I recently took two weeks off work, because a) I need to use up my holiday time and b) an old customer was hassling me to do some work for him.
I have worked in this house on and off for about 10 years, for the previous owners and the current owner. I have hand-painted every single room except the laundry.
He initially asked me to come and fix one of the guest rooms because he had had some water damage from a leaky roof.
|The white paint is the stain block I used before re-painting the cream and then the green stripes.|
He also asked if I could do anything with his laundry room. There were lots of holes, and dirty and unpainted walls where a new boiler had been installed.
There are also lots and lots of cable's and pipes.
The only thing I could suggest was to turn his laundry room into a boiler room and add even more pipes !
So instead of spending two weeks at home, decorating my own house, I spent 6 1/2 days in this boiler room.
As soon as it started to look ok, I stopped berating myself for taking on the work, and started enjoying it.
Mostly I was left on my own, given a key, and told to help myself to tea and coffee: so I just turned the radio up and got on with it.
I painted the back two walls in grey, stippled with silver, because there was already enough going on, on these walls and I knew everything would look good against a darker colour.
On the other walls I painted 'metal' panels because I couldn't cut round all the pipes. One morning the shelf had gone (a new galvanised one has been bought) and then the next day I was asked to remove the tiles. It definitely looks better without them.
I added a copper pipe, tap and gage, and rivets to make the panel look realistic.
I 'signed' my work (in the gage) with my initials and year of birth - though the client doesn't know.
I also added another panel on the wall by the door, with an air vent, and a pipe that runs around the back door and behind the washing machine.
I would have been happy to paint fake copper pipes everywhere, but it would have taken so long and turned the laundry room into the most expensive room in the house.
Oh boy, it was hot in the boiler room, I had to open this valve to let off some steam !!!!!
The white sockets and switches have already been changed for grey metal ones and I also painted a 'danger - authorised personnel only' sign, that I neglected to photograph.
Now every room in the house has a Fiona paint effect, though he's thinking of updating the hall.
Er, 'not this year' I told him, coz I'd like to keep my days off for myself.
The job was fun though and the extra money really helps !