So far this week has been dominated by tiling and painting and possibly my least favourite job so far, grouting.
We have painted over part of the restaurant floor with a bitumen product to try to maximise the water-proofing of the concrete floor, which probably was not installed as well as one might have hoped all those years ago. We have laid a few more tiles and started the not inconsiderable job of grouting between, although this is slightly hampered by the large stack of plasterboard which we are not yet ready to install. Mike has also fixed the first piece of skirting board…
Mike has been finishing off his wiring, and Jason very kindly visited to confirm he is happy with Mike’s work. This means Mike can now start to baton out the kitchen and store, ready to install the plasterboard above.
We have also begun analysing the kitchen equipment listed by various suppliers to try to make the most economical purchases, and today I have been in touch with Barclaycard (for credit card machines), our bank (for best terms once we start trading), the licensing office (to record that we have amended the licensed area), waste collection (long story – will let you know the outcome) and so forth – you know, actually starting the business of running a business.
Today, to my delight, I have actually started proper decorating! I have applied the last of two sizing coats of paint to the newly plastered areas, and have now put one coat of white paint on part of the ceiling, so the room is beginning to look as we hope it will when we open. But we need your help / opinion / brick bats. Below is a photo showing one coat only applied of two colours of paint which we need to choose between for the walls. We realise the colours will change subtly with the second application, but would value your opinion if you already have one, since we both like both colours, recognising the yellow is laryier (is that a real word?) and the peach is quite a bit darker, in a room already quite dark:
We have now deliberately put one of the new chairs between them, so that you can see the colours against both the tiled floor and the furniture. Please would anyone with any taste / any views on these paints let us know which you prefer.
I don’t guarantee we will go with your choice as we will likely go with majority opinion, but it might help break a deadlock between Mike and me.
Oh, and in case you are wondering why our progress is not as great as usual, I should say that after waving goodbye to family on Sunday, we welcomed visitors from our previous village on Monday. Irene and Sally had been over to Wales to enjoy the Llanberis steam railway, and they dropped by to stay on Monday night. We had a lovely time chatting about mutual friends and were all astonished how soon time passed and they had to leave on Monday. Unfortunately, the weather was such that Moel Siabod did not make an appearance whilst they were here – a clear sign that they need to return to see the even better view next time!