Exactly one year ago today, on Tuesday 7th January, we got the keys to our new house. It was our dream house – spacious and individual, with enough bedrooms to go round, a big kitchen and even a utility. It was also the house that time forgot. It was built in 1987 and nothing had changed since. It needed a lot of work.
Our first priority was to get the kids’ bedrooms ready. We immediately ripped up the threadbare, dirty, garish carpets. We then set about sanding and painting the skirting boards, as well as painting the walls. Many of the rooms had rather hideous wallpaper. Time wasn’t on our side, so we didn’t take the paper off, we just painted over it. Some of the worst paper needed three or four coats of paint to cover it.
Remarkably, by 10th January, the bedrooms were ready for new carpet and, on 11th January, we moved in.
On the following Thursday and Friday, my regular days off work, I singlehandedly painted the hall, stairs and landing (as high as I could safely reach) while the kids were at school, in preparation for yet more new carpet.
We were so pleased with our handiwork. Our house was changing before our eyes. And fast. It looked brilliant.
What we didn’t realise, because it looked SO much better than before – cleaner, brighter and way more modern – was that, in our haste to get everything finished in record time, we hadn’t actually done a brilliant job. We’d used two coats of paint when we should have used three, we’d skimped on the sanding, some of the paint was lumpy and we’d got paint on the ceiling…
So over the last few weeks my husband has been putting right the wrongs with our painting and bit by bit he is re-painting the hall, stairs and landing. He is taking his time. The finish is so much better. This time it really is a quality job.
I have no regrets about the job we did initially, we couldn’t have done it any other way (without making our kids move into nasty 1980s floral monstrosities of bedrooms). I am proud of how much we achieved in such a short space of time.
But, a year on from those crazy few days, we’re painting our house so it’s fit to last.