When I bought my first house, I knew one thing: The beige uniformity of the walls had to go. My nesting instinct kicked in hard and told me this house couldn’t really become my home until I added my colors to the place. I was excited and oh so naive. The next day found me in a daze, lost among the seemingly endless, looming shelves filled with paint cans at my local Lowe’s. I clutched two dozen paint swatches.
My experience goes to show that painting a home is far more complicated than grabbing a bucket of paint from the hardware store, popping the lid, and slapping a coat of Stars Forever (which is apparently a shade of blue) onto the walls. If you are as equally paint-innocent as I was, or if you’re just interested in knowing more, allow me to take you under my paint-spattered wing and explain what I wish I had known before venturing into the paint department.
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