We took possession of our Homestead during lock-down of March 2020, arriving at 6.00pm on Wednesday March 24th with a car loaded to the roof and a boat trailer groaning with as much as we could organize at short notice. Which did not include much in the way of paint or materials, we only managed to buy some ceiling paint as suppliers had run out.
However we did find a 20L tin of paint stripper which was left by the previous owners, we were very happy about that.
Oh My Lord, the yellow room was a shocking acid yellow that I'm surprised I don't seem to remember from viewing, with all the original wood features painted a gloss back. The best part was the fire place was painted gold. Mexican theme perhaps or homage to Laurence llewelyn Bowen.
I don't think I would have completed such an arduous task of stripping all the wood in this room if not for lock-down. The fact that I had all this time and wanted to work each day and see results. It was unpleasant hard work, I'll not sugar coat it, and I'm never doing it again. My strategy was to have breaks every two hours and reward myself with some wine at 4.00pm
Worth it though, the wood was finished by polishing with steel wool after three applications of stripper. The walls were painted with three coats of Resene Rice Cake, my new favorite.