Replacing Our Garage Roof – Part 2 – Stripping & Woodwork

Operation – Garage Roof Replacement – is finally underway!

It’s a job we’ve been putting off for far too long, but with the roof looking worse after each winter, we figured that we’d better get it replaced before the cold and wet weather kicks in again. After all, a collapsed roof would probably be harder to repair!

Replacing A Roof

The first step in the long list of jobs is to remove the old down pipes, gutters and roof covering.

Having had a survey carried out when we bought our house, we already knew that the existing tiles contain asbestos. You obviously have to be really careful when removing asbestos and there are only certain types that you are allowed to remove without needing a licence. Luckily our roofing fell into the category of being safe enough for us to remove ourselves, but of course we still needed to take some security precautions – and we opted for the complete kit!

Asbestos Suit

Totally flattering, isn’t it?

In addition to our personal safety suits and equipment, we were really careful when handling the tiles, too. You should dampen the surface to avoid dust, you should avoid breaking the tiles, you shouldn’t slide dry sheets over one another and you shouldn’t use power tools. The list just goes on and on, but this is definitely a case of safety first! You can find loads of information on safely removing asbestos here.

Replacing A Roof

Because of all the safety precautions and being so careful with the tiles, removing the existing covering probably took a bit longer than we would have liked, but we got there in the end.

After stripping the roof, the next step was to replace the rotten timber. As bad as the roof was, we were kind of lucky, too, as only the ends of the sarking (the boards that cover the whole roof) had rotted away and (almost) all the structure was still in a decent condition.

Replacing A Roof

At the front of the garage there were only a few boards that needed to be replaced, but at the other end we had to remove all of them back to the first rafter as so much of them had rotted.

Replacing A Roof

At the same time we also ended up having to replace part of the purlin which had rotted, too. Considering that the roof is over 100 years old, I think we could count ourselves lucky that the timber wasn’t in a worse condition.

After spending so much time taking everything to pieces, it was of course inevitable that we had to put things back together again.

Replacing A Roof

We had the replacement timber cut at our local timber merchants, so it was just a matter of nailing it into place. Thanks to our amazing neighbour who helped on and off during the day, things started to speed up.

Replacing A Roof

The last step, which we had to complete before being able to call this first phase finished, is to cover the roof with a breathable membrane which will later be hidden under the roof covering. Most importantly though it’ll make the garage water tight until we can get round to installing the new slates.

Replacing A Roof

Installing the membrane was really quick and easy, as it’s just a matter of rolling it out and stapling it into place. We still have a bit more to do, but at least it’s a start and we’ve managed to tick the first few boxes on our list.

The Plan:

  1. Remove old roof covering (you can remove asbestos yourself, but have to take necessary precautions)
  2. Remove old gutters and downpipes
  3. Remove fascia, bargeboards and other random bits of timber
  4. Remove and replace rotten sarking
  5. Replace rotten timber
  6. Re-felt roof
  7. Attach new fascia and new bargeboard
  8. Lay slates
  9. Lay ridge tiles
  10. Paint timber
  11. Install new gutters and downpipes
  12. Strip and repaint garage door
  13. Repair and repaint window
  14. Remove old paint of garage walls
  15. Celebrate when finished!

Replacing A Roof

Now all we have to do is decide on which colour slate to choose – oh, and install it!

Have you ever replaced a roof? Do you have any tips for us?

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Pebble Grey Paluxy Mirror

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How To Restore Wooden Furniture

As you know, we love grabbing a bargain and there’s nothing better than finding a great piece of furniture or fabulous piece of art at a knock down price.

How To Restore Wooden Furniture

The only problem with picking up pieces at these kinds of places, is that they’re usually not in the best of condition. They’re always dirty, they’re usually scratched or dented and in general are in need of a bit of TLC.

You’ve probably already seen the little cupboard in our guest bedroom that we found at our local antique/ reclamation shop.

How To Restore Wooden Furniture

It’s been in the bedroom for about a year now, but we have a bit of a confession to make. Except for a quick clean, we haven’t really bothered to repair and restore it.

Whilst it looks fine from a distance (and it isn’t really in an awful condition), it is a bit scratched and could just do with a general tidy up.

How To Restore Wooden Furniture

Having purchased more than our fair share of used furniture, we’ve developed a go to method of refreshing the pieces before they make it into our home and, unless we buy something with the purpose of taking it to pieces, we usually pick things that are in a fairly good condition, which obviously makes our “restoration” work much easier.

