A full year into this building a home project and I’ve heard so many horror stories about poor quality materials, workmanship or lack of experience. Painted walls is one of those things I’m a little bit concerned since most Japanese homes have wall paper and it’s a lot easier to hide dry wall imperfections. But it puts me at ease that the job is currently being done by just one person with many years of experience, and the hope is that it will be uniformly well accomplished.
We’ve wanted the kids to be involved throughout the process as we feel it’s important for them to understand all the work that goes into it. Below is the girls bedroom which they will share. Instead creating 2 small bedrooms we opted to make them room 14 tatami in size or about 250 square feet (large by Japanese standards) Each child got to pick an accent color for rooms. Ishan our oldest boy picked a strong evening blue. Iva chose pink and Saya chose Baby Blue.
But no free lunch at our home. Everyone needs to chip in. So we coordinated with the builders for the kids to help with the painting. Below our Saya (7) and Iva (8) are applying the base color with the rollers under careful supervision. A note about paint fumes. There were none: EcoFlat 100 by Nihon Paint is a water soluble paint with low VOC rated 4-stars.
Between the 3 kids they were able to finish 1 coat in about 1 hour which was a lot faster and easier than anticipated.