Deciding To Become A Painter and Decorator


If you’re reading this, then thank you for visiting my website! As a decorator, I wondered what I’d write about on a blog. So, I thought I’d start off with a bit about myself and how I got into decorating.

At age 18, I found myself finishing Sixth Form with 3 A levels with no clue what to do or what career path to take. I started a degree at university, but it wasn’t something I took a lot of happiness from. I’ve always enjoyed physical activity and have a keen eye for drawing and art, so after speaking to friends and family (my Dad was a painter and decorator at the same age) I decided to go for a painting and decorating apprenticeship.

I enrolled with my local college and was lucky enough to be offered an apprenticeship with a company in central London. I thoroughly enjoyed the work I was given and was glad to be subjected to the usual ‘apprentice banter’ – I never wanted to be labelled as the new female on site that couldn’t take a joke.

I was quickly accepted into the fold and I’ve enjoyed decorating ever since. The company I worked with had contracts with buildings like The Royal Courts of Justice, Clarence House, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and even Buckingham Palace! So, I had wonderfully varied work.

During my apprenticeship, I was put forward by my tutor to compete in the Dulux Apprentice of The Year Award. This was great fun, and a great challenge where I was put up against apprentices from all over the UK. Unfortunately, I didn’t win, but I’ll never forget the experience and was very thankful that my tutor thought I was good enough to compete.

Since then, I’ve gone on to get married and have two beautiful children. I decided to take the leap into becoming self-employed in 2014 and haven’t looked back. I genuinely love what I do, discovering and researching new products for my clients and creating their ideal living spaces with minimum fuss!

Until next time… Thanks for reading