Getting snuggly!

We’ve finally bitten the bullet and commenced work on the room that was originally the doctor’s surgery. We’ve labelled this room the snug. We haven’t been able to decide on colours and we are not likely to any time soon, so we’ve just picked one out of a hat and are going with it.

When we bought this house this room was still set up ready for patients who were brave enough, complete with lots of glass bottles, surgical instruments and used morphine vials.


We removed the gas heater and opened up the fireplace, lifted the mouldy, damp and rotten floor coverings, took out the sink and have been using the room as our winter ‘snug’. This room gets the most natural light of any in the house and it is quite cosy for just the two of us to use, particularly in winter.

Dado panelling has been removed and the walls are being insulated where we can. We had planned on removing all the plaster board and fully insulating but that will have to wait. Seems more ridiculous to waste perfectly good wall coverings at this stage. All the gaps that we can find are being filled to reduce drafts and heat loss/entry. Hopefully some noise reduction will also be achieved.


We’ve  covered the floor boards with cardboard to prevent damage from paint and the mobile scaffolding unit we rely on for all our renovation work. The colour we are going to paint is a big secret. No, it’s not green! Mostly secret just in case I hate it and feel the need to send Mr ATMT back up the scaffold to change it. It already feels more snuggly!

I also started cleaning up the cedar doors with the same treatment I used on the skirting boards. So far it looks very promising that they will come up well.

This is a section of the first door before getting at it with metho, steel wool and sandpaper. The second shot is after a clean up and one coat of tung oil applied. We have a little  problem with one of the infills. It appears that at some stage the panel had been kicked in (disgruntled patient?) and replaced very shoddily with ply wood. See the difference in second photo, top left. Apart from that I’m really pleased about its rejuvenation. The natural colour of red cedar is stunning!

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A couple more coats and its will be ready to rehang. Only 7 doors to go after that!





About fergie51

Sourdough baker, teacher, eater and student. Sustainable living advocate and passionate food grower. Conduct sourdough baking classes at my home and administrator of Facebook support page for Australian & New Zealand sourdough bakers.
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6 Responses to Getting snuggly!

  1. Congrats! That’s a lot of work!


  2. I am impressed by how hard you are working on the room…and a little shocked it was a surgery. Hopefully there wasn’t too much actual surgery performed! Although I remember stories from my Mom about her tonsils being removed on the kitchen table.


    • fergie51 says:

      Hi Liz, this house was actually built to encourage a doctor to come to town and yes, there were many procedures performed in this room from what we’ve been told. Later a hospital was built close by, but I dread to think what actually went on in the “butchers office” which is what we’ve been told this room was known as. We have encouraged any locals with historical stories to share them as I would love to put together a book if I get enough. We are a bit soppy and weak now aren’t we? I’m happy with that 🙂


  3. Love the pics of your renovations…spent quite a bit of time looking through past blogs…all of your food looks amazing.. will definitely pop in often to see what’s going on at your space.


  4. Jenny says:

    It all looks really interesting – much more so than our plans to do up sections of our 1970’s box! I’m off to flick through your archives…


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