Paint - A Cheap Miracle Cure for Home Decorating
Create a peaceful mood by using pastel shades from nature
The Price Fits My Budget
Canadian comedian Red Green declares that duct tape is "the handyman's secret weapon." And he has yet to be stumped by how to use it on anything. Coincidentally, that's the way I feel about paint. Of course, all the paint manufacturers and home DIY stores are delighted that I have bought into this philosophy. As long as I am cruising around with my credit cards and my exciting decorating plans, they don't need to worry about insufficient business.
She who dies with the most paint color samples wins :-D
I have visited all our local paint and supply stores with the critical eye of a secret shopper. I know which stores have the competent mixers, and which should be avoided at all costs. There is never a moment when I am not in possession of those cardboard color samples - either taped on a wall or moulding, in my purse to consult with my friends, or serving as a bookmark (these are the "I'm done with it" samples. I can't bear to throw out perfectly good paper.) The shelves of deeply discounted "Oops" paints attract me like free food attracts my husband. My brain goes on auto-pilot with the idea that I must be able to use that color somewhere.
Don't start thinking I have an obsessive-compulsive problem. I happen to be working on an extreme fixer-upper house right now. But, hmmmm.... did I get myself into this project to meet my..... Let's not go there.
Color Changes are Quick and Inexpensive Mood Makers
I adore playing with colors. They are everything to me - the interplay, the moods they create, the unbelievable variety available. I go nuts thinking about it. Happily, modern paints come in so many shades, textures, and finishes that they will probably keep me occupied for the rest of my days. If I choose the wrong shade, or my husband absolutely cannot live with a brilliant green wall (I am renowned for doing major color changes while he is away), a twenty-five dollar can of paint will fix the problem.
What problems paint can cure or hide! Uneven surface? Sponge paint. Dark, gloomy area? A light shade, high gloss. Boring wall? Masking tape to outline stripes. Sleep-inducing kitchen? Yellow! Plus, I find paint useful in my personal grooming, too. I never need nail polish because I am always wearing the latest house project's hue on my nails. A little touch of highlighting in my hair is often unwittingly applied. And without those high salon prices. Of course, I do paint my face, too. Pink on cheeks, coral on lips, green by my eyes. But for these, I break down. Cover Girl gets my business there and Home Depot will just have to live with it.
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