It’s a colourful life – home decorator Louise Caddick of The Paint Ladies
PAINTBRUSHES and powertools are the essentials Louise Caddick can’t live without as founder of female decorating service, The Paint Ladies.
“I am quite a quirky person and my love of upcycling lets me express that side of my personality. In the past I would hold it back and not let it show because I’m a little bit ‘out there’ sometimes – but now I embrace it.”
Whether its making-over a whole house or up-cycling a piece of old furniture, she’s not frightened to get her hands dirty.
After buying her first property at 18, Louise soon discovered that she had a flair for home improvements and friends made the most of her self-taught skills.
She had been working as with people with learning difficulties when three years ago she decided to pursue her passion and launch a decorating business.
“The first job I did was for a hall, stairs, landing and a front room – it was a big brief but the client was thrilled and I have been booked through word-of-mouth ever since,” she explained.
Many of her clients are elderly who tell Louise that they feel safe leaving her alone, they appreciate her tidiness and attention to detail and enjoy her friendly banter.
“I love getting compliments, especially when it’s from someone who has had the same wallpaper for 30 or 40 years. To see them so happy makes me really happy too.”
“You would not believe the things that we reveal to each other,” she laughed. “It is very important that I make them feel comfortable, I am coming into their homes so it’s important that we have a good relationship.”
Louise’s advice for anyone wanting to redecorate is to follow their instincts. “Don’t worry about what other people think – do what you want. Your home is the place you come back to, where you should be able to unwind and relax in but if you don’t like the colour of the walls that won’t happen and you won’t enjoy it.
“I think that’s why so many people change their colour schemes so often – they are never doing what they truly want.”
One day she could be carrying ladders to wallpaper a kitchen extension and heaving furniture the next so Louise ensures she stays fit and strong by going to the gym. “It is a male dominated industry because it is so physically demanding but I really enjoy it.”
Based in Middlesbrough, The Paint Ladies covers a radius of about 20 miles and has testimonies from lots of satisfied customers. “I love getting compliments, especially when it’s from someone who has had the same wallpaper for 30 or 40 years. To see them so happy makes me really happy too.”
Louise’s creativity doesn’t stop when she takes off her overalls at the end of a long day. She gives unloved furniture a new lease of life and is thinking of turning her up-cycling projects into another business.
Conventional transformations include painting coffee tables to match her living room colour scheme but her conservatory is full of junk waiting to be revamped such as wooden pallets destined for the wall and cast-off door cupboards which she is turning into picture frames.
“I am quite a quirky person and my love of up-cycling lets me express that side of my personality. In the past I would hold it back and not let it show because I’m a little bit ‘out there’ sometimes – but now I embrace it.
“I love colour, I realise that it might now be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s my personal taste. The first piece I restored was a side table and since then I haven’t be able to stop.
“I’m given things from clients or I find them in charity shops, I’m always looking!
“My next aim is to turn the garage into a workshop and start selling either online or through a retailer,” added Louise, 37, who thinks nothing of repainting her own kitchen in an afternoon and has three children aged between nine and 17.
“In the past I never felt that I was passionate about anything – apart from my family – but I always thought that there was something for me and now through my decorating business and upcycling, I’ve finally found it.”
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