As we start to move indoors with the fall chill in the air, I notice that I start to reassess my decor options bit by bit, and my biggest question lately is, “Do I really like this paint color?”
When we moved into our house, the living room was dark lavender, the kitchen was two shades of avocado, the dining room had wood paneling, the office had wallpaper (with books on it), and the master bedroom had a lovely border of Labradors.
Every room was in need of repainting…that, or we needed to buy a Lab.
Seeing that the paint was only a year and a half old, I shouldn’t be sick of it. But as soon as I’m locked indoors for the winter months, I want to change everything, which got me to thinking about paint.
Quality is Worth the Cost
No matter what anyone tells you, you can’t go wrong with good quality paint, and I speak from experience.
In our previous house (a rental), our landlord let us paint the interior. Being inexperienced and thrifty (re: cheap) adults, we headed to Walmart and bought its brand at a whopping $7.00 per gallon. Smart, right? I mean, why in the world would anyone pay $20, $30, or $40 a gallon of another paint?
So, we smugly started painting the walls to find out that it would take three to four coats just to get a decent coverage on each wall. It. Was. So. Frustrating.
Help May Be Worth the Cost, Too
When we painted our current home, we invested in good quality paint. I still, however, kick myself over the time wasted doing it myself. I spent many late nights painting after my full-time job — not to mention many weekends painting from dawn to dusk.
Being a multitasking mom now, I know the value of having something completed while you complete your own project (laundry going in the background while you make dinner, the dishwasher running while you sort the laundry, etc.). I live by the philosophy of “Work smarter, not harder!” And to know that this painting timeline could have been expedited by days (if not weeks) is sometimes a little bit regrettable.
The other thing that you don’t think about is that when you hire a painter, he or she is a professional. It’s not like you’re hiring your mom to come paint the room – it’s person’s job. If you hire a real professional, he or she is going to do it right and make sure it looks amazing. And as a bonus, that professional will get it done in about half the time as you.
This goes back to my DIY perspective: Isn’t it worth it to sometimes pay a little bit extra to have the project completed and done right and done faster?
Though I kind of want to repaint my walls, I don’t actually regret my paint color choices. I do, however, regret the wasted days spent putting those paint colors on my walls. It’s another DIY stubbornness moment where the mentality, “I can do it!” should really have been, “Why should I do this when someone else can do it better and in the meantime I can go get a pedicure?”
Maybe one of these times I’ll finally learn…