Today I, and Steph, brought the dual meaning out of the word crafty! We were on a secret squirrel mission to be up, out of our houses and painting Skysoclear‘s new office without the boss having the first clue what we were up to.
We are truly sneaky, manipulative and calculating … this could be used against us.
But on this occasion, we were transforming a tired office space into a light studio area for Skysoclear to work out of, how could he not love us for that?
7.30am, I wake … think, “shit”, panic, rush to get dressed and get the kettle on before Steph comes to collect me. B&Q opens at 8am.
B&Q are kindly selling 10ltrs of Crown white paint for a similar price to that of a 5ltr can, so we make our purchase (my kid B wants white walls so the paint will get used) and race off to the office.
Minor glitch on arrival, we can’t work the security pad. That’s to say that we haven’t thought to try out turning the handle the wrong way to open it. A quick call to the boss, to say that Steph wanted to show me the new office space while we were in town, and that was problem solved. He fell for that???
Next up, donning our latex (gloves you filthy people) and sugar soaping the walls. A speedy but necessary step.
Then, my favourite job of them all, I cut in all of the edges while Steph went round after me stealing all the glory with the roller.
11am, one coat down and in need of a tea break we set off for IKEA. We made swift purchasing decisions on desks and legs, saved £12 with the family card (whoop whoop), hot-footed it up to the car with our booty, then back into IKEA for some dirty meatballs, and a swift half of cider, then back for round two.
By 3.45pm we’d completed two coats, cleaned down the window area, swept the floor, loaded the surprise desks into the office, packed up the car, washed all traces of paint from our hands, changed back into our day clothes and returned home. At that point Ross still had NO IDEA what we’d been up to.
I am reliably informed that he was ‘blown away’ when he went to move his gear from the shared office to his new ‘studio’ this evening, I can’t wait to show you before and after shots …