The groom’s brother was behind the paint job in revenge for a similar joke while he was honeymooning six years ago
A newlywed couple returned from a romantic honeymoon to find their home painted bright pink with white spots.
Steve and Hayley O’Rourke, 32 and 31, discovered the prank after spending two weeks on the Greek island of Rhodes.
The groom’s brother Russell, 35, planned the Mr Blobby-style paint job in revenge for a similar joke six years ago.
Steve built a 4ft-high brick wall across Russell’s driveway while he was honeymooning in Barbados.
Russell, who spent two days transforming the house, said: “What you reap is what you sow.
“The neighbours were coming out asking what I was doing painting their house.
“I reckon there were hundreds of people stopping and taking pictures. Even the police were slowing down to take a look.”
The terraced property in Southend, Essex, is now bright pink with white polka dots.
Locals have nicknamed it “the Mr Blobby house” after the 90s television character.
Luckily dad-of-two Steve has seen the funny side of the joke and has no plans to repaint his home.
He said: “The lady across the road had a laugh and said we should keep it because it brightens the road up.
“I was expecting something in reply, but this is tenfold worse than the driveway.
“When we built the wall at Russell’s, even the postman wasn’t able to gain access.
“I rendered the wall and wrote ‘just married’ on it. It was very civilised, I thought.
“He had to knock it down because no one could get in or out – his drive was like a compound.”
Hayley added: “It’s making a lot of people smile, but it’s also causing a few near pile-ups on the road, with people stopping and staring.
“It’s very extreme – you forget about it when you’re in the house but then when you step outside you realise how bright pink it is.”
Steve and Russell both work as self-employed builders.
They are now planning an even bigger prank for their older brother David – who is due to get married next year.
Russell added: “People need to watch this space to see what happens to his house next year.”