sand if absolutely warranted. Figured I would accept some imperfection in the surface for not stirring up a very bad beast. Good luck and hope for some cooler weather for you. mel x

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  4. Yep - don't envy you either, particularly in this heat. I did the same thing 9 years ago and swore I would never paint another house again. But boy do those VJs look great once all is said and done. xx

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  5. I hope it's a mild summer...but at least you'll be rid of all the nasty stuff. We still have a bit of asbestos and I'm pretty sure that we have lead paint under all that white we painted...Good luck with it - well worth all the effort. xx

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  6. Poor Lucinda - hope she doesn't freak out too much when you're using the masks. Take care - and keep hydrated!! cheers Wendy

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  7. My brother in law has ended up with some lead poisoning after sanding all their old verandahs so it is $800 well spent! Still you are speeding along in leaps and bounds!

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  8. It definately pays to be careful and those are some serious masks I just hope they dont fog up on you when you get all hot and sweaty! We have removed a bit of asbestos to our home mainly when we took down the old carport. Not a fun job and then having to pay to dispose of it as well - they should let you dispose of it for free to encourage people to do the right thing. May the force be with you!

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