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- A competition turned into a journey

For the first time ever, we introduce to you Paintcor’s Paint Me Pretty 2016.
Wendy Channing, our lucky winner of this year’s home makeover, has made it so worthwhile and we would like to thank her for all her enthusiasm and excitement during the course of this project. Wendy we hope you enjoy your lovely newly painted home and we could not have found a more worthy winner. What a rewarding experience it has been for everyone involved

THE GRAND REVEAL

Wendy Channing’s Story:

“I am a single parent of 4 beautiful and successful children and a granny to 4 boys and a girl. I grew up in a dual environment, dairy farm weekends to city life weeks. The farm life definitely got the better of me and due to unexpected circumstances I was back again in the place I love. I moved to Howick as I was offered the challenged of managing an Alpaca farm out in the Midlands. I greedily accepted. Being out here in the peace and quiet thinking that in my free time I would concentrate on all things I never had time to do like spinning, weaving, rug making, pottery, stain glass and learn how to play the guitar. Unfortunately reality struck home when I arrived.
I found myself running after cows, fixing fences, cleaning heaps of trash the previous caretakers left behind, chopping trees, making a veggie garden, cleaning the Alpaca dens and fixing my new house. The house was neglected for years and I wanted to make it feel like home. I spent 3 days painting the lounge, which took more than 20 litters of paint, sore aching bones and feeling very intimidated I was left despondent with the mammoth task ahead of me. As luck would have it the following time I checked into Facebook there it was, the Paintcor “Paint Me Pretty” competition. There was without a doubt nobody out there that needed this maker more than I. I rushed outside took a few photos and lacking the finer technical skills I inadvertently entered twice. At this point I thought I was going to be disqualified, luckily for me this was not the case. I set out contacting as many family and friends to vote for me. Everybody came together and put in the vote, I guess they could see I needed help. I lived in a rundown sheep shed converted home. They all saw despair and decay and all I saw was opportunity. When I got the message that I won I spent a half hour jumping up and down screeching and the next 3 days crying like a baby.”
I found myself running after cows, fixing fences, cleaning heaps of trash the previous caretakers left behind, chopping trees, making a veggie garden, cleaning the Alpaca dens and fixing my new house. The house was neglected for years and I wanted to make it feel like home. I spent 3 days painting the lounge, which took more than 20 litters of paint, sore aching bones and feeling very intimidated I was left despondent with the mammoth task ahead of me. As luck would have it the following time I checked into Facebook there it was, the Paintcor “Paint Me Pretty” competition. There was without a doubt nobody out there that needed this maker more than I. I rushed outside took a few photos and lacking the finer technical skills I inadvertently entered twice. At this point I thought I was going to be disqualified, luckily for me this was not the case. I set out contacting as many family and friends to vote for me. Everybody came together and put in the vote, I guess they could see I needed help. I lived in a rundown sheep shed converted home. They all saw despair and decay and all I saw was opportunity. When I got the message that I won I spent a half hour jumping up and down screeching and the next 3 days crying like a baby.”

THE JOURNEY


The task to convert Wendy’s Sheep Shed into a home took the Paintcor team well over two weeks. The project kicked off with Wendy and Paintcor’s Brand Manager finding the best colour scheme to suit the Alpaca farm and its beautiful natural surroundings out there in the Midlands. Wendy chose a Mayan theme perfect and practical for the dirt and mud that surrounds the house. The Alpacas move around close to the house so choosing a colour that wasn’t too bright was important for the animals.
The colours Wendy choose were: Hogs Hair on the walls, Bronze white on the window frames and Storm blue on the reveals.
Warren and Zac (Paintcor technical) got to Wendy’s place with Louis Snr and Louis Jr and offloaded copious amounts of painting products and started with the task of transforming Wendy’s home. This first morning was off to a fresh and early start with the Louis treating the algae growth around the building with a magic formula, Ushevu.
Paintcor’s FlashPatch was put onto window frames in sections that could be patched up. The Louis’s experienced a couple of very cool and wet evening but got up each morning with determination of completing this task. Louis Jnr started each day early tackling window frames, there were lots of them and it took time.
Roof scrubbed down and Primer on. Window frames and cutting still going on.
Day by day the Paintcor team completed the challenge and restored the house creating a beautiful home for Wendy. The house is now a welcoming sight and creates a quirky environment within her Alpaca farm and a blank canvas for her art.

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