Somehow, the light really is different as we're heading towards Spring (can't be too soon for me): everything looks dingy and drab, and I immediately get the urge to redecorate.

Saturday, I zoomed off and bought paint rollers etc and made a start on the bathroom. Being a tiny room, it only took me Sunday afternoon to do it all! First, ceilings (the bath is in a kind of alcove, so a bit of ceiling in there and another bit in the main part) in brilliant white, then walls in Moonlight White soft sheen. This sounds more than it is as the bath is entirely tiled, which saved a lot of work.

My worst job: painting pipes. I hate painting pipes; given half a chance, there will be nothing but drips.

I also did the first coat on the door, skirtings and surrounds, and towel holders and little cupboard and shelves. In fact, as I used eggshell (brilliant white again) it's such a soft powder effect, it covers a multitude of sins, so it was the ONLY coat on the surrounds and skirtings. Yah boo that I had to do a second coat on the door, shelves and cupboard today.

I love white with white with white, the play of different shades and textures.

My biggest decorating tips:

Buy self-undercoating eggshell or gloss, then you don't have to sand.

Although, if the paint is in lousy condition or covered in nicotine or grease, it's worth washing down with sugar soap first, rinse well and allow to dry naturally THEN sand if you really need to.) As I'm just freshening up, I got away with it.

Paint rollers are your best friend:

When doing doors, use a roller so you don't get drippy paint or brush marks (or stray hairs).

I use a small roller especially for gloss and toss the sleeve away when finished (considering the cost, I'd spend more in white spirit trying to clean it).

Thin coats are better than thick, and give a much better finish (think nail varnish).

If you can, remove any door furniture or else paint round (cut in carefully) with a small brush (I use a 1 inch brush) then use the roller. I have tried masking tape in the past, which can work but Sod's Law says the paint will still get underneath somehow.

Ceilings are easy if you use a small roller.

I can't use a large roller anyway as they are just too heavy when full of paint, and my arm feels on fire (I have RSI). So a small roller is ideal and easily controlled. Cut in first with a small brush then switch to the roller. And as the tray is also small, it's easy to hold in one hand whilst painting with the other, so less reaching etc.

Stick to small rollers in restricted spaces.

Pipes and radiators are a nightmare to paint behind and around, so keep going with the small rollers - forget brushes except for cutting in where ceiling and walls meet, and to blend paint on the front of the pipes if it needs it.

Rollers are cleaner, faster and easier to manouvre - if you buy the smallest size. You can buy sleeves for emulsion and gloss - I buy several packs and then throw them away when they get nasty. In fact, I also throw the trays away when finished (they're so cheap and washing them out is miserable).

Pictures to follow shortly (when I find the lead for the camera).


  1. Anne Huskey-Lockard1 February 2010 at 20:34

    I had a Victorian home with 11' ceilings and open stairwells. I had a big roller on a VERY LONG stick.
    All I can say is I never, EVER want to have to do that again!!! LOL!!!
    It was a nightmare! I couldn't straighten my shoulders or neck for days......
    If the house we're in now gets painted, it's either hubby (Lord help us all!) or hired out! :)
    Best of luck!!!


  2. Susie,
    I can't wait to see pictures of it! It sounds beautiful! I am glad you put up those tips. There are so many people who don't know how to prep before painting. I think alot of people are timid about painting. To me painting a room is such a great way to brighten and change a room! One thing that always happens to me is I always seem to get paint on me. No matter how hard I try not to!

    Have A Wonderful Day!

  3. Queen of Dreamsz1 February 2010 at 21:32

    Hello Susie,

    I so agree with the white on white on white play. It really is pretty and so clean. I've been able to follow my PiNk passion in our newest home and I'm using the creamy white as an accent.

    I've got an old wood desk in the great room that I believe is going to turn white very soon. :0) Wintertime really makes you want to brighten up things.

    Now tell me about this "sugar soap" solution??? Inquiring minds must know! hehehe :0)

    Drop by when you have a moment and have a great day,

  4. Sounds AWESOME!! I know you are excited!
    Hugs, Lisa

  5. For pipes use a paint mitt or (wearing a rubber glove) a clean rag dipped in the paint. I've painted many a pipe! You bathroom sounds wonderful/

  6. Marianne@Songbird2 February 2010 at 10:48

    Good on you for starting the spring decorating early. As in painting tips I have two (you might have heard of them already). When you continue painting in the next few days, wrapping rollers and brushes in alufoil and putting them in the fridge makes them instantly usuable again the next day. And if you wrap a plactic bag or some cellophane around your paint tray, you won't have to throw it away after you are done (better for the environment too).
    I love white too, it is creeping in everywhere in my house.

  7. Thanks for stopping by Susie! I can't wait to see your finished newly freshened bath!

    All the best,

  8. ps, how are your eyes ? Hope everything went well
    hugs June xxxx

  9. Oh My goodness Susie, where does your energy end ? I have never known anyone do so much of everything and now you do decorating and out of the goodness of your heart you then help us all with handy tips ... You are simply the best my friend !!!
    Hugs June xxxxxx

  10. I have the BEST tool ever for all my painting jobs ...................
    He's my husband!

  11. I so agree with your use of small rollers and trays, and chucking 'em out rather than trying to clean them! Great painting tips Susie and now I feel like doing some touch up myself perhaps! I do hire a painter for big jobs now - stairwell, ceilings, even entire rooms, but like painting furniture and small spaces.

    Look forward to seeing the bathroom makeover - white, in all it's many shades (and amazingly there are thousands when you start to choose one!), always looks great.

    Hope your eye is doing OK dear.

  12. Wow, Susie! This is better advice than my own father ever gave me, and he WORKED in a paint store, that my grandfather OWNED! I will definitely remember this! I can't wait to see how it all looks, when your work is done!.. And when you find that lead!! ((hugs)) ~tina

  13. Thanks for the advice!


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