My Home Truth: The Pain of Painting

There are some things about decorating that will always grind your bones. For me one of these things is painting tribulations!

My painting pains include the preparation, painting the edges and corners and the little splatters of paint that make a mess. To begin, the tasks before painting that are masking taping all the skirting boards, window seals and plugs as well as covering up the floor of the room, make painting an ordeal before you’ve even picked up a paint brush! Then there’s the careful painting that you can’t use a roller for, usually it’s for the corners of the room and edges, which takes forever and frankly, it hurts my arm because I’m short and often I can’t reach properly. Finally, my worst nightmare is finding spots of paint here and there… after the paint has dried and which refuses to come off!

It also doesn’t help if your other half accidentally closes the door that has no handle, locking us both in the room that we’re painting when neither of us has a phone and the window is too small to climb out of! Luckily we were smart enough to use the back end of the paint brush to open it back up after a minor swearing tantrum from me…

BUT regardless of the little mishaps and the near death experience accidentally becoming trapped, as well as the aggravating little paint splodges that appear out of nowhere, I loved every part – and I especially love the finished look. There is no better feeling than seeing your hard work take form and create a warm and loving home that you’ve always dreamed of.

That’s why when I came across this video on British Gas‘ Home Truths hub, it really touched me. Looking back on early last year, unlike this New Year’s eve 2014 that was the warmest since about a hundred years ago, it was rainy and cold. The video shows a family home that was flooded in Somerset – after they’ve spent years fixing it up, decorating it and making the house their home. It’s terrible to think how distraught I’d feel if anything would happen to my house and I’ve only lived here a few months and painted one room!


Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.

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