I said on Thursday that I was once again surrendering on the painting front and getting the man in to paint.
This is not the cheapest of options, but it means that my temper has not been strained at what is for many people a difficult time of years for tempers. It also means that the job is finished, in a fraction of the time it would have taken me, and at much better quality.
After installing the hotte we decided that it loomed too much and needed to be integrated more with the rest of the kitchen. As we had already painted one of the walls of the dining room with a light grey tint I played around with photoshop to see what using the same colour would do to the kitchen wall. It certainly reduced appearence of being too imposing (we need to strike a balance here, imposing is good, over imposing is just ostentatious) so we decided to go with the grey.
undercoat caused us to wonder if that was the right choice.
For a before and after shot, click here. A new window will pop up with a picture - there is a slider to make things even more exciting.
ps Andres commented the other day that undercoat " should be tinted, but I don't know what tint for red." I think none of us should forget now...