So the painters started yesterday – YAY!!
And they found EVEN MORE TERMITE DAMAGE. *headdesk*headdesk*headdesk* Just when we thought we’d finally got all of it… here’s what the east wall looked like, once the paint was stripped back and they found that paint was all that was holding the wall together:
The wall stud (? I have no idea about terminology and at this point I have just about run out of energy to cope or care!) that is the worst affected shouldn’t be too much of a problem, as the other ones around it are still reasonably intact.
LOOK AT THE FREAKIN’ DAMAGE those little buggers have done!
(As you can see, we don’t have any insulation in our walls, and that’s just Too Bad. At least now we don’t have termites in there, either.)
But – the painter is wonderful and has already replaced the weatherboards. And a section of window surround at the front of the house that when they tried to sand the paint off just crumbled away. (Yeah, stop me if you’ve heard THAT before!)
I’m really really REALLY hoping that this is the last of the termite damage. I don’t think I can take any more.
And the house has already had undercoat where it needed it and… big reveal…. the first splash of the new colour!
WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! We’ve decided to just use the bluey-purpley-jacaranda-ish Dulux“Astro Zinger” and match the trim to the ridge rolls and guttering (Colorbond “Surfmist”). The charcoal we’d originally thought might be nice as trim just wasn’t working, except we’ll have a small amount of it on the stairs.