The Villages Florida Area Real Estate: Want to Avoid Making a Mistake when Painting?

Want to Avoid Making a Mistake when Painting?

Want to Avoid Making a Mistake when Painting?

Most of us who have ever painted a room or an entire house have had one of those "Whoops!" moments.  No I am not talking about dropping the paint tray or hammering the top back on the paint can without cleaning the rim, I am talking about putting it all back together again and saying, "That color just doesn't work!"

Vern Yip of HGTV would say "It's only a can of paint--if you don't like it, it only costs you about $25 to do it again."  Sure, if you didn't hire a professional to do the job.  But even so, I am not one of those people who likes the upset in the house.  Get started, get it done, get everything back in order!  My wife had to live with a color she chose and then hated in the dining room for 6 years because it didn't "need" new paint.  She finally repainted two years ago, and while it is a great color (inspired by one of the Dream Homes on HGTV), she still wishes she had toned it down a bit.

Pottery Barn Paint CollectionRight now we are working on getting our house ready to put on the market because the kids are grown and we don't need 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths anymore.  But the colors that were "in" back in 2002 are not "in" anymore.  Red was great back then.  The base to most of the "in" colors of that time seems to be a redish brown.  Today the base is more grey.  Keep in mind, we are touch-up fanatics, so our house doesn't "need" to be repainted because it is showing wear, it just needs to be repainted to bring it into 2011.

There are some great ways to "test" a color these days.  If you are a new homeowner and are painting for yourself, pick whatever makes you happy.  Home Depot has test paint that costs $2.97 per small bottle that they will tint to the color of your choice so you can paint about a 9-foot square on your wall to see if it is the right fit. 

If you are getting ready to put your home on the market, however, I would suggest that you take the advice of professionals as to what color appeals to the masses.  I have seen some absolutely lovely homes with absolutely wild colors, but the decorating and staging usuallly makes these colors work.  Once those items leave--oh my!  Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn have paint suggestions.  They have a limited number of choices, and they are the colors that appeal to the masses.  Do they make mistakes?  Sure.  I know that at least one color was discontinued from Restoration Hardware.  But for the most part, these colors work as an awful lot of thought goes into picking them. 

Three more tips:

  • Don't walk into the paint store and pick your color there--it could be completely wrong with the lighting in your home.
  • Once the paint is mixed, have the paint put on the test strip to make sure it actually matches.  Sometimes (rarely) they don't.  That is something you don't want to discover when you get home and are all set to get started!
  • If you have something that you want the paint to match (a pillow, a pair of shoes, a towel), take it along and have the paint store match it for you.

Now go find what works for you and enjoy it!

 

 

Chris K. Canfield

REALTOR®, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GREEN, MRP, SRES 

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

2890 E. Skyline Drive, #250

Tucson, Arizona  85718

 

 

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Comment balloon 21 commentsChris Canfield • February 28 2011 11:33AM

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Hi Chris,

I've got a tip for everyone, don't lean too far to the side when on the ladder......I nearly broke my ankle trying to cut in the ceiling line and falling about 10 feet onto the bedframe!

--Andrew

Posted by Andrew McGrath (Donovan Group Realty) over 7 years ago

Chris, great tips! The 'painting the wall with the test can' is such a good idea too, because the lighting in your home changes throughout the day and you will be able to tell if it's the right shade after a 24 hour cycle. Also the lighting is never the same in the store as your house unless you have a LOT of fluorescent fixtures at home... grey is the new 'in' colour and you can find warm or cool tones to suit.

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) over 7 years ago

Good advice.  Here's a strange tip:  Buy a paintbrush comb.  It's the bomb for cleaning brushes and you'll wonder how you lived without it.

http://www.amazon.com/Hyde-45950-Paint-Brush-Steel/dp/B000WJKRXO

Posted by Eric Peltier, Mortgage Lender in Boulder CO (Eric Peltier - Premier Mortgage Group - Boulder Colorado) over 7 years ago

I remember painting my bathroom what I thought was going to be a beautiful shade of red. It was disgusting! It lasted about a week - then I re-did it. I couldn't stand it! I am like you too - get it done and get things back in order! I have friends who are living in half-done remodel jobs. It would drive me crazy!

Posted by Carrie Trotter, Home Inspector (National Property Inspections) over 7 years ago

Hi Andrew - Very good tip!  Glad you didn't actually break your ankle, but I would imagine the bruises were spectacular!

