A house-proud young couple struggling to decide on which colour to paint their front door got some unexpected DIY advice – from their friendly POSTIE.
Lizzie Pocklington, 26, says she spent over a month trying to find the perfect shade to coat her door when help came in the form of her postwoman.
Her jet black door is currently lathered with six different colours of tester paint as she tried to visualise which one she liked best.
Seeing the door and the clear creative struggle, a friendly woman postie left a note through the letterbox offering her opinion on the matter.
In the note, the postwoman says: “second green up from bottom of door looks the best” followed by a smiley face.
Sadly Lizzie had already decided to go with her preferred colour – a warm mid-brown London Stone – just a few days before receiving the note and has already spent £72 on the paint.
Lizzie and her boyfriend Martin disagreed on whether the door should be a neutral colour, or Martin’s favoured green tones.
They purchased six tester paint pots and daubed them across the door to see which one they liked the most.
Eventually Lizzie decided to go with he preference and brushed off her boyfriend’s and the postwoman’s suggestion.
Lizzie, from Nottingham, said: “My boyfriend came into the house and said there was a strange message left by the postie.
“I looked at it and just started howling because the postie had given us feedback because our door was painted with so many different colours.
“She said she liked the green – which annoyingly was my boyfriend’s favourite colour which is really gutting.
“And now I’ve put it on twitter everyone seems to agree with her – so I hope I made the right choice.”
The science teacher said she’s afraid to post the finished product when they paint it this weekend after the feedback she received online.
And said she can’t afford to pay another £72 for a different paint pot anyways.
She said: “Eventually it was getting a bit ridiculous with how long it was taking us so we picked a colour, which was the one I liked.
“Everyone online is saying I’ve made the wrong choice and she is a postie so she’s a door expert as she’s seen plenty.
“The postie and twitter all seem to think green is the colour to go with so I’m scared to post the finished product.
“I’m just hoping it looks nice now. I don’t want to disappoint the postie the next time she’s round and sees it’s not green.
“But the note made my day – it just cheered everyone up.”
Lizzie was told by neighbours that the postie was “incredibly friendly” and she hopes to get in touch to show her all the messages she received online.
She said: “I’m hoping to get in touch with her so I’m going to print out all the lovely comments she got and leave it by the door so she can read them.
“She’s brilliant and everyone thinks so.
“It’s just nice to have such a wonderful person in the community.”
Lizzie’s boyfriend Martin said he felt vindicated after pushing for green for months.
The 34-year-old recruiter said: “My reaction initially was that I thought the note was telling me to go pick up a parcel from a green door.
“So I walked around for about five minutes looking for this door and then went home to see if Izzie could help out.
“When she said it was actually the postie suggesting we paint our door green all I was thinking was ‘I told you so’.
“I’d been saying the whole entire time I wanted the door green so I feel really vindicated at the moment.
“And the tweets all seem to agree with me as well.”
He added: “Plus Izzie has always wanted to go viral, so she can tick this off her bucket list and never bother me about it again.
“She’s chuffed to bits and I’m happy as well – after a long month I’m happy the door will be painted finally.”
The couple have began stripping down the black paint and hope to have their shiny new door painted by the weekend.