Anyone within hearing distance (and twitter distance) from me will know that I’m doing DIY. What started off as an exciting project quickly turned into a tedious chore that sees you spending sunny days trawling around Homebase looking for the ‘matt’ version of the paint that you’ve already bought (and spent a day carefully painting onto the walls) in ‘silk’. Someone should really tell you that ‘silk’ paint is the same as ‘gloss’ paint. Why bother renaming it? Why confuse people? Why waste their time? Hello!?
So anyway, a massive chunk of my time (and money) has recently been spent on this. After years of renting, I was stupidly excited about buying a flat just so I could turn it into some kind of chintzy, wallpapered explosion of colour and prints only to find out that:
A – Olly won’t let me (what?! Compromise?… Eurgh!)
B – Everything takes 27 times longer than you think it would.
Now after almost a year, 1 and a half rooms are done, and we’ve still got 2 more to do. But the end is in sight (for now) because after we’ve finished the bedroom, we’ve decided to have a DIY hiatus until autumn. Autumn is so much better for DIY. No one has picnics in Autumn. And you’re definitely not going to miss the ‘hottest day in 5 years’ in Autumn because you had to sort out the Holding Pen (the new name for the dining room, which is always said jokingly by Olly and with unconcealed anger by me).
And to ensure that I don’t die of white wall boredom just yet, I’ve just bought 2 of these to brighten up the living room:
£18.99 Urban Outfitters
Printed chinese lanterns, with just enough floral print to stop me going cold turkey. Phew! They’re sold out online, but you might be able to get them in store, or at Not On The High Street for £20.
Now, do you think I’ve gone and jinxed all the remaining chances of summer? Probably.