Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What NOT to do

I love the TLC show, WHAT NOT TO WEAR, which takes a homely man or woman in dire need of a makeover and shows them how to style for their body type.  The shows hosts aren't mean, they don't belittle or berate the subject, they simply take their hand and show them the way to better style (and, thankfully, why ditching the mullet is a good thing).  I can't say I was the same sympathetic sole when I walked into a clients house after she decided to take matters into her own hands by putting a paintbrush in them!  Tired of waiting for her husband to attack the three year-long project of painting over a red mistake, she chose a humid day to get rid of this red-hot blunder.  Now, I don't want to sound like a judgmental jerk, but really? THIS is how you attack painting a wall?  You wouldn't put icing on a cake before baking it, so why on earth would paint a wall like this?  Instead of getting hot and bothered, I offered a few simple tips to hiding this rough color:
As much as some people like red paint (or other dark colors) they are next to impossible to cover up when you decide you're over it.  Thanks to the Home Depot and the Behr all-in-one paint (primer and paint in one can for $23/gallon), you can cover it up easier than before.   When attacking a project like this, however, it's important to take it one step at a time.  Trim first. Paint second AND start in one corner and work your way across the wall or nasty lines will appear and never go away!