upping the sparkle quotient (part 1)

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(WARNING: BORING – this is a DIY story)

  1. Paint tester potsDecide on a colour – Deciding what colour to paint the hallway and bathroom has taken 4 years. 4YEARS! Currently the bathroom is white – too clinical and boring. The hallway is a pale custard-yellow. Too insipidly polite for my taste.  The colours I like are too dark for these rooms which have small or north facing windows. Then INSPIRATION! –  during a particularly dark dream about people being abducted (for their body-parts on the healthcare black market) from an Opium den that I was ejoying – I saw the wall colour sparkling through the candle-light and smoke…. GOLD!
  2. Purchase 3 test paint pots – all marked as ‘gold’ looking like slight variations on the colour and damn sparkly. Each with a slightly different product names, produced by different companies, brands. Minor tea-fest to celebrate
  3. Move furniture and plants – out of the to-be-sparkled dark hallway and bathroom into the sun filled Orangerie. Had a cup of tea
  4. Sugar soap the walls – standing on my fabulous bauhaus bar stool to reach the high bits. Discover the bathroom was painted either before the plaster dried or without adequate priming….unexpected…. Chorus: wash hands, moisturize hands, have a cup of tea
  5. Bathroom paint peeled-offPeel-off poorly applied paint – peel the ploosely attached paint. A satisfying experience. Chorus…
  6. Paint 3 test squares on west, north and south facing walls then spend the daylight hours drinking tea and pondering how the natural light affects them at different times of day and artificial lights in the evening…  Chorus…
  7. Cut-in Hallway edges – a time consuming task because one of the main characteristics of hallways is that they have lots of doors (4 in this hall) and windows. Chorus…
  8. Sleep – overnight while the paint dries
  9. Cut-in the Hallway edges 2nd coat  and leave for 4hrs to dry Chorus…
  10. Prime bathroom bare wall. Chorus….
  11. Visit city recycle centre. Oh! Errrr! this is where the th 40-something attactive men hang-out on a Sunday afternoon….   ……I’ll be doing a tad more spring cleaning this spring…  Chorus…
  12. Paint hallway 1st coat. Then pack stuff away ready to finish with a coat or two next weekend Chorus…

 (DIY story on pause until the redecoration is finished… )

upping the sparkle quotient (part 1)
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  1. Kay Guest writes:

    Is it too late to tell you that I like the idea of your white bathroom and pale yellow hallway? It is? Well then, I am sure the gold will be like goldilocks…just right!

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    wendy writes

    you are a tease Kay! – you had 4 years to tell me you liked it as it is, yet you waited until I painted it?! 😉 I suspect the pre-gold decor will appeal to much more people than my darkly golden sparkle…

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  2. Grumps writes:

    Cool!
    And you’re not overdoing it – not as dear Mama did back in the ’60s.
    Pa and I spent a looooong time re-papering the sitting room with a heavy gold paper, having already painted the ceiling a deep cream and the woodwork to match. All to Mama’s decorating scheme. When we showed the finished room to her she instantly decided it was de trop, and went out to buy new paper. Pity about the new gold carpet and curtains.
    Of course she was quite right – definitely too much. Woman’s right to change her mind and all that.

    Can’t wait to see the finished bathroom.

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    wendy writes

    Grumps good to hear that your parents employed you in their home improvement projects. All good designers (irrespective of gender) know to expect multiple versions in the journey from merely fabulous to rapturous….

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