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.

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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.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I know what you mean. When we moved into our flat we painted and didn’t really take time over choosing colours etc. As a result we ended up with a lounge that is rather dark in winter and a very dark blue for Harry’s bedroom. We have re-decorated our lounge (I’d like new carpets too but hey) and now we are doing our bedroom. We will do Harry’s again soon because it is small with only a small window, it needs to be a lot lighter. x

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    • Funnily enough, my younger son’s room is just the same! He wanted a dark blue, but it is way too dark in my opinion! He’s got the smallest room in the house, with a small window and he has a high bed which blocks out the light.

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  2. Such a time consuming job isn’t it? Tricky to get it right but so worth it in the long run. I can understand why you did a rush job but as you say, worth giving it a going over now. Well done that man!

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    • Thanks, he’s very dedicated to it! It certainly is time consuming when you do it properly. I still can’t believe how much we did in a short space of time.

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  3. Thanks. It was so important to cover up the horrible wallpaper, but definitely better to take time over it and get it right.

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  4. Happy anniversary in your lovely house!! We have been in ours for five years now and it’s need a whole new coat of paint. We really need to do it this summer I think. Probably should have put that on my list 🙂

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    • Thanks very much! I must say it’s not that easy to find the motivation to paint! We were in our old house nine years ago and some bits never got re-painted!

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  5. Oh my goodness, that year has gone so quickly!! You did get it all done properly but you needed to be able to live with it. I have lots of painting to do here but never seem to have the time or the motivation

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    • It has gone very quickly! It’s definitely not always easy to find the motivation to paint, although my husband seems to be able to.

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  6. I am now planning on doing our house up so we can sell it and then no doubt will have to do up a new house too! xx

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    • Good luck with that! Doing up two houses sounds like really hard work! x

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