Painting for the interior of the house had been included in the ‘preventivo’ (estimate) for the renovation. However, as with most construction projects, costs mount, and Arturo and I were quite confident we could paint the house ourselves in an effort to save some money; especially as the quote we had received was 6,000 euro not including the cost of paint. Surely we could do better than that! Our home in Coral Gables was a labor of love and we artistically painted each and every wall of the home.
We foolishly assured ourselves this would be no different.
So after a spending a jet lagged night we drove to a paint company with our architect to purchase the supplies. We had always wanted to try lime painting, and this seemed to be our chance. Lime paint is a low-cost type of paint made from slaked lime (calcium hydroxide, Ca(OH)2) and chalk (calcium carbonate, (CaCO3), sometimes known as “whiting”.
Later that afternoon the paint was delivered to the house and Arturo began the process of mixing the condensed lime paint with water to achieve the desired effect.
As the days progressed we began to realize that the task was indeed bigger and more ambitious than we had imagined and so we hired a local painter to help with the task.
Our caretaker recommended a painter that he had worked with previously. Early each morning Marcello and his friend Oswaldo drove the hour from their home in Montepulciano to Ficulle.
To our amazement they literally painted the entire house with a very large paint brush. No roller for these experienced painters.
Almost three weeks later and many cups of espresso (not to mention a bit of wine) the painting was finished!