So, this week in the midst of all the busyness before we both go travelling next week, we cleverly decided to finally paint the three front rooms of the flat. They had last been painted 5 years ago and so it really was time! (here they use water-based paint and some people paint every year or every other year at the most!).
Here is the lounge with everything ready you can see the black corner where it should be WHITE:About halfway through:
And this is the lounge NOW. You can see the colours better in the above pic - they are yellow and ocre in diagonal stripes. It looks GREAT (even if I say so myself!):
And the other side: we still have to put back the photo frames and other stuff on the TV stand...
Then the kitchen: this is Damjan (our "majstor" or handyman who did all the actual painting for us), who is able to walk around like stilts on his ladder - wish I got a video of it, it is quite amazing! But it saves him having to get up and down all the time!! His family is part of one of our aid projects and he and his wife and two kids visited us last week - see Sunday afternoon tea for more on that. He did a great job and deserved the money we gave him (which he didn't want to take!!) The kitchen we just did in white, so I didn't take an after pic.Then lastly we also did the hallway: this is it with Damjan and Ljilja in an action shot half way through...
And below is after we put back the bookshelves - they are bricks and planks and are NOT the easiest to move around: Ljilja moved them out by herself and so she was most grateful that David came over to help us move them back!
Above each shelf we painted a white frame (over the turquoise once Damjan had left) for 3 pictures: one set for my home town and the other for Ljijla's. I haven't put my pictures up yet, but you get the idea:
All in all we are very happy with our new look house and it is all completely spring-cleaned as well... But even with Damjan's help it was a LOT of work and so we are now both completely poooped!