Monday, 10 November 2014

At last…

Eleven pairs of doors, all to be lifted off their hinges, carried down to the sous sol and laid on the suitably covered table tennis table.


This is the outside of the doors, which, prior to retirement, would be exposed to the elements in their closed position for about ten months of the year.


Three thousand, seven hundred and sixty eight individual louvres to be rubbed down, undercoated and given two coats of ‘top coat’. A staggering eleven thousand in total!


Half a dozen doors to be filled.

Two doors to have new pieces of wood scarfed in (scarphed, according to Wikipedia). Not the best photograph!



One pair of doors to undergo this process a total of three times before the colour and finish was deemed to be right. We did have an attempt with one set of doors in 2012, which you can read about here. We eventually decided on white!


Around one hundred and fifty hours of unpaid labour. I was going to write ‘unpaid work’, but in probation service terms this has an altogether different meaning!


Your shutter painters extraordinaire.

At last…


  1. Well done... that is what I would call a challenge...
    thank goodness we've now got only FLAT shutters to paint.....
    nice bit of "neckerchiefing" on the rotting one.
    now, if you get "board" next year...
    we can provide some harmless hours of FLAT shutter painting...
    and not in White.

    1. Just a thort....
      isn't "scarphing" how the Mayfair and Knightsbridge sets would spell and probably pronounce it... with much emphasis on the "rph"?!?

  2. Congratulations!
    I bet you never thought retirement could be so...........exciting!

  3. Great job! What's the next project on your to-do-list? :)

  4. Wow what a task, but they will look fantastic when they are finished x

  5. Well worth the effort, I'm sure!

  6. Brilliant , well done to all. It will all look super.

  7. Well done, both of you! Bet you really appreciate how fantastic it all looks everytime you pass by. Ax