i have been in a real diy mood – repainting walls, emptying cupboards, moving things around – my husband says if he didn’t know better he would have thought that i was nesting and ready to drop a baby! i think its the spring light – everything looks so grey and worn out after the winter and you just want to brighten and freshen things up. anyhow, i started with a brush, trying to retouch walls where there are knocks and hand prints, but ended up with a roller having to do whole panels – candles and fires are the worse things for messing up your walls! i just repainted my bedroom and added some boarding behind the bed, which doubled up as a headboard and shelf. i spent a long time painting samples on my walls again, but ended up playing safe and choosing the ‘glum’ colour (as robert describes it) of slaked lime deep by little greene. it means that with a neutral colour, you can at least add other colours to the room – i am loving pink with the grey at the moment. whilst trying out colours, paint a couple pieces of A4 paper and stick them around different parts of the room, you will be amazed how the colour changes and especially with the time of day. its always useful to label each tin before you store so that you know when and which room you used it on – and make a list of all the rooms and their paint colours, you will be surprised how many different colours you end up using and then getting confused.