If I had to pick one of my favourite features of our home it would have to be the exposed stone walls. These were definitely a labour of love, which may explain my favouritism since I’m well aware of how much energy and time went into restoring them.
Like many aspects, we considered hiring a professional to help with the repointing work, but with a limited budget and a stubbornness on our side, we thought this was a task we could just get on with ourselves, and I have to say…we were right.
The hardest aspect was selecting the colour of grout to use (choosing between 30 shades of beige is not as easy as one might think!). We found ourselves making a couple of test patches before finally settling on a colour. With our minds made up and the grout mixture prepared, I found myself alone with my trusty trowel, my water spray and my walls…week after week!
While time consuming, I have to say I actually found the entire process therapeutic. I enjoyed having a creative outlet and being able to measure the progress of your work each day. There is something immensely satisfying about tangible results.
The final result was fantastic, and it is one of the first things we hear people complementing us on when they visit. Above all, I love the texture and earthy feel they give the place. Our electrician (one service we did pay for) advised us of different lighting effects for the stones, using that to enhance the overall feel and ‘ambience’ of the room. He was spot on – with the right lighting the stones have a way of making the apartment feel cool in the summer and cosy and cheerful in the winter.