Hi Peg - Yes, even if you take a swatch home and look at it in the light of the room at that time, it is not absolutely that color.  Our living room is supposed to be a true taupe, but it has a definite green tinge (but we love it) that you could not see on the swatch!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

I painted my front door 3 different reds before I hit on one I liked!  I know what I like, I just have no clue when I'm in the paint store, so that's a great tip about not picking your color in the paint store.

Posted by Wanda Thomas, Billings Montana Real Estate (Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN) over 7 years ago

My husband and I just went thru this 2 years ago.  We used colors picked by a decorator.  They were AWFUL!!!!!  LOL!  It took us many test patches to come up with a combination of colors that we really liked.

Posted by Jane Penttinen, NMLS #222178 (V.I.P. Mortgage ) over 7 years ago

Buying a paintbrush comb is not a strange tip!  I use mine every time I clean a brush!

Hi Carrie - Red is a very tough color.  My wife picked the perfect red when we had it, but I have seen some that I have though "what were they thinking?"  : )  But I bet they all looked great on the swatch!  P.S. I can't stand things in an uproar, even though it feels like it to me right now; we try to contain the uproar as much as possible.

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Hi Wanda - I can't understand when faced with 2,512 different color choices you can't just get it right at the paint store.  : )  Even the lighting in the paint store (or just outside the store) isn't the same as at your front door!  Picking the right colors takes time.

Hi Jane - I feel your pain!  What I like about the Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn colors is that there was a lot of input on them to get the "right" colors.  However, they are not "right" for everyone!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Very good advice for home owners. I will post this on my Facebook page.

 Life is good when there are flowers to photograph.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 7 years ago

Hi Roy!  That would be great!  Also, thanks for reminding me to post in on my own facebook page!  : )

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

super advice.  This is my equiv of the "store to your door."  BTW, we often test stain colors on the homeowner's floors, too.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Hi Debbie - Oh yes, you don't want to have the wrong color stain on the floor!  Hadn't even thought of that!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Great tips.  If you've got the money, and you have textured walls, think about having a professional hang new drywall and retexture.  My house is 30 years old and the rooms the paint on the newer walls looks so much sharper. 

Posted by Steve Matsumoto, First Time Home Buyers - Oceanside, CA (Winderemere Homes & Estates: waterfront condos, second homes) over 7 years ago

Hi Steve - I never even considered that would be a problem!  Wouldn't a good primer have the same effect?  It is so important to prime if you are covering a dark color with a light color or going in the opposite direction.  Thanks for pointing this out!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

If you have textured walls that have been painted over and over and over, the texture's shape gets dull with each progressive coat of paint.   I'm probably splitting hair and my wife says she can't tell a difference.   All that being said, I kind of miss the flat walls of the east coast. 

BTW, took the first blogging class this am. Thanks again for that suggestion.

Posted by Steve Matsumoto, First Time Home Buyers - Oceanside, CA (Winderemere Homes & Estates: waterfront condos, second homes) over 7 years ago

Chris, good tips, and I know how you feel.  I hate painting when it doesn't need to be painted!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 7 years ago

Chris...good luck with your project!    This is a great post...I suggested it!  

Painting the right color is so hard!    I have only repainted once in my house...and Luckily I am very happy with the colors....but almost wasn't.   I wanted a darker color in my family room with Red and a taupe....as I decorate with Americana....I loved the taupe so much that i decided to paint the Living room/kitchen and dining area...all one big room...It turned out great and I was glad I hadn't went with my original color as I think with the 2 story vaults it would have been to washed out!   

I should mention that when I painted it only took me 2-3 years to pick the colors out!   LOL

I still need to paint a bath and 2 bedrooms but haven't had time! 

I don't like the chaos either....when I did the living area on the main level it took over a month with a girlfriend helping me....but it was awful during tha ttime!!!!  LOL   I think that is why I am not in a hurry to do the bedrooms upstairs!   LOL

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) over 7 years ago

Good morning Chris!

It is all about preparation...Cover the floor, and furniture...

 

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 7 years ago

Hi Steve - Well it certainly is easier to make repairs on a flat wall (like when you take down a big nail that was holding a heavy piece of art)!  Glad you enjoyed the class--I hope Steven Graham got lots of attendees because of my posts!

Hi Tony and Darcy - My wife and kids wouldn't mind changing the colors every year or two--but I like things to be calm and in order around the house!  : )

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Hi Deborah - Thanks for suggesting this post!  You really don't want to rush your paint choice--good idea to take 2-3 years.  : )  Personally I love darker colors in the sunny rooms, but you don't want to make a dark room darker!

Hi Joshua - We have to prepare for everything in life, don't we?!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

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