The Art Of Painting

23 Mar

Once I got the stuff down from the loft I had to start.  I like painting, once I get going.  To get going, however, involves a lot of preparation.  The Hub insists that if his wife is going to do the job, she’s going to do it properly.  He’s good like that.  He always makes sure I have good equipment, and even bought me a special paint roller cleaning thingy that is my personal Kryptonite because I am feeble in the face of it but it really does clear the roller of all excess paint.  He’s so thoughtful.  I don’t know what I’d do without him.  Hire a decorator, maybe?



The operation went like this:

  • Preparation: 3.5 hours
  • Painting: 2 hours
  • Clean Up: 3.5 hours

The first 3.5 hours does involve a lot of, ‘Spud, will you pleeeeease get off the PS3 and into the loft for my paint gear?’ and the second 3.5 hours included a 2-hour bath and a one-hour drying-off period, and the nine hours were spread over a month, but you can still see I was busy the whole day, can’t you?

As requested, here is a photo of the newly painted ceiling:

Isn’t it lovely?  A thing of beauty is a joy forever; in this case, that’s probably true: I’m not painting it again; my backthighsshoulderslegsarmswristshandshead is aching.  One coat will do.  Which reminds me: I learned a few things yesterday.

  • The ratio of paint to hair is roughly equivalent to the ratio of paint to brush, because
  • What goes up tends to come down again
  • Ladders are evil
  • Always use the ladder without the missing foot
  • And the ladder that lets you reach the far corner
  • If you  must paint in your pyjamas (and I must; I don’t know why), don’t use your favourites unless you don’t intend wearing them again
  • You can remove the light bulbs or see what you’re doing; you can’t do both
  • Fortunately, emulsion can be wiped off wallpaper
  • Fortunately, wet emulsion can be wiped off wallpaper
  • Don’t put off wiping now instead of leaving it for later
  • Unfortunately, dry emulsion cannot be wiped off wallpaper

It was hard work but there is the reward of a job well done, which was the satisfaction of a job done.  The whole of my downstairs has been decorated in the last twelve months.  Such a good feeling.  Apart from one piece of skirting board.  I also have to paint the skirting board up the stairs and the bannister on the stair-side.  That’s a job for next week.  First, I have to buy some new pyjamas.

28 Responses to “The Art Of Painting”

  1. nrhatch March 23, 2011 at 21:18 #

    The ceiling looks great. Love your PJ’s. 😀


  2. Chloe March 23, 2011 at 21:37 #

    Ha ha – you make decorating sound SOoooo much fun. When are you coming round to do mine? xx 😀


  3. musings March 23, 2011 at 21:43 #

    Well… my Hub is just like your Hub. So thoughtful. Hmmm… that could be why my doors are still not painted. 🙂


  4. gigihawaii March 23, 2011 at 22:13 #

    well, congrats on a job well done. As for me, I make/let my hubby do all the painting. He is neater than I am, that’s for sure!


  5. slpmartin March 23, 2011 at 22:18 #

    Very nice job…do you hire out? 🙂


    • Tilly Bud March 24, 2011 at 10:06 #

      My children? Yes. Me? Depends…how many boxes of Maltesers are you offering?


  6. barb19 March 23, 2011 at 23:08 #

    Love the pj’s!


  7. kateshrewsday March 23, 2011 at 23:18 #

    Lovely ceiling! Worth all the slog!


  8. vivinfrance March 23, 2011 at 23:22 #

    Where are you wearing that headscarf you promised? Not on your head, anyway. Have a good night’s sleep: you’ve earned it.


    • Tilly Bud March 24, 2011 at 10:07 #

      I have made a dignified response to this slur in a post 🙂


  9. Cindy March 24, 2011 at 02:47 #

    Very well done, many happy ceiling-gazing hours lie ahead.
    Maybe a shower cap next time?


    • Tilly Bud March 24, 2011 at 10:08 #

      Good thinking, Batman! Um, do you happen to have a shower cap about your person?


  10. earlybird March 24, 2011 at 07:05 #

    I’m crying with laughter. Sorry! but I am. Thanks for the pictures. The one of the ceiling was particularly inspiring.


    • Tilly Bud March 24, 2011 at 10:11 #

      I can’t stress this enough: it is NEVER necessary to apologise for finding me funny.

      Thanks for the comment. My ego thanks you, too 🙂


  11. Pseu March 24, 2011 at 09:30 #

    I don’t see the crate or headscarf…. and I have a pain in my neck looking at the angle of dangle on your neck!

    Congratulations on completion. Ever consider hiring yourself out? (For painting, obviously)


    • Tilly Bud March 24, 2011 at 10:15 #

      ‘the angle of dangle’ – what a fabulous phrase! That’s one for my notebook (source acknowledged, of course). That bit of the ceiling is low and quite small, so it didn’t hurt much.

      As for your complaint, my dignified response to Viv refers.


  12. granny1947 March 24, 2011 at 14:00 #

    Love the oic of the ceiling…a real work of art. 🙂


  13. granny1947 March 24, 2011 at 14:01 #

    What the hell is an oic?


  14. Tilly Bud March 25, 2011 at 10:54 #

    A French oik? They have a more sophisticated peasant than we Brits.


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