My wife and I decided to paint the interior of our house in an attempt to fix it up.
My wife wanted the living room painted in two different shades of pink she had picked out from swatches. I’m not a fan of pink, but told her to get whatever made her happy.
While she was gone buying paint, I prepped the room like this:
- I swept out the room and wiped down the walls to make sure no dirt got in the fresh paint.
- I taped all the trim I didn’t want to paint pink.
- Put a plastic sheet down on the floor to guard against spills and splatter.
- Covered all the furniture that couldn’t be moved to another room.
My wife returned soon with the paint, brushes and rollers, and we set to work.
Doing the Work
The house had been remodeled in the 1970s and had horrible wood grain paneling all through it. Paint will cover it easily. Or so I thought.
It turns out that paint won’t stick to some paneling without first prepping the surface, either by sanding or using a primer coat. I had no idea about either of those options though, and opted to keep slathering on paint.
It eventually covered the walls well enough that you couldn’t see the pattern of the paneling through the paint.
The paint finally dried but still looked funny to me. The paint was a high gloss variety, making the walls really shiny. The pinks also turned out to be harsh and shocking colors, quite different than the faint, subtle colors I had imagined.
The harsh color combination, combined with the extreme shine on the room, caused anyone who stayed in the room for more than a few minutes to get headaches and eye strain unless we kept the room dark.
Redoing the Work
I tried to live with it for a few weeks, but we just couldn’t do it. Having learned my lesson, I bought primer and some flat interior wall paint in a nice shade of white and repainted the room.
The headaches and eyestrain were gone immediately, and the room looked much better without the garish, horrible pink.
I learned about interior painting the hard way, through trial and error and a lot of sweat. But now that I know what to avoid, I’m confident that the next time I paint, the results will be spectacular.