Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Painting

First of all, well done to Heather Watson, Kyle Edmund, Andy Murray and Aljaz Bedene for all coming through the first round of the French Open (a bit of a close call there Andy). Laura Robson and Johanna Konta have yet to play later today.

We are decorating the dining room, the last room to be done for quite a while we hope. It is a room with 4 entrances into it so gets very grubby. Also, although the Farrow and Ball paint that is currently on the walls is lovely, it isn't easy to wipe clean.

We have gone for Dulux Mineral Mist, which isn't quite the shade we wanted but the closest to it. The colour needs to blend in with the furniture we already have but as this is the last room to be fully decorated, it will have new curtains and carpet.

The previous curtains are going to a family member so will not be wasted. The carpet may go into the attic for insulation on its floor, if we can lift it up there.

The current carpet has been down quite a few years now and is getting flat with some interesting whorls appearing in it which DB tells me, is very hard to hoover over as it is similar to driving a car over speed bumps. Hard on the wrists!

Chosing a carpet was a right pain as blue is not an in colour at the moment, same with the curtains, which we still haven't found. Herewith the sample of carpet with the old and new paint, new paint on the left:
Below is the wall which normally houses a huge mirror to help throw light into the room, edges currently painted.
It isn't getting any easier as we age, both of us were aching like mad after the first day. Two walls have had two coats of paint and furniture temporarily put back. The last two walls should have both coats finished by tomorrow. Then we start again with the skirting boards.

We went to Reed's in Downham Market to look at curtains and found just the right pair but not with eyelets. They wanted between £59 and £75 to change them from gathered pleated tops to eyelets, we decided against it so are looking again. 

Onwards and upwards.

12 comments:

  1. I can empathise, having just painted our lounge we too feel we're getting too old. Once we've done the last 2 rooms (dining room and twin spare bedroom) that'll be it, we'll get a man in the next time it needs doing. Good luck with finding curtains.

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    1. Thanks. Certainly takes longer to recover than years ago.

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  2. Have a look at Terrys Fabrics on Line. They do curtains with an eyelet only section.

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    1. Thanks fir that. We have and hope to send for some fabric samples.

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  3. My Mum has, over the last couple of months, decorated 2 bedrooms, lounge/diner, hall stairs and landing, bathroom and downstairs loo. She says it's the last time that she will be doing it, and at almost 78 I sincerely hope that's the case. She has painted ceilings, doors, skirtings and walls aswell as hanging wallpaper in every room ( feature walls in some and all of the walls in others). Quite how she stripped off old wallpaper and hung the new stuff on the stairwell at her age is beyond me - I normally help her, but this time she did it before J could get there to assist as I'm not up to it at the moment.

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    1. Blimey, where does she get her energy? Well done her but it can be a bit of a worry though, especially when they go up ladders.

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  4. We splurged and paid someone to paint two rooms...first time EVER we have paid someone....it was expensive, but a real treat!....

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  5. I have problems with curtain choice too. I am waiting for something to really catch my eye. Do agree decorating gets harder as you get older.

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    1. Problem is, most blue curtains are duck egg blue and not sky blue.

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  6. That is a beautiful colour blue and I like it with the grey carpet. Good luck with finding the right curtains xxx

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    1. The darpet has flecks of pale and dark blue so it matches very well.

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  7. I am a very bad painter, as was my late husband. Neither of us have much patience when it comes to it. Mr B, however, is very good, and has offered to paint my kitchen. I will take him up on the offer!

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