Let’s talk about tanning bleed.
You might think that’s what happens when you stay out in the sun too long. It’s not. At least, I don’t think so. I’m from Wales. I don’t know very much about the sun. (Mostly, we get our warmth from world-class harmony singing and a fine national rugby team.)
THE greatest honour in life is when someone names something after you. I don’t mean when your kids name things after you. Like 'Daddy’s chair'. Or 'Daddy’s no', which is a firm no that is easily overturned by a 'Mummy’s yes'. (By the way, a Lee Reeve 'Daddy’s yes' is equally brittle.)
I know two things about reputations.
One, they take a lifetime to build, but only a second to ruin.
Two, your reputation is what other people say about you behind your back.
I couldn’t believe it. There was dust everywhere—spewed about the place by the heavy-duty sander that was being used to prep the kitchen.
Have you heard of the lac bug? It lives in India and parts of southeast Asia. As a larva, it crawls along branches, excreting a waxy substance. If you paint your nails, you might be wearing some lac bug excretion on your hands right now. It’s the main ingredient in shellac nail polish.
You might think that watching paint dry is boring. For me, it’s the opposite. Sometimes paint can dry too quickly for my liking.
Shall I tell you which colour I really hate?
There are several things a kitchen painter doesn’t want to hear after they’ve started work.
“Was that scratch always there?” is one.
I’m quite well respected. Outside my own home, anyway. But that doesn’t mean that I simply stroll into jobs. Nor would I expect to. People entrust me with their dream kitchens. They are right to ask a few questions before hiring me.
I must tell you about one job that I didn’t land easily.
The story of how a 24-year-old kitchen in Youghal, Co. Cork, was transformed by a lot of love and some gorgeous paint.
Anyone can hand paint a kitchen cabinet. But not everyone can do it properly. Even people who say they are professional kitchen painters. Here’s a story about how I was able to rescue a kitchen in Cork after the original painter did a terrible job.
It’s important to know for sure that once your kitchen is painted it is the colour you were expecting. Here is a story about how I made sure a client in Cork got the colour kitchen she wanted.
Working in someone else’s house brings with it a lot of care. Quite often, the kitchen floor will be new. The last thing I want to do is leave behind paint drops on a freshly laid tile or wooden floor. Here is how I protect my clients’ floors when I paint their kitchens.
The story of a hand-painted kitchen in Cork and how I went about the job from start to finish, making sure all of my client’s requests were met.