My Word Of The Week #WOTW

By | January 23, 2014

I like thinking about a word to sum up my week, as per The Reading Residence‘s linky.

My word was originally going to be “huff” as I’ve not been experiencing good customer service this week. From both stores where you’d kind of expect it not to be great (A*gos) and stores where you definitely wouldn’t (Waitr*se).

I’d always worked in a customer-facing environment before I elected to stay at home with T and D and there were courses run by the company primarily aimed at giving good customer service. In my role as Director’s PA, there were many instances where it was important that the customer’s needs were met promptly, whether that be another department, a member of the public or in liaison, the emphasis was on being courteous, even if internally you’re thinking “grrrr!”.

Anyway, I’ve decided to think positive (because that is the best way for me) and my word is….*drumroll*:


Quite simply, paint is very important to our family. Hubbie is a self-employed painter/decorator so paint is his livelihood. During the winter months, his jobs consist of interior work and in the spring, summer and maybe autumn, he’ll be using exterior paint and woodstain. It’s all usually pretty neutral colours – magnolia and various other white (ish) shades which we’ve avoided in our house, with its lilac-y lounge, green hall and blue kitchen.

He obviously has customers which I have to liaise with too, ex PA skills coming in handy.

Paint is also how we met. I was working at the next desk to Hubbie’s sister and she’d never mentioned to me his existence until, during chit-chat, I was bemoaning the fact that I’d started painting the outside of my house (in blue) and my fear of heights had taken over. She said she’d ask him to quote, he did and arrived one Saturday with a little man arriving to hold the ladder (who became my father-in-law) and the rest is history!!

There is a saying that “the shoemaker’s children always have holes in their shoes) and it’s true, the last thing Hubbie wants to do when he gets home is more painting. Kind of an unfunny busman’s holiday.

Paint can also instantly transform a surface. D has the airing cupboard in her room and I decided this week to make the most of the space and use this:


To turn the door into a chalkboard wall. I didn’t know until I looked online that chalkboard paint came in such great colours but it does and D is overjoyed!



Next step will be repainting an old table and giving it a new lease of life.

Paint can really transform items and it totally transformed mine and Hubbie’s lives on 30th May 2000 too!!

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chantelle hazelden on 24th January 2014 at 7:41 am.

Such lovely stories and memories!!!


Jeannette on 24th January 2014 at 12:16 pm.

Thank you, sometimes we’re overrun with tins of the stuff if Hubbie is juggling a few jobs but c’est la vie 🙂


Alexandra Mercer on 24th January 2014 at 7:57 am.

Love that chalkboard paint! #WotW


Jeannette on 24th January 2014 at 12:14 pm.

Thank you, it’s extremely bright but D absolutely loves it 🙂


thursdayschildfridaysthoughts on 24th January 2014 at 7:57 am.

I love the positivity associated with paint. Much more than huff!



Jeannette on 24th January 2014 at 12:14 pm.

Definitely agree, “huff” is still lurking though!! 🙂


Jocelyn (@ihavecards) on 24th January 2014 at 10:05 am.

Such a playful and colourful word! I had no idea you could get it in different colours either, so now I’m thinking about where I can do that! Thanks for joining in with #WotW x


Jeannette on 24th January 2014 at 12:13 pm.

Fantastic, there are some really great colours for a chalkboard surface. Look forward to reading if you get some 🙂


Redpeffer on 24th January 2014 at 10:09 am.

Oh how lovely and I didn’t know chalk paint came in different colours either-you’ve got me all excited now!


Jeannette on 24th January 2014 at 12:12 pm.

Thanks Iona, if you type “chalkboard paint” online, all sorts of great colours come up. We have a wall specifically for chalking downstairs and it prevented drawing elsewhere 🙂


Amanda Walsh on 24th January 2014 at 4:48 pm.

I really didnt know that chalk paint came in so many colours! May just have to invest in some for Skyes room


Jeannette on 24th January 2014 at 9:06 pm.

It’s fab, covers really well and needs about 3 coats (there’s me being technical lol!) but yeah, go for it 🙂


Kim Carberry on 24th January 2014 at 8:13 pm.

Ohh wow! That’s so cool! I didn’t know that chalk paint came in so many colours either!! Fab!!


Jeannette on 24th January 2014 at 9:07 pm.

Thanks Kim, she is so pleased and has covered it in pictures already 🙂


Victoria Welton on 24th January 2014 at 11:57 pm.

What a brilliant word! It sounds very appropriate for you 🙂 Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x


Jeannette on 25th January 2014 at 2:05 pm.

Thanks Vicky, yes, very appropriate for us and far better than my original, grumpy choice 🙂 x


Desiree Tatro on 25th January 2014 at 4:10 pm.

I so need to add some new colors of paint to my life. My rooms look so ordinary that it is driving me crazy. I have been wanting to paint my daughters door pink, but with chalk board paint.


Jeannette on 26th January 2014 at 2:19 pm.

Thanks for your comment, definitely recommend the chalkboard paint, it’s so colourful and D is overjoyed with her chalking surface 🙂


Orli, Just Breathe on 25th January 2014 at 9:39 pm.

Such a lovely story and a better word than grrrr 😉 I didn’t know chalkboard paint came in such great hues. It looks fab! #PoCoLo


Jeannette on 26th January 2014 at 2:20 pm.

Thanks Orli, “huff” still lurked a bit but “paint” seemed extremely appropriate for us 🙂 x


celebratingmums on 26th January 2014 at 1:50 pm.

What a love story! Love it! @kateonthinice


Jeannette on 26th January 2014 at 2:21 pm.

Thanks Kate, it was all a massive quirk of fate. That little chat in between typing away led to so much 🙂


Aedín Collins on 29th January 2014 at 2:19 pm.

Looks gorgeous!


Jeannette on 31st January 2014 at 11:24 am.

Thanks, D is so pleased with her chalkboard surface 🙂


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