Archive for January, 2011

Shades Of Grey

Posted: January 29, 2011 in Main
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It seems colours go by fancy names these days. Our walls are “snowfield’, our acrylic counter top “fog”, and our laminates “platinum”. And these are all grey, mind you.

So when the contractor asked what colour the cement flooring was going to be painted, our answer…grey like shopping centre carpark lor…

The flooring was a three day process. One day to prep, one day to prime, and one day to apply the actual epoxy.

The lighter coloured flooring seems to brighten up the whole place.

Comparison shot:

Close up shots:

And now the main door is shut, and we have been given strict instructions not to step in for at least five days, to let the epoxy dry in peace.

It’s going to be pure torture, we’re itching to get a good look at whether the floor and wall colours match.

And We Take One Step Back

Posted: January 27, 2011 in Main
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In case you’re wondering, no that’s not some fancy venetian plastering paint job…

Despite the house being already painted, we’ve gone ahead to rectify some of the problem areas. Contractor wasn’t happy with this wall, so its been redone.

Plaster and corner beads added to these two beams.

We hacked out and repositioned a couple of the electrical switches and sockets as well. Getting them aligned to within reasonable specs has been a major pain in the butt. I’ve half a mind to do exposed wiring and wall boxes for any future projects, just to avoid this issue.

Yellow = Good, White = Bad

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Bedroom
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As above…Stiletto’s house rules. Surprisingly, these energy saving bulbs from Megaman cast a really warm glow. We weren’t expecting this. To my eyes, it’s almost as warm as halogen lighting.

The only trade of is that they’re a little dimmer than the usual cool white energy saving bulbs, but since this is a bedroom, it actually works in our favour.

One thing I’ve noticed is that the bulb might be a bit too big for the smaller lamp shade. If you look at the first photo above, you’ll see how the smaller lamp shade looks like a red hot poker. Once this bulb blows, it might be interesting to try something smaller. Megaman actually has a 3 step dimmable energy saving bulb which is a direct screw in replacement, perhaps we’ll try that instead.

The First Of Our Stuff

Posted: January 23, 2011 in Stuff
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Strange tree spotted along Pandan Crescent roadside…

That’s us + coat check waiting for the Transcab MPV taxi to arrive. $2.50 booking fee versus $40 delivery, it was a no brainer.

We’d seen this some time ago at XZQT Ion, and made a mental note to get it one day. Saw an ad today for a pre-CNY sale at their West Coast outlet. As luck would have it, they had a display set at 40% off.

It was light enough to carry, so we’ve brought it back home to use first.

We also made a stop at Chinatown Point to pick up Mr Cheng’s Android toy, and got ourselves something on impulse.

These are probably going to end up on the bookshelf, or window sill.

PUB “Friends” Card?

Posted: January 21, 2011 in Bathroom
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Mixer handle is back on again, after the previous adjustment. It’s straight now, which is good. Tested the shower, water pressure looks OK, that was always a worry we had.

The shower diverter activates with a nice solid clink, switching from the handheld shower head to the ceiling mounted one.

Hopefully the water bills won’t kill us…

Dr Frankenstein: It Lives! It Lives!

Posted: January 21, 2011 in Main
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So, this is in.

And these are wired up.

Which finally allows these to work, and us to come by at night comfortably.

You’ll notice some hacking at the pendant bases. I’ve no idea why, but it’s probably because I asked for the right pendant to be raised slightly as it was lower than the left one. Now its slightly too high. Doh!

Track lights cast a surprisingly yellow light for LEDs, which is nice. We’ll need to play around with positioning to get a good combination of ambiance and actual useful light.

They dropped the warped track slightly to overcome the unevenness in certain points of the ceiling. No more warping now, but there’s a slight gap which will need to be concealed somehow.

LEDs for the toilet too. We positioned them like that so that they’d be framed by the doorway. Would have been more practical to position them apart, one for the sink/wc and the other for the shower area, but we’re vain and looks count for everything…

Shower stall glass can be seen as well. This was in some time ago, but I forgot to take a photo.

The bird cage, which casts an interesting shadow onto the balcony ceiling. We went with an incandescent bulb here to get that nice warm glow. Sorry tree huggers, we’ll make up by using less plastic bags and eating less tuna!

Exhaust fan is up. Somethings definitely got to be done about that wire. I’m thinking a different ceiling rose, maybe one with a side exit, and then some 3M cable management stuff to run the wire neatly.

After dinner downstairs we stepped out to the front to see how it looks. We must have looked like a pair of stalkers, with the pictures we were taking and all the peering we were doing.

Like Paint-By-Numbers Only A Whole Lot Easier

Posted: January 21, 2011 in Main
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Not much needed in terms of a description, except that the house is fully painted in grey now. In case anyone is wondering, this is ICI Dulux Snowfield. I’m suddenly realizing it’s the colour of the WordPress CMS, weird coincidence…

The bulk of the light switches and electrical sockets have been installed in these bunch of photos, but the mains hasn’t been connected yet.

It’s nice to see the walls all smooth and “scar” free. Far cry from a couple of weeks ago when the electrical points were being shifted. If this is now Nicole Kidman,that was the Joker in the Dark Knight.

Snowfield is a light blue grey, which fits our almost impossible criteria of being simultaneously industrial, etsy-sweet, cool in terms of colour temp, and understated enough to form the background of the house. It also goes well with pink, teal, mustard yellow and brown, other colours which will enter the environment through the furniture and our possessions.