From Pinterest to the Paint Store
If you want to create some truly Pinterest worthy paint projects in your home you should go to a paint store instead of a home improvement store. I found out the hard way that a paint store is going to give you a lot more value for your money.
I saw a living room paint effect on Pinterest that I really wanted to do in my living room. My living room has been the drab blue for years and I desperately needed a change. But all I could find on Pinterest was the photo. There was no blog information so I could find out how the homeowner did the effect or what paint they used. There were no instructions. Just the photo.
So I printed out the photo and headed to the home improvement store. After waiting about 40 minutes to get someone to help me I showed them the photo and explained what I wanted to do. The person helping me had no idea how to create that effect. I was basically told to look through their paint chips and pick out what I thought I would work and they’d mix the color me but that’s all they could do.
So I studied the photo and found some similar colors on the paint sample chips. I bought some sample size cans and took them home. I figured I’d play with the sample colors to see if I could figure out how to do that effect while I waited to see how the colors looked on the wall.
It was a disaster. No matter what I did I couldn’t figure out how to get the same effect as the Pinterest photo. And the colors looked awful. They were flat and didn’t cover the blue that was already on the wall even thought I bought a paint and primer combination. I was in tears. I really wanted the faux finish effect but I had no idea how to do it right.
In desperation I called a local paint store and explained what I was trying to do to see if they had any advice for me. The clerk who answered the phone told me to come on in and they’d try to help.
When I drove to the store I didn’t know what to expect. I’d never been in an actual paint store before. I’d always just gotten paint from the home improvement store. Well, the paint store was amazing! The clerk sat down with me and we looked through design books that they had out for everyone to use for a similar effect. Once we found it the clerk gave me a printed instruction sheet that told me step by step how to do the effect. It even had a supply list stapled to it listing everything I’d need!
The clerk also helped me pick out the right finish and great colors to make the effect look fantastic. Armed with my new supplies and the instruction sheet I went home to try again. This time I was able to complete the project and get the faux finish I wanted. My living room looks amazing now thanks to the help I got at the paint store.
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