I usually consider myself pretty good at matching colors, but a few years ago I had a major brain fart that resulted in an interior decorating disaster. Tired of living in my white-walled apartment (actually the walls were a slight ivory, but still), I desperately sought out ways to add some color to the walls. I discovered that shopping for interior design ideas when you are that desperate is much like going grocery shopping when you’re starving — something to avoid.
The new-fangled paint roller and my bathroom did battle.
It was such a simple idea really. This two-armed paint roller would allow you to paint two different colors on the wall at the same time, resulting in a sort of dimensional pattern. Have I mentioned that I had never painted a wall before? Well my creative side was in full swing, so I was going for it regardless.
I’d seen a picture of a bathroom where they had painted the walls a deep blue (kind of indigo) and made it look like the night sky. I thought it looked so cool and relaxing at the time. So I went and bought paint… very dark paint. It was some sort of indigo and purple. I managed to figure out how to do everything in terms of the paint tray and the roller. When I first rolled it on it looked kind of interesting. I did the walls and the ceiling. To be fair, there were light tiles up to about half the wall, so really it was only halfway up the wall. But, it seems it was enough to create the feeling of being in a deep dark cave the likes of which souls never, ever, leave. I only did the ceiling because I hit one of the rollers on it and couldn’t get the paint off enough, and I didn’t know about taping.
After it dried, I realized it was horrible. Probably also because I had gotten matte paint instead of gloss or semi-gloss, so no light bounced around. It just seemed to be getting sucked in much like I would imagine a black hole would do. Always optimistic, my creative side refused to believe I couldn’t fix it or improve it somehow, so there it stayed.
Then my Mom and my Aunt came to visit.
I suppose I should have warned my Mom before she went to use the bathroom. It’s never good when they use your whole name to call you. She really didn’t like the paint job in that bathroom. I told her she could use the other one if she wanted. (I just happened to have a half bath in this apartment.) But now, I was just having fun. You see, I also did the other bathroom. And predictably, she was not a fan of that one either. In my mind, it was actually worse. A deep rose and a lighter pink. Kind of looked like the inside of a nose, minus the hair, especially since I got semi-gloss for that one.
An epic rematch ensued.
Well, my Mom insisted that I repaint the black hole so she could take a shower, and honestly she was probably right. So while she and my Aunt went off to gamble at the casino, I spent the day repainting the bathroom. This time, I taped things off, and painted with a new-fangled square brush thing that guaranteed one-coat-coverage. Well, the black hole battled back a bit, but really it did pretty much as advertised. While I dislike the act of taping, I really do appreciate the results. I learned to remove the tape while the paint was still wet so you wouldn’t pull of the paint with the tape if they overlapped. I ended up with a nice apple green bathroom. I highly recommend the following before trying to paint for the first time:
- Ask somebody who knows what he or she is doing to help you.
- Restrain your creative brain, or engage a professional one to help you make the right choices.
- Unless you have a lot of natural light in your bathroom, indigo and purple on your bathroom walls probably aren’t a good idea.