The 3-Step process

#1 Clean, clean & clean

For us, the most important step before starting to work on anything, is to give it a really good clean. When we know that we’ll be painting the furniture, we always use sugar soap. In this case, as we’re keeping the natural wooden finish, we used natural soap for wood (like this one) which is much more gentile to the wood.

How To Restore Wooden Furniture

Just wipe down your furniture with your cleaner and some water. It should be patted dry straight away to reduce the risk of any water marks. You also shouldn’t use microfiber cloths – because of their structure they can leave little scratches in the surface.

It’s probably also worth mentioning that sugar soap is really gritty, so can damage delicate surfaces. If you’re concerned, try it out on a test area first.

#2 Repair

If there are any scratches or dents, these need to be repaired before polishing and treating the surface. Any small dents can be removed by using the same method we used to remove the dents in our floor.

How To Restore Wooden Furniture

Small scratches can be polished away with a polish that’s specific to that type of wood. You shouldn’t polish it too often (less than once a year) as the polish will create a film on the surface of the furniture that will become greasy and attract dust.

Alternatively you can use shoe cream in a matching colour or, when treating light furniture, even use Vaseline.

 #3 Rejuvenate, feed & polish

After carrying out any repairs, it’s time to refresh the furniture. Old wooden furniture that hasn’t been taken care of can be quite dry and really thirsty. How to treat the furniture will depend on the type of wood and how it’s been treated in the past (varnished, oiled, waxed, etc.).

How To Restore Wooden Furniture

Because of the quick and refreshed look that polishes can achieve, they are a popular choice, but are something you should be wary of using. You should also avoid polishes with silicon oils or other mineral oils, as these penetrate the wood and can’t be removed, therefore making any future surface restorations impossible. You should also only use products that are specifically designed for your type of wood. Otherwise, if you’re working on a proper antique, you could do more harm than good!

How To Restore Wooden Furniture

We decided to use a wood oil to treat the cupboard. Oil is great, as it penetrates the wood and permanently protects the surface from dirt and moisture. Oil is also great, as it doesn’t close the pores of the wood which means that it can still breathe.

Considering the little cupboard (it’s actually a record cupboard) didn’t look too bad to start with, we were really surprised at what a massive difference a bit of cleaning and polishing made.

How To Restore Wooden Furniture

It’s hard to capture how big difference it actually is. The colour of the wood has changed slightly and is much more vibrant than before. The natural texture and grain of the wood is also much more visible now.

How To Restore Wooden Furniture

Do you love to shop at flea markets and antique fairs, too? Have you recently restored a piece of furniture?

Lighting The Way

Last week when we shared our new look dining room and kitchen with you, you may have also noticed a new little addition to the room.

We have light! Brooklyn Floor Lamp

It may sound weird to get so excited about having a new lamp, but having not had proper light in the room for a while, makes you really appreciate the ease of just flicking a switch and instantly being able to see what you’re doing! Brooklyn Floor Lamp

We’ve always loved the classic Anglepoise lamp, but at around £2000 for the giant version, it’s just way out of budget. This beauty on the other hand is the Brooklyn giant floor lamp from (it’s also available in silver and black) and at only £99 an absolute bargain.

The base is really heavy, so the lamp stays really stable even when adjusting it and it is perfect lighting for cuddling up on the sofa and reading a book or writing our next blog posts. Brooklyn Floor Lamp

Unlike the classic Anglepoise where you can swivel the head in all directions, on this lamp you can only swivel up and down. Whilst it would be great to be able to swivel it all around, it’s really not a major issue and considering it’s about £1900 cheaper than its counterpart, it’s definitely a feature that we’re happy to skip. Brooklyn Floor Lamp

With all of the building work and most of our budget always being spent on really unexciting jobs like plastering, plumbing and roofing, it’s really to be able to treat ourselves to something fun and pretty for a change.

Do you love our new lamp as much as we do? Have you treated yourself to anything pretty lately?

*We weren’t compensated for this review, we just truly love this lamp! On the rare occasions that we do share a product review we always post our honest opinions.

The Results Are In!

A few weeks ago, we held our very first reader survey. Thank you so much to everyone that took part! It was so much fun reading your answers and advice and we hope to be able to improve a few things in our virtual home.

Survey Results

Thanks again so much for taking part!