The Dulux Mixing bloke at our local Homebase, with his fancy scanner, did a good job recreating the Tekaloid Grass Green (gloss enamel of the exterior of the boat) as an interior ‘silk finish’ emulsion. I’ve got to admit to a little shiver of trepidation as I began to add the paint to the tongue & groove, it’s a heck of an in-your-face colour for an interior!

Try not to judge it too harshly at this early stage, I know it really doesn’t ‘talk well’ to the old claret paintwork, or the Sage Green for that matter…


The ‘scary’ green like a ’50’s SciFi movie monster, inches threateningly down the boat, covering everything in it’s path…




And hot-on-the-heels of Grass Green, comes a first coat of Daffodil White (yes honestly!) to hide the Claret…


It’ll take a few coats to hide the red…


For some reason I didn’t take a finished shot at the end of the second day, but this shot was taken pretty close to the end, the whites done, so’s the Green. 3/4 of the Long Cabin is now in its new colours. And, you know what, I really like it. It’s definitely not ‘housey’, but it does have more than a hint of old railway station about it. The green, the cream, the tongue & groove combining for that steam-train 1930’s station waiting room vibe. Though not consciously planned to achieve that effect, given that the boat is Victorian/Edwardian transport rather than brick walls, I like the industrial feel, and I can see it covered in cast signs (such as the maker’s plate and BCN gauging number), framed samples of lettering etc. etc. It may look a little harsh at the moment, but in my mind’s-eye I’ve a picture forming… and in the last two days I’ve moved the boat a lot closer to that image.

Doing this paint job was my way of relaxing. To have the stove ticking quietly in the background, Radio 4 chatting companionably and the regular swish-swish of the paintbrush was therapeutic in it’s simplicity and so satisfying to see the job evolve as the hours passed. On the first day the rain bucketed down and I saw no-one. I was content. Within the confines of the job I relaxed more than I’d done in months, despite a fleeting anxiety over the colour! On the second day the sun briefly and brilliantly, and it was a more sociable day down the Wharf. Less work got done, but a grand day was had nonetheless. Mugs of tea, sunshine on pale skin, tall tales, and craft wisdom generously shared – all wonderful stuff!



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