And so we told the builder to paint everything white.
And we have lived with an all-white house from that moment until the weekend just gone (well, it was a Bank Holiday weekend, and what else does one do but DIY?), when we finally went colour-crazy and painted three walls (or parts thereof); woo to the hoo.
While I popped to Homebase (15% off everything, not to be sniffed at) for paint of a certain make and colour, hubby was busy slapping paint of another make and colour up on the chimney breast in the snug.
Back in February when we put the wooden fire surround up (as discussed here) we also put a couple of tester colours behind it - Caragheen by Fired Earth (left) and Twilight Cinders 2 by Dulux (right)
Over the rest of the long weekend we set about adding some colour to the dining area. This was all sparked by the new curtains we put up at the dining room window - oh yes, new curtains, we're all about the fancy round here you know! Having lived with a variety of hand-me down/pre-loved curtains that either didn't fit or didn't suit the room or were just plain ugly (or all three at once), we decided that we really needed to get on and buy some proper, grown up, made-to-measure ones. A trip to John Lewis for a look at the bazillions of fabrics left us a bit bedazzled, but we did come away with several samples - all of the same pattern but in differing shades, so we had narrowed the choice down a little.
The bottom two were recjected for their background colours, which left four. Our favourite was the one on the right in the middle - you might be able to make out from this dreadful photo that it's in various shades of green against an off-white background (here's a link to a cushion on the John Lewis website if you're particularly interested in seeing a better photo of the colour/fabric.) Fast forward a couple of weeks and we took another trip to John Lewis in Bristol; it was a pitstop as we made our way home from a weekend in Staffordshire rather than a specific shopping trip. Because I am an avid bargain hunter (ok, you can read that as 'cheap' if you like), I always have a look in the section of the haberdashery department where the reduced-price blinds are kept (because there are still windows in this house that have no blinds after 18 months of living here...); and this time I thought I'd just have a wander into the curtain dept and see if there were any bargains to be had. Well, I'll be darned, my heart nearly skipped a beat when I saw some curtains in THE fabric; I hurried on over and had a gander at the size label; another heart-beat was skipped when I realised they were an almost perfect fit for our window (just slightly too long), and then another moment when the paramedics nearly had to be called out - the price tag... Reduced from £350 to £175. And even better - yes, it actually gets better - we had £120 of John Lewis vouchers to put towards them. Can you see why I was a little excited? Go on, humour me.
Here's a close up of the beauties.
And so the painting began.
Allow me introduce the lazy person's guide to painting a wall: don't bother taking the curtains down, just move them along the track, allow the paint to dry and then move them back again. You may or may not want to stand on a rickety old dining chair to reach the high spots. You may or may not wish to put a dust sheet down to protect your lovely floor from paint splatters. It all depends on just how lazy you are.