Entrance hall in Farrow and Ball’s Calamine – I hadn’t vacuumed all the dust off the floor at this stage. Ignore those wires too – they’re for the alarm system. The calamine pink walls give the terrazzo a real lift.
Look at that fine grain. We had a close call when I couldn’t get the Blackfriar’s Stain and Varnish that P wanted in time. We decided on a Dulux product instead which, as it went on, was the colour of beetroot and left awful brush strokes and was completely matt and opaque. You might as well have painted the wood purple.
Top floor landing. P had used the Dulux on this handrail and the next one heading down when I spotted it. The look on my face said everything – he halted the application and we set about with scourers scrubbing it off again. Luckily it was water based but this also meant that there was beetroot coloured water dripping all down the newly glossed white spindles on the balustrade.