"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

This decorating lark

I am sitting on the sofa, laptop on knee, gazing in admiration at my handiwork all around me. It's a piece of cake, this decorating lark - dead easy. Well, no, actually, there were just a few problems:
In a house the size of a postage stamp (not that I'm complaining - it means less housework), it can be difficult to find room for the ladder, somewhere safe to place the paint tin and move the computer desk and TV unit out of the way without having to disconnect them. I had considered abseiling from the light fitting to reach the inaccessible parts of the walls but decided against it. After all, I don't want to join Keith with a broken ankle, or worse. And no, there was no way I was going to disconnect/dismantle the TV or computer. Have you any idea how many millions of miles of cable nestle behind each of them?
Then there was the problem of which paint was to go where. Yes I know the white gloss was for the woodwork, including skirting boards and dado rail and the subtly toned 'mature cream' (meant to be 'antique cream' but I picked the wrong tin off the shelf) silk finish was to go on the walls. Despite a liberal use of masking tape, I seemed to be incapable of restricting each to its own area.
This meant that some rescue touching up was necessary.
This proved difficult as when I re-glossed bits of the dado rail, it leaked onto the wall and when I then touched up the wall, yes, you've guessed it, it managed to overflow onto the gloss. It's a bit of a vicious circle really - when do you stop? I blame it on being left handed.
Anyway, it's done to the best of my ability. I can see the less-than-perfect bits but we will have to live with them. The paintbrushes and rollers are washed and put away - until I start on the kitchen, anyway but that's for another day.


Mick's Page said...

Hi Jenny.

Congratulations on your decorating, well done. Well worth the effort when you see the results - [Only you will see where the faults are].

You forgot to mention the carpets, any paint splashes on them as well?

Kitchen next. Question: Where do get the time to do all this extra work? ....


Snowbabies said...

Looks great Jenny, do you want to come and finish ours off as I think Paul has now gone on strike!!!


Jennyta said...

Unbelievably, the carpet has no paint stains, Mick, but plenty of other ones so I shall be shampooing it this week.

Debbie, I'm afraid I'm not taking any more commissions at the moment. I'm in such great demand, you know! ;)

Arthur said...

if that's how big postage stamps are in wales I'd hate to see your letters. Is this because no word is allowed to exclude any consonents because the assembly thinks this would be discrimatory to the ones that were left out?

Jennyta said...

Ooooh! Being anti-Wales are we???

Arthur said...

not at all, been there loads of times and love it. just can't pronounce the place names, except cardiff perhaps but I've probably been saying that wrong too :-(

Jennyta said...

The theory of the pronunciation is quite easy. It's just getting your tonsils round the words that's the problem.


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