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The housepainter is coming tomorrow...

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should I bake him a cake? Do you think he'll be surprised when I hug him and weep?

For those who don't understand my reaction, I live in a house I have owned nearly 4 years. It was a 50's bungalow, renovated inside and out about '77 by an owner who was an architect and it has great 1970's "contemporary" features, including some cedar beams, a cedar trimmed skylight and lots of angled walls. Then, someone tried to turn it into a 1980's house -painted the interior a pale grey and installed modern grey cabinetry in the kitchen. To save my own life I painted 2 kitchen walls Pumpkin to warm the grey.

The painter will paint the whole interior a slightly warm off-white and repaint my orange walls a milk chocolate. If only I had a digital camera I could get your help deciding about having him do an accent wall of the milk chocolate in my living room.

You all may be able to help with this: the trim is all figured oak, a la 1984. I am trying to decide if I should leave it, paint it to match the walls, or to invest in trim that looks like the mahogeny used in the 1970s.

I am so excited.

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may prevail as far as paint brands go - it occurs to me that he is likely to have a commercial discount somewhere and we will probably try to find our colours in the brand he gets at a discount.

He is coming this evening for our final consultation and is to start "right away" - I hope that means Friday!

I really need a digital camera - I would like to show you all the before and after, and to let you see my eclectic living room. In addition to painting, however, we are also getting new garden doors to replace the patio doors in our kitchen -the type with built in blinds between the panes of glass.
It might be hard to find a few hundred to spare for the camera.

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I need and appreciate the help.

Elise, the chocolate is my second choice - "blood" red was my first. I, like you, have a man with an opinion and his was that the red was "garish". I am really excited about the brown now, and feel it is a less "trendy" choice. Tell your man that nice chocolate walls will make you feel warm and loving. Either that, or give him a choice between bubble gum or chocolate. I bet he will develop a sudden affinity for chocolate.

Anonymous's picture

I've used Behr paint a number of times, and I've never had any problems with it. I find BM paint doesn't have as strong a smell when it's wet as Behr, but overall, I think Behr is a good paint.

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I'm happy for you too! My girlfriend has chocolate coloured walls and a creamy white trim and it looks sooo beautiful and rich. I wish I could do the same in my house, but my husband says chocolate belongs in your mouth and not on the walls. I could just clobber that man!!

Anonymous's picture

for sharing your opinion. I am a pretty good decision making but get stuck on some issues.

The white I have picked "so far" is Behr "Popcorn", but, since everyone on the forum sings the praises of Benjamin Moore, I am taking my Behr samples to the BM store today to compare colours and prices.

I was thinking of painting the trim the wall colour but one level up in gloss - this is also my plan for the painted closet and other doors in the house. My first choice is replacement of the trim, but that may be too pricey.

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