Since moving here, I have only decorated the lounge and my bedroom, the latter with Darlo's help. Mid - November, I have Welder, Pat Val and O'de un coming round for a meal to celebrate Pat's birthday in early November and O'de un's on the 22nd.
I made the decision to decorate the hall, to get rid of that disgusting orangey brown ceiling, but didn't realise the pitfalls I would encounter.
Firstly, I can hardly move. All the stretching has put me back to the physical condition I was in before I went to physio about this time last year, neck, spine and lower back have all kicked in and just standing now is a painful experience.
I only have white satin finish paint for the woodwork and what I really wanted was some coffee coloured paint for the doors. At ten pounds for a litre tin, I can't afford to have what I want but today made the decision that I would do the inside of my front door in the colour of my choice, so marched down to Wilko where I parted with a tenner I could ill afford for some satin finish "crushed biscuit".
On the tin it says in large friendly letters No undercoat needed, excellent coverage easy to apply.
Wilko should remove all of these claims from the tins immediately.
I was painting on to a cream coloured door which I had washed down and done minimal prep. The paint is liquid, not that thick and immediately I could see it did not cover excellently or even adequately. I now have a door which is all shades of coffee as the lighter paint underneath is showing through, so the no undercoat claim is pants too.
Annoyingly it is solvent based so has stunk the place out, but the fact I have to do the thing again does not thrill me at all. I hate painting and decorating intensely and I have a total of seven doors to do and will not be doing the other six in crushed biscuit.
Add to this the doorframes and skirtings and I am beginning to wonder what possessed me to embark on this project in the first place. Oh I know, it's to stop Ode un whining like he did last time when he said I'd not hoovered up, when in fact I had about an hour before everyone arrived.
He confessed today he daren't do it at home, for fear of having his fingers cut off by Val who keeps the place spotless, so he picks on me instead.
So, if you are considering a bit of painting, I do urge you not to use paint from Wilkinson, because despite the exotic colour titles, it is little more than liquid shite in a tin.
The Johnstone's white is a complete contrast both in colour and quality and is what the other doors will be done in. Bollocks to crushed biscuit !