Rushing through the home repairs. #4: When door stops don't...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-07-2012 07:47 PM 1282 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So last night was spent running around with new door stops, and drywall mud making sure the door knobs keep from smashing into sheet rock, and repairing the damage that was caused when they did. You know, if I was going for a stucco look, I’d be done texturing! But I digress..

I got to spend a little bit of time painting some samples of paint on the laundry room walls, and remembered a couple of stupid things…

#1. Even light colors can bleed through paint and skew your colors, use primer FIRST! Long story… #2. Paint almost always looks to be a lighter shade when wet than when dry. LOML didn’t understand that, and was getting visibly upset when the paint went on. I urged her to wait a few hours to reserve judgement. She did, and was happy… #3. Bulb color makes a HUGE difference in percieved paint color. She made me prove it…

Okay so what I ended up doing was taking a scrap of sheet rock, and slapped some primer on it to get the base as neutral as possible. I followed that up with somewhat carefully painted sections of bright white (the trim color), something pearl the would have been main color but in the house looks pink ICK, and Pecan sandie… I let it dry, and took it from garage (Daylight bulbs) to laundry (cool white) to kitchen (daylight behind a diffuser) and showed her the difference in color. She was visibly stunned at the effect…

I need to make it to Ace Hardware sometime when they are open as we decided one thing already. Aside from it being worn from too many tennis balls and furry tails bouncing off of it (as the clumsy dog chases said tennis ball down the hallway…) the Ace Royal Touch Bone white that I painted the entire inside of the house back in 2004 is still a very nice color, and contrasts nicely with our accent colors.

One thing I need to know though… Why are Behr paint cans so much easier to open than Glidden?

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 02:58 PM

I think we ended up with three colors in the house. A light green, a light blue green, and a lot of off white. Fortunately, I didn’t have to pick the colors, the architect and Sherie did, and they were spot on. Most of wood is Jatoba, or finished to look like it.

Hope all goes well with the paint job and color selection, it is pretty time consuming to redo any of it.

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 04:32 PM

I despise this part of the remodeling. I just want to go in, pick some colors, and slap them on the walls, she on the other hand wants to make sure they are just right… Not my definition of fun, but if it makes her happy…

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#3 posted 03-08-2012 07:29 PM

dbhost said; ”but if it makes her happy…”

Ain’t that what it’s ALL about!!!

Keep plugging along! Pics please!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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