The price of wallpaper & paint nowadays is very scary

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Dave7, 17 May 2019.

  1. Dave7

    Dave7 Guru

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Bear in mind that when I started work (1961) I earned £4.50 a week.
    Just bought
    5 rolls of wallpaper
    Ready made paste
    1 gallon of gloss (for soffits/facia/garage)
    Undercoat (as above)
    Litre of white gloss.
    Over £200.00 :wacko:
    I know the quality and choice now is amazing compared to when I got my 1st house but back then I paid 2 shiilings (10pence) a roll for wallpaper......I have just paid 20 quid a roll.

    I am so shocked I just poured myself a large whisky :rolleyes:
     
  2. Mark Grant

    Mark Grant Acting Captain of The St Annes Jombulance.

    Location:
    Hanworth, Middx.
    Back in the late '80's I had a job hanging hand printed wallpaper at a house on Richmond Hill, the paper was well over £100 a roll!
     
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  3. OP
    OP
    Dave7

    Dave7 Guru

    Location:
    Cheshire
    WoW. Imagine telling your boss "sorry about that, just got the measurement wrong" :eek:
     
  4. Mark Grant

    Mark Grant Acting Captain of The St Annes Jombulance.

    Location:
    Hanworth, Middx.
    I was a sub contractor. The main contractor called me and asked if I hung wallpaper, I said yes.
    He asked how many rolls per day, I said 'It depends on the type of paper, lining paper about 10 rolls a day on a straight run'
    He then said 'What about hand printed?'
    About 2 was my reply.
     
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  5. postman

    postman Legendary Member

    Location:
    Meanwood ,Leeds
    I was also in the 'game' in my early teens till 22.My dad took me out on a job when i was 11,yes 11.Like you i cannot believe the price of paint,and when i go to read reviews,they come up, like milk and no covering power,i was supposed to be doing our dining room this May i am not pushing to do it at the moment.
     
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  6. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    You went upmarket.. You could go cheap as chips.

    Be happy that you can afford and then moan.

    Hope you didn't ask the neighbour how many rolls to do the lounge and have 3 left over.... :laugh:
     
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  7. Moodyman

    Moodyman Guru

    It'll be even more expensive if you're paying someone to do it.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Dave7

    Dave7 Guru

    Location:
    Cheshire
    But i am.....i am.
     
  9. Moodyman

    Moodyman Guru

    Then, I imagine your materials cost will be dwarfed by the labour.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Dave7

    Dave7 Guru

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Not too bad really. He has done work for us before and he is good and gets stuck in.
    My view now is..... I have had 50 years of decorating. I am now happy to pay someone while I cycle, play golf etc.
    Plus, at 72 my days of hanging off a ladder are over ^_^
     
  11. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    I paid £35 a roll in 1981 when I lived in a semi in Hanworth. Later in 1988 I had a waste clearance business and one job I got was to clear a shop in Richmond for Osborne and Little, I did very well from that lot.
     
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