Drum roll please!
When I bought Bobatu, she still had most of what we think is the original wood inside. However the galley was very dark and dull.
I’ll admit I was torn – do I leave her interior with the traditional but dark and marked wood, or should I lighten her up and try to modernise her a bit?
This is how dark it was before…sandpapered, hence the marks
For the first year, I left the wood alone, I liked my old boat and didn’t want to change her. But I kept seeing lovely ideas on Pintrest, and I am a sucker for duck egg blue.
Boats are obviously prone to damp and condensation and so ideally you need to use specialist paints, inside and out. They come at a price, obviously. See my previous post about a cheaper marine paint supplier.
I explained my issue to a woman at a local marina, who said she had used cream bilge paint, which costs around £11.95 a tin, to paint her fibreglass interior.
So I set off rubbing away with sandpaper to give the wood a key, and then slapped it on.
DON’T DO IT!
I was heartbroken when I saw what a sticky dribbly mess it looked – what on earth had I done. Awful isn’t it??!!
But it had done one thing, acted as a base coat ready for me to paint with a lighter colour.
I thought I’d try and experiment. I used Wilko cupboard paint on top of it. Now I know I’m not an expert by any means, and hardened DIY experts and boaters will be cursing this idea. But think about it…cupboard paint is designed for damp places like kitchens, where there is condensation isn’t it?
Let’s see what happens over the next year and whether it is as good as it says on the tin!
My last job was to replace my smelly damp carpet, which got damp when the rainwater rose up in the bottom of the boat over winter. Although many people use carpet to insulate their cabins and keep them warmer (some even have it on the walls), I thought it would be more practical to opt for non slip vinyl (lino). I bought one metre of a three metre roll for about £25.
Technically if you are buying a wooden plank patterned vinyl and want the pattern to run the length of the cabin you’d have to buy more. Why didn’t I?
To save money obviously BUT there is another reason.
In my opinion running the pattern widthways means it makes the cabin look slightly wider and more spacious.
But see what you think. This is the end result of everything – new foam, cushion covers, Fablon surfaces, paint job and lino. I think she looks pretty shipshape now! Hope you approve too!
Before, during and after…