You know which time. The time when the increase in daylight shows your house up in its winter shabbiness, highlighting the high-up cobwebs, the chipped paintwork, the dingy corners.
The time that shouts “Spring clean! Tidy up! De-clutter! Paint!” but those are familiar themes here, regardless of light and season, and often ignored. But it really is that time, and action must be taken.
So we’re going to paint. This cottage is mostly painted white, which suits its simplicity, but sometimes we long for a splash of colour on the walls.
The bathroom, moist, dusty, spidery, is desperate for a makeover; its once-crisp white and pale greys are rather tatty now, and look cold and uninviting. In my desire for simple, easy-to-clean, hygienic-looking bathrooms, I fear that, quite inadvertently, I have developed a great talent for making them rather bleak and chilly-looking.
This will be our first project.
We are going for Autentico paints this time round – the Outdoor range is perfect for bathrooms and kitchens, I’m told. Just as simple to apply as Annie Sloan chalk paints, but with a much lovelier choice of colours.
Inspired by this old sponge bowl, we’ve chosen Summer Sky and Roman White for the bathroom walls, after a lively discussion with knowledgeable stockist Claire from Hatty’s Attic.
And while we’re adding colour, the space between the two little interior windows in the utility area will be getting this old wall shelf, recently acquired from a downsizer whose garage was bursting at the seams with all the stuff she thought she could fit into her new cottage. Oh how I empathise…..
Probably painted blue too.
I’ll keep you posted.
Now for the Spring cleaning part. (You didn’t think I’d be painting over the dust and cobwebs, did you?)