Bland’ council house hides jaw-dropping paint job that’s taken 18 years to complete

A retired decorator has completely transformed the inside of his three-bedroom council house by covering the walls in incredible paintings inspired by the Sistine Chapel

From the outside, Robert Burns’ three-bedroom council house in Brighton, Sussex, doesn’t look like anything out of the ordinary.

But the ‘bland’ brick exterior is hiding an incredible interior that will make your jaw drop when you see it.

Robert, a retired decorator, moved into the terraced property in 2003 and has since spent more than a decade transforming his home.

The 74-year-old has covered the walls in Renaissance paintings inspired by the Sistine Chapel and after 18 years of hard work, he’s finally finished after running out of space.

Robert has recreated paintings from some of the world’s most famous artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Sandro Botticelli.

And the whole thing has cost less than £500 to complete over the years, with Robert only incurring costs for acrylic paint.

“When I moved into the home in 2003, I felt the home was very bland and simple throughout,” he explained.

“I used to visit car boot sales in Lewes and I found a book that had pictures of the Sistine Chapel and remember thinking, what an amazing place that is.

“I started buying even more books from charity shops and I built up a collection of beautiful books that I took inspiration from.

“You can decorate council houses in whatever way you want and this is what I chose to do to make it my own.”

He went on to say that before starting work on transforming his house, he never knew he had such a talent for painting.

“I only truly discovered my talent for painting when I began redecorating the house and I do wish I had discovered it when I was younger as life as an artist would have been great fun,” Robert said.

“I have no more space so I’ve moved onto painting canvases and I just stack them up in the spare room.”

He added: “I’ve begun painting celebrities in renaissance style; my most recent has been Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

“During the first lockdown, I also painted Boris Johnson and did a few Sandro Botticelli inspired paintings.

“We won’t ever move out of this home and the next people that do eventually move in can choose to paint over it all if they wish to.”