In the words of that song 'Rip it up and Start again!!'
Last night I was close to tears, I really wanted to get on with the floor, you know what its like when you cant wait to finish something. Our youngest daughter whos 2 was creating and winging so I should have just left it, but I started to mix up the paint. I wasnt thinknig or concentrating and before I knew it I was happily slapping on a much too thick mixture of a much too dark a colour paint!! Straight away the colour completly obscured the lines of the tiles, you just couldnt see the tiled effect at all. So I tried to lighten it but that just hid the tiles even more. Then thew worst mistake i could make. I tried to damp it down to lift the paint!
At first as I dampened and then used tissue to wipe off the excess it seemed to be working and the paint was lifting, but then so did the cardboard off the tiles!!!
The card just disintergrated and I was left with a soggy mess in one corner. I probably could have saved it somehow but I'm funny like that, if im not happy with something, it just has to get ripped out, and start all over. So I soaked the lot and peeled it all off!
A waste of 500 tiles, a days work, 2 pots of glue, but live and learn!!
So Ive answered my own question.....' Should I paint the tiles first....answer, YES!!
Now I will paint all the tiles, the larger ones terracotta, the smaller ones black, and then repiece the jigsaw of a tiled floor back down again.
Better luck next time.
Now Im really worried about starting on the oven incase I mess that up. Wish I was more confident!
And as for poor Sweeny and Mrs Lovett, theyve only been moved in one day and their home is a demoliton site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Off to do more scraping!