Well, I've been dowsing the seat post with proper penetrating oil for over a week now, and the seat tube still doesn't want to budge in any way.
The problem might be me.. I can't put much power into removing the post while I'm also trying to hold the bike, so I think I need to attach the post to something solid that won't move. I have no idea what, though.. if I attach it to anything attached to my house, I reckon I'll be more likely to rip something off of the house! I think I might have to go down to the local playground once all the children have gone and attach it to a railing or a climbing frame.
I'm now all set on the colour scheme, and it will be beige with bits of blue/turquoise and brown. I was originally inspired by a Pinarello Veneto
that I've been seeing in the window of a local bike shop, and since then I've seen several other examples of similar colour schemes that make me think it'll be awesome.
I just need to get the pesky seat tube out!