Is it just me or does anyone else dislike painting and decorating? Personally, it's a chore that I hate with a passion. I've done a lot of it in years gone by, but now feel that I have far more interesting things to spend my time on. So we generally leave it to the professionals, and my regular decorator was booked months ago to refurbish 3 bedrooms. He was due to start at the beginning of August, but has put it back by a couple of months to early October. But we have some friends coming to stay for a couple of days in 2 weeks time, and my wife has nagged me to start the decorating before they come. So I'm fed up and quite grumpy, but it's the lesser of two evils and not worth the earache that would result if I refuse.