Posts tagged paint
Put down the paintbrush

I’m sure you’ve been there. You bought the paint, thought it was going to be perfect, finished the whole room only to discover it’s all WRONG. Now what? Do you start over? Do you live with it even though you hate it?

Recently I had one of these moments and to make matters worse it was a mural that I painted.

I started out painting the main walls of the kitchen green (Behr: Moss Stone) which was great and then thought an orange accent wall would be perfect.

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When that didn’t seem right I added two pink sections to the wall and a little curvy line. I could have stopped at this point. It was different and fun and received good feedback. But something wasn’t working for me.

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Added a green curvy line. No, not good.

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Went full on crazy and added more colors. What was I thinking?! This was becoming stressful.

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How could I fix this? I had now invested three days of painting and couldn’t help but feel that if I started over now that all that time was for nothing. Welcome to my experience with the sunk cost fallacy. It’s a tendency for people to continue moving forward with a decision or action because of invested money or in this case, time. I felt frustrated like if I can’t make this work I’ve failed. What was it all for. But the truth is, at this point I had to face the fact that what was done was done. I spent all that time and it wasn’t going to get any better by investing even more time. I had to start over. I can’t help but relate this to other aspects of my life but for now we’ll stick with the mural ;)

So, after coming to this realization I said goodbye and painted over the whole thing with a different shade of green (PPG Deep Forest Pine) and finally, I was satisfied. A very complicated way to end up with a plain green wall but here we are. Happy at last.

Whether it’s painting a wall or some other aspect of your life sometimes you just know what’s right and wrong. Listen to your gut and do what’s best for you. Start over, change direction. Don’t worry about the time you’ve lost but focus on what’s ahead instead.

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The power of paint

I’ve been using paint to transform spaces for many years now. It’s an affordable option when it comes to design and can be the most impactful part of any room.

Below are some examples of what can be done with a few sample paints.

Painting around the exterior of the door created an interesting focal point and made the entrance feel larger.

Painting around the exterior of the door created an interesting focal point and made the entrance feel larger.

By painting the trim around the door it made it feel wider and taller. The color blocking added some extra visual interest.

By painting the trim around the door it made it feel wider and taller. The color blocking added some extra visual interest.

A fun and colorful mural with the addition of plywood shapes and palm leaves made of yarn wrapped around nails.

A fun and colorful mural with the addition of plywood shapes and palm leaves made of yarn wrapped around nails.

Before the pink shapes and yarn leaves this wall was a jungle mural. That’s another perk of paint. Change your mind? Paint over it!

Before the pink shapes and yarn leaves this wall was a jungle mural. That’s another perk of paint. Change your mind? Paint over it!

The stripes on this wall were drawn with a paint pen. Just a few simple lines of different widths.

The stripes on this wall were drawn with a paint pen. Just a few simple lines of different widths.

Another design done with a paint marker, all you need is patience.

Another design done with a paint marker, all you need is patience.

To get perfect circles hammer a nail into the wall where you want the center of the circle to be. Next take a string and tie it around the nail and cut it to the length of how big you would like to circle to be. Pull the string taut from the nail and trace the circle with a pencil at the end of the string.

To get perfect circles hammer a nail into the wall where you want the center of the circle to be. Next take a string and tie it around the nail and cut it to the length of how big you would like to circle to be. Pull the string taut from the nail and trace the circle with a pencil at the end of the string.

More circles and shapes.

More circles and shapes.

Simple color blocking with a strip of paint across the mirror. Little details that can make a space unique.

Simple color blocking with a strip of paint across the mirror. Little details that can make a space unique.

More color blocking.

More color blocking.

It doesn’t get easier than this, these simple triangles really added a lot to this space.

It doesn’t get easier than this, these simple triangles really added a lot to this space.

One of my favorites, the flamingo wall. Outlined with a gold paint pen and filled in with several shades of pink sample paint.

One of my favorites, the flamingo wall. Outlined with a gold paint pen and filled in with several shades of pink sample paint.

I painted some miniature flamingos in the RV but they only lasted a day before they were painted over.

I painted some miniature flamingos in the RV but they only lasted a day before they were painted over.

This wall painting was inspired by the art hanging to the right and extended on to the wall.

This wall painting was inspired by the art hanging to the right and extended on to the wall.

Big palm leaves, big impact, little cost.

Big palm leaves, big impact, little cost.

Lastly, a floor mural. This room is very low traffic so I used regular wall sample paint but if it were a high traffic area I would seal with clear coat or use floor paint.

Lastly, a floor mural. This room is very low traffic so I used regular wall sample paint but if it were a high traffic area I would seal with clear coat or use floor paint.