Monday, 27 October 2008

the blue house - painting...

We have started the big job of repainting a number of rooms in the blue house. Starting with the most important - the playroom. The previous owners of the house, who I am sure are very lovely, had somewhat limited skills when it came to painting. Overall the paint work is a bit messy, with lots of hairs and brush bristles left in the paint work, drips and splotches on wood work and terrible colour choices. The 'blue house' blue colour is fine and as is the 'off white' in the main part of the house (still badly applied) but the orange/buttercup shades used in the back section of the house are not our cup of tea. Plus for some insane reason they painted the ceiling the same colour as the walls. The playroom is a dark room anyway so having the ceiling and walls the same light sucking colour makes it feel like a gloomy box. So we are painting it all - there will be a new white ceiling and some 'Whisper White' walls and a skylight to brighten things up.

I am a bit obsessive when it comes to brushes - buy the absolute best you can afford is my mantra. Go without chocolate or wine if you have to... And what ever you do, don't buy the cheap bulk pack because you will regret it when you spend 7 hours removing all the bristles from your walls.

I am planning to paint my sewing room at some stage and feel drawn to the gorgeous colour used by my friend and by the Mama herself. But the real priority in the sewing room is some cupboards or shelves. At the moment the room is far from calming and inspiring -on going in there one is not sure if they will ever get out.

The list of jobs around here is long and seemingly endless. The biggest job is an extension/rebuild at the rear of the house but this will have to wait until interest rates are 1%... So until then lots of new paint, new loo's, new curtains...

And of course, it wouldn't be fun if you didn't have a helper...

9 comments:

CurlyPops said...

It's so much easier to paint with a great brush...it will be so lovely when it's finished.

Jelly Wares said...

My little family is also in the process of giving an older house a new fresh lease on life... I don't know what people are thinking when the decide to paint the roof the same colour as the walls. 3 of the 6 rooms in the house I'm renovating have are a lovely shade of orange and the roofs are as equally striking in the same vibrant shade (note the hint of sarcasim... LOL!!!) I can't wait to see how your rooms evolve with their new fresh coats of paint...

Take Care
Jodie :)

Mary Beth said...

Oh yes, do go for the Sweet Rhapsody in your studio--it is so cheering!

Poppy and Mei said...

Yay! Cute big girl pants Mini! XXxx

Jo said...

Love that colour for your craft room!!
Good tip about the brushes, I will remember that. I think the same applies to toilets, you only get what you pay for. I love a good quality toilet (our project home ones are seriously crap!!)
Happy house transforming in the coming months, look forward to more photos. xxx

jodi said...

so exciting!

Jessica said...

When I have a sewing room I will paint it the same exact color!

potty mouth mama said...

So so cute. I agree about brushes. Those bristles are a real pest if they keep dropping out!

tiff said...

Of course.

You need that little helper. She makes the colours all the brighter!