After hours of backbreaking work I can finally tick another task off No 9′s To Do list. I wish I could say it was fun, and a great way to save money for the keen DIYer, but my main piece of advice after painting more than 100m of skirting boards is to pay someone else to do it. That said, I do think my finish isn’t half bad and if you use a dark colour, such as Dulux’s High Gloss in Night Jewels 2, you can skip the primer and the second coat, despite what the tin says (well I did, anyway). If you are still in the paint-your-own-skirtings camp, I found it best to avoid painter’s tape – below is a skirting board done freehand, left, and one done with painter’s tape. Nuff said.