Lowe's advertises they have a paint that will cover any darker color in one coat. Don't believe it. It doesn't work.
How do I know? I tried it.
Let me 'splain (to quote Ricky Ricardo).
In our master bedroom, we had trim and the three windows and frames painted pink. It was that way when we bought the house. I never minded it, I actually thought it looked fine. (I guess I must be in touch with my feminine side - lol). The previous homeowner must have painted it pink.
Well, my realtor didn't like it at all. He made quite a fuss over it. Actually, he hated it. (He's of the generation that never heard of a guy's feminine side). He insisted it had to be neutral white colors. So I took his suggestion (marching orders) and got busy.
Of course, we just had the carpet replaced in the entire house, including the master bedroom. I had moved all the furniture out to do that job and reinstalled it. Guess what had to be moved to paint the trim? Plus with the new carpet, I had to be extra (EXTRA) careful not to get paint on it. I used painters tape and a putty knife to tuck the tape under the trim to ensure no paint got on the new carpet.
Then the fun began. It took not one, not two but three coats of paint to cover the pink (and it wasn't even hot pink). I spent one whole day just painting the trim along the floor, over the entry door, the two closets and the door to the bathroom. By the time I was done with all that, my knees were rubbed raw from crawling around (note to self: don't wear shorts when crawling around on the floor all day).
It took another whole day to tape and paint the windows and window frames, all three coats. I spent two hours in my garage painting the wooden window inserts ( that make the windows look like they are made up of many small panes of glass) in over 100 degree heat. It was so hot my paint brush dried out and I had to get a new one to finish that part of the job.
Lastly, the original pink window shades had to go. Off to Lowe's, of course the shades were not normal size but had to be specially cut to fit. I took two of the three shades (different sizes) to match up, the Lowe's window covering lady took one look and told me they didn't carry pink, to which I replied, "Thank Heaven!"
A mere $70 later, I had new WHITE shades custom made and quickly installed them. I stepped back to admire my work and thought it looked pretty good, maybe the realtor knew what he's talking about.
Hopefully, no matter how much I may be in touch with my feminine side, I never, ever have to paint over pink again!
I also realized that the money we've spent at Lowe's is fast approaching what we spent to buy the Journey...
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