Making my mark on interior design
OF all the DIY jobs to do around the house, painting would have to be my favourite. After all the preparation involved in getting the wall ready, there’s great satisfaction in changing the colour of the room with just a few strokes of a paintbrush.
Truth be told, the last time we had any major painting to be done, we hired a professional to come in and finish the job after the builders had left.
One of the quirks of living in an old house is the varying nature of the plasterwork so that in some places it crumbled at any attempt to attach anything to it.
But after watching the builders fortifying one of the walls with mesh and then rendering it to a silky finish, the last thing I wanted to do was drill into it to hang a painting.
I’m similarly reluctant to attach anything to the pristine white ceiling, aside from the pendant lights.
While the back of the house was never adorned with the patterned ceilings in the living room that originally sold me on the house, there’s something soothing about an unblemished expanse of white.
The problem is, I’d love to embrace the renewed interest in indoor plants and hang a group of beautiful planters from the ceiling.
My fear is that I get it wrong and end up with holes in the ceiling or, worse still, that the planters come crashing down in the dead of night, creating mess and mayhem.
It’s not the end of the world, I know, but past experience tells me that any rectification work might take some time to complete.
I made a family photo wall in the hallway some months back, with some hooks failing thanks to the old plaster work. I’m still reminding myself to fix it, even as I walk past it and out the door.