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« on: May 21, 2005 07:27:51 PM »

now that I think about it, I believe I put this in the wrong area...kinda

(I've italicized my problems for those who don't want to read me ramble, lol!  Embarrassed)

I'm very excited because my FH put down the deposit on our first apartment today!  Its a 2 bedroom, 1 bath, and the building manager said that we could paint, and do whatever, (ohmigosh, no way!) as long as the walls were white when we moved out.  We're going to be living here for three years, so I definatly want to paint!  But I'm worried about the "just paint it white before you leave" part.  I'm not experienced in painting, so I don't know what colors are hard to cover up.  Here's what I was thinking:

living/dining room:  deep red-berry accent wall with medium dark blue on the rest of the walls.  We have a big blue lounge chair, navy futon, maroon telephone stand from the 50s, and black entertainment system.  This room looks out onto our balcony, so it is very very bright.  (Yay FL!)  I would also like to add a bookself, but we'll see...  The kitchen connects and would have coordinating blue accents, but remain mostly white.

study: brown accent walls with tan on the rest of the walls. (?)  I was thinking of painting the bottom half of the room to look like a woven fabric.  (paint bottom half dark brown, go over it with tan and scrape off with uneven scraper in crosshatch fashion.) This room will have our desks, my drafting table, and my sewing stuff.  Possibly a book self.

bedroom: light green accent walls with a medium/darker light green on the main walls.  This room will have an Asian theme, with the main piece being the queen sized bed that my FH and dad made.  Its wood on the top part, and black on the bottom.  I've got wicker lamps and a wall scroll of a dragon fighting a tiger as my accents.  There will also be a small desk in here for FH's tablet PC.  It has a black "granite" top with a wooden base.  There will be a mirror over the bed.

bathroom: dark purple stripes on one wall, with lilac being the main wall color.  This is my one girlie room!  Unless purple is hard to paint over, I think I've got this room set.  This will also act as the kitties' room.  Smiley

So, really all I need to know is what colors are hard to paint over.  If most of my colors are problematic, I want to try starching fabric in a big rectangle behind the futon in the living room and using colorful curtains to spice things up.

Problem with the window treatments is, the apartment comes with vertical blinds, which I hate, but my FH loves for the sunlight-blocking power they possess.  So they have to stay.  Any suggestions for this?  I basically need crafty ideas for covering them withough drilling massive holes in the wall for a new curtain pole.

I want to have more than one color in each room, but I don't want just flat color. (see bathroom and study ideas)  Any way to spice things up without making giant geometric shapes?

Gosh this is a long post.  I don't have access to the place until June 28th, so I've got a lot of time to think about it!  Please, any ideas you have would be appreciated!  I'll post pictures when I'm done (July4th is the date we plan to have everything done!)
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2005 07:37:16 PM »

that all sounds awesome, and congrats on the appt.! my room used to be navy blue, yellow, red and green (1 on each wall), and 2 coats of primer covered it enough to paint it white
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2005 07:44:04 PM »

ooooooh, I like the sound of that!  Two coats of primer isnt so bad.

Any suggestions for creative color aplications?
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2005 08:49:56 AM »

I'd like to hear any thoughts about how easy or hard it is to cover paint back up too... I'm moving the first of the year (currently live at home with my parents while I'm in grad school) I'm hoping for an apartment that I'll be allowed to paint if I'm willing to re-paint it back, but my problem is that I LOVE deeper colors - I don't want no yucky pastel on my walls... and RED or a deep PLUM are my two favorite colors, and I just KNOW that those have got to be pretty hard to cover back up???  Any ideas?  Is it better to just paint one accent wall the color you really want, and then only have one wall to repaint, or try to adapt my paint colors down into more lighter neutral tones?
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2005 10:07:54 AM »

Best thiing I've found with covering up old paint (note that by "old" I'm referring to 18th-19th century!) is Killz followed by a coat of regular paint.  It stops bleedthrough really well.  Granted, my knowledge of the 21st century paint is limited
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2005 10:26:21 AM »

Best thiing I've found with covering up old paint (note that by "old" I'm referring to 18th-19th century!) is Killz followed by a coat of regular paint.  It stops bleedthrough really well.  Granted, my knowledge of the 21st century paint is limited

ooh good idea - if Killz is designed to cover up water stains and such it ought to work better than regular primer shouldn't it...

I'm just dreading the thought that when I'd move out I'd have to go do several coats of paint... (I don't even really like the fact that with most paint you've got to do two coats to begin with - I'm lazy when it comes to paint!)
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2005 11:30:21 AM »

I will warn you.   I tried to re-paint a navy blue bathroom (don't paint really small rooms in dark colors - it just makes them look smaller), and it took two coats of Killz to get it light enough to re-paint light blue.  So that ended up being 2 coats of Killz and 2 coats of paint.   On the bright side, though, they do make a mildew-resistant Killz, which was great in a bathroom with no ventilation. 
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2005 11:39:13 AM »

As a person who has painted room deep deep red (and a landlord  Wink ) - dark colors are hard to cover up.  But I do have this same policy with my renters.  Just make sure you get it all repainted, etc before you move because paying someone else to do it is expensive!

Starching is a good option - you can just put the fabric in liquid starch (can't remember if you dilute this) and then just put it on the wall like wallpaper.  Good news is it comes off really easily.  Maybe you could paint some rooms and use fabric on some - just so the moving out expense of buying so much Kilz and primer won't be so high?
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2005 11:53:06 AM »

On the bright side, though, they do make a mildew-resistant Killz, which was great in a bathroom with no ventilation.
That's what I think I used.  Never volunteer to work on repainting a house originally built in the 1700s.   Roll Eyes
I've starched too, back in my dorm room days.  Came off like a charm.  Personally, I'm worried about it for my apartment however, because you can see in from the street and I can only imagine the landlord's reaction to passing by and seeing SOMETHING on the walls. 
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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2005 07:22:30 PM »

Kilz is a godsend! It will cover about anything and can really cut down your repaint time especially since it is white.  Red can be hard to cover and if you are a lazy painter red even drak red takes many coats to cover. The white will show through with just one or two coats. So red is one of the most time consuming and expensive since it takes more paint than any other color. Anyway good luck!!
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