Time to make our house our own

A paint roller in front of a wall.

Disclosure: This is a paid collaboration with The Paint Shed.

We’ve been in our ‘new’ home for just over a year now so it’s time to finally make our house our own. So far, we’ve redecorated the bedrooms but two big jobs remain. For ‘remain’, read ‘were ignored in the ridiculous hope they’ll miraculously do themselves’.

This time of year is ideal for tackling jobs that have been put off as the motivation is all around us. Things start to look a lot nicer outside, the days are longer and it’s warmer all of a sudden. I, for one, feel much more positive when spring arrives.

So it’s time to get cracking. The first decorating job on my list is my office. When we moved in, we had no idea that the then-imminent lockdown would last so long. But, of course, it has.

As a result, I’ve spent the majority of the last year in it but, in many ways, it feels like I’m working in someone else’s dining room. Which, essentially, I have been.

The wallpaper is okay but doesn’t scream ‘workplace’. It’s a neutral colour with branches of leaves in varying shades of green. Perfectly nice but, as I may well end up working in there for the rest of my career, it has to change.

Luckily, the previous owners did a brilliant job with it. There’s a completely smooth surface and none of it has peeled away. So I’m going to paint right over it!

I haven’t decided on a colour yet, but already know the type of paint I’m going to go for as I always prefer to use emulsion.

I have asthma so there are all kinds of things that can make me wheezy. Emulsion is mostly water-based, so that can only be a good thing health-wise. Plus it has the added benefits of being quick to dry and versatile enough to use on a variety of surfaces.

This leads me to my next redecorating job. The hallway and stairs. Our house is built on a slope so we have four floors. And the existing decor spans three of them. Sigh.

It has to be changed though. It gets a lot of light and has faded in places. The places where pictures were once displayed looks like really bad tan marks!

Now, I’m hoping that I’ll get away with painting over this too – while I’m motivated to do the job, halving it still very much appeals – but it’s textured so we’ll have to see about that.

Either way, I can’t wait to make our house our own.

Have you got any DIY jobs you’ve been putting off?


  1. John Adams

    DIY jobs that need putting off? I wouldn’t go that far, but we have a downstairs bathroom that desperately needs decorating. In fact I reckon many family homes will need decorating after so much time in lockdown. When families have been in the same house for so long, wear and tear is inevitable. Ideal time to considerre-decorating actually so good work PAint Shed and good work Tom! best of luck with the re-decorated office.

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