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.