Don't see red unless that's what you've chosen.
Getting some painting done - let us colour your judgement
Decorating our long room marked its transition from a
semi-usable and draughty annex to the house to a room of its own; all 100
square metres of it. This week we had a decorating company in to carry out
the works rather than attempt it ourselves or use the services of our
On the subject of the latter, we had worked out a budget price for the
painting - guessing somewhere in the order of €1200 so we were less than
pleased when our contractor's original quote was for around €2000. This
reduced to about €1200 when we started getting offers from individual
decorating companies. After he'd tried (unsuccessfully) criticising their
specification, he muttered something along the lines of 'let them get on
with it' not that this decision was his, anyway.
We chose the colours from a swatch opting for a deep pink to complement the
grey 'cathedral stone' style tiles and also to set off our many paintings
and acrylics and a mustard-yellow to go in the new bathroom to brighten it
up. No doubt we will be treated to the usual chorus of 'Bello' or 'Bruto'
when our workforce return.
Italy does not have satin or matt paints like in the UK - instead they do
their decorating with 'washable' (lavabile) or 'non-washable'. The former
paint being much more expensive - costing two-and-a-half times the other on
average. With such a large swimming pool and the associated concerns about
condensation, we chose to have all of the walls in washable and only the
ceiling in non-washable.
The appointed painter called us at the end of last week to get our choices
of colours from us. He (along with two younger helpers) then arrived first
thing on the Monday, covered everything with polythene and tape and got
We had reckoned on the job taking 2 or 3 days but they
worked together well, never seeming to break into a sweat and actually
finished all the repairs and two coats of paint all in one day. It was very
carefully done, too with only a few small splashes of paint here and there -
far fewer than I would have dared hoped to have got away with myself if I
had been fool enough to have taken it on.
The cost for all their efforts - €800; well below our budget and two days
ahead of scheduled completion time. The decorator also left us a good supply
of 'spare' paint for touching up etc. When we get to the outside of the
building, we would be pleased to use them again and their quote for the
external painting seems reasonable given the scaffolding necessary.
Good luck with your decorating.
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